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1. Aspen is more than a ski town.

The world-class skiing is what draws most people to Aspen, but once you arrive, you’ll see that it’s much more than your average ski town. With lively nightlife, plenty of shopping and great restaurants, there is a ton to do both on and off the slopes.

PHOTO: Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Snowmass

2. Explore four different mountains.

Aspen Snowmass is made up of four mountains–Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk–all within driving distance of one another.

Across all four, the ski area boasts a whopping 5,000+ acres of skiable terrain, about 330 marked trails, and 42 lifts. Groomers, tree runs, backcountry skiing—Aspen Snowmass has it all. Whether you like to stick to easier greens, cruise groomers, or huck cliffs, you’re sure to find something that suits your skiing and riding abilities.

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PHOTO: Zach D. Luchs/Aspen Snowmass

 3. Gawk at the picturesque Maroon Bells.

You’re gonna want to bust out your camera for a postcard-worthy view of the Maroon Bells. Located just 12 miles southwest of Aspen, the two peaks reach more than 14,000ft in elevation and tower over Maroon Lake, casting some seriously breathtaking reflections. Composed of an unusual mudstone rock, it’s no wonder the Maroon Bells are the “most photographed peaks in all of North America.”

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PHOTO: Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Snowmass

4. Take part in the après-ski scene. 

Colorado is home to more than 200 microbreweries, including the town’s local producer, Aspen Brewing Company. In the movie Dumb and Dumber, Aspen is even referred to as “a place where the beer flows like wine.”

At Aspen Brewing Company’s location on East Hopkins Avenue, you can sip one of their many craft brews and enjoy free live music almost every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer and winter months.

More of a champagne drinker? Hit up the Oasis, Aspen’s first pop-up champagne bar that changes its location weekly. The Oasis is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons during the spring ski season only. To find clues about where the Veuve Clicquot is flowing, follow The Little Nell Hotel on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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PHOTO: Aspen Snowmass

5. Enjoy world-class pampering.

There’s nothing better than some world-class pampering after a long day on the slopes. Kick off your ski boots and treat yourself to a session at one of Aspen’s luxurious spas, such as The Spa at Viceroy Snowmass and Remede Spa at St. Regis Aspen.

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PHOTO: The Spa at Viceroy Snowmass

6. It’s one of the more dog-friendly ski towns in the nation.

As we’ve stated before, “with miles of dog-friendly trails, including the Smuggler/Hunter Creek Trail, Ute Trail and others, Aspen is the Promised Land for pooches. From stores that sell gifts like homemade dog cookies to restaurants and local banks that have amenities specific to dogs traveling with their owners, Aspen is so dog-friendly that if you didn’t bring yours, they’ll loan you one.”

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PHOTO: Aspen Snowmass

Win a trip to Aspen Snowmass!

Excited? So are we. Because in honor of the upcoming 4th Annual National Play Hooky and Ski Week, we’re sending one lucky winner and a friend to Aspen Snowmass!  Airfare, a luxurious stay at the Limelight Hotel, lift tickets, rentals, and more are waiting. Plus, if you get your friends to enter, you’ll boost your own chances of winning! Enter now:

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