What are the most popular things to do in Aspen other than ski? Aspen is full of fun things to do any time of year. Here are top picks.
Aspen is a beautiful destination any time of year, but in winter it truly shines. Bright blue skies over snow-capped mountain peaks towers over a town of unlimited activity. Of course, most people know that Aspen is a skier’s paradise, but there is so much more to do than simply riding the slopes.
First and foremost, Aspen is synonymous with skiing. With runs for all skill levels, beginners to experts flock to Aspen each year to enjoy the challenge of the slopes amidst the beautiful views.
• Aspen Mountain – Known as Ajax, Aspen Mountain is not for beginners. With 64 miles of trail runs, there are a variety of options available for skiers.
• Buttermilk – Considered one of the easiest mountains in Aspen, Buttermilk is the perfect place to teach children and new skiers. Daredevils can also try out the superpipe featured in the X-Games.
Snowmass – This is the largest ski area in Aspen. Spanning 3332 acres of prime mountain, there are 150 miles of trails with runs for all level of skiers. when the flakes fall groomed cross-country ski trail links Snowmass to Aspen. Snowmass Village is a charming village with variety of shops and restaurants. Snowmass is creating a vibrant social scene in base village with an innovative mountain village.
• Aspen Highlands – Highland Bowl caters to thrill seekers. Advanced skiers hike up and ski down at startling descents.Winter Fun off the Slopes
For those who don’t enjoy hurtling downhill on the ski runs, there are still plenty of other activities to try.
• Breathtaker Alpine Coaster – Ride the elevated track as it winds through the trees at speeds up to 28 mph.
• Tubing – While stepping out the door to slide down the back hill could be fun, Snowmass offers a tubing run for those looking for something to do.
• SnowShoe, Cross-County Skiing and Snow Bike Tours – There are other ways to get out in the wide open spaces with a variety of tour options.
• Snowmobile – Off-roading winter style. Zip through the trails either with a guide or on a marked trail.
• X Games - is something not to miss. Returning to Aspen for 2019 at Buttermilk Mountain. It is the world’s best action sport and musical festival.
• WinterSkol - Now in its 67th year. Winterskol celebrates what makes winter in Aspen so special.
• Dog Sledding – Krabloonuk is the best way to explore the back country. Dine at the Krabloonik Restaurant in Snowmass Village. A truly unique experience. It is known for its wild game and fresh seafood. Freshly baked breads and homemade preserves.
Even when the ski slopes slow down, Aspen doesn’t, in fact, the après ski scene is just as invigorating as the black diamond runs.
• The Oasis – An innovative mobile bar. A pop-up champagne bar roams around Aspen Mountain offering refreshments and bringing the party atmosphere. Aspen's first pop-up champagne bar is a secret bar. A result of a collaboration between The Little Nell resort in Aspen, CO and Veuve Clicquot the POP-UP Oasis Bar sits atop Aspen Mountain, offering unbelievable views of Aspen Mountain.
• Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro – Is a famous party place where the world’s Wildest Ski Party Happens Twice a Day, Every Day at 11,000 feet accessible only by skiing or snowboarding, Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro occupies an unassuming former ski patrol shack on Highlands Mountain. Enjoy an outdoor lunch on this south-facing café located in a cozy cabin.
• Chair 9- Recognized as one of the best après-ski lounges in the country, at The Nell is open during ski season and is Aspen’s so when the slopes shut down, the DJs start up. Enjoy the crowd in the main room or select a private room for a more intimate experience.
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The Pine Creek Cook House is a legendary restaurant nestled at the base of the Elk Mountains. Ride a horse drawn carriage, snow shoe or cross-country ski to lunch or dinner. As Zagat states 13 must-try Restaurants in Aspen. “To visit Aspen is to feel as though you are on top of the world and to there is remove all doubt.”
From fun snow-related activities to a vibrant après ski scene, visitors and residents seem to never slow down. The community of Aspen is filled with spas of all kinds. Natural treatments, soaking tubs and sumptuous massages help soothe the aching muscles and ease the mind which rejuvenates the spirit and soul.
Aspen is famous for skiing, but this winter is the perfect time to experience all that it has to offer. Take in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in this alpine playground.