Things To Do

The Best High-Altitude Shopping In The U.S.

Whether you’re decorating a home on Red Mountain or finding that perfumed bar of soap and negligé for your sweetheart, Aspen retailers are up to the challenge.

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Shopping Favorites

The next best entertainment is shopping the streets of Aspen.
It doesn’t get any better than this! The Hyman and Cooper Avenue malls form the heart of the shopping district. With two blocks of the town’s historic core cut off from car traffic, “the mall” harbors one of the most esthetic urban expressions in town.

www.isberianrugs.com – The finest hand-made Oriental rugs are found in abundance at Isberian Rug Company. For more than four decades we have offered the widest selection of exceptional Oriental rugs, antique, semi-antique and selected contemporary rugs, kilims and old Navajo weavings that bring your home decorating ideas to life.

www.aspenluggage.com – Established in 1978 as “Aspen Canvas”, the business was acquired by Galen Bright and Bright Enterprises, Inc. in 1988. The name was changed in 1997 because all bags are now made of ultra tough Ballistic nylon, rather than cotton canvas.

Aspen’s second favorite past time is shopping!

Dining

Known for superb cuisine and world-famous chefs, Aspen features thousands of culinary delights that satisfy appetites and budgets of all sizes – from exquisite fine dining to casual faire.

Aspen takes dining seriously and has been recognized by a number of top culinary magazines for the innovative cuisine of its chefs – both on the mountain and off.

Skiing / Snowboarding
Skiing / Snowboarding

So what makes Aspen different from all the others? It’s cozy, relaxed, and laid-back , yet rustically elegant. It has the ambiance of an old mining town, which it is, and sits at the base of giant Aspen Mountain in a gorgeous setting.

Aspen Mountain is legendary for its skiing. Hit Ruthie’s Run, Jackpot, and cruise 124 through Spar Gulch. Break for a mountain-top lunch, with stunning views, at the award-winning Sun

deck Restaurant.

For a genuine Aspen experience, ski where the locals do-at Aspen Highlands. At 714 acres, it’s home to Aspen’s most prized terrain, Highland Bowl. Laps on the bowl will humble even the most experienced of skiers and riders.

With a summit elevation of 12,510 feet, the view from the top of The Cirque provides an incredible look at the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak. Snowmass is the largest mountain of the four in Aspen in terms of terrain. At 3,010 acres and 4,406 feet of lift served vertical, Snowmass is an experience worth seeking out. Located on highway 82 just south of Woody Creek, Snowmass is a self contained ski village with bars, night clubs, shopping and a market. Buses to Aspen and surrounding ski hills are frequent and quite convenient.

Snowmass has plenty of steep and challenging terrain which the Aspen area is fabled for. Newly opened extreme terrain requiring “mandatory air” will challenge the most daring, cliff jumping, thrill seeking riders out there. This area of the mountain is clearly marked so there are no concerns over wandering onto a cliff with no hope of getting down without the help of a helicopter. Snowmass also boasts the longest run in Colorado. At 5.05 miles, The Long Shot will get even the most conditioned skiers and riders feeling the pain. A short hike just off the top of the Elk Camp lift and you are at the beginning of a long adventure. The Long Shot is open at the discretion of Ski Patrol so check the sign.

For great cruising and less traffic head over toward the Campground lift or check out some of the intermediate terrain off the Coney Glade or Sam’s Knob chairlifts. The deck at Sam’ Knob is the perfect spot for a sunny outdoor lunch or photographs. Stop inside and sit by the fire or visit what may be the most appetizing and aromatic lunch spots at any resort.

The Two Creeks chairlift access some long, open intermediate runs as well as a nice cruise through an extravagant ski in/ski out neighborhood which is worth taking in. Cafe Suzanne at the top of Two Creeks also has an outdoor deck but doesn’t have as much sun late in the afternoon as Sam’s Knob.

The terrain park at Snowmass is home to some great skiers and riders. Gretchen Bleiler and Peter Olenick are just a few big names in Slopestyle and SuperPipe competition who cut their teeth at Snowmass. The park is perhaps the most well groomed and intelligently constructed in Colorado. Next time you’re at Snowmass check it out for yourself and find out why Snowmass remains one of the most well respected ski areas in the country.

Buttermilk locals call it “The Milk”. It is the home of the ESPN Winter X Games. For me, Buttermilk holds fond memories as the place where I have seen the most graceful athletic performance to date. You can’t help but acknowledge first impressions last, but it was my second impression of Buttermilk which calls out a special memory.

Riding the chairlift, after we had passed the Barnum and Bailey extravaganza that was the ground of the snow sports revolution of 2004 (Winter X Games) and settled into the chair and the slow bright awe of new terrain, that was when I was blown away. A telemark skier came ripping down the open and empty run from the crest of the hill. Gaining speed, this skier was flowing deep, crisp turns. As the skier got closer I noticed the craned neck and sharp pointed elbows and the BACK of a helmet. This guy was ripping the hill apart on telemark skis from top to bottom backwards!

“Yea Tele,” we yelled from the chair, “rip it!”

“Whoooo!!!!!!!!” shouted the crew behind us. We turned back to see the skier pop a 360 and carve right into another perfect telemark turn.

Buttermilk has a peak elevation of 9,900 feet and a vertical rise of 2,030 feet. 427 acres of in bound terrain allow Buttermilk to become familiar quickly. The Upper Tiehack lift serves some black diamond terrain on the eastern side of the mountain and offers great views of Highland Peak. If you see a snowboard line poking into the trees at Buttermilk follow it. Chances are you will come across some nice turns.

The park at Buttermilk has something for everyone: good flow, a variety of features and long lines make the Playstation 2 Crazy Train park worth riding on your next visit to Buttermilk. Beginner, intermediate park and super pipe lines combine over 50 features and are good for multiple laps or all day sessions without riding the same line over and over again.

Buttermilk leaves a warm and friendly impression – one of grace and gentle flowing turns. For those looking to spend a wonderful day on the hill without having to carve the most extreme terrain in Colorado, Buttermilk is a great choice. And if you have a chance to catch the X Games make it happen.

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