There really is something to suit all ages and stages when it comes to skiing around the mountains of Aspen Snowmass, making it the ultimate place to ignite a love of skiing. Whoever you have in tow, here is how to give them the best experience possible.
Snowmass is a perfect choice if you have a variety of skiing abilities to consider. Got a really little one, who isn’t ready for the slopes? The incredible Treehouse Kids Adventure Centre is a 2,300 square foot childcare centre in Snowmass Village – and home to Snow Cubs, where babies as young as 8 weeks old can be introduced to a winter wonderland.
For the next step up, The Snowmass Bears is ideal, taking children between the ages of 2 ½ and 4 (providing they are potty-trained). Leave them with the pros, who will guide the children through the beginner ski area, the Magic Carpets and the obstacle courses; and if they get chilly, there’s the Bear Den, an indoor activity centre with its very own puppet theatre.
The Cirque at Snowmass is a world of chutes, cliffs and cornices; legendary among advanced skiers and boarders, this is the perfect adventure zone for the thrill-seekers in your family. Choose between tackling the huge Cirque Headwall, or venturing all the way round for a steeper descent down the East Wall.
The real appeal for Aspen Mountain is its easy proximity to the buzz of the city of Aspen; you can sweep down the slopes and find yourself in a restaurant or the shops in no time at all. But that’s not to say the skiing isn’t a big feature here – these slopes are beginner-free and have seen many a pro glide down them, twisting and turning as they go. It’s a relatively compact mountain but you’ll be surprised by the huge amount of choice on offer. You’ll need a good level of ability to conquer this mountain, so unless we’ve arranged a private instructor to guide you and you’re a beginner, we’d suggest starting off on one of the other slopes.
See if you can spot the Maroon Bells as you hurtle down the blue and black runs that decorate this dramatic mountain. Much like Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands is the reserve of the more advanced skiers in your midst, meaning you can grace the slopes for a few hours of truly top end adventures. Leave the kids at the Treehouse Adventure Centre and enjoy some serious ski time on these quiet slopes.
From its gentle family-friendly slopes and uncrowded beginner territory, to its more advanced slopes which play host to the Winter X Games and the Red Bull Double Pipe event, Buttermilk is 34km worth exploring. Plus, it is home to the Hideout, a brilliant learning centre for young skiers at the base of the mountain. The Buttermilk Pandas will take care of your active little ones on the slopes, (they specialise in lessons for those between 2 ½ and 4), while you explore some of the more advanced areas.
FANCY A SKI FOR FREE?
If you’re planning a trip to Aspen Snowmass with children between 7-12, then there are ways to get them on the slopes for free. Yes, you heard us right. Hire their kit from Four Mountain Sports and you’ll get a complimentary ski pass for the duration.
IMAGE – JEREMY SWANSON