Magazine article Geographical

From Glitz and Glamour, to Speed

Magazine article Geographical

From Glitz and Glamour, to Speed

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Perhaps the biggest attractions of the US resort of Aspen are the glamour and glitz; with its star-studded ski slopes where you might catch Ivana Trump gliding down the slopes or find yourself fatally attracted to Michael Douglas over lunch, high up in the mountains.

However, there is another side to the Aspen mountains, far removed from all this glitz and glamour. Aspen started out as a small mining town. The people of Aspen are a mix, from the international jet set to the locals that have lived there for decades, yet both take pride in their unique surroundings.

The Aspen/Snowman mountain range offers various resorts with differing ski terrain. Ajax, which has no designated beginners terrain is an advanced skiers dream. Snowman, which includes the tree-line terrain of Le-Cirque, gives skiers and snowboarders of all levels a variety of long and well groomed runs. Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass all offer easier slopes for beginners.

The Aspen Skiing Company is the organisation behind the efficient operation of services. Mountain concierge centres give skiers any assistance required and are a good place to put up your feet and relax with a mug of hot apple cider and cookies after a long day's skiing. Many Aspen residents also contribute to the on-mountain services by becoming `Ambassadors' (they can be recognised by their stylish navy blue ski uniforms with the Aspen Skiing company logo), who take skiers down the mountains on either special tours, quick runs or just pointing the easiest ways out. …

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