Our 5 favourite things to do in Aspen
Aspen’s traditional mining roots are still strongly evident in its historic buildings. However, instead of digging for silver, visitors to the town are now looking for the best mountain experience in what has become one of the most fashionable ski resorts in the USA. Not only is Aspen famous for its uncrowded slopes and world-class powder, the resort also offers vast and challenging skiing to keep even the most serious snow lovers satisfied!
From exploring the diverse ski area to enjoying the trendy apres-ski scene, here are our top five suggestions for things to do on and off the slopes whilst on ski holidays in Aspen.
1. Powder tours
This is definitely one of the best ways to make fresh tracks on Aspen’s incredible powder! Groups of 12 with their two guides are taken by luxury snowcat to prime untracked locations around Aspen Mountain. Routes are specifically chosen based on the group’s ability and the best daily snow conditions. A cabin lunch is included, as are snacks and drinks, so you’ll certainly not go hungry. With no lift queues and no crowds, you simply get to experience some of the most exhilarating off-piste skiing that the Rocky Mountains have to offer.
"A typical day averages 10,000 vertical feet of ungroomed wilderness skiing and boarding"
2. Mountaintop yoga sessions
If you’re feeling flexible, why not test out your ‘Downward Facing Dog’ or ‘Tree’ positions? Throughout the winter, the Aspen Ski Company offers yoga sessions every Tuesday and Thursday morning, aimed at getting you fighting fit for a great day of skiing. Taking place at the Sundeck restaurant on Aspen Mountain (don’t forget your lift pass!), you should get there for 9.30am to get those stretches in before heading off down the mountain. Yoga mats are provided, so you don’t have to pack one in your suitcase and sessions last about 1 hour. And it's just $5 per person.
3. Champagne treasure hunts
From February onwards, thirsty skiers have the opportunity seek out the ‘Oasis’ - the world’s first ski-in ski-out pop up champagne bar. Every weekend, this Veuve Cliquot champagne bar is hidden in a secret location on Aspen Mountain. To enjoy a cold flute of sparkling fizz, follow the clues given by The Little Nell’s Facebook and Twitter pages to find the bright yellow umbrellas, situated somewhere on the slopes. The constantly changing location of this pop-up bar gives a unique twist to exploring the slopes, with your own sophisticated adult treasure hunt!
4. An evening winter wonderland for the whole family
On Friday nights, Elk Camp on neighbouring Snowmass mountain is transformed into a perfect winter wonderland in honour of the Norse God of Snow ‘Ullr’. Friends and families can take part in traditional outdoor winter activities including ice skating, snowbiking and sledding, and there’s live music, entertainment and an a la carte culinary celebration. You can also ride the gondola for sunset skiing until the early evening! However, no ‘Ullr night’ is complete without the compulsory hot chocolate and s’mores around the bonfire. For those not in the know, s’mores are delicious sweet treats made by roasting together crackers, chocolate and marshmallows!
4. Après at Ajax Tavern
Apres-ski is a big part of any resort and Aspen is no exception. One of the most legendary spots is the Ajax Tavern. A sun-drenched mountainside patio is an enticing location you can spot from halfway up the mountain. It's prime people-watching territory - there's no better seat in town.
The atmosphere is buzzing from lunch right through to the evening. Casual fine dining at its best. Grab a few drinks with mates and tuck into a vat of the legendary truffle fries or the Ajax double cheeseburger; an undeniably tasty and well-earned treat.
Après drinks + truffle fries + people watching = an afternoon of cheek aching laughter.
This is just a small snippet on what’s on offer, as a huge range of activities and events take place in Aspen all season. You are guaranteed a warm American welcome and we especially love the small everyday touches such as free coffee and sun cream on the mountain, as well as the complimentary orientation sessions given by volunteer mountain ambassadors each morning.