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The Inn at Aspen

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Guests to Aspen seeking the convenience of slope-side lodging, but lacking the vacation expense account of a Fortune 500 CEO should strongly consider staying at The Inn at Aspen. The Inn has a scenic dream location at the base of Buttermilk Mountain, making this ResortQuest property a great accommodation option for skiers, golfers, and adventurers seekers.
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There is a laundry list of both pros and cons to staying outside the immediate downtown area. As for the pros, the high speed The Summit Express lift is literally 40 yards from the Inn’s mountain entrance, making for quick, hassle-free access to the snow on Buttermilk Mountain. The Inn at Aspen is practically a neighbor to the Pitkin County Airport, which means visitors are able to maximize time on the slopes. Skiers and riders will be able to get away with more runs on arrival and departure day without even entering downtown Aspen. Buttermilk Mountain also boasts on of the most intricate terrain parks in the world, which is great news for extreme skiers and snowboards seeking big air on the internationally-renowned superpipe. Speaking of "extreme" and "superpipe," Buttermilk Mountain is the host to the famous ESPN Winter X-Games until 2012. The Inn is an excellent choice for guests planning to revel in the “extreme” and “outrageous” nationally-televised festivities occurring every January. Buttermilk Mountain’s 470 acres of open terrain and smooth, rambling trails are great for beginning skiers and snowboarders. If you’re still shaky, self-conscious, and stumbling down the mountain, staying at Buttermilk is perfect for shying away from the show-off, image-conscious pretentiousness of skiing Aspen Mountain.

There are just a few cons. The Inn is two miles from downtown Aspen, so getting into town involves coordinating transportation, particularly for après ski and dining out on the town. Fortunately, the journey only takes five minutes and there is a free shuttle running to and from downtown until the wee hours of the morning. Getting to Snowmass and Highlands is also quite simple, as the ski shuttle stops right in front of the hotel on Highway 82.

The décor in the 122 rooms and suites may be a bit dated and austere. Nonetheless, there is ample room to spread out. All rooms provide kitchenettes and balconies. Some rooms even face the slopes and superpipe on Buttermilk. Ski lockers near the slopes allow guests to quickly stash their gear before heading to the beautiful slope side pool, hot tub, or blazing outdoor fire pit. The well-stocked Elkhorn bar pours cold beers and smooth libations during après ski and throughout the evening. In the morning, a complimentary continental breakfast is available before starting the day.

Visitors coming to Aspen during the summer will be enthralled by The Inn at Aspen’s proximity to the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club. Aspen’s primer golf destination is a challenging 18-hole course with a breathtaking backdrop of gigantic Red Mountain.

Prices at The Inn are a pleasant alternative to the opulence of chic downtown properties. Rates are a fraction of the price of downtown Aspen’s only other slope-side accommodation: the uber-posh Little Nell. The Inn at Aspen packs all the punch of the Aspen alpine experience for an incredibly affordable value.

The Inn at Aspen
38750 Hwy. 82
Aspen, CO 81611
970-925-1500
www.innataspen.com

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