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Celebrate the last 12 days of December during 12 Days of Aspen. Each day, enjoy fun, free, and family-friendly activities. 12 Days of Aspen activities include performances by carolers, photo ops with Santa, holiday crafts, film screenings, live music, cookie decorating, storytime for kids, and more. On New Year’s Eve, check out the torchlight parade and New Year’s Eve fireworks at the base of Aspen Mountain.
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520 Grill is a lunch spot in Aspen with a burger menu fitting anyone's appetite. For a light lunch, try their tasty salads, like the Veggie Farmer Salad. For heavier fare, try the “Pig Out”. For a tasty, quick lunch, 520 Grill is the place to go in Aspen.
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For a sumptuous, authentic Roman style dining experience in the heart of Aspen, come to Acquolina Trattoria & Pizzeria. The mouthwatering pastas and entrees, fresh salads and gourmet appetizers are morsels to be savored. The pizzas baked in the special domed oven are thin, crispy and wonderful. The ambience is open and welcoming, with classic black and white photos of 1950s movie stars adorning the walls. Whether eating lunch or dinner at the designer bar or in the dining room, Acquolina is a delicious Italian indulgence.
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Ajax Adventure Camp is an Aspen, Colorado summer camp offering fun outdoor adventures, including whitewater rafting, backpacking, horseback riding, and camping. They accommodate flexible schedules with day, week, and multi-week signups and punch passes. Ajax Adventure Camp is perfect for families visiting Aspen Snowmass!
Located in the Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza, Ajax Tavern serves delicious bar food with an upscale twist. With a sunny patio right at the base of Aspen Mountain, Ajax Tavern is the ideal place to gather for apres ski cocktails and appetizers, and makes for the perfect end to a day of skiing on Aspen Mountain. Enjoy a creative menu featuring locally-sourced, seasonal produce. Popular Ajax Tavern menu items include the poached rabbit tagliatelle and the Ajax double cheeseburger.
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The Anderson Ranch Arts Center serves to cultivate an artistic vision and creative understanding in people of all ages. They encourage artists participating in one of their many outstanding summer workshops and artists in their residency program to experiment and draw inspiration from the surrounding mountains. Anderson Ranch also hosts numerous exhibitions and inspiring, introspective artist talks throughout the year.
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Anderson Ranch Café is located on the Anderson Ranch Arts Center campus. The café is open during the summer for Anderson Ranch’s popular Lunchtime Auctionettes, where guests, faculty, instructors, and visiting artists enjoy a barbecue lunch, while bidding on art by students, faculty, and visiting artists. In the winter, you can enjoy dinner at Anderson Ranch Café during their holiday season open house.
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A festive community event that gets everyone in the holiday spirit, the annual Anderson Ranch Holiday Open House is a great opportunity to view and purchase artwork by Anderson Ranch artists-in-residence and faculty, tour the beautiful Ranch grounds, and meet fellow art lovers. During the Holiday Open House, the studios are open to all visitors, offering a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse at the art-making process.
Each art-making method has its own large studio space, so from building to building, visitors are immersed in the world of photography, then painting and printing, and then ceramics and sculpture and woodworking.
As the Holiday Open House is usually held in mid-December, the event is the perfect opportunity to do a little holiday shopping, as well as to support local, national, and international artists. Most, if not all, of the artworks on display in each of the studios is for sale. Oftentimes, the artists are in their studio to discuss their work with visitors and interested buyers.
In addition to each of the studios, Anderson Ranch also has a gallery space, so be sure to swing by the gallery building, which is located near the parking lot.
After touring the campus, head over to the Ranch Café for a casual holiday dinner. Enjoy a delicious meal, and chat about all of the incredible artwork that you just saw.
Anderson Ranch is a beautiful place any time of the year, but is especially so during the holiday season. Make the most of this special time of the year by attending the Anderson Ranch Holiday Open House.
For more information on the Anderson Ranch Holiday Open House and other local events, contact Alpine Property. We can also assist you with booking a Snowmass vacation rental. Call Alpine Property at 1-800-543-0839, or send us an email.
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Ann Korologos Gallery is an art gallery located in downtown Basalt, CO. Exhibiting contemporary Western art, Ann Korologos Gallery has played a major role in its 20 years in cultivating a strong interest in the arts in both Basalt and Aspen. Visit Ann Korologos Gallery to view oil paintings, sculptures, drawings, and more all depicting life in the West.
Aspen Alpine Guides is an Aspen, CO guide company leading backcountry adventures year round. Their professional guides offer backcountry skiing trips, cross country skiing lessons, and snowshoeing adventures in the wintertime. Aspen Alpine Guides also offers hiking tours, backpacking trips, mountaineering adventures, and more backcountry exploration and fun. If looking to explore the wilderness in and around Aspen Snowmass with a professional guide, Aspen Alpine Guides is a trusted local guiding company.
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The Aspen Art Gallery is located in downtown Aspen, CO, and showcases the work of artists who use varied media to create their art. On display at the Aspen Art Gallery are landscapes, abstract artworks, and mixed media pieces. Visit the Aspen Art Gallery in the heart of downtown Aspen for a unique cultural experience in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
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The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) has been a fixture in the Aspen arts community since 1979, and since then, they have provided visitors with insightful and inspiring exhibitions featuring the work of international contemporary artists working in a wide variety of media. In addition to their riveting exhibition program, the AAM strives to educate the community on the topic of contemporary art through workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students, family workshops, teacher workshops, and public programs featuring discussions by curators, artists, and other prominent figures in the contemporary art world. Since 2005, the AAM has partnered with the Aspen Skiing Company to provide an art experience to a wider audience by placing "art in unexpected places", such as on the ski lift tickets and on the ski mountains.
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The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) has four locations situated in the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Valleys dedicated to promoting an awareness of our relationship to the environment. They offer community garden space at their Hallam Lake and Rock Bottom Ranch locations during the summer. And during the winter, their winter naturalists provide a window into mountain ecology by guiding visitors on snowshoe tours on Snowmass Mountain, Aspen Mountain, and at Ashcroft. ACES also offers school programs to cultivate an understanding and love for the natural world in the younger set. Also, they invite guest speakers to give informative and educational talks, known as Naturalist Nights, on topics ranging from hydrology, forest health, birds, land ethics, and beavers. The Aspen area has a lot to offer, and so does ACES in terms of interpreting and connecting with all the natural splendor of this spectacular place.
