Aspen Travel Tips
Keep in Mind...
- Be wary of altitude sickness Those of you who aren't used to being 8,000 feet above sea level may experience dizziness, nausea and have difficulty breathing. Make sure to take it easy the first day or two, and avoid drinking alcohol.
- Plan for shoulder season closures Because Aspen primarily welcomes skiers and hikers, hotels sometimes close down during the not-so-popular spring and fall seasons. However, if you find one open, you're guaranteed the lowest rates available.
- Beware the Backcountry Unless you're the world's best skier, it's a good idea to stick to designated areas since avalanches do happen. Before you head out, it's a good idea to check the avalanche forecast.
In terms of "Winter Wonderland" status, few destinations can compare to Aspen. This scenic mountain town is straight out of a snow globe, featuring picturesque mountain chalets hugged by the soaring Colorado Rockies. For several decades now, this village has been the diamond in the Roaring Fork Valley, and we're not just talking figuratively. Attracting high-end clientele and celebrities galore, Aspen is a place to see and be seen, a status that is reflected on price tags all over town.
Of course, the main draw here is skiing, and there are four premier ski areas nearby that cater to powder hounds of all levels. But there's more to Aspen than winter sports: With high-end shopping, fascinating museums, funky galleries and fun festivals, it might be a struggle to make it to the slopes. No matter how you choose to spend your time in this ritzy, glitzy destination, it will be a vacation you'll never forget. In the words of the legendary John Denver, "Smiling faces all around; Laughter is the only sound; Memories that can't grow old; Winter's gold, Aspenglow."
How To Save Money in Aspen
- Go for the package deals The area hotels' stay-and-ski deals are the best ways to get the most bang for your buck. Many include free nights, free lift tickets and discounts on food.
- Warm up the bus Renting a car in Aspen is an unnecessary expense as well as a hassle. Instead, rely on the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's free service around town and to Snowmass. Even if you go beyond the free zone, prices are still very reasonable.
- Claim your seat at the bar Enjoying fine cuisine is just part of the Aspen experience, but you don't need to break the bank on a steak. Many restaurant bars offer discounted menus, so you're guaranteed a tasty meal without having to dole out the green.