Depending upon where your located on the globe, Christmas can consist of a variety of weather extremes, ranging from snow-lined streets to beach barbeques. But, there is only one place to spend your Christmas holidays during the festive season and it's on the slopes.
Aspen during Christmastime stirs your senses and gets your heart racing like no other place. Waking up to a benign bluebird morning, with fresh sheets of white powder and treeline chutes makes for the perfect festive feeling. And nothing quite encapsulates 'a white christmas' better than skillfully saloming down the stifling slopes whilst admiring the picturesque mountain scenery. Then cosying up amidst a cracking family with your loved ones - nestled away from the hectic world and creating a holiday memory which will last a lifetime
If you're a novice to festive vacations on the slopes and would like to try something different over the holidays, here's why Aspen, Colorado is the idyllic skiing vacation for you and your family.
Christmas is a special experience for skiing and boarding enthusiasts, as for most of us, it'll be the only true white Christmas we're likely to experience. And with Aspens famously challenging runs, glamorous and cultured town with frequent celebrity visitors - Aspen's mountains are a breeding ground for fabulous family adventures and luxury lodging experiences.
Feel the wind against your face as you glaze through the powder, with the fresh alpine air pulsating your nostrils. Listen to the slash of powder spray as your ski boots carve through the fresh tracks from the off piste trails. Skiing through the blue-ribbon Aspen resorts certainly makes for the most exhilarating and unforgettable Christmas morning.
Along the list of pros of this Christmas utopia is the famously quiet piste and non-existent lift queues, which tend to be particularly quiet during the Christmas week. This means you'll have the open back bowls and off piste tracks to explore at your own pace; free from the hustle and bustle of eager ski bums and boarding bunnies ready for the fresh powder.
Indeed, the glitzy colorado town of Aspen needs little introduction. It's been a melting pot for well-heeled visitors and winter sports enthusiasts for decades. But at Christmas time, Aspen truly becomes a magical place.
You don't need to be a skier or snowboarder to fall in love with Aspen. Each year, the charming downtown becomes a winter wonderland filled with seasonal activities and merriment. During the Christmas week, Aspens resorts are buzzing in the build up to the 25th, hosting an assortment of special events - most of which are free and provide daily entertainment for all ages. From ice skating, art projects, sleigh rides, and children's story house to live jazz and Victorian caroling - there's something for everyone to do.
Enjoy the wintertime party at Elk on Snowmass Mountain, where natives to the Colorado mountains honour the Norse god of snow, Ulr. The family-friendly on-mountain celebration features a campfire with s'mores and hot cocoa as well as live music and culinary delights - guaranteed to cleanse the palate and satisfy your tastebuds. Watch the sky light up with a firework extravaganza over aspen mountains, where a multitude of colours disperse into the sky.
Shopping is an elite past time in Aspen, home to big hit designer boutiques such as Dior, Bruno Cucinelli or Loro Piana. The beautiful Aspen town is also filled with local boutiques filled with fine art, unique clothing and delicate pieces of handmade jewellery, carefully crafted by local designers.
If a spa treatment is on your Christmas wish list, indulge at one of Aspen's renowned spas, offering relaxation and rejuvenation, with specialist treatments and healing agents to vibrate and revitalise your skin.
Although the snow is synonymous to the cold winter weather, Aspen's luxury ski-in ski-out rentals will ensure you stay nice and toasty indoors. How many times can you say you've had an indulgent Christmas dinner with champagne and canapes nestled nicely between the rocky mountains. Indeed, when you book a luxury Aspen vacation rental, you tend to be provided with all the trimmings - hot tubs, suanas and swimming pools to name a few. So when you're not on the slopes slashing through the snow, you are fully entertained in a luxurious ski rental.
Moreover, the majority of ski-in ski-out rentals and condos are right by the slopes, and escalators up from the centre. You can simply roll out of your luxury accommodation, slap on your ski boots and set off for a day of Christmas adventures.
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