November is the final countdown to ski season. It’s a little bit fall, a little bit winter. Flurries will fly on and off in the valley. The peaks are putting on their puffies in shades of blanca. And snow season officially launches at the end of the month. Oh, sweet, snowy bliss! But there’s plenty of fun to be had all month long—to get you ready or keep you occupied. Here’s the best of November in Aspen.

Get Cultured

Catch new exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum, including Agnes Martin (Abstract-Expressionist) and Nick Relph (film). Both open November 14. Admission is free on Tuesdays.

New Eats

David Burke Kitchen and its accompanying lounge Huckleberry Hall are scheduled to open this month, with Colorado-based ingredients starring in Chef Burke’s famous dishes, such as Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Dates.

Stay Outdoors

Warm sun, crisp air and maybe a foot of snow. Dress in layers, and get out to enjoy the change of seasons. The Rio Grande Trail always gives a good mellow walk, run, hike or bike. Maroon Creek Road will close to vehicles—making it a perfect fatbike ride to Maroon Lake and the snow-covered Bells. And November can still be a prime time to wet a line in the Roaring Fork River’s Gold Medal Waters. Limelight guests can take advantage of life-list fishing trips offered by our sister property The Little Nell.

Rock the House

Or take it to the house. The Belly Up is Aspen’s concert central, and the November lineup includes The Airborne Toxic Event, Tennis, Flosstradamus and more. And there’s a full slate of NFL games in 16-foot HD with no cover and food and drink specials. Broncos vs. Chiefs on the 30th!

Early Opening Day!

Early snowfall is prime, and Opening Day has been bumped up even earlier this year: Nov. 23 for Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. That’s a pre-Thanksgiving reason to give thanks. Is this heaven? Just daily life in Aspen. And the launch of another epic snow ski season.

The Need for Speed

The world’s fastest women skiers take Aspen Mountain by storm Nov. 29-30 in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup. You’ll never keep up—better off watching. Admission is free.

Join the Party

The Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series kicks off at the gondola plaza at Aspen Mountain Nov. 29 with Reel Big Fish—and it’s free for everyone.

Of course, you can always do nothing but prop up your feet fireside in The Lounge and sip a decadent hot drink. What’s in your Aspen November plans?


About Kelsey Anderson

Kelsey is a Midwest native who currently resides in Colorado. She spends her weekends hiking, biking, and checking out local eateries. Her favorite things to do in Aspen are hiking around Maroon Bells, jamming at Belly Up, and exploring the latest restaurants.