Why Go: The largest of the four Aspen resorts, Snowmass boasts the steepest vertical drop in the United States and its longest run is more than five miles long. The Hanging Valley Wall and Glades are among the most notorious patches of expert terrain, only a short hike from the High Alpine lift. Intermediate skiers and riders love the meticulously groomed cruiser trails, such as Big Burn and Elk Camp. Additional perks: Hot apple cider and cookies are free at the top of Coney Glade lift in the afternoons, and skiers can make reservations for First Tracks before the lift opens each day.
Where to Après: The hip Viceroy hotel chain opened its first mountain resort at the Snowmass Base Village in 2009. Will Nolan cooks Southern comfort food at its restaurant Eight K (a nod to the hotel’s elevation), while the 87-foot glass bar serves designer cocktails like a Big Air Willie combining whiskey, chipotle vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and maraschino liqueur.