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Which Ranks #1 With You?


Be it winter or summer, Aspen and Vail are both top-notch destinations, but which is best? Check out what they each offer, and decide where you want to ski, play in the snow or visit in the off-season for fun in the sun.

Aspen in Winter


  • Gets 300 inches of snow per year.
  • Provides a variety of trails for skiers and snowboarders: 637 acres of skiable terrain
  • Snowmass has the nation's longest ski lift - the Cirque Lift.
  • Two-thirds of Aspen Mountain's runs are rated advanced or expert.
  • Snowmobile tours.
  • Carriage and sleigh rides through picturesque Aspen, Colorado.
  • Aspen hosts the X-Games and an annual celebration of winter, Winterskol, every January.

Vail in Winter


  • Gets 366 inches of snow per year.
  • Boasts 5,289 skiable acres with 193 trails for all skill levels.
  • Atop Vail Mountain sits Adventure Ridge, which offers ski bikes, snowshoeing, tubing and kids' snowmobiling.
  • Vail Village has more than 250 shops and 100 restaurants and bars.
  • Vail has the largest network of express quad chairlifts in the world: 17 high-speed quads and a gondola.
  • Fine-tune your skills at Vail Snowsports School for skiers and snowboarders.

Aspen in Summer


  • Visit two nearby ghost towns: Ashcroft and Independence.
  • Whitewater rafting.
  • Flyfishing in the Roaring Fork Valley.
  • Golf surrounded by mountain vistas.
  • June's annual Aspen Food and Wine Classic.

Vail in Summer


  • Horseback riding.
  • Mountain biking trails.
  • Hiking. Meet up with a local trail guide to learn about birds and wildflowers in the area.
  • Jeep 4-wheeling tours.

It's High Time for a Good Time


Aspen and Vail are each beautiful alpine resort towns at elevations around 8,000 feet. The summits in each area reach heights of more than 13,000 feet.