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Celebrating the Holidays in the Mountains

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Winter is in full effect in the Rocky Mountains, where the charming mountains towns are decked with holiday lights, and the streets are coated in the white of recent snowstorms. There is nothing more magical than celebrating the holidays with a white Christmas in the mountains. While […]

Tips for Skiing Aspen Mountain

Tips for Skiing Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain. Ajax. The Crown Jewel. All three of these names are used by locals when referring to the ski mountain that ascends from the heard of our small town. It’s hard to miss, and it truly is the Crown Jewel of our community. If you’re new to town, or finally ready to tackle Ajax […]

Backcountry Skiing in Aspen

Best Backcountry Skiing Routes in Aspen Snowmass

Aspen is a backcountry skiing hub. Even our mayor has been working to make Aspen a destination for alpine touring (AT). For those who are new to the sport, alpine touring is when you put adhesive nylon “skins” on your skis enabling you to move uphill. Once you’ve reached the top of your ascent, the […]

Highland Bowl

How I Conquered the Highland Bowl

There are few places in Colorado skiing which are as iconic or sought after as Highland Bowl. Skiing it has long been considered a rite of passage for locals & visitors alike, and for good reason. Most skiers remember their first trip up and down these slopes. How could you not? Between the effort, the […]

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Best Skiing For Beginners In Aspen, Colorado

Aspen Snowmass, as a resort, is a great place for beginners to learn to ski. The slopes aren’t as crowded as some of the other Colorado resorts, so beginners have some space to learn the progression from “pizza” to “french fries.” If the references to snacks don’t resonate with you, that means you should probably […]

Cross Country Skiing

The Best Places For Getting Your Nordic On In Aspen

For the uninitiated, Nordic skiing is “any type of skiing that isn’t downhill, aka alpine, skiing. It refers to non-fixed heel sports such as ski jumping, cross-country, skate-skiing, alpine touring (AT), and telemarking. Snowshoeing is a gray area, because it’s not skiing, but it is considered a Nordic sport,” says Chris Frado Executive Director/President of […]

Snowshoeing in Aspen

Top Snowshoeing Trails in Aspen, Colorado

If you’re not a skier or short on budget, don’t worry, there’s still something for everyone in Aspen. Outdoor enthusiasts looking to feel the burn should give snowshoeing a try. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. The popular winter sport has zero learning curve and can be as easy as a contemplative walk or as […]

Skiing in Aspen

How to Learn to Ski in Three Days

“Humans were never meant to hibernate.” That is the motto of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month (LSSM).  January may be Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, however, any time is a great time to learn, especially at Aspen Snowmass. Why Learn to Ski in Aspen? Aspen Snowmass receives a diverse set of skiers each […]

Avi Dogs

Meet Aspen-snowmass’ Avalanche Rescue Dogs

It’s the rare job where the objective is to not have to work, but for the four-footed employees of the Aspen-Snowmass Avalanche Rescue Dog team and their handlers, it’s the ideal scenario. Nine dogs work for the three main mountains– Aspen, Highlands, and Snowmass. Buttermilk uses a dog owned by a member of the volunteer […]

Last Tracks Aspen

Making “Last Tracks” on Aspen Mountain with the Limelight

Dedicated skiers always have a list of things that are the equivalent of the Holy Grail when it comes to seeking snow: heli-skiing, making first tracks on a pow day, shredding with a pro. Even if you’re not a hardcore, some of these are still attainable, and thanks to a free, innovative, new ski program […]

Person skiing on a powder day near the Limelight Hotel Aspen.

Powder Day Hall Pass ?

Sunday night, after a weekend of snow, snow and some more snow, my fellow Aspen Skiing Company employees and me (the Aspen Skiing Company owns the Limelight Hotel) received an email from our CEO Mike Kaplan stating thus: Good things come to those who wait, and this snow is definitely a good thing.  So let’s […]

The snow-covered streets of Aspen in the winter, near the Limelight Hotel Aspen.

The Top 5 Free Things to do in Aspen in Winter

Fact: Ski towns, regardless of locale, are expensive. They’re also very community-minded, which is why there’s always a diverse offering of free activities and events for locals and visitors alike. Aspen is no exception, and truth be told, the town has freebies on things many resorts charge for. Take our Nordic trail system (all 60 […]