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5 Fun Tips for a Fantastic February Vacation in Aspen (Updated for 2021)

February is a fantastic time for a vacation in Aspen and Snowmass. The skiing and snowboarding conditions are typically awesome, and the towns rock in full swing winter activity mode at this time of the season.

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Whether you visit the area with your family, your organization, your significant other, or even if you just come by yourself, you will discover something wonderful to do while you are here, despite the current circumstances.

From unparalleled fine dining and haute shopping, to exhilarating outdoor activities and fantastic live entertainment, Aspen and Snowmass offer something exciting and fun for everyone,

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If you are planning a February vacation in Aspen, here are 5 fun tips for having a truly memorable time while you are here:

1. Check Out What’s New This Season

Dining and shopping are major activities during any vacation, and when visiting Aspen and Snowmass this is no exception.

While the area boasts a large selection of restaurants and retail establishments from which to choose, first-time visitors and repeat guests want to know, “What’s new in town this year?”

Here is a little sampling of what’s new in the local dining, shopping scene & on the mountain this season:


Joonas is a new fine-dining wine & tapas bar located on E Hopkins Avenue. Open for dinner only, Joonas will serve tapas inspired by northern Spain’s Basque region, as well as home-made desserts and an extensive wine list.

The Little Nell’s former aprés ski bar has been transformed into luxury wine bar for the Winter season, serving the finest wines and a full bar menu right at the base of Aspen Mountain. New this winter, as an extension of The Wine Bar, The Krug Lounge has been designed for private group experiences.

The renowned Tokyo born chef/restaurateur Daisuke Nakazawa is bringing his expertise to Aspen. Located in the Mr. Grey’s location at the corner of Hyman Avenue and Mill Streets on the Mill Street Mall, the Aspen outpost of the famed NYC Japanese restaurant will take over Mr. Grey’s with a large outdoor enclosed and heated patio space.

The famous New York bar, labelled as the best bar in the USA will be taking over The Snow Lodge for the rest of the Winter season, right at the base of Aspen Mountain. They will have a heated outdoor bubbles to keep you warm!

The valley’s favorite doughnut shop has made the move to Aspen! The bakery/cafe has taken over the popcorn wagon across from the Wheeler Opera House on S Mill Street.

Retail Shopping:

As usual, February in Aspen showcases a selection of high-end, new and seasonal pop-up stores. This season, you’ll find:

Nick Fouqet is a renowned hat maker from Venice, CA has opened a pop-shop selling ready to wear hats & apparel as well as custom made hats, located on E Hyman Avenue.

With stores in Mexico City & Los Angeles , AGO has now opened in Aspen with a visually enticing curated selection of artisan work for the home, including furniture as art, paintings, ceramics, linens, and tabletop accessories; Hyman Avenue between Galena and Hunter.

Alicia Adams Alpaca is a family run business which specializes in producing clothing and textiles in a sustainable manner, while using luxurious alpaca wool. Their new store has opened open on E Hyman, on the Aspen Art Museum block.

What’s New on the Hill:

Aspen Snowmass introduces the High Alpine Marketplace, an evolution to the legacy of Gwyn’s, a longtime Snowmass favorite, located mid-mountain at the Snowmass Ski Area. Diners can experience some of the tradition and favorites from years past, in addition to a newly envisioned take on mountain dining.

High Alpine continues the tradition of market-style food and beverage options with various stations serving freshly prepared pizza, homemade soups and stews, fresh salads, grilled burgers, and more. High Alpine provides food choices that are sourced from a local network of sustainable farmers and partners.

As Alway SkiCo are always trying to better the experience for everyone on the mountain, and this year didn’t change that.
The popular Big Burn lift in Snowmass has been upgraded with a 6-passenger, high speed lift.
Snowmaking capabilities have also been improved at the top of Aspen Mountain and in Snowmass, respectively. This will have a great effect on top-to-bottom skiing throughout the season and during those times where we don’t receive as much snow as we hoped for!

For more information about what’s new in the area this season, please visit the Chamber Resort website (aspenchamber.org), or contact them at 800.670.0792

2. Don’t Miss Out on the Events Still Happening

A lot of Aspen’s usual exciting and attractive events have unfortunately not been able to ahead this year, or least not with a crowd, but fear not – there is still a growing amount of things to do throughout the rest of this Winter season.

