Does the thought of careening down a snowy slope paralyze rather than thrill you? You're not alone. Not everyone who visits Snowmass is enthusiastic about skiing or snowboarding, but that doesn't mean you’ll be resigned to staying in your room.
Snowmass is a popular destination each and every season; this majestic mountain getaway is full of fun activities for skiers and non-skiers alike.
10 Things to Do in Snowmass Besides Skiing
For those seeking to explore this popular destination without ski equipment rental or annual passes, you’re in luck! This blog will outline ten engaging activities in Snowmass for non-skiers to enjoy while visiting the mountain.
From rollercoasters to roller skating to simply relaxing, taking in the vast amounts of nature, and live music venues — Snowmass doesn't always equivocate to skiing.
1. ADMIRE ASPEN'S ART & CULTURE
Take things at a slower pace for this adventure. The galleries of downtown Aspen and the Aspen Art Museum offer various cultural options for Snowmass guests. Take the bus, hire a Lyft, or drive a few minutes up the highway to get to Aspen’s downtown. Experience rotating exhibitions, meet featured artists, or attend a lecture hosted by speakers whose professional backgrounds range from architecture to fashion design.
After you've finished, dine at one of Aspen's signature restaurants or catch a show at Belly Up, a local hot spot featuring the nation's best headliners.
2. AIM FOR A PERFECT 300
As a bowling score that is! What’s better than bowling as a fun activity in Snowmass for non-skiers? Snowmass Lanes & Lounge offers the perfect solution for couples or families who want to spend time together without herding cats on the slopes. Known for being the highest-altitude bowling alley in the country, Snowmass Lanes & Lounge features food, drinks, pool, foosball, and, of course, bowling for all.
With a unique setup of luxury-style lounge booths, an upscale vibe caters to an atmosphere built for fun. Private parties are welcome (reservation required). Ask our enthusiastic staff for details should your event require customization.
3. ENJOY THE COLLECTIVE
Hang out or enjoy several activities inside The Collective Snowmass — a hub for community events in Snowmass Base Village. It’s a great place to be, whether with the family or solo.
You’ll be able to enjoy a new lounge featuring live music, entertainment, and speaking events. You can also enjoy arcade games, an interactive music wall, a large-scale coloring wall, and ping pong at the Collective Game Lounge. Plus a ball pit uniquely shaped like the Ziegler Reservoir (the Snowmastodon site also called the Ziegler Reservoir fossil site).
4. PLAY AT THE RINK
Snoq adjacent, get ready for fun at The Rink in Snowmass Base Village. Another exhilarating activity in Snowmass for non-skiers and offered by The Collective Snowmass, The Rink allows visitors to ice skate (rentals available) for free all season long. Show up for your favorite themed skating night, or try the new Ice Bumper Cars. Be one step ahead of the crowd by filling out the waiver for skating in The Rink before your visit.
Twice annually (December and February) visitors in the area get the chance to observe the “Game of Stones” curling series. Want more romance infused in the activity? Catch a flick under the stars July through August while snuggled under a blanket.
5. RELAX WITH A SPA DAY
"Snow" is in our name, but there's more to this mountain retreat than our name suggests. We also know how to relax and unwind. Consider booking a day at the spa during your Snowmass visit and get pampered from head to toe.
Top-rated local spas include Heaven on Earth, the Spa at Viceroy, and O2 Aspen. In addition to esthetician services and massages, many spas offer additional yoga or core-firming pilates classes.
6. RIDE A COASTER OR GO TUBING
In Snowmass you don’t need to strap on a pair of skis to have fun. The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster on Snowmass Mountain (at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola) is where the adventurous-at-heart and the non-skiers of Snowmass get a pulse-heightening thrill at speeds of up to 28mph.
Depending on your timing and the winter weather, you can purchase a combo pass to combine your coaster visit with a tubing session to cement the experience. Multiple lift-served tubing lanes are carved into The Meadows at Elk Camp.
7. SWIM AT THE SNOWMASS RECREATION CENTER
Fitness in Snowmass for non-skiers takes place at the Snowmass Recreation Center. Burn off any extra energy of the day or that excitement bubbling up and over your glass of adventure. Day passes for adolescents, and adults are available, complimenting family and short-term stays.
This facility has three saline outdoor pools; a leisure pool, a hot tub, and a lap pool. No alcohol or glass is allowed, but outside food is welcome and encouraged. Everyone entering the pool area must pay regardless of whether or not they’re swimming. Please note that towels aren’t provided but are available for rent at a nominal fee should you forget to pack yours.
Just in case a little bit of snow is on the list of experiences to enjoy during a visit to Snowmass, these next two suggestions are perfect.
8. SNOWMOBILE TO THE MAROON BELLS
Get on top of the ice without skis by snowmobiling. Basically, a jetski driving directly on the snow surface, snowmobiling is a great way to get out into nature and enjoy the beauty of the season.
Book a guided tour for an adventurer to the Maroon Bells. Take a ride, then have a bite to eat and get your photos snapped in one of the most photographed locations in the country. If you're not into tours, rent a snowmobile and explore the outdoors at your leisure.
9. TAKE UP CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
If you're not into snowboarding but want to get on the snow at a safe and leisurely pace, cross-country skiing at the Snowmass Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Center might be the perfect compromise.
Take cross-country skiing or snowshoeing lessons, then rent equipment for your first solo excursion on-site. You’ll enjoy exploring miles and miles of snow-covered meadows and towering pines.
10. YOGA LOVE
Get a great workout without the chilly bite of the crisp Colorado air. A new yoga studio, King Yoga, in Snowmass is run by local licensed yogi, Aaron King. King invites you to come out of the cold with daily yoga classes that balance body and mind.
If being outdoors is preferred, King offers outdoor classes three times per week. If privacy is your preference, reserve a private class online or by phoning the studio directly. Prices for private lessons vary depending on time and the availability of instructors.
There’s So Much to Do in Snowmass for Non-Skiers
It’s not an exaggeration when we say that there’s something for everyone here. Whether you visit for a few short days or a leisurely month, there will always be something fun and exciting to do in Snowmass for non-skiers and skiers alike.
Start planning your ski-free adventures by planning your stay in Snowmass! Sift through our Snowmass vacation rentals before they're booked for the season — ensure you get the chance to experience any (or all) of the exciting activities in Snowmass waiting for you.