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The Scene: Aspen in winter is all glitz and glamour, but Snowmass Village, 20 minutes from downtown, is a much more approachable (and family-friendly) alternative, with ski-in/ski-out resorts, cozy restaurants and an Instagrammable mountain backdrop. Skiers here have access to a wealth of terrain, whether it’s Ajax’s challenging runs, the bowls at Aspen Highlands, or Snowmass’s own runs, which range from beginner to advanced.
Why January: Engulfed in a fresh coat of powder and slopes ready to be taken over, this month offers the sweetest ski deals. Wintersköl (Jan. 11–14) is Aspen’s annual festival, with fireworks, snow sculptures and a host of cultural events. The world’s craziest athletes perform their tricks at the Winter X Games (Jan. 25–28).
Where to Stay: The Viceroy Snowmass, in the heart of the new Base Village, offers kid-friendly slopes, a ski valet, equipment rentals and a heated pool. The 7,000-square-foot spa is one of the area’s best—and Skylark members get a $100 credit to spend there, in addition to complimentary breakfast, a room upgrade (based on availability) and other perks.