Monday, February 2, 2009

Aspen, Colorado

We decided to head to the West and the Colorado mountains on one of my birthdays, so we chose Aspen, and decided to do a little skiing. There are tons of places to go in Colorado, but Aspen fits nicely if you are looking for an upscale town where you can walk around, visit all the shops, have no need for a car, and step out to the ski slopes.

We stayed at the Little Nell, which is high end on the dollar side, but for the romantic feel of being in the mountains, it would be hard to beat. The rooms were very comfortable, the bar downstairs is warm with a fire going, plenty of people watching, crowded most of the time, but that is good for the activity.

The slopes are right behind the hotel, we rented all of our equipment there (the hotel can hook you up with all your passes and equipment in advance), so no need to take any along, unless you want your own stuff. They have all the latest and greatest equipment.

We also took a late evening horse-sled ride to dinner, it was about 2 degrees, but they give you plenty of blankets as you head out to a remote restaraunt in the snowy wilderness with beautiful stars above (very romantic, cold, but I would highly recommend it as well, and the hotel can set it up).

Also, if you have some extra time, you can take a drive down the mountain to Glenwood Springs, about an hour away, and sit in the olympic size and shape pool, with natural hot spring water keeping you warm (probably one evening of that would be enough).

You can fly to Denver and drive, or fly to Denver, then hop a flight into Aspen (I would recommend the flight, some of our friends drove and the weather turned and got stuck another night).

Aspen is a beautiful place, if you are thinking of an easy trip to ski, but have a decent sized budget. Here are a few pictures.

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