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The Aspen Club & Spa offers the largest health club in Aspen along with daily classes, a mind/body studio, indoor lap pool, tennis and racquetball courts, and a boxing room. The Aspen Club & Spa also offers spa services such as massages, facials, and a full salon. The Aspen Club Sports Medicine Institute is home to physical therapy and an Aspen chiropractor. The Aspen Club & Spa offers memberships along with day passes.
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Aspen Expeditions is an Aspen, CO outdoor guide company that offers mountaineering trips on local 14,000 foot peaks, rock climbing adventures near Independence Pass, and more. Leading trips year round, Aspen Expeditions professional guides lead backcountry skiing adventures during the wintertime to backcountry huts, ice climbing trips, and avalanche courses. In addition to offering guided ski trips in and around Aspen Snowmass, Aspen Expeditions offers international ski adventures as well. For a guided trek up North Maroon Peak, South Maroon Peak, Pyramid Peak, and more, contact Aspen Expeditions.
Aspen Film has been in existence since 1979 with the goal to contribute rich, intriguing film programming to the Aspen community. Each year, Aspen Film hosts three noteworthy festivals: the Shortsfest, the Filmfest, and the Academy Screenings. These festivals feature over 200 brilliant films, each of which are truly a treasure to be on view in such a rural area.
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Aspen Grove Fine Art has been exhibiting high quality artworks in Aspen, CO for over 35 years. Known for cultivating relationships with local and international art collectors as well as art enthusiasts, Aspen Grove Fine Art is the Aspen art gallery to visit when considering purchasing a piece of art.
Aspen Guide Service offers guided fly fishing trips, from float trips to wade trips, on rivers in and around Aspen. From the Roaring Fork River to the Colorado River, enjoy the beauty and challenge of fly fishing in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with the assistance of a knowlegeable guide. Learn about river ecology while enjoying a tasty curry chicken sandwich, expertly prepared by a guide equally enthusiastic about fly fishing as cooking and serving delicious food. For an unforgettable day on the river, book a trip through Aspen Guide Service.
Call 970-948-7675 to book a trip today.
The Aspen Historical Society provides visitors and local residents alike with the opportunity to explore the rich history of the Roaring Fork Valley. With their Wheeler/Stallard museum, housed in a beautiful West End Victorian home, and their Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching museum, they offer an insightful perspective on the history of this special place. The Historical Society also offers a wide variety of tours, including their History Coach, a guided tour of downtown Aspen in an electric vehicle. On-mountain ski tours are also offered, with topics covering the Ute Native Amercan Tribe, the Ziegler reservoir dig site in Snowmass, the early days of skiing, 1970s ski culture, and freeskiing.
An annual festival held at the Aspen Institute's Aspen campus, the Aspen Ideas Festival began in 2005. Influential, intelligent people from all over the globe come to Aspen to attend and speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Each year, the schedule of programs and sessions feature people and their incredible work and ideas. The Aspen Ideas Festival is an annual event at which the audience is inspired to contemplate deeply and effect positive change in the world based on speakers' intriguing, eye-opening presentations.
The Aspen Music Festival and School has been a major cultural institution in Aspen since 1949. Each summer, the Aspen Music Festival and School brings talented musicians to Aspen. Over the course of eight weeks, these musicians from all over the world treat the Aspen community to over 320 performances and musical events such as orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, and more.
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The Aspen Recreation Center (also known as the ARC) offers a state of the art fitness center, rock wall, indoor and outdoor ice rinks, swimming pool, and aerobic studio. The pool is a favorite for families with a two story water slide, lazy river, diving board, and lap pool. Great after a day of skiing or on one of the few rainy days in Aspen.
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The annual Aspen Ruggerfest is held in September at Wagner Rugby Stadium and Rio Grande Park. The Aspen Ruggerfest brings to Aspen the best rugby talent from around the world, including Aspen's own rugby team, the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Football Club. In past years, rugby teams that have competed in the Aspen Ruggerfest have included the US Air Force, Denver Highlanders, Denver Barbarians, Virginia Cardinals, and the Kansas Jayhawks. Rugby matches are always exhilarating and exciting, so check out some of the games during this year's Aspen Ruggerfest.
The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a renowned dance company based in both Aspen, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Throughout both the winter and summer seasons, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet hosts a number of performances showcasing the incredible talent of the dancers in the company as well as the creativity and innovation of notable choreographers. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet seeks to foster in dancers of all ages a strong dance education background through The School of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, which is held year-round throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and in Santa Fe.
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Founded in 1998, the Aspen Saturday Marketing (also known as the Aspen Farmers Market) is in downtown Aspen every Saturday from June to October. Join locals for a Saturday tradition of strolling through the market and stopping along the way to shop. Stands at the market sell Colorado-grown organic fruits and veggies, artwork, wine, cheese, honey, preserves, flowers, baked goods, jewelry, clothing, gifts, home decor, and more. The Aspen Saturday Marketing is family friendly with live music and a food court.
June 20th through October 3rd.
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Aspen Shakti is where Aspen locals and visitors go to do yoga and meditate. Located in downtown Aspen, Aspen Shakti offers classes for all levels. They’re known for their unique class offerings, including “Thug Yoga”, outdoor classes at the top of Aspen Mountain, and yoga sessions with live DJs.
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When you and the family hit the slopes in Aspen Snowmass, you want to have an memorable experience. Taking a ski or snowboard lesson from one of the highly skilled Pros at the Aspen Snowmass Ski & Snowboard School is a sure way towards that extraordinary experience. During a lesson, Pros work closely with you, giving you personalized tips, so that you build confidence and gain new skills.
The Aspen Snowmass Ski & Snowboard School offers lessons for skiers and riders from age 2 and up. Choose a private lesson, an adult group lesson, or a kids and teens group lesson.
