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.

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.

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

This franchise, diner-style donut shop on North Main Street has its own proprietary donut mix and medium-roast coffee. They make filled, frosted, sprinkled, or glazed donuts, as well as pastries like bear claws, apple fritters, and cinnamon rolls.

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 for all-day classes, which cover the basics of skiing or boarding, and classes are offered for kids up to age 13.

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 under the same white tent that the Music Festival uses for its performances.

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.

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

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.