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Aspen Gay Travel

wolfyy’s Aspen gay travel guide to hotels, vacation rentals, things to do, & Aspen Gay Week ski events.

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The Gay Travel Experience: Aspen, Colorado

One of the most luxurious ski towns in the United States, Aspen draws a loyal crowd that’s eager to have a good time. Most LGBT travelers also have this unique Colorado destination on their radars for the yearly gay ski week events.

Aspen gay travelers
Aspen gay travel
Aspen gay travelers

It didn’t take long to understand why everyone loves Aspen so much, even though my trip was short. Downtown Aspen is so charming. Everything you could need is easily accessible and the accommodations are lavish.

Aspen gay travel

Aspen isn’t just a winter LGBT vacation spot. Tourists visit all year round! While more people come once it’s cold enough for snow, many travelers enjoy the mountainous terrain all year. Seeing the yellow Aspen trees in Autumn is priceless.

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central aspen
central aspen

Similar to nearby Vail, Aspen has a largely transient community, which means the number of gay travelers there can fluctuate. You’ll of course find yourself amongst a sea of other gay guys during gay ski week, as well as a decent bunch over the winter season.

Gay Aspen: Hotels & Vacation Rentals

Hotels in Aspen are often associated with luxury, but this ski town offers accommodations that can fit many different price ranges.

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If you have a smaller hotel budget, you’ll need to carefully weigh your options. Finding a balance between price and location is definitely possible though.

Downtown Aspen Hotels for Gay Travelers

For the most luxurious experience that will allow you to feel Aspen’s charm, stay within the downtown Aspen area.

downtown aspen hotels
downtown aspen hotels
Aspen gay travel

Aspen Mountain hotels situated right at the base of Aspen Mountain at the edge of the downtown are the most sought-after.

Conveniently located, you’ll be able to walk to plenty of stores and restaurants. They can be on the expensive side though, especially if they’re directly in front of the ski lifts.

Here are a few other best downtown Aspen hotels for gay travelers.

Aspen gay travel

Limelight Hotel

The Limelight Hotel Aspen is slightly cheaper, yet also located downtown. Their style is elegant and modern. It strikes the perfect balance of price and location. Plus, rooms here include gorgeous mini-kitchens and the property has a gym!

Aspen gay hotel
Aspen gay hotel
Limelight Hotel Aspen

Staying near the center of town isn’t so important for some travelers. Gay ski week exemplifies this, as some groups of guys pack into condo rentals a couple of miles outside of Aspen’s downtown.

Limelight Hotel Aspen

If this is your case, these highly rated Aspen hotels will do the trick. You can also see hotels in Snowmass Village, which is the next town over.

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Hotel Jerome & The Little Nell

A couple of the nicest places to stay in Aspen are Hotel Jerome, which has a rich, traditional style, as well as The Little Nell, which offers a modern interior design.

I have a couple of friends who stayed at Hotel Jerome specifically and they mentioned it’s truly fabulous.

Aspen gay hotel
Aspen gay hotel
Aspen gay hotel

Hyatt Residences Aspen

If you’re a traveler that loves being in the middle of everything, you definitely won’t feel isolated at an Aspen Grand Hyatt Residence. It’s a relatively affordable option right in the center of town.

Aspen Vacation Rentals

Don’t skip a search on VRBO for Aspen accommodations, though. You can find some stunning homes and condo rentals that might even suit you better than a hotel.

luxury Aspen vacation rental

Some of the most elegant places are actually vacation rentals in Aspen Highlands. There are a decent number of condo buildings up here.

luxury Aspen vacation rental

Access to pools and other condominium facilities is also a great perk of vacation rentals. You can even find some chic rentals in the Ritz Carlton Residences, too.

Many vacation rentals in Aspen Village are just as eye-catching. If the Aspen Highlands area doesn’t suit you, or you just prefer being closer to town, there are still options.