Private Ski or Snowboard Lessons
A private ski or snowboard lesson is the best way to have fun on the hill, while also becoming a better skier or rider. When you sign up for a private lesson, you decide how you want your day to go. Want to ski with the entire family, while your Pro supplies each member with personalized tips? With a private ski or snowboard lesson, you have that choice.
Adult Group Lessons
A surefire way to boost confidence is to take an adult group lesson with an Aspen Snowmass Pro. Adult group lessons for skiers and riders are offered at all levels, so whether you are getting on skis for the first time or the thousandth time, you can rest assured that you will be in a group that meets your skill level and needs.
Kids & Teens Group Lessons
The Aspen Snowmass Ski & Snowboard School provides skiers and riders as young as 2 and as old as 17 with the opportunity to explore the fun and varied terrain available in Aspen Snowmass. Like adult group lessons, your child is placed in a group where they are comfortable, yet challenged, while still having a blast in the mountains.
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Discover the unique flavors of craft beer made at 8,000 feet at the Aspen Brewing Company. At the Aspen Tap Room downtown, sample the local microbrewery’s year round and seasonal offerings. You can also purchase your favorite brews in bottles, cans, or growlers to enjoy later.
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Aspen Whitewater Rafting offers Aspen, Colorado rafting trips on the Roaring Fork and Arkansas Rivers. Plan a family rafting trip on the Middle or Cemetery stretches of the Roaring Fork River, or try your hand at more advanced rafting in Slaughter House Fall on the Roaring Fork or Pine Creek and the Numbers on Arkansas River.
Aspen Words, formerly the Aspen Writers' Foundation, was founded in 1976 with the purpose of inspiring writers and readers through programming that brings people together to share in a love of reading and writing. Throughout the year, Aspen Words hosts a number of popular programs, including the Winter Words Festival, which brings authors like Salman Rushdie, Michael Chabon, Erica Jong, and many others to Aspen to share their stories. During the summer, Aspen Words hosts a program called Summer Words, which includes writers' workshops and author lectures.
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The Baldwin Gallery is an art gallery located in the heart of downtown Aspen, Colorado. The Baldwin Gallery represents artists like Will Cotton, Eric Fischl, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mariyln Minter, Tom Sachs, and James Turrell. Past Exhibitions at the Baldwin have included Gilbert & George: Urethra Postcard Pictures in January 2012, Robert Mapplethorpe: Horses in July 2010, and Eric Fischl: Beach Scenes: New Work in March 2009.
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This Aspen Thai restaurant has a dish to please everyone. From Pad Thai to Green Curry to Stir Fried Rice Bowls, meals at Bangkok Happy Bowl are prepared quickly and with fresh ingredients. There’s a kids' menu, full bar and patio seating in the summer. For a taste of authentic Thai food, dine in or pick up a few delectable dishes to enjoy at home.
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The Bar at Wildwood is a Snowmass restaurant that is located inside of the Wildwood Snowmass, a local hotel. Described as a beer hall, the Bar at Wildwood was created as a collaboration with Colorado's own New Belgium Brewing Company. So, if you enjoy sampling locally brewed beer, the Bar at Wildwood offers a variety of beers on tap. In addition to the great beverage selection, the Bar at Wildwood offers a contemporary American menu with bar favorites, such as chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, and chips and salsa, alongside unique options that are influenced by Asian, Mexican, and Italian cuisine. For a casual meal, happy hour, or après-ski gathering, visit the Bar at Wildwood in Snowmass.
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The Base Camp Bar & Grill is a family run restaurant at the base of Snowmass Mountain in Snowmass Village. In addition to the delicious bar food like burgers, beer, brats, wings, fries, and nachos, there is always plenty of live music and weekly events. Check out Base Camp Bar & Grill today for lunch or dinner.
Plan an evening at the Belly Up Aspen to see a world famous band such as Jane's Addiction, Widespread Panic, and Lyle Lovett. Belly Up Aspen also features local bands, Monday Night Football, and special events. Be sure not to miss this intimate venue with great sound, good food, and legendary performances during your next Aspen Snowmass vacation.
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Black Saddle Bar & Grille is located at the Snowmass Club's golf clubhouse. While playing a round of golf, visit Black Saddle for a lunch break, and order the Black Saddle Club Sandwich or the Rustic Burger. Black Saddle Bar & Grille is also the perfect spot to relax for après golf. This Snowmass Club restaurant offers an excellent beer and wine list, in addition to delicious appetizers that are great for sharing with family and friends. Visit Black Saddle the next time you're golfing at the Snowmass Club.
Black Tie Ski Rentals provides premier ski rental and delivery service to the Aspen area including Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Buttermilk and Snowmass ski resorts. The lift lines and the slopes themselves are relatively uncrowded, so on most days, you will feel like a VIP skiing at your own private resort.
When planning your trip to Aspen, plan on pre-ordering all the top quality equipment you’ll need from Black Tie Ski Rentals.
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Blazing Adventures is a local Aspen guide company that leads whitewater rafting trips, horseback riding adventures, jeep tours, hiking trips, and more guided outdoor expeditions in the Aspen Snowmass area. Blazing Adventures leads outdoor adventures year round, and in the wintertime, guides snowshoe tours, snowmobile adventures, and sleigh rides. If looking for an exciting adventure in Aspen Snowmass, Blazing Adventures guided trips are certain to satisfy.
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A charming European-style mountain lodge located mid-mountain on Ajax, Bonnie's is a great place to enjoy a delicious and hearty breakfast and lunch. Also popular for their dessert selection, many guests drop by Bonnie's to enjoy a slice of their famous strudel, or to warm up with a steaming cup of coffee between runs. Though the views from inside Bonnie's are spectacular, on a warm and sunny day, the deck that wraps around the exterior of Bonnie's is perfect for sipping on a drink, while gazing out at the mountain and skiers ripping down the slopes. Making a visit to Bonnie's while skiing on Aspen Mountain is a quintessential Aspen experience.
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Glide into the '60s art deco scene and enjoy sushi, pasta and steak at Bootsy Bellows, located 308 E Hopkins. With comfortable booths, a new sports bar lounge and late night music and eats, Bootsy Bellows is the place to sit back, relax and enjoy the finer things in life.
