Best Ski Resorts: Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado

Ideal for partying.

Aspen Mountain     Photo: courtesy of Beige Jones

ANNUAL SNOWFALL: 300 INCHES
NUMBER OF ZAGAT-RATED RESTAURANTS: 9
THE EXPERT: JOHN OATES, 61, OF THE EIGHTIES SUPER-DUO HALL AND OATES
Aspen has it all—arts, culture, and sophistication with proximity to the backcountry. (I'm a telemark skier.) Sounds like a chamber-of-commerce speech, but it's true. There's any number of world-class restaurants. Great Japanese at Matsuhisa, there's Woody Creek Tavern, Piñons. I can go to Belly Up or the Wheeler Opera House, which has a great low-key atmosphere, and hear incredible music. Over the last couple of years, at Belly Up, I jammed with Blues Traveler, Sam Bush, and Camp Freddy. HOT TIP Editor's note: Nightclub mogul Scott DeGraff, whose company owns the Las Vegas Playboy Club, just opened a restaurant (Junk) and ultra-lounge (Liquid Sky) at the base of Snowmass.

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