One day three different ways: Aspen


Sit among the locals at Jour de Fete for a breakfast burrito and bottomless coffee (; $9) then stroll through Aspen's West End to the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and learn about the area's Native American and pioneering histories (; $6). Catch a bus to Woody Creek Tavern (; $4 return), where the late Hunter S. Thompson used to hang and throw smoke bombs, for a burger and the best lime-squeezed margaritas in the valley (; $20). Back in town, spend the afternoon window shopping at Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton (free) before trawling consignment shops for these brands at rock-bottom prices. Go to Chair 9 for "shot of the day" (; $4) then sit at the bar in American diner, Jimmy's, for wild-caught seafood off the cheaper menu (; $20). Share a dorm at St Moritz (; $38).

TOTAL: $101


Fuel yourself on Poppycock's oatmeal buttermilk pancakes and a cappuccino (; $14) then take the gondola up Aspen Mountain for a two-hour guided snowshoeing excursion with Aspen Centre for Environmental Studies (; $63, includes foot pass). Descend to find a cosy booth in Franco-American bistro, Ajax Tavern, and order the parmesan truffle fries while deciding on the rest of lunch (; $25). Spend the afternoon touring a grand old relic of the silver boom, Hotel Jerome (; $16). Calm your nerves afterwards with an Aspen Crud, at the hotel's J Bar (; $16). At Nobu's Matsuhisa, sample Japanese dishes created using Peruvian and Argentinian ingredients (; $91). Sleep tight at the friendly, comfortable Hotel Lenado ( $209).

TOTAL: $434


Get your fill over a fancy breakfast at Hotel Jerome (; $32) before taking the gondola up Aspen Mountain on a one-day lift pass (; $125) equipped with premiere rental ski gear from Four Mountain Sports (; $63). If you're a newbie, arrange a half-day private ski lesson (; $515). Or try Farm-to-Massage-Table spa treatment at St Regis and be rubbed with food as well as fed (; $536).

When you return to earth some hours later, Viceroy's private limo service will transport you to Snowmass Base Village (; $118 return) to wine and dine at Eight K where chef Will Nolan's Louisiana roots are an influence (; $130). Fall into bed in your mountainside specialty suite at Aspen's only ski-in/ski-out hotel, the Little Nell ($1248).

TOTAL: $2767