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Snowmass Mountain is home to the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster. Hop on the alpine coaster and ride on over a mile of elevated track through an evergreen forest at speeds up to 28 mph. The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster is another fun way to experience Snowmass Mountain in the winter and summer.
The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster is located at Elk Camp. To get to there, take the Elk Camp Gondola after purchasing your activity pass at the Snowmass Base Village ticket office.
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Brunelleschi's serves up gourmet pizza in a casual dining environment. An Aspen restaurant located along restaurant row, Brunelleschi's is the perfect place to enjoy a family dinner. Start off the meal with a plate of delicious bruschetta. For lunch, try the classic Brunelleschi's Italian Panini, and for dinner, the Ajax Pizza is simply delectable. Head over to Brunelleschi's for some of the best gourmet pizza in Aspen.
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Located at the base of Buttermilk Mountain, Bumps Restaurant offers a snack or meal for everyone. Visit Bumps for lunch, and refuel before hopping back on the chairlift. Bumps serves made-to-order pasta dishes and salads; homemade soups; and grilled meats and veggies.
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The Butcher's Block Deli is a gourmet grocer and sandwich shop located in the heart of downtown Aspen. The Butcher's Block sells fine meats and cheeses, seafood, sandwiches, prepared foods, and gourmet specialty food items. Stop by for lunch and try one of their delicious, made-to-order sandwiches with fresh ingredients from their deli. The Butcher's Block is the perfect place in Aspen to find ingredients for a fancy and delectable home-cooked meal.
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Since 1987, Cache Cache has offered fine dining with an emphasis on table and wine service and the highest quality of food. Featuring French and modern American food, Cache Cache offers an exquisite atmosphere and excellent menu. Located in downtown Aspen, Colorado Cache Cache is an Aspen favorite among locals and visitors alike.
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Camp Aspen Snowmass is a kids' summer camp that offers a wide range of outdoor activities. As Camp Aspen Snowmass is located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the summer camp is able to offer a number of unique activities, including nature walks, mountain biking, mountainboarding, rafting, fishing, and camping. In addition, kids attending Camp Aspen Snowmass can build rockets, play tennis, enjoy arts and crafts time, and play a game of paintball. Camp Aspen Snowmass is available to children between the ages of 3 to kids in their teenage years. If your child is looking for the summer camp experience while on vacation in Aspen and Snowmass, then look no further than Camp Aspen Snowmass.
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Located along what is termed downtown Aspen's Restaurant Row on Hopkins, Campo de Fiori is an Italian restaurant in the heart of Aspen's dining scene and bustling nightlife. With its downtown location, beautifully decorated interior reminiscent of a Tuscan villa, and on top of it all, the delicious and authentic Italian cuisine, Campo de Fiori is the Aspen restaurant to visit for an outstanding fine dining experience.
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Caribou Club is a private and exclusive membership-only restaurant and nightclub located in downtown Aspen. With elegant mahogany, vibrant red-colored walls, and a candlelit environment, the Caribou Club, from bar to restaurant to dance floor, delivers a sophisticated but casual atmosphere for those seeking an exclusive, upscale experience in Aspen. Become a Caribou Club member, and gain access to Aspen's most exclusive and fashionable nightclub.
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Casa Tua, located in the heart of downtown Aspen along the Cooper Avenue walking mall, truly lives up to its name, which in Italian means “your home”. The Italian restaurant creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, which is best exemplified by its Friends' Table, an enormous community dining table seating up to 24 guests. The beautifully designed interiors and tasteful artwork enhance the dining experience. Dine at Casa Tua for the community atmosphere and their delicious Northern Italian cuisine.
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Time Magazine named Chefs Club Aspen one of the 100 Best Restaurants in the US. Chefs Club Aspen has a unique concept of rotating chefs, what they call “chefs-in-residence”, through their Chefs Club Residency Program. Each chef-in-residence spends a few months at Chefs Club Aspen, all the while sharing their inspired creations with guests. Dine at Chefs Club Aspen in the summer and winter and you can always expect a fresh slate of dishes as a new chef takes the helm every few months.
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The meals at Cliffhouse Restaurant are just as good as the views. From the spacious patio, you’ll see neighboring ski areas, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain; you’ll also be able to see the beautiful Maroon Creek Valley and one of Colorado’s 14ers, Pyramid Peak. Visit Cliffhouse Restaurant for the Mongolian Grill, or for a snack and hot chocolate between runs.
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During a day of skiing on Aspen Highlands Mountain, the best place to enjoy a feast fit for an epicure is at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, a restaurant located inside of a quaint and cozy European ski hut at the top of the Cloud Nine lift. Before a breathtaking view of Pyramid Peak and Maroon Peak, guests dine on raclette, fondue, and other European alpine specialties. In addition to their outstanding lunch service, on Thursday evenings throughout the winter ski season, Cloud Nine hosts snowcat dinners, during which guests are brought to and from the restaurant by snowcat. Reservations are highly recommended for both lunch and dinner.
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CP Burger is the perfect place to have a fast, casual, and fun meal with the family. With a menu of burgers, parmesan truffle fries, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, and the like, the CP Burger menu caters to even the pickiest of eaters. For those looking for healthier fare, CP Burger also offers a kale salad and a black bean salad. In the summertime, play a round of miniature golf right in front of the restaurant, and in the winter, the course is turned into an ice skating rink with ice skate rentals, hot chocolate, and more.
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To be steeped in exquisite French food, décor and culture, saunter down the stairs to Creperie du Village at 400 E Hopkins for an experience like no other. The cozy bistro serves up the best cheese fondue in Aspen, along with to-die-for French Onion Soup, delicious charcuterie boards and savory and sweet crepes. The staff is friendly and welcoming and the wine selection is a decadent pleasure.
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A small movie theater located along Carbondale's Main Street, the Cystal Theatre is an independently owned and operated theater showing arthouse films alongside mainstream movies. The theater space was constructed in 1912, and originally was home to the W. M. Dinkel Mercantile Store before being refurbished into a theater in the 1940s. The Crystal Theatre is a historic small town movie theater with a friendly staff and a community vibe, making it the perfect place to catch a flick after enjoying a meal at one of Carbondale's many fine restaurants.
