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Aspen, CO Ski Vacations can an expensive investment. These top 10 freebies will help you enjoy your stay to the fullest without breaking the bank so take advantage!

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1. First Tracks – The early bird sure does catch the worm at Aspen and Snowmass Mountains. Be the first to dip into the morning’s powder with the First Tracks program. This freebie allows guests that have a lift ticket or pass to sign up the night before to hit the slopes before the lifts open to the public. (On Snowmass call, 970-923-0560, on Aspen Mountain call 925-1220 x3543 for reservations.)

REDSTONE, CO - As I blasted down the highway from Aspen to Carbondale on my way to Redstone on my motorcycle, I could not help but feel overwhelmed by the awesome views and warm summer wind hitting me in the face. Although I have rode that stretch more times than I can remember, I never take it for granted.

Newsflash: Aspen, Colorado is expensive. The Limelight LodgeThe Limelight LodgeAs many ski vacationers discover whiling planning an Aspen winter getaway, cheap places to bunk up in America's priciest and poshest ski town are few and far between. Most vacationers cope with this bittersweet reality long before touching down at the Pitkin County Airport, usually while booking hotel or airline reservations. Nonetheless, the savvy and penny wise ski traveler may be surprised by the diverse array of relatively affordable hotels, motels, condos, and ski lodges for a comfortable, warm, and restful slumber. Like finding a fistful of quarters between sofa cushions, one just has to know where to look and book.

The Road Trip: A Time Honored Travel Tradition - Photo by Laura  RaczkowskiThe Road Trip: A Time Honored Travel Tradition - Photo by Laura Raczkowski
Aspen's breathtaking alpine backdrop is known to intoxicate, tempting visitors into staying in the Roaring Fork Valley much longer than originally anticipated. Many well-seasoned Aspenites call this geographical magnetism the "Curse of the Ute" and one of the reasons so many visitors-turned-residents have a difficult time returning to the rat race of their previous lives outside Colorado.

Elk Song Ranch
$58,000,000

Nestled into 67 acres off Owl Creek Road between Aspen and Snowmass, the Elk Song Ranch croons to the tune of 58,000,000 dollars for a posh estate with 20,000 square feet. Elk Song RanchAvailable exclusively through Sotheby’s International, Elk Song Ranch is a seven-bedroom hideaway with large pond, private trails, and mountain views. The rustic wood trim interior is inspired by the Colorado high country lifestyle. The luxurious list of creature comforts includes a great room with a sunken bar, a billiard room, a theater, an outdoor swimming pool, multiple sitting areas, a well-appointed great room,. an exercise room, and an outdoor space with a hot tub.

Flying Dog Ranch
$56,000,000

The next owner of George Stranahan’s Flying Dog Ranch in Woody Creek will have some hefty boots to fill. Flying Dog RanchFlying Dog RanchAfter 40-some years of living at Flying Dog Ranch, Stranahan’s has managed to wrangle the western frontier dreams of an aspiring young cowboy into a life and a livelihood. Flying Dog Ranch is where he personally raised and ranched a herd of Colorado Limousine Beef Cattle, cultivated an avid interest in photography, started the nationally-distributed Flying Dog Beer, began distilling premium Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey with a neighbor, launched a boutique publishing company, opened the Woody Creek Tavern and Community Center, and raised a family.

Aspen Tuscan Masterpiece

$43,800,000

Aspen’s grandiose Tuscan Estate dazzles with 16,000-square feet of well-appointed bravura, receiving nods from VH1’s Fabulous Celebrity Real Estate Splurges as one of the four top estates currently for sale in the United States.

How much does it cost to own a piece of the dream in Aspen? Depends on how deep your pockets are. We’ve assembled a list of 10 fairytale properties currently on the market.

Summer is here and the living is easy. We’ve assembled a list of 10 magnificent Aspen swimming pool scenes where one can unwind, revitalize, and refresh in heavenly waters.

The St. Moritz Pool in Aspen, ColoradoThe St. Moritz Pool in Aspen, ColoradoKicking back poolside and taking a plunge into the deep end is a touchstone of many summer vacations. Yet Aspen’s high alpine pool scene doesn’t quite capture the traveling public’s imagination like the glitzy, anything-goes sizzle of Las Vegas casino pool parties, the rooftop pools of Rio de Janerio, or the seductive palm-fringed hideaways in Southern California and Miami. Perhaps it is because Aspen is mythologized exclusively as a cold weather ski destination rather than a place to sport swimwear, drape a beach towel, and spend an afternoon floating in the water.

While the pool scene in Vegas and Miami is hardly under-the-radar, Aspen’s pool scene is one of its best-kept summer secrets.

.Dining Al Fresco on the Patio of D19 and Pacifica in Downtown Aspen with a Postcard Perfect Mountain Panorama.Dining Al Fresco on the Patio of D19 and Pacifica in Downtown Aspen with a Postcard Perfect Mountain PanoramaWhether conquering the coals of a casual backyard barbeque or relaxing over a romantic four-course treat, one of life’s simple summer pleasantries is dining outdoors. Feasting on a delightful meal while lounging on a patio or deck in the warm sunshine and fresh air is nothing short of an obligatory pastime. Time seems to whisk away with sweet nonchalance into dreamy oblivion when dining outside with good-humored company. Here in Aspen, the epicurean nirvana is heightened when enjoying a tableau vivant of regional specialties like blue agave margaritas, a warm brie paired with the perfect merlot, a main entrée of fresh Colorado lamb, or a palate cleansing antipasto before dessert.

Using a little imagination, dining al fresco in Aspen’s thin Rocky Mountain air is like dining in sylvan realm of Fairyland, the fictitious setting of Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream . Many bistros and cafes in this charming Victorian ski town pride themselves on well-appointed porches, patios, and decks in woodsy settings with postcard-perfect mountain panoramas and menus of artisan haute cuisine.