(CNN)Private jets, $40 million mansions, and streets lined with boutique clothes stores — welcome to Aspen, a ski resort tucked away in the Rocky mountains that’s long been a playground for celebrities.
No surprise, then, that the likes of Lance Armstrong, Elle Macpherson, Heidi Klum and Seal have all been known to grace the town’s ski slopes over the years.
Kevin Costner married Christine Baumgartner at his ranch in Aspen, illustrious golfer Jack Nicklaus has a house there, and John Denver lived in the town until his death.
The numerous celebrities past and present who fell in love with the resort — including Denver — are remembered by a shrine tucked away on one of the ski slopes.
Aspen, though, hasn’t always been a popular spot for the rich and famous. It was in the 19th century following a silver mining boom that it began to prosper, before taking off as a ski resort in the 1940s.
“It was like a gem in the mountains, a crystal city in the Rockies. It became world famous, and the fame of Aspen has just continued on,” Tony Vagneur, a Colorado native who is now president of the Aspen Historical Society, told CNN Alpine Edge.