Aspen, Colorado is continually rated as one of the top destinations for skiing worldwide. However, while this charming mountain town may be best known for its powdery world-class slopes, there is an abundance of wintertime activities for all ages if skiing isn’t quite your thing.
Between the spectacular mountain views, the delightful culinary scene, and the simple pleasure of curling up next to a roaring fireplace, there is plenty to enjoy in Aspen for those who simply wish to relax and unwind.
And of course – there are plenty of activities you can enjoy to get your blood pumping as well! Browse some of the options below to see all that Aspen has to offer for non-skiers.
- Ice Climbing: This thrilling activity offers climbers a once in a lifetime opportunity to scale frozen waterfalls alongside a guide with technical ice tools and crampons. A great waterfall for beginners can be found just minutes away from downtown Aspen. Learn more here.
- Beer Tasting: If you’ve just gotten back from your epic ice-climbing adventure and want to unwind with a pint of beer (or two, or three), a tasting may be just what’s on the menu. Check out Aspen Brewing Company for some of Aspen’s best small batch microbrews.
- Tubing: Tubing is another fun activity for all ages, and the season at Snowmass runs from December 23 to April 18th. The tubing lanes are lift served and can even be made available for special events and parties.
- Snow Shoeing: The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies provides daily tours on several mountains in Aspen with basic fees starting at $40 per hour. Check out more information here.
- Dining Out: Aspen has a vibrant culinary scene, and between fine dining, local cuisine, and casual lunch spots, there’s something for everyone at every budget. Be sure to browse Trip Advisor for the top rated spots and reviews.
- Visit Museums: The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen’s History Museum, and Aspen’s Mining and Ranching Museum are just a few of the museums to browse during a casual morning or afternoon. For a full list of museums and galleries hop on over to Trip Advisor.
- Snowmobiling: Snowmobiling is great for all ages, and Aspen’s T-Lazy-7 is a great option for those who wish to try out the sport with experienced and knowledgeable guides.
- Yoga: Aspen has a number of highly frequented yoga studios for those who want to take a relaxing pause. From Bikram yoga to Vinyasa, there is a little bit of something for every yogi.
- Fly Fishing: The Roaring Fork Valley offers some of the best fly fishing out west, and visitors can take a guided fly fishing trip with Aspen Flyfishing to get a break from the slopes. You can choose from wade trips and float trips to get the best of what Aspen’s rivers have to offer.
- Sleigh Rides: This is an excellent activity for those who wish to sit back, relax, and indulge in Aspen’s beautiful mountain views. Take a ride with Aspen Carriage and Day Tours to make your wintertime sleigh riding dreams a reality.