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Formerly known as Montagna, Element 47 located inside of The Little Nell, is a fine dining restaurant focused on serving seasonal and fresh ingredients combined into marvels of culinary creation under the creative genius of Chef Robert McCormick. Featuring a sleek and modern dining room with clean lines and a unique piece of art referencing The Little Nell's award-winning wine list, Element 47 serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with five-star, five-diamond service. Take a seat at the bar to enjoy an ice cold glass of a Colorado microbrew or make reservations for what should be a truly unforgettable and luxurious dining experience.
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The Elk Camp Restaurant, located on Snowmass Mountain, sits just across the ski slope from the former Cafe Suzanne. The Elk Camp Restaurant offers fresh, seasonal, and locally-sourced cuisine such as salads, grilled vegetables and meats, pizzas, stews and soups, and a panini station. With a sleek, modern, and casual interior, the Elk Camp Restaurant has a lounge area perfect for enjoying a warm fire and watching skiers zip down the slopes. Outside on the large deck that seats up to 150 people, diners can take a ski break and soak up some sunshine while enjoying a fresh salad and hearty cup of soup from the Elk Camp Restaurant.
Ellina Aspen presents a remarkable dining experience in Aspen, Colorado. Located on the Aspen downtown walking mall, Ellina's cuisine is special for its fresh ingredients and unique twist on traditional fare. Ellina's head chef is inspired by the farm-to-table mentality, and infuses this into each delectable dish. For a culinary treat, make a dinner reservation at Ellina Aspen.
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Go fly fishing in Aspen Snowmass! Fly fishing is a popular, year-round sport in Colorado, though most anglers get on the rivers in the summer and fall. In the Roaring Fork Valley, you can fish the Roaring Fork River, Frying Pan River, and Colorado River.
Two local fly fishing guide companies, Aspen Guide Service and Taylor Creek Fly Shop, provide professionally guided fly fishing trips in Aspen Snowmass and beyond. Both fly fishing companies offer half-day and full-day wade trips and float trips. Your guide for the day will pick the best place to wade or float on the Frying Pan River outside of Basalt; Roaring Fork River in the Roaring Fork Valley; and Colorado River in Glenwood Springs. Guide companies also have permits for private waters. Contact Aspen Guide Service or Taylor Creek to book a trip.
Outdoor Ski Rental Aspen Aspen Highlands Buttermilk / Tiehack Central Core Snowmass Village Base Village Slopeside Mall Two Creeks
For bike rentals, ski and snowboard equipment rentals, outdoor apparel, and Aspen Snowmass gear, visit local retailer Four Mountain Sports. This outdoor gear company rents and sells high quality equipment for all kinds of activities. Plus, Four Mountain Sports has nine locations throughout Aspen and Snowmass, so no matter where you happen to be, you most likely will be able to find a shop. During your next vacation in Aspen and Snowmass, check out Four Mountain Sports for gear to get you going on your mountain adventures.
- ASPEN • 520 E Durant Ave., Aspen • 970-920-2337
- W HOTEL • 550 South Spring Street, Aspen • 970-431-0213
- SNOWMASS VILLAGE MALL • 45 Village Square, Snowmass Village • 970-923-2337
- BASE VILLAGE AT SNOWMASS • 61 Wood Rd., Snowmass Village • 970-923-0430
- ELK CAMP • Top of Elk Camp Gondola at Snowmass • 970-922-2957
- TWO CREEKS • 31 Burnt Mountain Circle, Snowmass Village • 970-923-8740
- VICEROY • 130 Wood Rd., Snowmass Village • 970-923-8000
- ASPEN HIGHLANDS • 0076 Boomerang Road, Aspen • 970-544-3013
- BUTTERMILK • 38700 Highway 82 Aspen • 970-920-0980 (Rental)
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The free Snowmass summer concerts on Fanny Hill are held on Thursdays during the summer season. Fanny Hill is an amphitheater venue at 8500 feet with a 4000 person capacity. Each week, a new band performs a free, outdoor concert, and musicians range from rock 'n' roll to funk to R&B to country. Check out one or all of these free concerts, since there's nothing like spending a beautiful summer evening on Fanny Hill, listening to live music. The Snowmass free summer concerts welcome new names each summer, so you're guaranteed to discover a favorite, new band year after year.
Concerts are held on the Fanny Hill Concert Stage at the end of the Snowmass Mall. We recommend taking the free RFTA bus service from Aspen and the Intercept Lot, or the free Village Shuttle service throughout Snowmass. It is best to get off at the Snowmass Mall stop.
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Fuel is the place in the Snowmass Village Mall to find delicious gourmet coffee and take-out for breakfast, lunch, and an early dinner. Visit Fuel for a quick bite before skiing or mountain biking on Snowmass Mountain. Grab a breakfast burrito, bagel with fixings, a pastry, or a smoothie. For lunch and dinner, Fuel serves a wide selection of fresh salads, panini, sandwiches, and wraps.
With over 40 years of experience in the fine art market, Galerie Maximillian represents artists such as Renoir, Cassatt, Picasso, and Matisse. Also represented are modern and contemporary British and American artists such as Peter Doig, Damien Hirst, Chuck Close, and Sarah Graham. Visit Galerie Maximillian in downtown Aspen, Colorado.
The Golden Leaf Half Marathon is a popular backcountry foot race between Snowmass and Aspen, starting in Snowmss Village. Since the half marathon is held when the aspen leaves normally turn from green to gold, the race brings partcipants through beautiful stands of golden aspen trees. In years past, the race start has been located at Fanny Hill on Snowmass Mountain, and the race finish has been located at Koch Park. Both of these places are great for cheering on the race partcipants. If participating in the backcountry run sounds more fun, the Golden Leaf Half Marathon is certain to be a challenging, fun, and rewarding experience. See the event website or visit the Facebook page for more information.
