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Best Times to Visit Aspen

The best time to visit Aspen is from December to February. The town sparkles when it's buried beneath fresh powder, and its slopes are ready to be taken by storm. Keep in mind that this is the most popular time to visit, so prices are sure to be elevated, but you can find some good deals if you plan a month or so in advance. Aspen's second high season occurs between June and August, with temperatures in the high 70s — the perfect atmosphere for a mountain hike. To save money, consider visiting in the spring or fall, making sure to plan a few weeks ahead to secure a still-open hotel in the off-season.

December-February

Winter is by far the most popular time to visit. Several feet of snow lure winter sports aficionados from all across the country who are willing to brave the chilly Rocky Mountain air (average high temperatures hover in the mid 30s) for a taste of fresh powder. But this is also the most expensive time for an Aspen getaway; hotel prices skyrocket, and lift tickets also cost a hefty amount. Visit in early January — when the holiday crowds have dispersed — or February for manageable prices and optimal ski conditions. You can also cut costs by reserving your lift tickets and rental equipment in advance and by opting for a Stay-and-Ski package, offered by many area resorts.

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March-May

With temperatures ranging between the 20s and the low 60s, springtime in Aspen is short and not always sweet. In fact, March and April are, on average, the rainiest months of the year. And although prices plummet once the powder hounds leave, you'll discover that finding a hotel can be a challenge; many properties shut their doors until the arrival of the summer tourists.

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June-August

Summer's warm weather (highs average in the mid to high 70s) lead to a surge in tourism, with travelers hoping to take advantage of the prime conditions for outdoor activities like hiking and golf. This season is also peppered with numerous culinary and cultural festivals. But as the number of visitors increases, so do the prices. To get the best available rates, reserve your hotel room at least a month in advance.

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September-November

Autumn is another slow season for Aspen, and like they do in the spring, some of the hotels close up shop. However, prices are reasonable, and since you'll pretty much have the town to yourself, you won't have to worry about booking your hotel months in advance — two or three weeks should be sufficient. Meanwhile, high temperatures ranging from the mid-40s the high 60s make manageable (albeit chilly) conditions for mountain hikes and downtown stroll.

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