Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Aspen, Vail + The Mountains Travel Guide

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

The last bastion of schussing under the lights in Colorado, Keystone's night skiing program remains one the best deals in ski country. Fifteen trails off the River Run gondola and the Peru, Summit and Montezuma express lifts are lit from 4–9 p.m.—and your day pass is good for it.

Soothe dance-and-ski-exhausted muscles with a deep-tissue massage and mineral soak in natural stone-lined pools.

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

Part of the year-round Granby Ranch mountain community, SolVista Basin is one of Colorado’s most affordable and family-friendly ski areas.

Vail's consistently hot après-ski spot, this neighborhood-like bar is always jam-packed after the lifts close for the day. You may have to elbow your way to the bar for a Colorado microbrew or a margarita, but you'll be able to swap snow tales with travelers and locals alike.

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

One of the premier retailers of ski equipment and skiwear in Vail, Pepi Sports spans three stories in Vail Village.

Buy a lift ticket and hit the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort, which dazzles skiers and snowboarders with a 3,398-foot vertical rise and 155 trails (most of them moderate to expert). The legendary Freeway Terrain Park is de rigueur for hard-core snowboarders.

Situated at the base of Fanny Hill, this 25,000-square-foot, nature-themed recreation and learning center is housed in a two-story, wood-beamed structure. Indoor and outdoor registered activities are available for a wide-age-group, ranging from infant daycare to ski lessons for pre-teens.

One of the dozens of galleries in Aspen that feature artists of national repute.

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.

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