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Aspen Christmas Ski Trips

Oct. 1
Try to book by Oct. 1. Lodging at Aspen during the holidays books out quickly, and is considered a tighter market.
77%
On average, 77% of Aspen's terrain is open by Dec. 25.
83%
In 83% of winters, Aspen is more than half open by Dec. 25, making it a great bet for holiday ski trips.

Aspen at Christmas is a unique destination. There's no place that buzzes quite like it in the mountains at any time of year, and the holidays amplify everything here: the snow, the skiing, the food, the parties. Aspen at Christmas, it can be said unequivocally, is one of the rarest—and most fun—experiences in skiing.

This is one of the few places in the world that brings together everything that anybody might be looking for on a ski trip:

Coming to Aspen during the holidays feels like traveling to the heart of the beast, where the grand control pad is, where the levers that control winter, snow, presents and cheer all reside. With the sun angle low in winter in its darkest days, snow piles up alongside the sidewalks, making little tunnels through which children scamper and wine-infused adults appreciate for their ambience. The streets here have a rebound to them: people traipsing in and out of shops, in and out of bars, finding a dinner spot for a little bit before heading out for more.

This is one of the grand old towns in all of skiing. It's at its peak power now, when the years switch over, the days are shorter and the winter is still novel to all. With a town like this to enjoy outside of the skiing hours, skiers are less worried about the weather, about getting snow. The beginnings and ends to the day here in Aspen are as good as the middles.

Traveling to Aspen: An Easier Holiday Sojourn

Traveling to Aspen maybe the easiest Christmas ski trip of any in the western United States. The airport is a dynamo, with more direct flights than any other ski town airport. During the holidays, most airlines are running 50% more flights into ski towns then they do during the rest of the winter. That means as many as 10 direct flights a day into Aspen's airport from hubs like Chicago's O'Hare.

Just as good as the rapid cadence of flights into Aspen, is where skiers find themselves when they land. If one wanted, the walk from the tarmac to the slopes at Aspen Buttermilk takes about five minutes. The cab ride into town also takes about five minutes. It's so short that most hotels will fetch their customers at the airport for free. Paying for a car or shuttle is not required.

With so many flights from so many cities across the United States pouring into this one location, many skiers will be able to accomplish they sought-after double helix of ski travel: skiing on the day of arrival and on the day of departure. That means a four night trip can deliver five days of skiing. Those flying from Chicago (where the owners of Aspen Snowmass live) can board an 8 a.m. flight from O'Hare to Aspen and by skiing the top of Aspen Mountain by noon. On the last day of a trip, skiers can ski until 3 p.m. and easily catch a 5 p.m. flight back home, and be in bed at a normal hour.

During the holiday weeks around Christmas and New Year's, there're extra flights into Aspen from all the major hubs and some locations that aren't hubs. But Aspen is a popular place, so booking early is always a good move.

—Les Houches

Core Strenghts

Aspen Snowmass
Travel Ease
90.6
Overall
90.0
Snow Quality
74.3
Best time for snow at
Aspen Snowmass
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
True Snow: 296" per year
Snow Quality Rank

24

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

67

Aspen Snowmass is ranked No. 67 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

10.7%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

5.0%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

21.0%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

67

Aspen Snowmass is ranked No. 67 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

24

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.