If you’re here for the skiing then you’ll also want to make sure that you have a comfortable bed for the night, and a way to ease tired muscles. The Little Nell offers both, with sumptuous yet cozy bedrooms recently given an elegant makeover by interior designer Holly Hunt, and a large heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Elsewhere, elegance radiates from Hotel Jerome, an Aspen icon since 1889. The only Aspen hotel to survive the silver crash and the Great Depression, the cozy J-Bar is still the place to see and be seen in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Not far from Aspen is Carbondale, which sits in a picturesque valley in the shadow of Mount Sopris, at the junction of two rivers. Known as “Aspen’s feisty little sister” the town is synonymous with trail running and whitewater paddling. There is Gold Medal fishing to be enjoyed too, along with cycling along the paved 42-mile (68-km) Rio Grande Trail, which runs from Aspen through Snowmass and Carbondale before ending in Glenwood.
Art figures largely in Carbondale in the shape of The Powers Art Center, home to the nation’s preeminent collection of works on paper by Jasper Johns, and the Carbondale Public Arts Commission actively promotes the work of local artists and looks at where to display public art.