Lift One Condominiums are located in the heart of downtown Aspen. The perfect family-friendly vacation rental location for families! Aspen has a reputation for glitz and glam, but more and more families are discovering that the picturesque mountain ski town is also an ideal location for a winter vacation. With four local ski mountains and plenty to do off the slopes, Aspen offers a little something for everyone of all ages, and the list of things to do for families keeps growing. Here’s our list of the top family-friendly winter activities in Aspen.
Breathtaker Alpine Coaster
Get ready for a speedy mountain coaster ride at Elk Camp at Snowmass. The thrilling alpine coaster reaches speeds of 28 miles per hour as it twists and turns on an elevated track through over a mile of forest. (Drivers must be at least 16 years of age and riders must be at least 38 inches tall.)
Grab a tube and hit the ski lift at Elk Camp for a little tubing fun. Multiple lanes are open during the daytime, and the same runs are illuminated for Ullr Nights festivities at Snowmass throughout the season. (Hint: There are ticket packages that include both snow tubing and rides on the alpine coaster.)
Plan a memorable snowcat dinner at either Lynn Britt Cabin or Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro. A snowcat is a large tracked vehicle that moves snow, but it’s also used to transport guests to remote destinations. Experience the ride of a lifetime along with stunning scenery and exquisite cuisine.
Aspen offers some great ice-skating experiences. The Silver Circle Ice Rink is a picturesque outdoor rink on Durant Avenue in downtown Aspen. The new Snowmass Base Village Plaza has an outdoor ice rink with free skate rentals. The popular Aspen Rec Center features the Lewis Ice Arena, an NHL-size rink. The rec center also has outdoor ice skating available. The Aspen Ice Garden on Hyman Avenue has an indoor rink and several special events and fundraisers throughout the year.
Aspen Rec Center
The Aspen Rec Center has an indoor pool with a water slide and a lazy river. There’s also an indoor lap pool, an indoor rock-climbing tower, a weight room, and enhanced cardio room, locker rooms, and indoor and outdoor ice-skating rinks.
Try your hand at snowbiking, a combination of skiing and biking. It’s an entirely new way to experience the mountain. Snag your ski or snowboard boots, helmet and goggles and get ready to slide through tree trails, steeps, and groomers at Snowmass. (Ages 12 years and older. Snowbikes cannot be rented without a lesson.)
Aspen Art Museum
The Aspen Art Museum in downtown Aspen presents intriguing exhibitions, films, lectures, activities, workshops, and performances throughout the season. The architectural landmark features the only public rooftop view of Aspen Mountain from the top-floor café. Museum admission is free.
Explore the Snowmass backcountry on an exciting dog sled ride pulled by eight to 10 Alaskan Huskies. Krabloonik offers morning and afternoon dogsled rides. Tours last about an hour and include a stop to warm up by a campfire and to sip hot cocoa or hot cider. Pet the dogs all you want! (Ages 3 years and older. Maximum two adults and one child per sled.)