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Aspen, Colorado
Best Ski Towns
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It's unlikely that Aspen, Colorado will shake its image as an elitist destination for celebrities anytime soon, but it's important to note that Aspen's unique ambiance is not entirely exclusive. The vibrant town and the surrounding ski areas turn out to be perfect ingredients for a memorable Aspen ski vacation.

While you're sure to find the five-star hotels and restaurants you might expect in downtown Aspen, you'll also find an eclectic mix of more casual venues. In fact, with over 100 different establishments, Aspen is even one of the best ski resorts for singles.

Aprés-ski highlights include Jimmy's, which was recently rated as one of the all-around best bars in the country. The Woody Creek Tavern is also worth a visit, as it was once frequented by the legendary Gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson.

Shopping in Aspen is also a treat. Delight in some high-end eye candy at the designer shops, but then explore the town for some real Colorado treasure: handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, antiques and Western home décor, for example.

Stereotypes aside, a visit to Aspen will reveal that the town is quite welcoming to tourists. After all, Aspen's true red carpet - the top-notch terrain and panoramic views sprawled over Aspen Snowmass's four mountains - rolls out to anyone with a lift ticket.

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