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Colorado in the winter is a veritable skiing and snowboarding paradise. From Beaver Creek to Breckenridge, the state is packed with one idyllic ski area after another. At the center of it all, is Aspen Snowmass, just two hours from Denver. Aspen has long since honed an alluring luxury reputation; it’s the Montauk of the West, especially in the winter. But Snowmass, just next door, and under the Aspen umbrella (they’re on the same lift ticket) is rising through the luxury winter destination ranks. If you’re planning a Colorado ski trip this season, and aim to spend a day in Snowmass before continuing to Aspen, use this 24-hour guide for a perfect Snowmass day.
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7 a.m. Skiers start their day early, because the earliest arrivals to the mountain get the best powder. Whether or not you’ll be skiing, start your day with the sun at Fuel, the best coffee shop in Snowmass. On the Snowmass mall, this cafe is a favorite among locals, thanks to their hearty breakfast burritos, fresh smoothies, and excellent coffee.
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