Get Out & Get Active  

There is always some type of activity or adventure to be explored in Aspen, and this season, though it may be somewhat limited, there is plenty organized events . So give yourself an excuse to get outdoors!

Try out some new skis at Highlands Demo Day:
Aspen Snowmass are running weekend-long testing event for all you avid skiers thinking of upgrading, or just trying out some new skis for fun. Looking to test out the newest skis from Black Crows, Blizzard, Head, K2, Nordica, Kastle, and Salomon? Stop by Aspen Highlands from February 4 – 6, for Highlands Demo Days. For just $40, test different skis all day long!

Take part in the Aspen Fat Bike Race
Don’t let the snow stop you from cycling! Take part in the Fat Bike Race which takes place at the Aspen Golf Course & Aspen Nordic Centre. Due to Covid-19, this years race will be a little different. Instead of the usual full crowd, participants are asked to download their bib & timing app and complete the course on their own schedule! Register Here.

Enjoy Some Good Entertainment:

Things are a little different this year. We are all missing unforgettable nights in BellyUp and live entertainment that makes our bar & restaurant scene come alive. Luckily there are some ongoing events to brighten our spirits.

Bud Light Music on the Mountains
To continue the tradition of having a thriving music scene in Aspen, Aspen Snowmass have organized some live music through Bud Light Music on the Mountains. Throughout the season, there will be a host of live music from local bands & musicians across the four mountains. Located on various spots, from the lifts to on-mountain dining options, the music gigs will be small, intimate, and meant to entertain you as you go about your ski day.

Dinner & a Movie! 
Join The Little Nell on Monday nights this winter season for dinner and a movie inside Ajax Tavern’s heated tent on the patio. Cozy up for the night and relax, with some classic films complimented by the fantastic Ajax Tavern menu, or even try an exclusive package presented by Moët. Book a movie & check the schedule here.

3. Try Something Out of the Ordinary This Year

Even though many people come here for the exquisite dining and shopping, many visitors come here for the many exhilarating outdoor activities available in the area as well.

Some things may have changed this season, but there is still an abundance of ways to explore our area – here are a few of our suggestions for what to do outdoors in Aspen in February:

Relish the Great Outdoors in a New Way:

Cross-Country Skiing – Try out Aspen’s “5th Mountain:
If you still want to slide around on the snow, and you’re looking for alternatives to alpine winter recreation activities, cross-country skiing is an excellent choice. Catch some incredible views of the surrounding mountains while you take advantage of the over 60 miles of free cross-country skiing trails in the area maintained by the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council.

These trails offer a wide variety of terrain and difficulty, providing fun and exercise for all ages and abilities.

Take an exciting ride on a snowmobile:
Cruise through the snow even faster on a breathtaking snowmobile ride courtesy of the T-Lazy-7 Ranch.

The snowmobile guides of “Aspen’s Oldest Working Ranch” take you safely to such grand local attractions as the Maroon Bells, Independence Pass and various other scenic locations within the surrounding White River National Forest.

 Make Valentine’s Day Super Special:

 Want to do something really out of the ordinary (and, of course, romantic) this Valentine’s Day?

How about an exhilarating dog sled excursion through the beautiful Rocky Mountain peaks, followed by a sumptuous gourmet meal served in the private dining room at the world-class Krabloonik Restaurant?

Take advantage of their especially romantic twilight ride that takes guests through still trails to experience the wonder of the surrounding Alpenglow while the restaurant prepares exquisite wild game and fresh fish meals.

Add their award-winning wine list and the incredible mountain views, and you have the perfect recipe for a once-in-a-lifetime Valentine’s Day memory

4. Recover from all the Fun

With so much to see and do here, it is quite possible that you will want or need a little energy boost to keep you going at top pace. Or, perhaps you’re still not quite used to the altitude or you’ve been indulging a bit more than you are used to.

If that’s the case, or if you are just feeling a little lethargic (or you’ve managed to come down with the latest bug), we have just the suggestion for you – Rescue Lounge Aspen.

The Rescue Lounge offers intravenous (IV) hydration, oxygen and booster shots in the tranquility of their downtown Aspen location, or in the convenience of your hotel, condo or vacation rental home.

5. Take Advantage of Our Awesome Comprehensive Concierge Services

 There’s so much going on in Aspen in February that we’ve just barely scratched the surface. To find out more about things to do in Aspen in February, please contact one of our luxury guest services concierges a call at (970) 205-9960, or email us at concierge@aspenluxuryvacationrentals.com