Aspen receives love in awards from Traveler |

Aspen receives love in awards from Traveler

Staff report

Aspen’s ski areas are getting lots of love from readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

The magazine published an online reader’s choice list of “America’s Best Ski Resorts” on Friday, and the four Aspen Skiing Co. mountains all made the cut.

Aspen Mountain took the highest award at No. 3, which ranked first for nightlife and second for food and restaurants.

“The resort, also known as Ajax, is closest to the actual town of Aspen,” contributor David Jefferys wrote. “A former silver mining camp, the big draw these days is luxury lodgings, high-end dining and exclusive designer shopping.”

Next highest was Aspen Highlands at No. 9, earning praise in the category of “Lifts & Lines.”

“Most definitely the place for hardcore ski bums and the second largest of Aspen’s four resorts, the famed Highland Bowl offers incredibly steep runs (accessed only by hiking, and keeping any crowds away),” Jefferys wrote.

Snowmass took No. 13, and Buttermilk, dubbed “perfect for families and beginners,” came in 17th.

Colorado was well-represented on the list of 20 resorts. Readers also voted for Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Vail, Steamboat, Crested Butte and Telluride, which took the top honor.