Whether it’s from tourists, friends, family members, or even our Colorado neighbors, there’s one question we’re perpetually asked from out-of-towners; “What is it like to live in Aspen?”

Everybody already knows Aspen for being one of the most coveted holiday destinations in America, for being home to some of the best skiing anywhere in the world, and — more importantly — for hosting some of the best apres-ski parties you could ever dream to attend.

While all of those are very true, perhaps it’s all of these preconceived notions about our mountain town that makes Aspen a place where you already feel at home. However, as full-time Aspen locals, we know there’s so much more to the Aspen lifestyle than just five-star hotels and luxury ski resorts.

Here, we’re excited to share everything we love about living in Aspen with you here so that when the time comes for you to choose your next adventure, you know exactly what the Aspen lifestyle has to offer.

Here is what it’s like to live in Aspen:

Reasons to Live in Aspen, CO:

You know as well as we do that Aspen is much more than just mountain ranges and ski slopes.

In truth, there’s a certain vibrancy everyone in Aspen is affected by. Harmonizing mind, body, and soul, the spirit of life and the sense of adventure emanating within Aspen are truly unique. At its very core, our approach to life is all about seizing the day, taking advantage of every moment, and feeling like you live somewhere that really matters.

Adventure Awaits

Where else but Aspen can a once-in-a-lifetime adventure turn into an everyday activity? Skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, you name it; there’s a treasure trove of new and exciting opportunities waiting for you around each and every corner. That’s exactly what living in Aspen is all about.

Always wanted to go mountain biking through the Rockies? You can do that here. On the search for some of the world’s best skiing or hiking trails? We’ve got those, too. Want to enjoy a relaxing day on the green? Fore!

Aspen isn’t just an amazing place to visit, it’s a great place to live. Looking for more to do? Let’s give you an even better look into what makes up the Aspen lifestyle.

In-Season: How We Enjoy Aspen All Year Long

Aspen In The Sun

Despite our summertime activities winning high acclaim and our active tourism industry bringing in plenty of visitors each year, we still feel that summer in Aspen is underrated. Between the music festivals, theatre performances, patio parties, and thrilling outdoor activities, it would take a lifetime of trips here to truly grasp everything summer in Aspen has to offer.

Find out more about summer in Aspen here:

Aspen In The Snow

Everyone already knows there’s no shortage of things to love about Aspen in the wintertime. From snowshoeing to skiing, dogsledding to fine dining, every day it snows in Aspen presents a new chance to form your next adventure. The best part is, after a long day out on the mountain or down on the slopes, you can be sure there’ll be any number of warm apres-ski parties waiting to welcome you in.

Find out more about Aspen in the snow here:

What Takes Aspen To The Next Level?

While our amazing outdoor amenities consistently draw visitors in, it’s the immense amount of culture here that keeps folks coming back time and time again. If you’ve grown tired of fishing in the Roaring Fork River or cycling along the mountainside, we know where you can find something to do that’s a bit more refined.

Here, you can learn a little bit more about Aspen’s inspiring cultural contributions and influences. From fine dining to fine art, live music to live theatre — living in Aspen provides us with so many opportunities to enjoy every day:

What is it Like to Live in Aspen?

Aspen Music Scene

Between Belly Up Aspen, The Aspen Music Festival, and Jazz Aspen Snowmass, there’s a tremendous variety of music events, festivals, and concerts of all genres hosted all year long right here in Aspen. Whether you’re more into Metheny, Stevie Nicks, The Roots, or The Kings Of Leon, there’s a seemingly endless amount of world-class performances for you to enjoy in Aspen no matter what time of year it is.

What is it Like to Live in Aspen?

Dance in Aspen

Feel free to dance your heart out and one of the many music festivals and concerts Aspen hosts throughout the year, or enjoy watching some of the world’s most exquisite professional dancing at the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Featuring eleven of the world’s top dancers, this is where you can indulge in something that truly warms your soul.

Best Food in Colorado 

The food scene in Aspen is truly second-to-none across the state. Whether you’re in the mood for something local or more globally inspired, there’s a wide range of top-class restaurants here that will take your taste buds on a culinary adventure. Choose from our enormous selection of fine-dining restaurants like Element 47, the exclusivity of the Caribou Club, and more gastronomical delights to make a night out on the town amazing. Or, you can enjoy some of the best food – and top chefs – in the world at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

Art Gallery in Aspen

Aspen Art Galleries

If you didn’t already know, Aspen is a place for all kinds of artists. There’s the downtown Aspen Art Walk, and a collection of galleries, like the Anderson Ranch Arts Center or Cha Cha Gallery, where you can see new works, purchase handmade sculptures, or pick up your next statement piece in Aspen’s sterling exchange of art and culture.

Lecture in Aspen

The Aspen Institute

What about something a little more intellectual? The Aspen Institute is one of the gathering places for the brightest minds in the country. This is where you’ll find scholars, poets, even past Presidents and Justices delivering lectures. Aspen is where innovation and insight begin.

Sound Too Good To Be True? Wait Until You Hear About Our Homes

Not only is Aspen a place where you can find world-class amenities, inspiring cultural influences, and an endless supply of fun activities, but you can also find state-of-the-art examples of truly luxury homes too.

Our local housing market is about as impressive as anything else in the area, including our ski resorts! It’s a true testament to the brilliance of our local architecture and design that even after 30 years of working in Aspen’s real estate industry, we still discover homes that take our breath away.

To get a better idea of what we mean, the links below paint a much better picture:

Not sure which community in the Aspen area is perfect for you? Find out which neighborhood here calls out your name the loudest by reading about our wonderful ​​Roaring Fork Valley communities here!

What Have You Been Missing?

Equal parts adventure and enlightenment, the Aspen lifestyle combines the excitement of the rugged frontier with big-city amenities and small-town charm. When you visit, you become friendly, but when you live here you become family.

Whether it’s enjoying breathtaking views across the Valley, enjoying a show at the Wheeler Opera House, dropping in on a talk at the Aspen Institute, racing down hills of fresh powder, or casting your line into the Roaring Fork River – it’s all here. The Aspen lifestyle is about making memories, every single day.

Ready to find your home in Aspen?

Ready to find a home within Aspen, Snowmass, and the Roaring Fork Valley? We know the area, so contact us today and we can put that knowledge and expertise to work for your needs. All you have to do is reach out today…

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