Adventures with The Little Nell - Snowcat Academy
The Little Nell
Aspen, United States of America
based on 7 nights
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
per person for 7 nights based on 2 people sharing a Mountain Side Guest Room on a room only basis, including private airport transfers from Denver.
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
Best time to Visit
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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.
To start planning your holiday to The Little Nell
The only ski-in, ski-out hotel in Aspen, The Little Nell is a luxurious, 92-room contemporary designed 5* hotel at the foot of Aspen Mountain. Exceptionally high levels of service and some of the best bespoke adventures on snow await Little Nell guests.
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 organised 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.
Lucy Hunt (Staff)
The Little Nell is set in the best location in town, right at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola, and is the only ski in / ski out property in Aspen Town. The hotel oozes elegance from the moment that you enter the lobby, through the communal areas and up to your rooms and suites. The Ajax Tavern sits at the base of The Nell and offers a fabulous range of drinks and lunch dishes, with a different plat du jour, 7 days a week.
Kate Newman (Staff)
Right at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola, The Little Nell is the only true ski-in ski-out property in Aspen, with the most sought-after tables in town when the sun is shining. Ajax Tavern terrace is a must for lunch, with un-interrupted views of Aspen Mountain. If you still have room left for dinner, then Element 47 serves Colorado-focused but globally inspired cuisine, with a staff of 25 sommeliers on hand to help select an excellent wine to suit any meal choice.
Charlotte Austin (Staff)
This hotel is possibly in the best location - cornering the bottom of the Ajax mountain, you can walk 3 ft to the piste or hop in one of the cars to take you to another mountain. This truly is the 5* luxury way to enjoy Aspen, the rooms are lovely and spacious and the mountain view rooms have an incredible view. Its great location means you can also walk to the shops and restaurants in town very easily.
Fat Bikes at The Little Nell, Aspen
If you've ever tried to ride a bike on the snow you'll know you don't get anywhere very fast, well not with the new fat bikes that you can try out at The Little Nell, Aspen. Brilliant fun on the nearby Nordic trails.
Groom the Mountain - From The Little Nell
This is your chance to ride shotgun in a piste basher as it goes to work laying down carpets of corduroy for earlybird skiers and snowboarders.
Hike the Highlands Bowl - Scott Dunn Suggests
For the Big Skiers and Adventure seekers we recommend hiking the Highlands bowl, this is the way the locals ski and they absolutely love to share their experience with guests.
Hot Air Ballooning over Aspen
Enjoy superb views of the fantastic mountains and scenery around Aspen Snowmass from high heights in a hot air balloon.
J-bar at the Jerome
This is Aspen's favourite watering hole and has been for well over a century now. Enjoy a fashionable prohibition cocktail in this Old West bar and even Aspen's best burger.
Snowmobiling in Aspen - From The Little Nell
A fantastic and thrilling way to explore the surrounding area of Aspen is by snowmobile. There is fantastic scenery to be seen and it is a real adventure for older families, couples or even the more adventurous honeymoon couple.
Snowshoeing in Aspen - Scott Dunn Suggests
Aspen snowshoeing is a healthy and economical way to explore the seemingly endless natural beauty and appreciate the invigorating solitude and abundant wildlife in the Aspen and Snowmass mountains.
The Treehouse Centre
The Treehouse Kid's Adventure Centre is a fantastic new development at the bottom of Snowmass mountain. This opened in 2008 and has been a revelation in terms of childcare in Aspen Snowmass.
Very Important Kids Programme
Fabulous fun can be had by children every afternoon at the Snowmass Very Important Kids programme. Run throughout the winter, daily and evening activities include juggling and magic shows, karaoke, Hip Hop dance nights and story telling.
Wheeler Opera House - Scott Dunn Suggests
The Wheeler Opera House is a must-see for culture lovers coming to Aspen. There is always something going on whether it is opera, film, music, theatre or dance.
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Aspen, United States of America
The Little Nell is situated at the bottom of Aspen mountain, next to the Silver Queen gondola
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