Things to Do in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

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A hipper-than-thou vibe permeates this chic hotel bar that spills out to a heated pool, waterfall, and pair of fire pits. After dark, Prada-clad... Read More

Got kids?Go tubing. It sounds, well, juvenile, but spinning 360s in a rubber tube down an iced-over track is belly-ache-inducing fun. Plus, Keystone's... Read More

A boutique established by retailer Amen Wardy, this high-end shop is stocked with unique home accents. Wardy, who has worked in home design since 1954,... Read More

Aspen Brewing Company turns out small batches of brown and hefeweizen-style ales, along with four other brews (including a cleverly named I.P.A., the... Read More

Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and Jordan’s Queen Noor are among the hundreds of luminaries who have passed through for public panels and talks... Read More

Founded in 1950, the institute has—especially in the almost four years since its president, Walter Isaacson, inaugurated the Ideas Festival&mdash... Read More

The Music Festival promotes classical music under the tents of the Aspen Institute. Read More

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

Established in 1998, the Aspen Saturday Market showcases only goods that are produced, made, or grown in Colorado. Held every saturday from June through... Read More

On clear days it’s hard to go inside for lunch, and Belle’s Camp, at the top of Blue Sky Basin, offers the perfect solution. Accessed from the SkyLine... Read More

The town’s first contemporary-music dance venue brings in world-class acts (MSTRKRFT, Seal, Cake) year-round. Read More

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

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 ... Read More

Fly high over the Rockies with Camelot's hot-air balloons for a truly memorable mountain experience. Take off with the rising sun and toast your landing... Read More

This franchise, diner-style donut shop on North Main Street has its own proprietary donut mix and medium-roast coffee. They make filled, frosted,... Read More

Climb into a sled and drive your dogs along 10,000 acres of terrain in Diamond Star Ranch near Vail. Two tours per day run during the winter, and all on... Read More

As part of its new Epic Discovery services, Vail Mountain offers a day of adventure for children of all ages. For $89, you can spend a warm summer’s day... Read More

Aspen residents head to Carbondale the first Friday of each month for the First Fridays Art Walk, in which the whole downtown is closed for gallery... Read More

Offering 150 properties in Aspen, its agents will also make hard-to-get dinner reservations. Read More

Frequented by visitors looking to stock their resort kitchens, this grocery store is housed in a red-brick building conveniently located in the center... Read More

With amazing views of the Rockies, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is a magical setting for music festivals and performances. During the summer, Vail... Read More

After a day on the slopes, skiers unwind at this atmospheric honky-tonk club, where a full-size gondola loaded with skis dangles from the ceiling over... Read More

With outposts all over Eagle County, including one at the Arrabelle in Vail, Gore Creek Fly Fisherman has served the area with angling guides since the... Read More

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come. The original store, opened in Vail Village... Read More

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come. The original store, opened in Vail Village... Read More

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come. The original store, opened in Vail Village... Read More

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come. The original store, opened in Vail Village... Read More

Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come. The original store, opened in Vail Village... Read More

Housed inside the upscale Hotel Jerome, the J Bar has been serving drinks for more than 100 years, even during Prohibition. The bar has a tin ceiling, a... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

For one of the most memorable and challenging off-piste experiences in Colorado, ski Minturn Mile right into downtown Minturn, an old mining town about... Read More

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... Read More

While parents ski or board, kids can take lessons through Mountains of Discovery, the ski school at Breckenridge. Children as young as three can sign up... Read More

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... Read More

One of the premier retailers of ski equipment and skiwear in Vail, Pepi Sports spans three stories in Vail Village. The lower level houses the store... Read More

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... Read More

The Regal Watering Hole is a popular destination for Aspen’s young and party-ready crowds. The club often attracts a line of patrons waiting to... Read More

The new spa inside the St. Regis Aspen is impressive for many reasons, and the Remède spa boutique fits right in. This plush little shop carries... Read More

With hotel pickups in the Vail Valley, Sage Outdoor Adventures couldn’t be more convenient for Vail visitors looking for an adrenaline rush. The company... Read More

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... Read More

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

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

Located about 30 minutes south of downtown Glenwood Springs, this ski area has 67 trails spanning approximately 500 acres of the White River National... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Vail Resort, owned by the mountain resort company Vail Resorts, is an expansive skiing and snowboarding area developed around Vail Mountain. The area is... Read More

For snow-lovers seeking an adrenaline-packed experience that doesn’t involve lift lines, Vail Snowmobiling offers tour options for every skill level,... Read More

Still standing after 100-plus years, two fires, and three renovations, the Wheeler is an Aspen institution that screens movies and hosts theater and... Read More

Hunter S. Thompson's old haunt lives on in this rustic tavern covered in old news clipping and memorabilia, mostly about the gonzo journalist himself.... Read More

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