Adventures with The Little Nell - Snowcat Academy
The Little Nell
Aspen, United States of America
At a Glance
The only ski-in, ski-out hotel in Aspen, just steps away from the base of Aspen Mountain
The slopeside ski concierge takes care of all your skiing needs from picking up your ski rentals to warming your boots to providing forgotten sun protection
Cosmopolitan and stylish throughout, the hotel oozes 5* luxury, albeit with a relaxed feel
Head to the lounge after skiing, for afternoon tea (or a cocktail) and some great people-watching
Rooms and suites are all designed by interior designer Holly Hunt - lots of neutral tones and sleek lines
There are good interconnecting room options, and Residences are ideal for those wanting more privacy and even more space
Great for couples, friends, and families with older children alike
This hotel just oozes style - the only place to stay if you are in AspenScott Dunn team
Step across the road to the Sky hotel for a drink at après time to enjoy a lively change of atmosphere (and some people watching). It's like Marmite - you'll either love or hate it!Helen McKenzie
There are some beautiful boutique shops in the Little Nell selling all of Aspen's luxuryCharlotte Smith
The Sky bar can be packed when the sun is out so make sure on, at least one occasion, you get there early. If you do get involved there is a high chance you will end up in the pool as well!Scott Dunn team
Try the Aspen Mule at 'Chair 9' the newest Apre Bar in town. Served in a Copper Miners Mug to keep it chilled.Kate Newman
Element 47 Restaurant, named for silver on the periodic table, a toast to the town's historical mining history.Kate Newman
There are 22,000 bottles of wine located in the Little Nell’s cellar, be sure to have a glass or two during your stayLucy Hunt
Snow cat tours are available exclusively for Little Nell guests on Wednesdays and FridaysLucy Hunt
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to The Little Nell
Unassuming from the outside, The Little Nell hides a contemporary and extremely stylish interior, along the lines of 'Aspen modern', just steps away from the gondola at Aspen mountain. It successfully manages to combine a refined but relaxed feel with the indulgences of a luxury 5* hotel which results in an extremely high guest return rate. Rooms are designed for luxurious relaxation, and have huge beds, soft linens, great views over Aspen or the surrounding mountains and a gas burning fireplace, great to thaw out after a long day's skiing!
After warming up, head for the lounge and settle into a leather sofa in front of the roaring fireplace - it's a great spot for people-watching. Or head for the Tavern instead, a well-known haunt for après-ski. Whilst Element 47 combines American Alpine cuisine with seasonally-inspired dishes and an internationally celebrated wine list.
Residences at The Little Nell are exclusive two, three and four bedroom private residences right next to the Silver Queen Gondola, and are great for those looking for more privacy and for families.
The Ski concierge service at the base of the mountain can arrange all of your skiing needs from ski passes, boot warmers, ski and snowboard tune-ups and waxing, and ski storage. They also offer ski transfers to Buttermilk, Highlands, and Snowmass.
All rooms at the Little Nell are decorated in a sleek contemporary style. Each has either a king or two queen beds, soft linens, contemporary gas fireplace, flatscreen LCD TV, minibar, DVD and CD player with iPod docking station. There are views either over Aspen or the surrounding mountains. Suites also have jetted bathtubs.
Residences are stylishly-decorated with lots of locally-inspired artwork and collectibles, and range in size from 2000 - 3250 square feet. Each has a lounge with stacked stone fireplace, dining area, full gourmet kitchen with professional-grade stainless steel Viking appliances and granite counter tops. Flat screen TVs can be found in the lounge, bedrooms and bathrooms, and there are walk-in closets for all of the ski gear! Each also has a private balcony.
Children are welcome to come and stay at The Little Nell. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel except for baby sitting which is available on request.
The hotel has two restaurants including the award-winning Element 47 which features locally-sourced produce and organic meats, and Ajax Tavern, which is a popular Aspen gathering spot for lunch, drinks and dinner, and offers a more casual dining experience with a bistro-style menu. In addition, there are three bars, a wine cellar, gym with personal training, and a wellness area with three treatment rooms (as well as in-room massage, steam rooms, and heated outdoor pool with Jacuzzis).
For Residence guests, there is a separate, fabulous heated outdoor pool, hot tubs and an amazing water garden, all on the roof and complemented by stunning mountain views!
The hotel offers complimentary transfers from the hotel to the different ski areas.
Guests staying at The Little Nell can expect some truly memorable ski adventures with a thrilling range of mountain activities organized through the concierge. From first tracks to snowmobiling to grooming the pistes on a snowcat to sweeping the slopes with the Ski Patrol on the last run of the day, this is your chance to experience a ski resort like never before.
For those who love to be the first on the mountain, then set your alarm early. Start your day with top-to-bottom turns on groomed corduroy that just couldn’t be any fresher. With luck, instead of corduroy, you’ll be navigating your way down through waist-deep powder. Each morning at 8am, participating guests can meet at the Ski Concierge and take Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola (before Aspen Mountain officially opens to the public). First Tracks is limited to intermediate to advanced skiers only, and participants must be 18 years of age or older.
|Groom the mountain||
From just $100 for two people, you can have the chance to help prepare the slopes for the earlybirds. Your snowcat operator will show you how to drive your Prinoth Bison 350 before you set to work creating perfect corduroy slopes. There is limited availability for this experience, and it only operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and is exclusively for guests at The Little Nell and The Limelight Hotel.
|Ski Patrol Sweep||
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, skiers can have the chance to have the mountain almost to themselves at the end of the day as they join the Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol do their final sweep of the pistes. You’ll join the pros to get a behind-the-scenes look at how they put the mountain to bed at the end of each day. This exclusive opportunity is open to intermediate and advanced skiers and riders who are guests of The Little Nell, Residences at The Little Nell and The Limelight Hotel.
|Private snowcat tours||
Have a full day of powder adventure on The Little Nell Powder Cat with up to 11 of your family and friends. Each tour averages 10-12 untracked runs of intermediate to expert terrain, followed by an intimate late lunch at a wood stove-heated cabin in the heart of the Elk Mountains. Lunch is perfectly paired with wines from around the world, specially bottled for The Little Nell restaurant, element 47. Your knee-deep hosts for the day are The Little Nell’s General Manager, Simon Chen and Director of Sales, Pete Hayda, as well as Ski Concierge aces.
Location & Directions
Aspen, United States of America
The Little Nell is situated at the bottom of Aspen mountain, next to the Silver Queen gondola
When to go
The ski season in the United States is longer than that in Europe. Most resorts open sometime in November, with Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday in that month) being a common opening time, and stay open until mid to late April. The Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming have the highest peaks and due to the semi-arid climate, have abundant snowfall with some great powder. The exceptionally high altitude means December through to February can be extremely cold, with temperatures sometimes reaching as low as -12C, although the skiing conditions remain very good. Warmer temperatures in the Spring mean more variable skiing conditions and softer, forgiving snow.