30/04/2013 08:46 BST | Updated 29/06/2013 06:12 BST

Aspen Defrosted

It's no secret that we at Black Tomato live to steer our way off the beaten track and dig out new destinations but sometimes it's just about seeing a well-known place in a different light. Take Aspen for example: cue mental images of bundled-up skiers speeding across powdery white snow and cream-topped mountains. Not exactly inaccurate in winter but come summertime, a whole new side to the town and the Rockies themselves emerges. The snow melts to reveal lush green mountains to be hiked and explored, and the visitors to town transform from slope seekers to culture hunters, ready for the seasonal festivals and shows.

And so we present four very good reasons why Aspen shouldn't be overlooked when it comes to selecting your summer holiday destination.

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