When one thinks of Aspen in the winter, one imagines white ski slopes, chilly gondola rides, hot chocolate, s’mores, lot’s of fluffy powder & face shots (for you non-skiers that is powder snow hitting you right in the face as you race down that mountain.)
So for you non-skiers we went ahead and created a long list of things not related to any of our usual Aspen “Ski To-do’s”.
Here are our “Top 10 Activities” when you are not out on the Mountain:
1) Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) offers daily snowshoe tours on the top of Aspen Mountain, in Ashcroft and in Snowmass. Learn about wildlife in winter, tracking, mountain ecology, Aspen history, avalanches, and winter habitats. Or you can hire a private guide for a custom trip.
2) Winter hiking is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the beauty of our mountains! Smuggler Mountain is a popular route and provides sweeping views of Aspen and the entire Valley. The Ute trail and Hunter Creek are other great options, both originating in town. The Rio Grande trail runs along the Roaring Fork river and is perfect for running or an easy stroll with very little elevation gain. To make your experience safer and more enjoyable, we suggest picking up a pair of traction devices (Yaktrax, microspikes, etc) at the Ute Mountaineer before heading out.
3) Families will love spending a day at the Aspen Recreation Center! For those who need a break from the cold, checkout their indoor swimming lagoon, indoor ice skating rink and climbing wall. Or you can rent sleds and ice skates to use at their outdoor Winter Wonderland. Day passes are available at the front desk. www.aspenrecreation.com
4) Outdoor ice skating couldn’t be more accessible than at the Silver Circle Rink (SK8) located one block over from the Silver Queen Gondola. Rent skates and enjoy the romantic setting before getting a burger at CB Burger!
5) If you just want to get away from it all, there is no better place than the Cross Country Trails at Ashcroft. Situated at the very end of the Castle Creek Valley, Ashcroft offers 35 Km of groomed trails in one of the most tranquil settings in the area. Passes and all necessary equipment can be purchased/rented at the King Cabin in the ghost town of Ashcroft.
6) For those wanting to learn a new sport besides skiing (or would like to brush up on their techniques) the Nordic Center offers daily lessons for both classic (11am) and skate skiing (12:15). Then practice your newly acquired skills on the groomed trails around the golf course. No reservations required for the lessons, just show up ready to move!
7) For a totally unique experience, try ice climbing with Aspen Expeditions. After a short hike to a frozen waterfall, your guide will show you how to safely use the equipment and then up you go! No climbing experience is required and all of the equipment is provided.
8) Once you’ve had enough of those long daysoutside in the cold, go ahead and treat yourself to an indulgent SPA treatment at the REMEDE SPA at the St. Regis. As well as for an extraordinary experience.
9) The Roaring Fork Valley offers one of the world’s largest Hot Springs Pool. In our very own town of Glenwood,called the Glenwood Hot Springs offering 15 minerals, water slides and their very own vapor caves. It’s definitely worth a trip!
10) Looking for a thrill on 4 legs and 1o beating hearts? Why not go ahead and try this exciting backcountry dog sled journey with Krabloonik at 14,098 ft. Krabloonik offers a variety of winter adventures, that can be combined with lunch or dinner.
Enjoy your stay in our very own little Aspen, on and off the slopes!