Recently returned from a two week ski trip, staying at The Gant.
I have to agree with the previous posts that the standard of accommodation, the daily servicing of the rooms, the amazing shuttle service and friendliness of the staff would be hard to beat anywhere. Thank-you to all staff!
I liked the location just outside the town centre because it was very quiet.... no road noise but still just a few minutes walk to the supermarket. We did have very noisy neighbours below us in the second week - but things did improve after we spoke to management who said they would talk to the people in the condo concerned. It's nice to know that when there was a problem it was dealt with.
At peak ski times The Gant shuttle bus to the Gondola or the Transportation Centre did get busy but the number of shuttles available meant that we never waited more than 10 minutes at any time of day and it was usually a lot less....maybe 4 or 5 minutes. If you want picking up from around Aspen (outside of ski pick-times) you need to call ahead so a US cell phone is handy.
Aspen is very easy to walk around. There is only a small fully pedestrian area but the traffic on the main street is away from the area of shops and restaurants making it very pleasant to wander around looking in the windows of the designer shops and exploring the up market art galleries. Beware there are very few "normal" shops other than the usual ski wear/sports shops.
There are lots of options for eating out and staff at The Gant will give recommendations. It is not all fine dining, at high end prices but there are some great places if that is what you do want. Our favourite place for breakfast/brunch on the days we didn't ski was Aspen Over Easy.
I think it might be helpful to explain that we skied on all four mountains in the area. The nearest, Aspen Mountain (formerly Ajax) has no green runs and not a large area of blues. We only spent one day there. The next, Aspen Highlands is also known for having some difficult terrain...only one day there too. Buttermilk is the lowest and the place to go for families/cruising and if visibility is bad. Even reasonable Intermediate skiers can probably ski the black runs on Buttermilk....no double black diamonds here. Finally, Snowmass...the furthest away, is by far the biggest in terms of area and has something for everyone. To get to Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass you have to transfer from The Gant shuttle to the bigger free mass transit buses. This is the only negative to staying in Aspen. It can take at least 45 minutes from getting The Gant shuttle to arriving in Snowmass (the Mall stop) and then there is 100yd walk. For me, doing this day after day feels like a big chunk of time out of the day but the skiing is worth it. Do not go to Aspen and miss out on skiing Snowmass! The base of Snowmass is still being developed and there is a lot of accommodation there but no real heart...just a handful of sports shops and tiny number of restaurants.
With all of this in mind, we would definitely return to The Gant, especially if there are non skiers in the party. (Membership to the Aspen gym/spa is a big bonus but only one member of our group had time to take advantage of it!)