Aspen Mountain Ski Resort Professional Review and Guide
"Aspen sits in the Roaring Fork Valley, a wide, U-shape cut of land created by glacial activity that lies in the heart of central Colorado’s 2-million-acre White River National Forest. The valley stretches for nearly 50 mi northwest from the town of Aspen to the community of Glenwood Springs, between the Sawatch Range to the east and the Elk Mountains on the south and west. These strapping glacier-topped mountains created more than 15 million years ago provide the melt that feeds the restless Roaring Fork River, which rushes northeast until it merges near Glenwood Springs with the mighty Colorado River.
The evolution from abandoned mining town to thriving ski resort had begun, and in 1950 the staging of the Fédération Internationale du Ski (FIS) World Alpine Championships thrust Aspen into the skiing spotlight. This chapter contains a thorough description of the resort including how to get there, mountain statistics, trail profiles, lodging, dining, nightlife, and entertainment."