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If you’re in the mood for a quick bite to eat and a tasty sandwich, Grateful Deli is the place. This sandwich shop occupies a small space on Main Street in Aspen, where they serve a wide selection of hot and cold sandwiches. If it’s a sunny day, you can sit outside at one of their tables and enjoy your sandwich and some sunshine. Otherwise, it’s the spot for fast and affordable grab-and-go food.
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Harvey Preston Gallery specializes in contemporary ceramic art, works on paper, and sculpture. Working with nationally and internationally recognized talent; the gallery’s main focus is to forefront the work of artists willing to push the boundaries of their ideas and materials.
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The Hickory House provides a fun, casual atmosphere, friendly service, and an affordable meal all under one roof. Located inside of a ski lodge like structure just on the edge of town along Main Street, The Hickory House is famous for their ribs, and diners can order a full rack of baby back ribs for under twenty dollars. With a bright and lively atmosphere and decorated with skiing and mountain town paraphernalia, The Hickory House serves up a hearty and delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner that will provide a hefty portion of protein for a day of hiking, biking, skiing, or whatever a day in Aspen may bring.
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Highlands Alehouse is located at the base of Aspen Highlands Mountain. This Aspen restaurant serves pizza, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and soups. Highlands Alehouse also offers a number of beers on tap. After spending your day on Highlands, check out the Highlands Alehouse apres ski scene. Enjoy a locally-brewed beer or a glass of wine; a wide selection of appetizers; and a lively and friendly bar environment.
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If you’re into craft brews, visit Hops Culture in downtown Aspen. This hip pub offers hundreds of craft beers, plus they’re constantly rotating in new brews, so beer lovers always have something new to sample. Pair a pint or two of craft beer with their gourmet take on comfort food, and you can’t go wrong for a casual lunch or dinner in Aspen.
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A great way to experience the Colorado Rocky Mountains, horseback riding is a fun activity for the entire family. Go on a guided horseback riding trip in Aspen and Snowmass through lush aspen groves, evergreen forests, and colorful alpine meadows. Located along Maroon Creek Road, Maroon Bells Guide and Outfitters located at T-Lazy-7 Ranch offers guided horseback trips for riders of all levels. Because of their excellent location, many of the company's trips take place near the stunning Maroon Bells, two 14,000' peaks set before an alpine lake. Families and groups can enjoy a short one hour trip on a nearby trail, a half day trip along Maroon Creek, a full day ride in the Maroon Bells area, evening rides with a rustic dinner, or overnight trips to Crested Butte via East Maroon Pass.
In Snowmass Village, Snowmass Creek Outfitters offers guided horseback rides in and around Snowmass. They offer an exciting two hour ride in Snowmass Village during which riders pass through areas with stunning mountain views. The outfitter also leads guided rides on private ranches in Old Snowmass. An evening horseback ride followed by a rustic dinner in Old Snowmass supplies a great backdrop for enjoying a summer evening in the Rocky Mountains with family and friends. During the evening dinner rides hosted by Snowmass Creek Outfitters, guests listen to country music, eat a barbecue dinner, roast marshmallows on a campfire for making s'mores, and enjoy spending time together on a private mountain ranch.
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Take off into the skies in a colorful hot air balloon for a dazzling bird’s-eye view of Aspen Snowmass and the Elk Mountain Range. One local company offering hot air balloon rides is Above It All Balloon Company. Their trips last an hour, and they offer a lovely brunch afterwards.
Hot air balloon rides are an experience you can enjoy year-round. And we highly recommend going up for a ride during all four seasons. In the winter, view the snow-covered landscape. In the spring, witness the Roaring Fork Valley come to life; and in the summer, view the lush, green mountains. In the fall, gaze out at the golden aspen trees.
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This Snowmass Italian restaurant offers fine Italian cuisine. Il Poggio has a lively atmosphere and serves delicious hearth-baked pizzas and homemade pastas. For lovers of Italian reds, Il Poggio is known for its extensive wine list. Look forward to an evening of elegant fine dining in Snowmass Village at Il Poggio.
Incline Ski & Board Shop is the leading ski and snowboard rental shop in Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado. For over 25 years, our locally-owned and operated shop has offered our loyal customers unparalleled value, service and the best slopeside locations in Aspen and Snowmass. Save time and money by reserving your ski or snowboard rentals online today. Incline Ski & Snowboard Shop
- Aspen Shop: (800) 992.2979
- Snowmass Shop: (800) 314.3355
Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) brings world-class musicians to the Rocky Mountains in order to meld the enjoyment of great music with the beauty of the natural world. During the summer, JAS is known for its four night extravaganza, the June Festival, as well as for the Labor Day Festival, which draws enormous crowds of up to 10,000 people per day. When winter is in full swing, JAS hosts a brilliant line-up of jazz musicians in an intimate nightclub atmosphere at The Little Nell. All year, JAS provides the gift of world-class music to the Aspen community.
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With three days of outdoor concerts in beautiful Snowmass Village, the Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) Labor Day Experience is the best way to spend Labor Day weekend in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Over the years, the JAS Labor Day Experience has brought to the Roaring Fork Valley some of the biggest names in music. Past performers at the Labor Day Experience include the Allman Brothers Band, Elvis Costello, the Black Eyed Peas, Keith Urban, Train, Sugarland, Wilco, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Black Crowes, Kid Rock, Michael Franti, Mumford & Sons, and more. Plan to attend the JAS Labor Day Experience, and get ready for a weekend filled with lots of live music, sunshine, and dancing.
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Since 1997, Jimmy's has been Aspen's neighborhood bar, restaurant, and gathering place. From Saturday night salsa to Sunday football, Jimmy's defines the concept of "Aspen Institution." Fierce American food characterizes our menu featuring steaks, seafood and classic comfort dishes like Meatloaf and Mac & Cheese. Whether you're a local looking for a bite and lively bar scene or a visitor dining out for a special occasion, Jimmy's has the atmosphere, energy and staff to entertain.
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Fans of John Denver will love taking a stroll through the John Denver Sanctuary. Located just south of Aspen’s core in Rio Grande Park, the John Denver Sanctuary is a serene spot right on the river with boulders engraved with lyrics to popular John Denver songs. Check out the view of Aspen Mountain, and bring a picnic lunch on one of the park benches. The John Denver Sanctuary is a great place to spend an afternoon in Aspen.
