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Few places in the country offer anything comparable to the majestic slopes of Aspen, Colorado.

Aspen is world renowned for its downhill skiing.  Just four hours from Denver, Aspen sits at the upper end of the Roaring Fork Valley, with the Roaring Fork River flowing through it.  Aspen Mountain is one of four ski areas in the valley, including Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk mountains as well.  They all lie within twelve miles of the town and offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world.  Aspen's reputation brings international skiers to town.

Much of the area around Aspen is public land within the White River National Forest.  The Elk Mountains rise to the south and west of Aspen.  The Williams Mountains and the Sawatch Range lie to the east.  Alpine valleys cut through the gorgeous landscape.  The high mountain areas surrounding Aspen lie within designated wilderness areas in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass, Hunter-Fryingpan, and Collegiate Peaks wildernesses.

It's a mountain town with an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet.  This makes the weather somewhat unpredictable.  However, there is no bad weather, only bad clothes.  Lightweight, breathable fabrics are essential to enjoying this extreme terrain.  Any time of year, travelers should bring sunscreen, sunglasses, fleece, light weight layers, sturdy shoes, and lip protection.

The ski season is generally from April through November or December, depending on the snowfall.  To find out exactly when the slopes are open visit the Aspen Chamber of Commerce.  Aspen's mountains get an annual average of 300 inches of snow, so there's not much need to worry about having enough snow to ski on.  Also, all areas have the capability to make snow if necessary.

Visit RockyMountainGetaways.com for deals on skiing and resort packages in the area.  There are also many other travel sites dedicated to deals on package travel to this superior skiing destination.  There are at least 30 hotels and resorts in the area.  Spend time at travel.usa.com to explore each of the hotels and their amenities to find the right hotel for your vacation.  With more than 100 years of history, the town and its lodgings hold unmistakable charm.

There are also many companies that provide rental equipment.  The following is a brief list of some of the companies in Aspen that rent ski equipment in town: Aspen Hyatt Ski Shop, Aspen Sports‎, Aspen Velo, Black Tie Ski Rentals‎, Bootech, Cracks & Racks‎, Durrance Sports, Hamilton Sports‎, Hub of Aspen‎, Incline Ski Shop‎, Pomery Sports, Ski Butlers Aspen, Ski Butlers Snowmass, and Ute Mountaineer‎.

Visit the Aspen, Colorado Hotels page for more information.