Aspen Gay Travel Experiences

When in Aspen, you’ll either be keeping busy with outdoor sports, or you’ll be indulging in your accommodation’s lavish facilities. Go skiing or snowboarding, eat delicious meals, and relax at a spa.

cocktail at restaurant

Après Ski Time

Lots of gay travelers get more excited for après ski events than for the skiing itself! Après ski is a notoriously fun way to spend an afternoon.

Join some friends at a bar and then go for a swim in a relaxing heated pool!

Aspen gay après ski
cocktail at restaurant
Aspen gay après ski

Grab Some New Winter Gear

If you didn’t get a chance to pick up some new cold-weather clothing or outerwear, it’ll be super easy to get what you need in Aspen.

All of the most well-known winter clothing brands have storefronts in the center of town. Renting equipment will be a cinch too. Gorsuch Ltd is the crowd favorite for fantastic rental gear and accessories.

Ski Aspen Snowmass

Aspen has a bunch of different places to ski. You can choose from Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. The Aspen Snowmass website has overviews for each.

Aspen gay ski events
ski lift gondola
Aspen gay ski events

Buy your lift tickets before you head for Aspen’s glorious slopes. If you buy tickets early enough in advance, you should get a pretty good discount. Ticket prices are around $150 for a single day. This rate decreases the more days you purchase.

ski lift gondola

Drive Through Independence Pass

Some of the best views in Colorado are right outside of Aspen at the famous Independence Pass

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If you’re not visiting during the peak winter season (it closes from November to May) I highly recommend making the trip. You can hike the trails or stick to the viewpoints reachable by car.

Restaurants in Aspen

Aspen has some super chic restaurants and cocktail bars. I loved having an Italian dinner with some tasty wine at Casa Tua. They prepared every cocktail and dish perfectly. The service was stellar as well.

casa tua restaurant
Italian food appetizer dish

The Aspen Mountain Sundeck Restaurant is definitely an iconic spot for a meal. While I didn’t get to eat here during my visit, I’m counting on it next time! The experience and food here are supposed to be beyond incredible.

Aspen Gay Ski Week

Every January swaths of LGBT travelers at-end the popular Aspen Gay Ski Week, one of the most popular gay ski weeks around the world.

Aspen gay ski week events

Without a doubt, it’s way more than just skiing. While many attendees do love enjoying winter spots, many don’t even ski or snowboard!

It’s a full seven days of parties, après-ski, and other fun events after the outdoor winter sports activities. You’ll need a range of sexy swimsuits for all the pool parties and jacuzzi time, as well as a skimpy outfit for White Party hosted at a chalet atop the mountain.

Aspen gay ski week
Aspen gay ski week events
Aspen gay ski week

There are several tiers of ticket passes available, which range from around $500 to over $1200. If you don’t want to spend so much for all the events, you can also buy entry individual tickets for individual events.

Aspen Gay Travel Tips

Gay Nightlife is Event-Oriented

LGBT travelers are usually wondering about gay nightlife in Aspen. While there aren’t any official gay bars in Aspen, you won’t have any trouble finding gay friends during any of the town’s gay events or Aspen’s famous gay ski week.

restaurant reservations in Aspen

Visiting Aspen During Peak Season

As soon as the snowy winter season arrives, expect Aspen to really buzz. I recommend planning out your week and making restaurant reservations as soon as you can. Things get very busy.

Gorsuch storefront in Aspen

Even in the off-season, walk-in restaurant seating can be difficult to get. During the peak tourist season, this likely won’t even be an option.

Gorsuch storefront in Aspen
restaurant reservations in Aspen

Renting Ski Equipment in Aspen

If you’re not a fan of renting ski equipment out on your own, some hotels will help you do this on-site. Check with your specific hotel to see if they can arrange equipment.

Before you head to Aspen, make sure you have these essential winter packing list items!

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Want to visit more of Colorado? Next, check out more ski town vibes with wolfyy’s Vail gay travel guide. Or for some city life, read my Denver gay travel guide.

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