Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Things to do in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

The modest spa’s hour-long Swedish massage is intense and the perfect cure for ski-weary muscles.

The vertical that draws skiers in the winter lures fat-tire aficionados in the summer. The 20 or so trails range from over-your-handlebar black-diamonds to meandering greens that span the ridgeline, so you don't have to be an experienced rider to check out the scene.

Inside the St. Regis Hotel, the Shadow Mountain Lounge breaks with the typical Aspen bar scene. Here, live piano music and a large, granite fireplace create an environment that combines elements of a ski lodge with a city jazz club.

True, most resorts have a Nordic center, but Beaver Creek's McCoy Park stands above the rest—literally. McCoy's 30 kilometers of Nordic and snowshoe trails traverse aspen glades, open meadows and pine forests at the top of the mountain.

A boutique established by retailer Amen Wardy, this high-end shop is stocked with unique home accents.

You may not need Luchese boots, Stetson hats, horsehair belts, or leather chaps (then again, maybe you do), but that's what makes Kemo Sabe such a delightfully fun place to browse.

Vail Resort, owned by the mountain resort company Vail Resorts, is an expansive skiing and snowboarding area developed around Vail Mountain. The area is known for it seven back bowls, as well as plenty of moguls, cliffs, and ridges for intermediate and expert skiers.

The Ranch's two courses are lauded for their mountain views and landscape, with the Snake River rambling by and the roof of Summit County rising from the valley floor.

No place in the world remotely as small as Aspen (population 6,000) can boast such high-powered cultural institutions.

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come.

Still standing after 100-plus years, two fires, and three renovations, the Wheeler is an Aspen institution that screens movies and hosts theater and music, from Burt Bacharach to Art Garfunkel.

Looking for the best and brightest-colored in ski and mountain sports clothing and equipment? On the Main Street of one of Colorado’s outdoor-sports meccas sits Primo Outdoor in a white and red building with a ski chalet-style roof and balcony.