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We were honored to receive the official Aspen Times title of Best Breakfast in Aspen, as well as second Best Coffee and third Best Sandwich Shop in 2019! A mainstay of the Aspen cafe scene since the late 1980s, Jour de Fete is a local favorite for breakfast and lunch. Known for their French specialties and their homestyle cooking, Jour de Fete offers a wide selection of breakfast pastries and espresso drinks in the morning, and for lunch, they have an extensive hot and cold sandwich menu. In addition, they are well known for their prepared dishes, including pasta, sauteed vegetables, roasted meats, and the like. Make a visit before they close to pick up that evening's dinner. Any meal of the day, Jour de Fete is certain to satisfy!
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Kenichi is a fine dining Japanese restaurant with a cool, modern, and dimly lit dining atmosphere. With private dining rooms, a sushi bar, and a beautiful dining area, Kenichi specializes in delicious and fresh sushi and a number of other Japanese staples. Try the healthful and wholesome miso soup and the spicy edamame for a light appetizer. The stuffed shishito peppers are scrumptious as are just about every other item on the Kenichi menu. For a fun night out on the town in Aspen, make a reservation at Kenichi.
King Yoga is a yoga studio located at the Aspen Business Center (ABC) in Aspen, Colorado. Founded by Aaron King, King Yoga features a unique slate of daily yoga classes, such as King Yoga Flow, Yoga Sculpt, Moving Meditation, and more. King Yoga creates a fun environment in which to practice yoga with the fusion of mindful yoga practice and a playlist of inspiring music.
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This Aspen Italian Restaurant is "where authentic Italian cuisine is prepared and served with loving attention to detail." Tiziano of L'Hostaria has both a passion for gourmet Italian cuisine and the patience for the time consuming old fashioned cooking techniques it takes to make it right. Signature disches inlcude primi of ravioli di zucca, parmigiano e noci pumpkin ravioli, walnuts and black truffle-flavored boneless quail with braised cabbage and tomatoes, veal Milanese with arugula and cherry tomatoes, tiramisu, and panna cotta.
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The Little Mammoth Steakhouse, located on the upper level of the Snowmass Village Mall, serves a wide selection of succulent steaks and fresh seafood. Known for their delicious food and excellent service, the Little Mammoth Steakhouse is the perfect place to enjoy a casual meal with the entire family after spending a day skiing on Snowmass Mountain.
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Visit Louis’ Swiss Pastry for a wide variety of pastries, breads, and desserts. They also offer espresso drinks, hearty breakfast burritos, and gourmet sandwiches. Louis’ Swiss Pastry is the perfect place to stop for a grab and go breakfast before hitting the slopes.
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Lynn Britt Cabin on Snowmass Mountain is open for lunch, après-ski, and select dinners during the winter season. Enjoy a fun atmosphere, live entertainment, and gourmet food at Lynn Britt Cabin the next time you ski Snowmass!
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Matsuhisa takes its name from the famed Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who owns a number of high end, fine dining Japanese restaurants around the world. With an incredible menu developed by Nobu Matsuhisa himself, the modern Japanese cuisine served at Matsuhisa Aspen is sure to inspire, satisfy, and delight. Featuring unique menu items that creatively combine fresh ingredients for a flavor explosion, Matsuhisa is shining star in the Aspen dining scene.
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Mawa’s Kitchen serves healthy, fresh, and flavorful food at the Aspen Airport Business Center. They offer gluten-free and vegan options, as well as in-flight dining. Visit Mawa’s Kitchen for breakfast, lunch, and takeout.
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Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop is a gourmet paradise. Savor a meal made with farm fresh ingredients and plenty of culinary creativity. While one side of Meat & Cheese is dedicated to their restaurant, the other half is their Farm Shop. If you’re looking for a gourmet product for your kitchen or a custom gift basket, the Meat & Cheese Farm Shop is the place to go. They sell fresh produce, Avalanche Cheese Company products, gourmet sauces, spreads, oils, and other goods.
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At the Merry-Go-Round Restaurant on Aspen Highlands Mountain, enjoy a cafeteria-style lunch, and choose from pizza, salads, soups, stews, and sandwiches. Take your lunch out to a table on the sunny patio, and watch skiers tackle the moguls on Scarlett’s Run. The Merry-Go-Round also has a bar and lounge area, where you can sip a hot drink in front of the roaring fireplace.
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Mezzaluna Aspen is a long-time favorite in the Aspen dining scene. Serving up delicious Italian food in a casual and lively environment, Mezzaluna is the perfect place for a fun dinner with the family or a quick lunch before hitting the slopes on Aspen Mountain, just a block away. The dining environment is unique and fun with a horseshoe-shaped marble bar, floor-to-ceiling windows, and one-of-a-kind authentic Italian art on the walls. For a casual and exciting lunch or dinner in Aspen, Mezzaluna Aspen is the best place.
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Located on Main Street in downtown Aspen, Mi Chola offers modern Mexican cuisine in a lively atmosphere with fun décor—think sugar skulls everywhere! Grab a table on the outdoor patio, then order a flight of fine tequilas or a prickly pear cactus margarita, some tasty street tacos, and churros for a sweet finish to your meal, and your evening is made!
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Playing beach volleyball in Aspen over a long Labor Day weekend sounds like our brand of fun. What better way is there to celebrate the end of summer than by soaking up the sunshine in Aspen, and enjoying your favorite sport with fellow fanatics? The Motherlode Volleyball Classic is an annual Aspen event that draws volleyball players and fans from all over the US and Canada.
Professional athletes and amateur players join the open tourney, which features over 15 divisions of play. The Motherlode tournament is accessible to volleyball players of all skill levels, which makes it a great event to learn from the sport’s top athletes. And with the Motherlode attracting pro talent, the tournament is also the perfect opportunity for top amateur players to move up to the pro level.
