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Aspen travel piece for San Francisco Magazine March 2008

Aspen travel piece for San Francisco Magazine March 2008

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Last dashto Aspen
Thisjaw-droppingly beautifulmountain playgroundoffersgood times for the snow crazyand the just plain lazy.
By Camper english
PhotograPhs by tyler stableford
 Any year the weather gods shortchange Tahoe ski resorts,consider heading to Aspen, where the peak season runs romFebruary through March and the place is a total scene, snowor not. Lit tickets in Aspen are good at any o our skiareas—Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, andButtermilk—all located within a 12-mile radius and accessible by ree shuttles. Chances are, one o them will still have snowwhen you arrive. March is also a big month or special eventsin town and on the mountains, including the Aspen MusicFestival
(Mar. 6 and Mar. 10)
, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
(Mar. 28–29)
,and a ew Bud Light–sponsored exhibitions and concertseries sprinkled in between.
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The double planetrip you have to taketo Aspen is worth it:How can you
not 
bewowed by such aspectacular setting?
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has the most skiable acreage, and there’s terrain or boarders and skiers o various levels. Ninety-ve percent o thelodging in Snowmass is ski-in/ski-out, so i that’s your only actionitem, this is the place to stay. It’s also the ideal place to bringkids, with the new Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center (below)oering childcare, lessons, rentals, and amily après-ski parties.Beginners will enjoy the long, wide trails o 
Buttk 
, whilesnowboarding tricksters visit or the ve terrain parks and super-pipe.
 a hd
(next page, right) oers extreme slopesor pros, as well as views rom the mountain o the amousMaroon Bells. Must-ski
 a mut
is slightly gentler thanthe Highlands, but it’s no slouch and is extremely popular, inpart because the base o its lit is just a ew eet rom down-town streets, posh hotels, and shopping.
for inforMation aboutany of these Mountains, call 970-925-1220 or visit asPensnowMass.coM
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Sure, you can go the home-rental route, but Aspen has plentyo hotels i you want to put yoursel in someone else’s hands.Zoom o the slopes at Aspen Mountain too ast, and you couldalmost land in the outdoor pool (above) o the
sk ht
which wouldn’t be so awul, since it’s heated. This Kimpton-managed property has all the qualities o an urban boutiquehotel, with iPod alarm clocks and personal oxygen tanks inevery room. The
st. r rt
is more the leather club-chairtype and has an onsite spa and the Aspen Back Institute inside,where you can repair any damage done on the slopes. A ew blocks rom the mountain is
ht J
, built in 1889. Old-time opulence is the theme here, with ballrooms, ne dining,and the hopping J-Bar—where you can still order a Prohibition-era specialty drink, the Aspen Crud.
sky hotel: 709 e. durantave., 800-882-2582, theskyhotel.coM; st. regis resort: 315 e. dean st., 970-920-3300, stregisasPen.coM; hotel JeroMe: 330 e. Main st., 970-920-1000,hotelJeroMe.coM
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