What’s the difference between Aspen and Snowmass?
Aspen is located in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, with an elevation of 7,908 feet. It has a lot to offer in culture, luxury shopping, and fine dining. The town of Snowmass Village is located just outside Aspen at an elevation of 8,209 feet. It provides visitors with ski slopes suited for all levels, biking, hiking, and many other outdoor activities.
Aspen offers more nightlife and entertainment, while Snowmass focuses on outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, and hiking. In addition, Snowmass features more ski-in/out accommodations than Aspen and a more ‘ski resort village’ feel. And while both areas offer plenty of family-friendly activities, Snowmass is generally considered a bit more family-oriented overall.
How Do I Get to Aspen and Snowmass?
To get to Aspen and Snowmass, you can fly directly into the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE) or drive via Colorado Highway 82. Please visit our “How to Get to Aspen” page for more detailed instructions.
How far is Snowmass from Aspen?
Snowmass, Colorado, is located approximately 8 miles away from Aspen. Traveling from Aspen to Snowmass takes about 20 minutes by car or 20-30 minutes via free local public transportation.
Is Snowmass cheaper than Aspen?
Yes, Snowmass is usually cheaper than Aspen for lodging and dining. You’ll also experience a quieter atmosphere in Snowmass compared to Aspen. But you’ll still have plenty of access to outdoor recreation, events, shopping, and nightlife.
Why is Aspen so famous?
Aspen, Colorado, is world-renowned for its top-notch ski resorts, abundant outdoor activities, and celebrity visitors. The area offers year-round access to pristine slopes, a vibrant arts community, and high-end shopping districts. As a result of its incredible beauty and abundance of activities, it is one of the most popular ski destinations in the world.
Why is it called Snowmass?
Snowmass is named after a nearby mountain, formerly known as “Cold Woman” by the Ute people. It was given this name due to its often-misty peak and the belief that it caused harsh weather. It was later renamed “Snow Mass” due to its abundance of snow between its two summits all year round.
Which is more exclusive, Aspen or Vail?
While both Aspen and Vail are famed ski resorts, they offer different experiences. Aspen is considered the more exclusive of the two, given its smaller size and more extensive range of luxury accommodations.
What hotels are in Aspen and Snowmass?
Here are some of the most well-known local luxury hotels in Aspen:
* The Little Nell
* The Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection
* The Limelight Hotel
* W Aspen – A Marriott Hotel
Here are some of the most well-known local luxury hotels in Snowmass:
* Viceroy Snowmass
* Viewline Resort Snowmass, an Autograph Collection Hotel
* The Stonebridge Inn, a Destination by Hyatt Residence
* The Crestwood Condominiums
Find Out More About Aspen and Snowmass
We’ve barely scratched the surface! Check out our Local Area Guide to find even more reasons to visit our magnificent Rocky Mountain playground. Or contact us directly for unforgettable experiences and magical memories of a lifetime! In the meantime, take a look at the Aspen Good Neighbor Guide for some “…tips and tricks for responsible and respectful visitation while staying in Aspen.”