Person skiing on a powder day near the Limelight Hotel Aspen.

Powder Day Hall Pass ?

Sunday night, after a weekend of snow, snow and some more snow, my fellow Aspen Skiing Company employees and me (the Aspen Skiing Company owns the Limelight Hotel) received an email from our CEO Mike Kaplan stating thus: Good things come to those who wait, and this snow is definitely a good thing.  So let’s […]

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5 Reasons Why the Belly Up is Aspen’s Perfect Music Venue

About a lifetime ago, I lived in San Diego. Back then, the Belly Up in Solana Beach was the place to hear live music, and not much has changed in the two decades since. Michael Goldberg, inspired by the success of his brother Steve’s SoCal venue, opened the Aspen location in 2005, and things have […]

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The Limelight Hotel’s Awesome Amenities

There are certain things one should expect from a high-end ski town hotel, like a ski valet and storage. The Limelight, of course, delivers on that front (they’ll even make arrangements to have your skis or board tuned and picked-up/delivered). But there are plenty of other great amenities offered by the hotel that set it […]

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Spring Breaking in Aspen? Tips for Making the Most of It

Spring break is a rite of passage in ski towns. Happily, it’s usually not the alpine version of Panama City, and is mercifully free of cruising, wet t-shirt contests (usually), and redux-MTV Beach House mentality. There are lots of families, high school kids on school-sanctioned getaways, and, admittedly, drunk college students behaving…like drunk college students. […]

The snow-covered streets of Aspen in the winter, near the Limelight Hotel Aspen.

The Top 5 Free Things to do in Aspen in Winter

Fact: Ski towns, regardless of locale, are expensive. They’re also very community-minded, which is why there’s always a diverse offering of free activities and events for locals and visitors alike. Aspen is no exception, and truth be told, the town has freebies on things many resorts charge for. Take our Nordic trail system (all 60 […]

Three forks on display to represent dining at the Limelight Hotel Aspen.

5 Great Family-Friendly Restaurants in Aspen

Eating out with your family means juggling more appetites, taste buds, attention spans and mouths to feed. But whether your kids are picky chicken-nugget-purists or adventurous budding foodies, Aspen’s got you covered. Start with these five great family-friendly Aspen restaurants. CP Burger Fast food Aspen style. Burgers and dogs are staples, or add grilled tuna […]

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3 Tips for Stress-Free Horseback Riding in Aspen

Feeling a little tired from all that hiking? It’s time to saddle up and get in touch with Aspen’s Western roots. Just think: All that amazing scenery while your horse does the work. You can ride up Independence Pass like the original silver miners: Independence Pass Outfitting Company. Or try something the old-timers didn’t have—a […]


5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Aspen

Aspen defies ordinary. You will too. Here are 5 unique things to do in Aspen. Rent a dog. Canine + mountain trail, creek, peak, powder stash, etc. = contagious joy. If you’re in need of an adventure companion, pick up a pooch for a day at the Aspen Animal Shelter. Yep, you can even ski […]

Two people at a scenic overlook while hiking near Aspen.

5 Best Aspen Adventure Hikes

Words don’t do justice to the beauty around Aspen. The Elk Mountain Range is loaded with life-list trails, views, passes and peaks. You’ve got to see them for yourself. Hikers can find every level of trail, but this list if for the adventurous. Here are the 5 best Aspen adventure hikes. 5. Cathedral Lake Distance: […]

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Backpacking Essentials for Aspen Day Hikes

Hiking is a must-do in Aspen during spring, summer and fall. But don’t pull a Gilligan—make sure your hike stays catastrophe-free by following some simple wilderness wisdom. Follow these backpacking essentials for your Aspen day hikes. Know Where You’re Going Some trails are easier to follow than others, but smart hikers bring a map, GPS […]

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5 Best Bike Rides in Aspen

Aspen is a cyclist’s dream. Think it coincidence that America’s premier cycling race, the USA Pro Challenge, is kicking off in Aspen for the second straight year? Or that Lance Armstrong owns a house in town? Here are the 5 best bike rides in Aspen, with a ride for every style of cyclist.   Road […]

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48 Hours in Aspen: Must Sees & Dos

You’ve got a weekend free, and you’re spending 48 hours in Aspen. Lucky you. The question is, how do you maximize a short trip in a place that keeps locals occupied year-round? The hardest part of this equation is narrowing your focus. Why are you coming to Aspen, and what’s your main goal? Are you alone, […]