How’s your ski conditioning going? Have you booked, thought about booking, dreamed about booking your ski trip? While it’s impossible to predict the coming season, Summer has been busy here in Aspen and we expect the pace to continue into Winter. Historically we have not recommended specific hotels but with some lodging changes and the volume of visitors to Aspen, we are hoping this update will speed your travel planning. We are very excited to welcome you to Aspen for a mogul skiing clinic
, a ‘groomers
’ clinic or private lesson
. Remember to book
your 4-day clinic before September 30th to save $200!
-Snowmass Village has a number of new hotels and plentiful condominium options. Free bus service is offered between Snowmass Village and Aspen and the ride takes approximately 45 minutes travel time. Snowmass is a good back-up if lodging in Aspen isn’t available.
-Town of Basalt and Willits: These fast-growing towns offer various hotels and often are less expensive than Aspen. You’ll find a Whole Foods grocery in Willits along with a variety of moderately priced restaurants. However, driving a car from either town to Aspen during the morning commute can take some time. Plan 1-1.5 hrs each way in traffic, 45 minutes outside commute hours (6-9 am; 3-6 pm). All day parking in Aspen is limited. Please reference the City of Aspen Parking page for options.
-Lodging in Carbondale or Glenwood Springs. These towns are further downvalley from Aspen. Plan 2 hours each way to drive to Aspen (during commute), find parking and be in boots at the Gondola ready to go.
Luxury Hotels in Downtown Aspen
Aspen’s The Little Nell
Relais and Chateaux property is the only 5-star, 5-diamond hotel with ski-in/ski-out access,. Located at the base of the Aspen Mountain, your ski butler will ensure your boots are heated by morning and ready to go. The people watching in the bar is worth a visit even if you don’t stay at “The Nell”. The Little Nell is the epitome of understated elegance and comfort along with fabulous dining. If you are a oenophile, you’ll appreciate the 20,000+ bottle wine cellar and Wine Program
The St. Regis Hotel
is also 5-star luxe, think Frette and Ralph Lauren, and just 2 blocks from the gondola. We are partial to the St. Regis as their ‘official’ dog-in-residence is Kitty the Bernese Mountain Dog and our Bernese, Maggie, loves to visit Kitty. Kitty has a very popular Instagram account.
The champagne sabering Apres-ski tradition is a classic way to end your ski day, especially if it includes a glass of Kitty Cab
. The St. Regis is a Marriott property so you can earn or spend your Bonvoy points.
The Hotel Jerome
a member of Auberge Resorts, has a history in Aspen dating back to 1889 (you won’t find that in Vail!). Some of the recently remodeled rooms offer full-on views of Aspen Mountain. The dining spaces are historic, modern and eclectic. The J Bar has decades of storied experiences and one of the best burgers in town. Located at Main and Mill, you’re close to everything yet you can retreat to a cozy, quite elegant room at the end of the day.
The W Aspen
is the newest addition to Aspen’s downtown hotels. The property is described as a “posh mountain chalet…with a playful spin on the Alpine adventure”. The Mountain View rooftop pool apres’ ski parties often feature a live DJ to get the party started. We aren’t quite ready to apres’ in a bikini, but we’ve enjoyed some really tasty lunches on the outdoor deck. The W is also a Marriott property.
Condominiums in Downtown Aspen
There are many, many condo properties in downtown Aspen and even more in Snowmass. Below are just a few guest favorites.
Located three blocks from the gondola plaza, the Gant features privately owned condominiums on grounds that include two heated pools, three hot-tubs, outdoor fireplace and work out facility. The condos include wood burning fire places, balcony or patio and full-size kitchen. The Gant van shuttle service makes getting around town super convenient.
Aspen Square Condominium Hotel
. Local directly across from gondola plaza, the “Square” features a variety of rooms from studios to two bedroom/two bath units, all with full kitchens and wood-burning fireplaces. The property features hotel-style services and amenities and a private heated pool and two hot tubs. Aspen Mountain is on one side of the building, City Market grocery on another, and shops, galleries and restaurants on the other sides.
The North of Nell
condos are directly adjacent to gondola plaza and offer 1-5 bedroom options, all with full kitchens. You are steps to the Aspen Mountain gondola and downtown Aspen is out the front door.
The prior Hyatt Residence Club Grand Aspen is now the Aspen Mountain Residences
. These classically appointed mountain rooms offer one, two or three bedroom accommodations. The gym is one of the best in Aspen (really!) and they have a junior Olympic size pool. Underground parking keeps your car snow free. Grab a coffee from Victorias or Ink Coffee across the street, or bring home take-out from CP Burger…the best kale salad in town.
For a full list of condominiums, please visit our website
For questions about lodging packages and lift tickets, please call Stay Aspen/Snowmass at 1-800-456-0897.