The divisions of play are Men’s Seniors 45s, 50s, 55s, and 60s. There is also a Women’s Seniors bracket for 45s and over. The tournament has a Women’s Masters 35s and over and a Men’s Masters 37s and over. Then, there’s the Men’s and Women’s A, BB, and B divisions, plus the Standard and Reverse Co-ed A, BB, and B divisions. There’s also a Men’s and Women’s Open. On top of all of the playing and watching, the Motherlode hosts two parties at local restaurants for players―a welcoming party and a players’ party―offering players more opportunities to mix, mingle, and be merry.
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With 25 miles of purpose built downhill trails extending almost 3000 vertical feet from the top of the Elk Camp Chairlift down to Snowmass Base Village, the Snowmass Bike park offers a full complement of trail offerings to every level and style of mountain bike rider. From the smooth and gentle banks of the Verde trail to the technical singletrack of Animal Crackers, Snowmass Bike Park delivers all your favorite aspects of a winter ski experience, except for the snow. Join us for a free flowing adventure through our high elevation evergreen forests and moderately pitched Aspen tree groves and see for yourself.
The Roaring Fork Valley, home to Aspen and Snowmass, is now designated an IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center, one of only 7 in the world and the only Gold-Level Ride Center in Colorado!
Mountain bike rentals are available at Four Mountain Sports in the Snowmass Village Mall and in the Snowmass Base Village near the Elk Camp Gondola. However, mountain bikes are also available for rent at any of the other Four Mountain Sports locations in Aspen and at Aspen Highlands. Four Mountain Sports rents out downhill and cross country mountain bikes for adults and children.
Mountain bikers can also register for downhill and freeride mountain biking clinics in Snowmass to learn the art of maneuvering on a mountain bike over rocks and along tight switchbacks. Mountain bikers ages 16 and older are welcome to sign up for these daily group mountain bike clinics held throughout the summer season. Mountain bikers must register for group lessons.
For the younger set, Camp Aspen Snowmass offers kids' mountain biking lessons for kids ages 8 – 15. Kids will learn the essential skills of downhill riding from a trained and professional mountain biking guide, and explore Snowmass Mountain biking trails suitable for their skill level.
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A cozy, sophisticated lounge, the Mountain Social Bar & Lounge at the St. Regis Resort Aspen offers a comfortable and welcoming place to relax most any time of the day. Sit by the roaring fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa, take a seat near the windows to view Aspen Mountain with a glass of champagne and appetizers, or meet friends for après-ski hour. Visit Mountain Social Bar & Lounge, and look forward to an elegant atmosphere, great beverages, and even better company.
The New Belgium Ranger Station in Snowmass Village offers a wide selection of New Belgium beer, including the popular Fat Tire, hoppy Ranger IPA, and ever-changing seasonal brews. Visit the New Belgium Ranger Station, located next to the Westin Snowmass Resort, for a cold beer and warm pretzel rolls after a day of mountain biking on Snowmass Mountain.
O2 Aspen is a yoga studio located on Main Street in Aspen, CO. With a variety of yoga classes ranging from power yoga to yin yoga, O2 is a great place to restore and re-energize. O2 Aspen also offers Reformer Pilates Equipment and Pilates Mat. Visit the O2 spa for facials, massage, waxing, lash extensions, and brow tint.
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Aspen is the place to be if you’re looking for fun, small-town Fourth of July festivities. The Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration in Aspen features patriotic activities, like a parade on Main Street, community picnics, a festive carnival, and a fireworks show on Aspen Mountain. There’s no better place to celebrate America’s birthday than in Aspen and Snowmass.
Each year, the Old Fashioned 4th of July celebration includes:
America’s Birthday Carnival at Paepcke Park – This kids’ carnival features classic carnival games, face painting, and balloon animal making. There’s also live music and a bake sale.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade – Grab a spot on Main Street to view the parade. The Old Fashioned Parade has colorful floats, patriotic music, and smiling paraders clad in red, white, and blue.
AVSC 4th of July Picnic – A fun and welcoming community gathering, the AVSC picnic is an opportunity to support a worthy local organization, and to spend time with family and friends. Play volleyball, and enjoy a cold beverage in the park on a hot summer day.
Aspen Music Festival and School 4th of July concert – Head to the Benedict Music Tent for this free 4th of July concert. Listen to your favorite patriotic compositions performed by the talented musicians of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Fireworks on Aspen Mountain – Other fireworks displays pale in comparison to the spectacular show on Aspen Mountain. From the Gondola Plaza or downtown Aspen, watch colorful bursts illuminate Ajax.
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The Owl Creek Chase is a cross-country ski race in Snowmass Village, CO. The first race took place in 1985. The race starts at the Snowmass Cross Country Center and ends at the Aspen Cross Country Center. The Owl Creek Chase course is 21 kilometers of fun skiing and beautiful views.
Owl Creek Chase offers a classic race and a skate race, with prize money awarded for the classic race.
If you don’t want to race, you can sign up for the Owl Creek Chase Tour. It’s the same course, but without the competitive element. You get to enjoy all of the race amenities, like aid stations and a free shuttle from Aspen to Snowmass after the race.
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Located on a bustling corner in downtown Aspen, Paradise Bakery offers sweet treats. Visit for ice cream, cookies, brownies, muffins, hot cocoa, and coffee. Enjoy your cup of ice cream on one of the benches just outside. Most summer evenings, Aspen Music Festival students get together to play on this corner, so you’re in for a unique Aspen experience when you visit Paradise Bakery.
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For a quick lunch at an affordable price, visit Pastores Taste of Philly in the Snowmass Village Mall. Pastores is the place to enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak while spending the day mountain biking or skiing and riding, depending on the season. And if you are craving something on the lighter side for lunchtime, Pastores offers a wide selection of fresh salads and wraps.
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Pine Creek Cookhouse is located in the scenic Castle Creek Valley just eleven miles up Castle Creek Road. In the wintertime, cross country ski, snowshoe, or take a sleigh ride to Pine Creek Cookhouse. During the summertime, drive or ride a bike through the picturesque valley to enjoy a lunch or dinner. Pine Creek Cookhouse's cuisine is inspired by mountain lifestyle, with specialty items including wild game Sherpa stew, elk, buffalo, and venison.