Aspen, considered by many to be the quintessential ski resort area in the United States, offers approximately 4,100 acres of skiing bliss for all skill levels. For those first snapping into their bindings to the skiing connoisseurs among us, Aspen's brilliant, expert skiing instructors offer top-notch training for all levels of skiers.Once known as the domain for downhill aficionados, Aspen's resorts have evolved into year-round fun for the whole family. Snowboarders will feel right at home next to resort guests partaking in cross country skiing, ballooning, ice climbing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling. Snowmass, Aspen's sister ski resort, offers a peaceful alternative to Aspen's glitz and glamour with lots of ski-in/ski-out accommodations located right on the slopes.
Hold on tight for Schneetag (pronounced schnee-tog) at Snowmass Closing Weekend!!! Teams of four are invited to create a craft that will slide down a pond at Spider Sabich and attempt to soar over a 75x20 foot pond.
Light up the night with friends and family with nighttime tubing, snowbiking, s'mores, hot chocolate by the bonfire, ice skating and live music at Elk Camp every Friday night through the winter.
Party Under the Stars
For nighttime fun, The Sundeck is proud to bring back its popular Party Under the Stars. The special evenings include dinner and drink specials, live music and dancing.
Ballooning & Paragliding
Climbing Wall & Eurobungy
Golf & Tennis
Kayaking & Rafting
Skateboarding & Mountainboarding
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Visit Maroon Bells
Aspen Art Museum
Please do not hesitate to ask ski patrol for help or information. Emergency phone numbers are listed in the legend for each individual mountain. Report all accidents to ski patrol immediately. Ski patrol closes the trails whenever it is deemed necessary. Respect all closed trail signs. Skiers/snowboarders shall not enter a trail that is closed. All skiers/snowboarders involved in a collision must leave their names and addresses with ski patrol.
Know your ability level and ski/ride within it.
Natural and man-made objects exist and may not be marked.
Mountain operations continue during the day including snowmaking, grooming activities and the use of snowmobiles on the ski area.
It is a violation of CO Law to leave the scene of an accident if you are involved in a collision.
We strongly recommend helmet usage for all skiers and snowboarders, regardless of their age or ability. Helmets are required for children/teens ages 17 and under participating in Ski & Snowboard Schools lessons and for all participants, regardless of age, in terrain pipe & park lessons.
Backcountry travel can be extremely dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. There is no ski patrol, avalanche control or services beyond the ski area boundaries. If you choose to take responsibility for your actions, access to public lands beyond the ski area boundary may be made through U.S. Forest Service access points. Rescue in the backcountry is under the jurisdiction of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Backcountry rescues, if available and possible, are difficult and expensive.
To ensure you have a safe and fun day on the slopes, remember these tips to protect you from the sun and its radiation.
Wear pants, long sleeves, and gloves even on warm days.
Put on a hat or helmet that covers your ears.
Wear 100% UV protection goggles or sunglasses.
Apply generous amounts of SPF 30+ sunscreen on exposed skin every two hours.
It’s not the heat of the sun that causes skin damage but radiation from the sun.
TO LOOK FOR IN SUNBLOCK
SPF 30 or higher
Zinc Oxide, titanium dioxide or both
Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature. When buying skiwear, look for fabric that is water and wind-resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and deep pockets.
Be prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Remember to wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for kids who are susceptible to cold hands). Also, 80% of heat-loss is through the head, a helmet is warm and many models cover the ears, ensuring a warmer experience. Don't forget your sunglasses or goggles. Skiing is a lot more fun when you can see. Always wear eye protection.
-PREPARING FOR ALTITUDE
You're at more than 7,000 feet in Aspen/Snowmass so you may feel the effects of altitude sickness so remember to drink plenty of water to decrease the risk of dehydration.