You know youre in an upscale ski town when you see Chanel, Dior, Malo, and Fendi shops in a three-block walk. Being Aspen, most visitors are outfitted smartly, including the latest Prada ski jackets. Actually, fashion here blends tasteful western chic with a more jet set, designer look. Beyond fashion, though, one notes the large number of international skiers and staff. Mainly South Americans (to my surprise), Australians, and some Europeans make up the energetic, amiable staff working the slopes and in town, and the potpourri of languages spoken among the skiers affords a unique, and positive, addition to the whole trip.
The third noteworthy item is the superb quality of just about all that you need on a ski trip well laid out ski lifts with plenty of chair lift padding, excellent food (in town and on the slopes), and a fun après-ski nightlife (for young and old).
Shuttle buses take folks to ski lifts at the towns center or to Buttermilk, Aspen Highland, and Snowmass all worthwhile nearby mountains. My favorite ski runs were on Snowmass (perfect for intermediates with long varied terrain). Highlands has the best views of the valley amazing along with a fabulous mid-mountain restaurant, Cloud Nine, which is a must! The indoor, linen-covered tables here only accommodate 55 so you should reserve well ahead. Its perfect if you lunch at 1:30 after a solid morning of runs, drink some wine, and then take a leisurely ski down mountain at 3:00. The food is terrific and, with a phenomenal bottle, it will cost about $80/person but its a smart splurge. The mountain food overall at Aspen is arguably the best in the U.S.
One advantage of staying in Aspen town versus, say, Snowmass is the authentic charm of Aspen; its not a faux village and at night, is simply magical and postcard perfect.
As for spa treatments (and Im not a huge spa type), I do recommend the Aspen Club and Spa for a massage and body scrub. Its a good value, especially relative to the better known and much pricier Golden Door.
In sum, if you havent been to Aspen Go.