Aspen in Colorado glistens with snow, and with its acquired glamour as the home of some famous celebrities. Although it’s an internationally renowned ski resort, activities here are not limited to skiing. Whether in winter or summer, visitors will enjoy Aspen holidays.
Take your Aspen adventure holiday to new heights -- literally. The Unicorn Balloon Company takes travellers on hot air balloon rides above the rugged landscape of Aspen and Snowmass. Catch the dramatic sunrise on the aspens and pines, and get a new perspective on the surrounding mountains and the luxurious homes; watch animals such as elks, deer, birds, and beaver scamper around during the one-hour flight. Balloon flights include a tour of the late country singer John Denver’s Windstar Foundation, a 985-acre ranch/farm in Old Snowmass. Champagne and flight video are also available at an additional price.
The melting of snow during the summer season opens up hiking trails. Hike through the popular Hope Pass Trail, one of the settings of the gruelling Leadville Trail 100 foot race and ultra-marathon. This trail is located 22 miles southwest of Leadville, and features breathtaking views of high alpine scenery. Other trails worth exploring are the Big Willis Gulch Trail, which leads to Willis Lake and a mine; Echo Canyon Trail, where alpine wildlife can be observed; and the hikers’ favourite Missouri Gulch Trail, with access to Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford, and Missouri Mountain.
Aspen snow has become synonymous with winter fun, and the city’s most popular sport, skiing. Go downhill skiing in Aspen Highlands, one of the popular ski resorts right next to Aspen Mountain. It has more than 400 hectares of ski area and a vertical drop of 1,108 metres. Aspen Highlands is renowned for its advanced runs, including the Highland Bowl, a steep terrain considered as the ski resort’s crowning jewel. Other popular ski areas such as Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, and Buttermilk Ski Resort can be accessed from Aspen Highlands.