Just booked a trip to Aspen for a week in February and we're staying at the Westin in Snowmass Village. I'd definitely like to hit Aspen mountain and Highlands, but I'm not sure what to do about transportation. We're flying into Aspen and the hotel has a free shuttle, so we don't necessarily need a car, but do you think one is necessary to get around from Snowmass to the other mountains as well as into town for dinner/shopping? What's the public transportation like? Is it possible to take the bus into town and ski Aspen, then stay for some drinks or dinner and then take a bus back to Snowmass?
Any tips or recommendations for staying there? Favorite restaurants or Apres? Things to do other than ski?
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