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Families will love:

  • Four mountains of fun
  • Hiking, biking, rafting and riding
  • A local Western mining town vibe

Aspen, aptly named for the Aspen trees filling its mountainsides (those aren't individual trees but a large connection of roots!), is one of the West's oldest towns. Booming in the 1800s during the Gold Rush and becoming a ski mountain in the 1940s, Aspen now attracts the outdoor-loving set who hit its mountains for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, as well as summer ... more
Aspen, aptly named for the Aspen trees filling its mountainsides (those aren't individual trees but a large connection of roots!), is one of the West's oldest towns. Booming in the 1800s during the Gold Rush and becoming a ski mountain in the 1940s, Aspen now attracts the outdoor-loving set who hit its mountains for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling, as well as summer and fall hiking, biking, whitewater rafting and horseback riding adventures. Located in the Fork Valley, Aspen's slogan is "the Power of Four" due to its close proximity to Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass Mountains, meaning a trip to Aspen actually gives you access to four mountains of fun.

Aspen Mountain begins at nearly 8,000 feet at its base, climbing to 11,212 feet in height. Known for its ski slopes, 76 trails over 64 miles keep powder lovers occupied from late November through mid-April. However, Aspen is not for the beginner: there are no green trails on this here mountain. Instead, new skiers and boarders will have to traverse the trails at Buttermilk and Snowmass, the two most family-friendly mountains of the four.

Unlike many ski villages that dot the Rocky Mountains, Aspen was not created to resemble an Alpine destination. Instead, it honors its history as a Western mining town and you can just imagine cowboys walking its intimate main streets lined with brick and stone buildings that have stood their ground for 200 years. Locals still wear cowboy hats, suede and furs -- as do the celebrities that have second homes in the mountains.

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