Aspen defies ordinary. You will too. Here are 5 unique things to do in Aspen.
Rent a dog. Canine + mountain trail, creek, peak, powder stash, etc. = contagious joy. If you’re in need of an adventure companion, pick up a pooch for a day at the Aspen Animal Shelter. Yep, you can even ski up and ski with a dog after lift hours at Buttermilk. The Aspen Nordic Center also has three dog-friendly trails.
Raise a glass—on-mountain. Follow the clues to The Oasis pop-up bar. Pause between powder runs for a glass of snow-chilled champagne, caviar and priceless views from 11,000 feet.
Om on the mountaintop. Your sun salutation is closer to the source on top of Aspen Mountain. Meet at the Sundeck on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the summer; Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays in winter. Mats are provided. You’ll need a lift ticket or gondola foot pass. In summer, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies provides outdoor yoga at serene Hallam Lake.
Get first tracks. Slay untouched powder or corduroy before Ajax opens to the public. Limelighters have first dibs on ski-season Fridays. But access is limited. Intermediate and advanced skiers can make reservations at the Limelight front desk. Get more details.
Climb seven 14ers. Colorado holds 53 peaks that rise over 14,000 feet. Standing on the summit of even one is an adventure worth humble bragging, but it’s not for the faint of heart—or lungs. Aspen offers seven nearby giants which are mostly rated difficult.
Castle Peak (14,265 feet) and La Plata Peak (14,336 feet) offer moderate routes that beginners can follow. Make sure you know your safety precautions if you go on your own—lightning and altitude sickness can be deadly. If you’re serious about climbing a 14er, but have little experience; go with a seasoned guide from Aspen Expeditions.
Which one is the adventure for you? How have you defied ordinary in Aspen? Get more ideas from the locals at the Limelight. And tell us something else you didn’t know you could do in Aspen.