Numerous airlines offer nonstop flights from all three Washington area airports to Denver. Steamboat Springs and Aspen are both about 160 miles from Denver.
WHERE TO STAY
40 Elbert Lane, Snowmass Village
Funky, family-friendly hotel with a casual on-site restaurant, a game room and a pool. Rooms from $89.
690 Carriage Way, Snowmass Village
970-923-4000 or 1-800-922-4001
Slope-side condo complex with on-site restaurant, pool and laundry. Two-bedroom condos from $282.
Nordic Lodge of Steamboat
1036 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
970-879-0531 or 1-800-364-0331
Centrally located, clean motel/lodge with famously helpful owners. Rooms from $69.
WHERE TO EAT
The J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome
330 E. Main St., Aspen
Bar and light-fare restaurant in Aspen’s most iconic hotel, with a locally famous burger. Plates from $8.
45 Village Run Cir., Snowmass Village
Our daily ritual. Strong coffee, good pastries, top-notch breakfast burritos; also serving lunch. Burritos from $6.
Justice Snow’s Restaurant and Bar
328 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen
Acclaim-worthy 21st-century menu in a location next to the historic Wheeler Opera House, with a Victorian-era bar and many refurbished remnants, such as an original bank vault door, from Aspen’s history. Entrees from $10.
Creekside Cafe and Grill
131 11th St., Steamboat Springs
Inventive menu and fresh ingredients, with sublime patio/garden dining next to Soda Creek. Breakfast and lunch only. Breakfast plates from $5, lunch from $8.
WHAT TO DO
Downhill Mountain Bike Clinic
Depart from Snowmass Village
$129 includes lift ticket.
Ice Age Discovery Center
Snowmass Village Mall
Showcase for 2010 mega-find of mammoth, mastodon and other fossils in Snowmass. Scheduled talks by paleontologists and local interpretive hikes led by staff. Free.
Tubing on the Yampa River
841 Yampa St., Steamboat Springs
Tube rental $18, including shuttle back to put-in location.