Skiing Aspen, CO: Travel Tips for Your Colorado Vacation
Skiing Aspen offers vacationers access to four mountains in Colorado. The Aspen-Snowmass area is home to Aspen Mountain, Snowmass Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Mountain. Each offers their own terrain and activities for skiers and snowboarders of all ages. When it’s time to plan your Aspen vacation, there is some important information to know and ways to save money. Read more for our skiing Aspen travel tips:
Skiing Aspen: Your Guide to the Basics
How to Purchase Tickets
Aspen-Snowmass offers visitors two options for skiing access: tickets and passes. Lift tickets are available from one to 10 days in several different price points, and those who purchase early will receive discounts. Also, the more tickets purchased, the more guests save. Those skiing Aspen regularly should consider a season pass, which offers unlimited skiing and riding and exclusive benefits. Both tickets and passes provide access to all four mountains located in the Aspen-Snowmass area.
Book Equipment Rentals
Several companies offer equipment rentals for the ultimate Aspen skiing experience. One of the largest is Four Mountain Sports, which has nine locations through the Aspen-Snowmass area. All ski packages include skis, boots, and poles, and snowboard packages include board, boots and bindings. Helmets and safety equipment must be purchased separately, but those who plan in advance also receive discounts.
Aspen is located about 220 miles from the Denver International Airport, but the city also has its own airport that offers direct flights from United, Delta and American Airlines. The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport provides hundreds of one-stop connections from and to Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and more.
Once in the Aspen area, visitors can get around town via bicycles, shuttles and walking on the city’s pedestrian-friendly streets. The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (aka Rafta to locals) provides public bus transportation throughout the four mountains.
Take a Ski Lesson
For first-timers or experts, Aspen ski lessons are a smart way for the whole family to gain new skills. Aspen-Snowmass offers lessons for all ages, ranging from as young as 2 years old to adults. Younger guests are grouped into lessons by age, and adults can take group and private lessons. Women can also join the women-only group that caters to intermediate and expert skiers.
Explore the Mountain Tours
Learn about the Aspen-Snowmass area in a new way when you take a mountain tour. Early birds will want to reserve a spot for First Tracks, an early morning first run on the freshly groomed snow.
The Aces Ski Tour is open to all guests older than 7 years old, and lift tickets and gear are required. This free tour caters to intermediate skiers who also want to learn about the alpine environment, winter habitats, wildlife and more. Aces (Naturalist from Aspen Center for Environmental Studies) also offers two-hour guided snowshoe tours that explore Rocky Mountain winter ecology, animals and more. These tours cost around $45-$65 per person.
Try Other Winter Activities
Guests not into skiing Aspen have plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy. Every Friday during peak winter season, visitors can join in the fun during Ullr nights, a nighttime party that honors the Norse God of Snow. Just take a gondola ride to Elk Camp for tubing, ice skating, snowbiking, live music, and s’mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire.
Younger kids will have fun with interactive exhibits at the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center and The Hideout. For a family dinner paired with adventure, try a Snowcat dinner ride for a meal on the mountain. Guests will also find affordable yoga classes and one of the best apres ski scenes in North America, according to Conde Naste Traveler.