Winter Bliss in Aspen: A Non-Skier's Guide to Enjoying the Snowy Season

Winter Bliss in Aspen: A Non-Skier's Guide to Enjoying the Snowy Season

  • The Sky Residences at W Aspen
  • 05/2/24

Aspen, a name synonymous with powdery slopes and elite skiing, also holds a treasure trove of experiences for those who prefer their winter wonderlands without skis. Whether you're not too fond of skiing or simply taking a break from the slopes, Aspen's winter charm offers a delightful array of activities that can make your stay memorable. This guide will walk you through the best ways to enjoy Aspen during the snowy season, sans skis.

Embrace the Great Outdoors

Scenic Snowshoeing: Strap on a pair of snowshoes and take to the trails to explore Aspen's serene landscapes. Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to get close to nature and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the snow-clad forests and mountains. Recommended trails include the picturesque Maroon Bells and the peaceful Hunter Creek Valley.

Winter Hiking: For a less encumbered trek, some of Aspen's hiking trails are accessible in winter, offering a different perspective of the natural beauty. Smuggler Mountain is a popular choice, providing a relatively easy hike and a panoramic view of Aspen from the lookout.

Sleigh Rides: Glide through a winter wonderland on a traditional horse-drawn sleigh. This enchanting experience can be found at various ranches around Aspen, offering a magical journey through snowy fields and forests, often complete with blankets and hot cocoa.

Cultural Delights and Relaxation

Spa Days: After a chilly day outdoors, nothing compares to the warmth and relaxation of a spa day. Aspen is home to several world-class spas where you can indulge in massages, facials, and body treatments that utilize local ingredients like mountain herbs and minerals.

Art and History: Visit the Aspen Art Museum to enjoy contemporary art in a striking architectural space. For a touch of local history, the Wheeler/Stallard Museum offers a glimpse into Aspen's past as a silver mining town, housed in a beautifully preserved Victorian-era home.

Culinary Exploration: Aspen’s culinary scene is vibrant and varied, offering everything from cozy cafes to high-end restaurants. Take a culinary tour and taste the local flavors, such as game dishes and seasonal specialties. Don't miss the chance to sip a hot toddy or a rich hot chocolate at a fireside lounge.

Adventurous Yet Non-Ski Activities

Dog Sledding: Experience the thrill of dog sledding through the snow-covered forests and across open fields. This unique adventure is guided by mushers who share their love for their huskies and the sport, providing an exhilarating way to see the winter scenery.

Ice Skating and Hockey: Lace up your skates and enjoy ice skating at the Aspen Ice Garden or the outdoor rink at the Silver Circle Ice Rink. Both locations offer skate rentals and are perfect for family fun or a romantic evening glide under the stars.

Hot Air Ballooning: For those who wish to take adventure to new heights, a hot air balloon ride over the snow-capped Rockies is a must. Witness the breathtaking landscapes of Aspen from above, a truly unforgettable experience that provides majestic views and splendid photo opportunities.

Community and Seasonal Events

Winter Words Series: Aspen is not just about outdoor activities; it also boasts a rich cultural calendar. The Winter Words series by Aspen Words brings authors and thinkers from around the world for talks, readings, and discussions, offering food for thought on cold winter nights.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: If you’re visiting during a performance period, don’t miss the opportunity to see the highly acclaimed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Their dynamic repertoire and stunning performances are sure to impress.

Wintersköl: Participate in Aspen's annual Wintersköl festival, a celebration of winter with parades, concerts, and unique events like the canine fashion show. It's a perfect occasion to mingle with locals and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

Aspen offers an alluring mix of adventure, relaxation, and cultural enrichment, making it an ideal winter destination even for those who don't ski. From the tranquility of snowshoe excursions to the excitement of a sleigh ride and the warmth of a luxury spa to the thrill of a ballet performance, Aspen promises a delightful winter experience for everyone.

So pack your warmest clothes, bring your sense of adventure, and prepare to discover the snowy season in Aspen like never before. Whether you’re looking for physical activity, cultural immersion, or simply a peaceful retreat into nature, Aspen has something special for you this winter.

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