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.

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.

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 private trails (read: no noisy snowmobiles).

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 handful of dark wood tables, and a few barrels adding to the western look.

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.

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