Aspen’s cohort, Snowmass, has an incredible suite of kid-friendly options in the winter. Here are just a few of our favorites:
Lynn Britt Cabin
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Wednesday nights in Snowmass provides on-mountain dining perfect for the whole family.
During the Winter, the Lynn Britt Cabin at the top of the Burlingame Lift in Snowmass is where you and your family can sink in your foodie chops. Although this even runs all year, during the winter you will take a Snowcat to your dinner destination where you’ll enjoy the Cabin’s spectacular views. (Plus, what kid wouldn’t want to take a Snowcat to dinner?)
Reserve your seat by calling ASC Catering at 970.300.7681 or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org/.
Aspen honors the Norse God of Snow with Ullr Nights every Friday night from December 23rd to April 7th from 5-9 p.m. at Elk Camp in Snowmass.
Start your Ullr Night with an evening Gondola Ride up to Elk Camp. There you’ll enjoy tubing, ice skating, snowbiking, S’mores and hot chocolate by a bonfire. Get the last of your wiggles out with dancing to live music and an a la carte dinner menu at Elk Camp restaurant from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Best of all, the cost is only $10 with children 3 and under free.
Here are a few of the activities that will accompany your evening:
- Gondola ride to Elk Camp – Snowmass
- Bonfire (s’mores & hot chocolate available for purchase)
- Tubing – Reservations strongly encouraged ($34 per person)
- Snow Slide
- Ice Skating with free rentals (conditions permitting)
- Live Music
- Kids Snowbikes (ages 3-5)*
- Kids Tubing
- Guided Snowshoe Tours hosted by ACES (ages 7 and older)
* Age 12+: Snowbikes cost $72; includes bike, tour, and lift, meet promptly at 5 p.m. at the Snowmass Base Village Four Mountain Sports Store. Reservations Required 970.923.1227. Must be an intermediate skier or snowboarder (level 4 and up). Minimum age 12. Minimum of 1 training ride and two on-mountain trail rides included. Limited to 16 participants. Weather permitting.
Aspen Center For Environmental Studies Ski & Snowboard Tours
For intermediate skiers and snowboarders ages 7 and above, enjoy a naturalist-guided ski and snowboard tours. Groups meet daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the top of Elk Camp’s Wapiti Wildlife Center. You’ll learn about what wildlife does in the winter, snow science, and more.
Tours are free with a ski pass.
Anderson Ranch Art Center
The Anderson Ranch Art Center is packed with children’s activities in the summer, but options are decidedly more scarce in winter. Nevertheless, you can enjoy an Anderson Ranch hosted “Art Club” at the Aspen Youth Center. Enjoy an afternoon of exploratory art-making for kids 5 and above.
The Kids’ Art Club meets the first Thursday of every month with the next Art Club on February 2nd from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Best of all, the cost is free and materials will be provided. Just promise you won’t miss a self-guided tour of the 14 ranch buildings and 5 stunning acres at 5263 Owl Creek Road. The Ranch is open from 9-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and you’re welcome to do a self-guided tour with brochures available at the front desk of the Dows Barn Administrative Offices.
VERY IMPORTANT KIDS SNOWMASS
I’ll say it again: Snowmass is on fire with kids activities during the winter!
Whether you want to have fun indoors or out, there’s something in Snowmass for your family. Very Important Kids Snowmass (VIK Snowmass) hosts daily events, even on the weekends for your family.
For instance, you may start your week with a juggling show at the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center. Maybe later in the week you’ll join a Sing Along with S’Mores or a postcard making class. Take the family into the heated Saline pools at the Rec Center another day. The schedule varies during the winter weeks but you can check it out at http://viksnowmass.com/. (There’s literally something fun every single day!)
Snowmass is epic for outdoor activities in the winter, but what about après ski with kids?
You’ll love the warm and family-friendly environment at Slopeside Lanes in Snowmass. Open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight, your family will love the low-key environment with eight full-sized lanes, a lounge area with full bar, wood-fired pizza, and upscale bar food including kid-friendly options.
Have we missed something you and your family love to do in the Roaring Fork Valley this winter? Email us at AspenRealLife@Gmail.com to share!