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Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley Travel Guide


One of four ski mountains owned by Aspen Skiing Company and one of the best intermediate hills in the country, Snowmass has more ski-in ski-out lodgings and a slower pace than Aspen. Snowmass was built in 1967 as Aspen's answer to Vail—a ski-specific resort—and although it has never quite matched Vail's panache or popularity, it has gained stature with age, finding its identity as a

resort destination rather than the village it once called itself. In general, Snowmass is better for families with young children, leaving the town of Aspen to a more up-at-the-crack-of-noon crowd.

The town at the mountain's base, Snowmass Village, has a handful of boutiques and upscale restaurants, but it's less self-absorbed and more family-oriented and outdoorsy than Aspen.

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