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Aspen Highlands Ski Resort Lodging
Slightly inset from town and offering some of Colorado’s best expert-only terrain, Aspen Highlands is local-feeling. It’s also home to sweeping views of the famous Maroon Bells.
The 92 rooms here are modern and spacious, particularly the two-bedroom suites that can sleep up to four people. Kids will love the twin bunk beds and kids’ club on-site.
Aspen Highlands is the ski area of choice for locals and experts. It offers challenging terrain and iconic hiking trails in an isolated feel with a great apres scene. Guests can enjoy extraordinary personal service managed by the 5-star, 5-diamond Little Nell team and ski-in/ski-out access to legendary Aspen Mountain.
Staying slopeside makes your ski trip a true vacation, and Aspen has an abundance of hotel, condo and home options with direct Aspen Highlands lift access. Many of these properties offer amenities like hot tubs, heated pools, saunas and more. Some even feature a spa or a fitness center and are a short shuttle ride to Aspen Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, and Buttermilk Mountain.
For those looking for luxury Aspen Highlands lodging, consider The Residences at Aspen Highlands. This opulent private condominium complex is located on the mountain and offers exceptional finishes, sublime custom furnishings, fine art and collectibles, and a sophisticated contemporary design. Guests can also enjoy the renowned Ritz Carlton services and amenities.
Aspen’s four mountains make up one of the largest ski areas in America, and each area has its own distinct personality. Experts flock to Aspen Highlands, families favor Snowmass, and beginners and half-pipe hounds prefer Buttermilk’s gentle slopes. But the “Power of Four” means that you’ll rarely encounter a lift line and will probably have a run all to yourself.
As a bonus, each mountain boasts its own on-mountain restaurant to keep your ski day going strong from breakfast to dinner. You can dine at the base at the new, remodeled Buttermilk Mountain Lodge (opened Dec 17), serving classic skier standards like pizza and burgers; at mid-mountain Merry Go Round for a self-serve cafeteria style lunch; or up on the mountain at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, which has that après ski vibe of jumping off the cliffs in the 1970s (but with Champagne-soaked gluhwein instead).
For something a little more casual, check out Highlands Alehouse in the village center. This brewpub is a favorite among the locals, and the outdoor patio is great for people watching.
Bars & Lounges
Aspen Highlands is the preferred ski area for locals, offering a slew of steep double black diamond runs and challenging terrain. After a day on the slopes, celebrate your accomplishments with a drink at one of Aspen’s many upscale bars and lounges.
Guests staying at the Little Nell are a short walk from the gondola and can enjoy a bubbly apres ski experience in their hotel’s main bar. This trendy spot is known for its lively crowd and is perfect for kicking off the night with some champagne, a glass of wine, or a cold draft beer.
For a taste of Switzerland high in the Rocky Mountains, head to Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro. Located near the top of the Cloud Nine lift on Aspen Highlands, this cozy, European-style cabin is known for its champagne parties and bumping music. This on-mountain experience is in high demand and requires reservations.
Aspen Highlands is known as the local’s mountain, offering challenging terrain, a ski village that doesn’t get too crowded and spectacular views of the surrounding Maroon Bells. It’s also a great place to learn how to ski or snowboard. The resort has plenty of intermediate runs, but it is best known for its steeps and the fact that all the expert terrain here is double black diamonds (as opposed to Snowmass which has lots of blue and green runs).
There are a few shops and restaurants on the mountain including the mid-mountain Merry-Go-Round restaurant and Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro at the base. The après scene here is lively and fun, and apres ski goes until 2-4pm each day at both places.
Non-skiing activities include backcountry jeep tours, rock climbing on Independence Pass, balloon rides and horseback riding day trips. Our concierge can help you plan these and other Aspen activities during your stay. In the summer, golf and fly fishing are popular.