You’ll have an unforgettable experience anytime you visit Aspen Snowmass; however, visiting the valley during the holidays makes truly magical memories. If you’re in town during Thanksgiving week, you can enjoy a festive small-town ambiance with smaller crowds and additional activities.
You’ll witness opening day celebrations at the ski mountains, the arrival of holiday lights, and winter activities. Everything is family-friendly in November; the hard-core party crowds haven’t yet arrived to hit their stride (just wait for New Year’s!).
Thanksgiving Dinner in Aspen Snowmass
While you’ll find a number of Thanksgiving Dinner options in Aspen each year, the exact details may vary. The Aspen Chamber (ACRA) maintains an up-to-date listing of currently confirmed Thanksgiving specials on their website — be sure to check back for the latest updates.
An Aspen Restaurant Thanksgiving
A few restaurants reliably maintain their annual Thanksgiving Specials, including Ajax Tavern, Element 47, Mawa’s Kitchen, and the Hotel Jerome. You’ll generally find their Thanksgiving updates on ACRA’s page, but you’re also welcome to contact each individual establishment. If you’re an Alpine Property guest, just contact our concierge at 866-209-1540 and we’ll help you cement your plans.
Dining In for Thanksgiving
If you’re thinking of preparing your own Thanksgiving spread, our vacation rentals boast full kitchens and comfortable dining areas, making it easy to celebrate Thanksgiving with (or without) guests. The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) offers its prime pasture-raised Thanksgiving turkeys for sale through Rock Bottom Ranch; check the ACES website for availability and plan to reserve early! The Rock Bottom Ranch Broad-Breasted Bronze turkeys are known for “exceptional taste and quality” due to their ability to roam freely and feed off grasses, seeds, insects, worms, and non-GMO feed.
A Takeout Thanksgiving
If cooking and cleanup on vacation aren’t appealing, many local Aspen restaurants offer full Thanksgiving menus for takeout. You can choose select sides (like mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie), or opt to order your entire Thanksgiving meal and enjoy it by the fireplace in your Alpine Property rental. Call local restaurants to inquire about takeout options on Thanksgiving Day.
Things to Do in Aspen Snowmass on Thanksgiving
While many outdoor activities depend on the weather, most days in Aspen stay sunny and mild in November and December, so planning a local hike (from one of the many downtown trailheads) or a sightseeing drive can be feasible. Here are some Thanksgiving options we’ve compiled in case you get cabin fever during the holiday:
Thanksjibbing at Snowmass
Each year, Snowmass Base Village invites skiers and snowboarders to compete for cash at the Rail Jam on Fanny Hill while listening to live music, engaging in Turkey Bowling, and enjoying kids’ activities. Admission is free if you’d rather watch than compete.
Aspen Turkey Trot
If you want to stretch your legs before settling in for Turkey Day festivities, sign up for Aspen’s annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. There may be virtual options available.
Basalt Gobble Wobble 5k
Every year, Basalt Elementary School hosts a casual, costumes-encouraged race to raise funds for the school, teachers, and administration. The top three runners win a Thanksgiving pie! Be sure to confirm whether the race is in-person or virtual during any given year before making the drive downvalley.
Indoor Turkey Triathlon
If running isn’t enough for you, you may be able to join the Aspen Recreation Center for an indoor triathlon on Thanksgiving Day. The ARC will usually post more information on its Facebook page if the race is happening that year.
While natural snow hasn’t always covered the slopes by Thanksgiving Day, enough snow has been made for opening day celebrations to take place with abundant skiing/snowboarding on Thanksgiving weekend. For opening day details and grooming reports, check the Aspen Snowmass website.
If the crowds on the slopes are too much hassle and there’s been enough snow on the ground for tracks to be groomed, you may be able to try Nordic skiing (classic or skate) on one of the many local cross country trails. Access to most XC trails is free, and there aren’t any lift lines to combat. The sport is also gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never tried Nordic skiing, you can always get a quick lesson at the Aspen Nordic Center (the summertime Aspen Golf Club).
Strolling Around Town
Both sidewalks and the downtown pedestrian mall are largely free from tourists during Thanksgiving week, so you won’t be competing for space or waiting in lines. Thanksgiving is the best time to visit local art galleries or catch the latest installations at the Aspen Art Museum. You might also enjoy browsing through the high-end shops or seeing a show. Check the event schedules of the Wheeler Opera House and the Belly Up for ticket availability and current protocols.
Lodging in Aspen Snowmass during Thanksgiving
Stay in a luxury Alpine Property vacation rental during Thanksgiving week, and we’ll make sure your holiday is stress-free. Staying within walking distance from the shops and activities downtown already makes your holiday more enjoyable. Let our concierge take care of your reservations and get you where you need to go.
Explore our rentals to start planning your Aspen Snowmass Thanksgiving vacation.