Mountains are special whenever you go. As is Aspen, the wintery wonderland that seems a magnet for anyone and everyone into the whole skiing package. Add to this a little Christmas sparkle, and you have the makings of an unforgettable festive season.
Of course, if you’re heading to this skiers’ Shangri-La over the holidays, you’re going to want to know what the snow’s going to be like. Typically, the end of December sees more than enough snow to enjoy yourself on, usually averaging around about a 60cm base depth. If you’re looking to try out the legendary groomers that Ajax and its partner mountains have to offer, then over Christmas would be a relatively safe bet. The altitude of between 2,399m on Buttermilk and 3,813m on Snowmass manages to keep the temperature down, usually retaining good snow if it has fallen.
Of course, what’s Christmas without a few festive events to get you in the mood? In this resort, there aren’t a few, there are heaps. Starting on the 20th December, Aspen’s 12 Days of Christmas sees the resort turn to full Christmas mode. With events practically every day up to the New Year, if the possibility of free cookies and cocoa with Santa, a tree lighting celebration, an ugly sweater party or a free après ski film and cider for the grown-ups doesn’t fill you with festive cheer, we don’t know what will. With events for all the family, this period can be entertaining for any age – children have revelled in past years in a story told by Santa on Christmas Eve, and adults have enjoyed live music in the Nell Hotel.
Any discerning Christmas connoisseur will know that the meal is one of the most integral parts of the big day. Already known for its lavish and fine dining, a number of Aspen’s restaurants put on a special Christmas menu for the occasion. The Saint Regis Resort has put on an extensive, reasonably priced buffet lunch from 11 until 4pm in prior seasons. Featuring a kids menu too, it’s a good option for families. If you fancy pushing the boat out more, The Little Nell hotel has supplied some of the most exquisite food for past Christmas dinners, with four courses and the options of caviar and truffles for extra indulgence. If you’re looking for a spot of evening activities during this period, check out Belly Up Aspen, the best place for big names to perform live music – Weezer have performed on Boxing Day, with past acts including Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy and Blondie. If you want something a little more down to earth, check out the Red Onion for a great range of beers and other tipples.
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