Honeymoon Guide: Aspen
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WHAT TO DO
Full details at aspenchamber.org
Spread over four mountains—Aspen (or Ajax), Buttermilk, Snowmass, and Aspen Highlands—the trails of Aspen offer plenty of challenging terrain for even the most demanding skier. Now that the new high-speed Deep Temerity lift is open, skiers and snowboarders can spend even more time on the mountain—albeit less canoodling time for couples on the ride up.
Powder Tours (tel. 970-920-0720) takes expert skiers in 11-person snowcat groups to the backcountry. Two guides lead you on a full day's adventure, with lunch in a wood-stove-heated cabin.
426 S. Spring St.
For a year-round, four-time-daily shot of adrenaline, take to the skies in a paraglider. No experience is needed, because these are tandem flights with a pilot strapped in behind you. Maybe later you can fly tandem with each other.
Vail-based Paragon Guides lead various treks in and around the beautiful green mountainsides of Aspen and Vail on their team of happy llamas. They can also arrange a custom trek for the two of you.
ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL
One of the country's top classical-music festivals runs virtually all summer long and draws top names. There's also a lesser-known winter season.
If you're Gen X (or Y or Z), this annual exhibition of ski tricks, snowboard contests, and snowmobile races is for you. Otherwise, avoid late January, when Buttermilk (where the games are held) and the entire town of Aspen is overrun by tattooed masses sponsored by outdoorsy outfitter Helly Hansen.
U.S. COMEDY ARTS FESTIVAL
March 8-12, 2006
Aspen annually becomes the epicenter of homegrown comedy. Festival alums include Jim Carrey, Jack Black, Cheech and Chong, Sarah Silverman, the Simpsons Live, and, debuting in 2006, Jim Henson's Muppet Improv.
THE J BAR
330 E. Main St.
The après ski universe revolves around this saloon-like bar, where the bold-faced and the merely cold-faced warm up with Aspen Crud—the signature bourbon-spiked milkshake. If that doesn't heat things up enough, try the outdoor hot tub with warmed-towel service.