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Top of the Mountains 2003

November 2003

The hills beckon and seduce us all year long, with each season promising new adventures. And come winter, the seduction continues with skiing, snowshoeing, or simply snuggling by a roaring fire. Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are a large playground to get to know, so let us acquaint you with the best of the best in our Top of the Mountains package. We’ll introduce you to everything including local’s secrets, resorts you should visit (and how to spend your time there), key Colorado people (such as film-dynamo Warren Miller), and the allure of night skiing at Keystone. So, load up the car and get on the road because there’s nothing wrong with being seduced.

The hippest place on the block is the Sky Hotel. Just steps from the gondola, across the street from the venerable Little Nell hotel, and a block or so from all Aspen has to offer, the Sky’s location is hard to beat. Owned by the same company as the Hotel Monaco, the boutique-style Sky opened in June 2002 and has been a hit with its whimsical design. The hotel’s bar, 39 Degrees, is a draw in itself with signature drinks and a supercool bar/lounge that’s straight out of Ocean’s Eleven.

No day should begin without a large white coffee at Ink! Coffee. (Remember Ink!’s blended chais later in the day when you need a caffeine boost.) Nestled below street level, the sunny outdoor patio is the perfect place – even during the winter – to read the paper and sip coffee. From there, you’re a mere half-block from the gondola. Buy your lift ticket and it’s good at any of the four ski mountains: Aspen Mountain (also called Ajax), Highlands, Buttermilk/Tiehack, and Snowmass. If you’re up early and organized, you can spend half the day on one slope and the other half on another.