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Aspen or Vail or Breck

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Aspen or Vail or Breck

My first trip to Colorado from the East Coast. We are not interested in skiing but primarily looking for the best mountain town atmosphere.

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1. Re: Aspen or Vail or Breck

Welcome to the forum. Knowing time of year is important.

Aspen and Breckenridge are both towns that have a heritage that goes back before becoming a ski resort town. Each were 19th century mining centers and both preserve that history in the look and feel of the town. Aspen is more remote than Breckenridge, which is less than two hours from Denver. Aspen is more upscale than Breckenridge. Both have an excellent mountain town atmosphere.

Vail, on the other hand, is a ski resort town built in the 1960s as a ski area. While it doesn't have the heritage of Aspen and Breckenridge, it has a wonderful atmosphere. Look to stay in Vail Village for the best experience.

If you're looking to pay a visit in the winter, all three of them will carry a heavy cost based on skiing. Summertime is more moderate.

Have fun.

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2. Re: Aspen or Vail or Breck

Aspen.

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TumbleweedandCactus provides the traveler with some important information.

We think all three locations are excellent choices for the Traveler.

Lodging at Breckenridge offers a rich Après-Ski opportunity as well as day trips to both Vail and Beaver Creek.

Your solution will be a good solution.

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4. Re: Aspen or Vail or Breck

The OP said they are not skiing so they won't be Après-Skiing. This poster seems to be attempting some sort of record with posts (often two at a time for no reason) rather than actually offering suggestions.

As far as the richness of the social scene, it would be hard to top Aspen.

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5. Re: Aspen or Vail or Breck

Of those three I'd go with Aspen if the wallet can take it. Aspen sits at a lower elevation, can be warmer, easier to adjust to the altitude. While I enjoy Vail I would not pay the prices to be there if I was not going to ski.

Other towns to consider: Steamboat Springs, Crested Butte and Telluride.

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6. Re: Aspen or Vail or Breck

Aspen and Vail have about the same altitude but Breck is quite a bit higher.

You would have to say more about what you want to experience to get a good suggestion.

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7. Re: Aspen or Vail or Breck

For some reason I think of Vail as higher in elevation. Ooops

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8. Re: Aspen or Vail or Breck

Aspen

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9. Re: Aspen or Vail or Breck

I love Vail and Vail village is so pretty especially at Xmas. You can go to youtube and you will a good idea of which one suits you best.i

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