Planning a winter vacation to Aspen, Colorado, can be a daunting task. There are plenty of options - but which ones can you trust? Frias Properties features more than 200 condominiums in the core of downtown Aspen, within walking distance to all of the town's amazing shops, dining, arts and nightlife. So how do you go about planning that perfect Aspen winter getaway?
This week, we asked Frias Properties vacation specialist Julie Adams to help our blog team answer that question. Julie helps plan vacations year-round for our guests - so she's the perfect source for all the insider tips! Here we go:
Q: When is the best time to come?
Q: When should I start looking for winter lodging?
A: "I would start looking for lodging as soon as you know your dates for unit specific condos and air fares."
Q: How early should I book?
A: "For winter, Oct. 1st."
Q: If I ski, what do you recommend (specific complex/unit)?
A: "Indy Square, Durant Condos, Fasching Haus, Fifth Ave. ... Actually, you know... all of Frias Properties are all waking distance to either Aspen Mountain or Rubey Park [bus station, with free access to all area ski mountains]."
Q: When is the best time to come to ski?
A: "Anytime. ... Usually, some runs are always open any if the snow is light. ... SkiCo makes snow!"
Q: If I want to be close to town, what do you recommend (specific complex/unit)?
A: "All units are within walking distance. It's good exercise. ... Plus, you can stretch your legs for the hill."
Q: Is there anything else to do other than ski?
A: "Everything. ... All snow-related activities; take a walk about town; shopping, dining or visitingA the downvalley areas."
Q: I want to cook and entertain guests, what do you recommend (specific complex/unit)?
A: "101 Park Ave. home.A Big open kitchen and dining area. The decorA makes you feel like you are in a mountain luxury cabin. ... Nice deck off living area as well."
Q: I want Dec. 1 thru Feb. 1. Do I get a discount if I book a longer stay?
A: "Yes, sometimes you may negotiate with owners on longer stays. 30 days + you don't have to pay the city tax of 11.3 percent and you may get up to a 30 percent discount on a longer stay. ... It depends on what the owner made previous years. ... It never hurts to ask!"
Q: Do I drive or fly? Which is best?
A: "Either is fine."
Q: If I donat drive, how do I get around town?
A: "Walking is a great source of catching the great mountain air."
A: "As soon as they go on sale, but typically at least 7 days in advance."
Q: Can I get help with my luggage?
A: "Yes. Either transportation with Smiddy Limousine or the staff." [All Frias guests receive complimentary Aspen airport transfers. Guests who book a luxury property through Frias receive complimentary on-demand, in-town transportation.]
Q: Can you help with dinner reservations?
A: "Yes, but we have a fantastic concierge that is happy to assist with any of your reservation needs."
Q: Anything else?
A: "Let it snow, let it snow, LET IT SNOW!"
Frias Properties is always here to help you plan your winter getaway. Start planning your Aspen vacation now. View Aspen air travel information. Or take a closer look at the Frias Properties concierge services page. All Frias Properties of Aspen guests receive complimentary passes to the Aspen Club & Spa, the valley's premier full-service spa and workout facility. (Passes to the Aspen Club & Spa can be obtained from any Frias Properties front desk during regular business hours.) Learn more about the Aspen Club & Spa.