As well as being a renowned skiing and snowboarding destination with four world-class mountains, Aspen Snowmass offers a whole host of activities, tours and experiences to add to your bucket list this winter season.
If you’re up for an adventure and want to learn something new, Aspen Snowmass has something for everyone with these eight amazing experiences on and off the mountains.
For the thrillseekers
For experienced skiers who want to take their trip to the next level, why not try an exhilarating off-piste powder tour. Whilst navigating your way through the frosty fir forests, you will hear nothing but the silky sound of your skis gliding through the fresh pow. Travel in style to reach untracked slopes in a luxury snowcat and be treated to a secluded mountainside gourmet lunch. An average day on one of these unique tours will include 10,000 vertical feet of untouched wilderness skiing and boarding in an expanse of 1,500 acres of bowls, ski meadows and glades.
Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time on the slopes, snowbiking is suitable for everyone. Book a private snowbiking lesson on Snowmass Mountain and learn how to descend the slopes in style. You will learn how to navigate your way down a range of different slopes and wind through the fir trees all whilst enjoying blissful mountain views that Snowmass has to offer. Up for a challenge? This is the perfect activity for you.
For the body and mind
Venture deep into the spruce and fir forests with a knowledgeable naturalist for a serene and scenic snowshoe tour. Enjoy breathtaking views from Richmond Ridge at Aspen Mountain or tread along a winding creek at Snowmass whilst learning about the area’s wildlife, ecology and history on this two-hour guided tour. Feel at one with nature and enjoy the silence of a snow covered forest.
Head out on the slopes before they’re open to the public with ‘First Tracks’ – offered exclusively to guests of The Little Nell and The Limelight Hotels for free. You will be collected from the hotel at 8am and be escorted by a private guide to Aspen Mountain where you can enjoy a morning of fuss-free slopes as you carve fresh tracks across the mountain with no one else in sight.
For the foodies
If you are an early riser and love a challenge, why not beat the crowds and try uphill skiing with the Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club. Once you have tackled Buttermilk Mountain, enjoy breakfast at the Cliffhouse restaurant – located at the top of the mountain – renowned for its mouth watering thick-cut french toast. Start the day as you mean to go on with a clear head and wholesome food.
Enjoy a magical moonlight private dining experience high in the Rocky Mountains at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, only accessible at night time by snowcat. You will be whisked up Aspen Highlands with a warm beverage and blanket before arriving at Cloud Nine, known for its unique and authentic Alpine atmosphere and elegant cuisine. With panoramic views of the postcard-perfect Maroon Bells and a cosy wood burning fireplace, this is the perfect evening experience, and a great way to make the most of the incredible scenery and food.
For a day in town
Choose from a selection of walking tours for a fun and informative off the slope experience with Aspen Historical Society. Learn more about the history of Aspen, whether it’s on a guided walking tour of historic Downtown buildings or a free tour of the Wheeler Opera House offering an insider’s look at the iconic building. Typically lasting one hour, these tours are perfect for any age group and offer a fun, interactive way to learn more about Aspen and its rich history.
Limelight Hotel Snowmass is at the heart of Snowmass Village and is the go to après spot for those wanting to carry on the fun off the slopes. On Thursdays, Limelight Snowmass hosts live music with local performers and artists showcasing their talent and getting the crowd going after a long day on the slopes. Get a table at the Lounge for a glass of rosé, a cold beer or a wood-fired pizza.