Seven fun ways to enjoy Aspen’s great outdoors
1. Skiing, of course
The vast majority of people who come to Aspen each winter are here for one main purpose, and that’s to take advantage of the area’s incredible skiing conditions. Four stellar resorts are available for those who want to hit the slopes: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk.
2. SnowshoeingWhile Aspen is famous for its skiing, it’s certainly not the only fun thing to do here. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy the winter weather and beautiful Colorado views, one of them being snowshoeing. Thanks to the plentiful trails around Aspen, there are lots of places to try snowshoeing, and you can even rent a pair right in town.
3. Ice skatingGet the whole family involved in festive wintertime activities by planning an evening of ice skating! The perfect place to enjoy Aspen’s ice skating is Snowmass Base Village. Enjoy free public skating at Snowmass’s Rink, where you can rent a pair of skates if you don’t have your own. Do be advised that due to the COVID-19 protocols, the rink requires reservations to be made in advance on their website.
4. SnowmobilingLike high speeds, but not so sure about your skiing skills? Snowmobiling might be the perfect wintertime activity for you. Explore the mountains on a snowmobile tour hosted by experienced staff members!
If you have younger kids in your party who aren’t quite snowmobiling age or adept at skiing, tubing is a great way to get them involved on the mountains! Snowmass offers incredible tubing facilities during the winter season, lasting until April.
6. Celebrate Ullr NightsPay tribute to Ullr, the Norse God of Snow, at Snowmass’s famous Ullr Nights, a fun-filled wintertime party! Pick up an Activities Pass for $64/person, which will grant you access to the evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp, the tubing facilities, and the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster.
7. Shop in downtown Aspen
Not looking to partake in any winter sports? There are plenty of great shopping opportunities to step into as you browse Aspen’s downtown area! With a variety of small local businesses and popular retail chains, there’s truly something here for everyone.