Off Mountain Winter Recreation in Aspen
While Aspen has made a name for itself as a winter destination for world class skiing, there are a number of activities and pursuits to enjoy off the mountain during the winter as well.
Cross-country skiing: The Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System boasts more than 60 miles of free cross-country ski and snowshoe trails that connect the communities of Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt. Trails are varied in terrain for beginners to experts. Find out where to rent skis, sign up for lessons and more here.
Fat biking: Fat biking has grown vastly in popularity for winter visitors in Aspen looking for an activity off the slopes. Visitors can rent fat bikes from various local shops in town including Replay Sports, Stapleton and Ute City Cycles. Ute City Cycles, the biggest retailer of fat bikes in Aspen, organized a weekly fat bike ride last winter, and plans to continue the weekly ride this winter. The sport has grown to be so popular in Aspen that there is now a fat bike cycling event held during Wintersköl Aspen’s annual toast to winter, Jan. 14-17, 2016. The Fat Cycle Challenge includes a competitive event as well as a bike village/demo course and a Fat Cycle Town Ride for all to enjoy.
Fly-fishing: Fly-fishing is one of the few sports adventurers can enjoy year round in Aspen. Get a taste of what it’s like to be on the water here in Aspen.
Ice climbing: Searching for a completely unique experience off the slopes in Aspen this winter? Go ice climbing and climb a frozen waterfall with Aspen Expeditions. Their professional guides offer ice climbing for beginners and regularly take advanced climbers out as well. For more information on this one of a kind experience click here.
Snowmobiling: T-Lazy-7 is Aspen’s premier snowmobile tour operator offering various tours throughout the area include the Maroon Bells, Independence Pass, Klondike cabin and more. Book your tour for the winter season today.
Snowshoeing: Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) offers daily snowshoe tours on Aspen Mountain, Ashcroft and Snowmass. Guests can also opt to hire an ACES naturalist guide and explore the mountains on their own schedule. Basic fees are just $40/hour per guide, full details here.