Vail was built as a planned city from the ground up, unlike some of the other Colorado ski resorts that started out as mining towns. Photos out in the open arid areas were taken about 15 miles Northwest of Vail.
Aspen, Colorado is a great place to go in the summer. You are nearly guaranteed mild weather and the scenery is beautiful when not covered with snow. Lots of bars and restaurants ranging from moderate to very expensive are available. There are tons of Texans there escaping the heat. A decent hotel room starts at about $160, but the best places charge several times that. Suzi is a local hair stylist enjoying happy hour in an Aspen Bar. Finishing a 27 Mile Trek was shot in the Maroon Bells area. Independence pass (elevation 12,095 feet) is also the continental divide for water drainage in North America.