Missed the Winter X Games? Didn’t plan a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway? Tired of whooping it up with the mass of spring break humanity at the crowded beaches of South Padre or Cabo? How about an incredible, fun-filled spring break vacation in Aspen, Colorado instead?
If you are looking for something different to do this year, we have the answer. Something exciting, invigorating, and memorable.
Just to let you know…
Aspen Snowmass ranked #3 in the “2022 Best of the West Resort of the Year Awards” from SKI Magazine (the Rocky Mountains always seem to come out on top!)
As usual, we have great snow this ski season. And great skiing and snowboarding are always on tap in March and April in Aspen and Snowmass. So are lots of fun off-mountain activities and events.
Just think about it — reveling in the abundant sunshine and pure Colorado mountain snow by day. And enjoying world-class entertainment by night in one of America’s greatest winter resorts!
Sure, you could do the usual program of hitting the beach with thunderous hordes. Or you could battle the frenetic crowds at other United States ski areas like Jackson Hole, Park City, or Vail. But wouldn’t you rather enjoy the uncrowded, but still wildly festive, fun that an Aspen spring break vacation offers? Oh, and be sure to bring the kids – we are quite family-friendly here as well.
Where to Stay in Aspen and Snowmass
Planning a spring break vacation starts with securing your accommodations. You will find many excellent vacation rental options in Aspen and Snowmass. Choose from plush condos, 5-star luxury hotels, or economical and comfortable family-owned ski lodges. If you’re looking for something even more affordable, you’ll find suitable options up and down the Roaring Fork Valley.
If you desire more privacy, space, and personalized concierge service, talk to our Aspen vacation experts. We’d be happy to set you up in one of our luxurious private homes and estates.
What to See and Do on Your Aspen Spring Break Vacation
Your overall vacation experience will be even more pleasurable and satisfying if you consult a local expert. They can help plan your itinerary and assist in making all the arrangements.
You can certainly search online for package deals that include accommodations, lift tickets, and ski/snowboard lessons. But if you would like to truly customize your experience, and take advantage of all that Aspen Snowmass has to offer, please contact one of our local vacation experts. We will be happy to help you make your vacation dreams come true. Read on below for some ideas to get you started.
Skiing and Snowboarding
An Aspen spring break vacation revolves around winter recreational sports. And like other Colorado resorts, the later season, spring skiing and snowboarding here is excellent.
The exact weather, temperature, and snow conditions can vary widely this time of year. This might dictate your specific skiing strategy. Here are some valuable “Spring Skiing Tips from Mark Elling.”
Also, training and preparing your body ahead of time for the rigors of skiing, especially at our high altitude, is important any time of year. It is especially essential for avoiding injury (and having more fun) when challenged by the varied conditions often found in the spring. You will find some useful ski training tips for a more enjoyable spring skiing experience at sport-fitness-advisor.com.
If alpine skiing isn’t your thing, there are other ways to have a good time – with the whole family. Try a cross-country skiing outing up Independence Pass or an uphilling adventure on Aspen Highlands.
If you’re not into putting on skis at all, you can still enjoy gondola rides on Aspen Mountain and Snowmass.
What to bring
Remember, the Aspen spring skiing weather can be unpredictable (from day to day and hour to hour), so be prepared for anything. You might encounter anything, from a cold January-like freeze to a balmy day.
Bring enough layers so you can adjust to the changing conditions in the weather and on the slopes. Usually, you will wear a slightly “lighter” ensemble than you would in mid-winter (including less weighty spring gloves) *. You should concentrate also on protecting your skin from the intense sun. Here are some useful resources for how to prepare for both:
What to wear: How to Dress for Spring Skiing | What to Pack for Spring Skiing
Skin care tips: Winter Skin Survival Guide
*For a general ski and snowboard vacation packing list, please visit stayaspensnowmass.com here:
Of course, it’s not just the skiing and snowboarding that make Aspen a great place for a fabulous spring break vacation. If you don’t ski or snowboard, check out our post, “The 7 Best Things to Do In Aspen in Winter Besides Ski” for more ideas for fun activities to do outdoors.
Other Things to Do in Aspen Snowmass
Aspen and Snowmass have a bit of everything. It’s one of the things that separates us from other ski towns. If you like art, visit the Aspen Art Museum to see “…the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art…”. There are also many galleries sprinkled around town to satisfy your yen for vintage and contemporary art. Please visit our Art Museums and Galleries page on this website for an extensive gallery list.
If local Aspen area history piques your interest, check out the Historical Society’s Wheeler / Stallard Museum. The museum was constructed during the height of the Colorado silver boom and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It hosts exhibits and archives of Aspen’s interesting history and pre-settlement past.
As we mentioned before, there are a lot of things to do outdoors around Aspen in the winter besides skiing and snowboarding. You can go snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, and ice skating. If you’ve got an early spring break, we suggest you check out Ullr Nights. This event offers an evening of outdoor snow-based family activities on Elk Camp at Snowmass.
One of our other favorite outdoor activities is connecting with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). Schedule a guided snowshoe or skiing tour. Or visit their Hallam Lake location (open to the public) which features education animals, including their resident birds of prey.
Shopping in Aspen and Snowmass: A Real Treat
If shopping helps you wind down while on vacation, downtown Aspen offers a wide variety of shopping choices. You will find everything from consignment to high-end, and upscale brand to boutique. Whether you are looking for art, antiques, gifts, or designer clothing, you will be sure to find the right gift for yourself or someone special.
Where to relax
Speaking of winding down, why not try an exquisite, relaxing massage at one of the great local day spas while you are here? If you really want to take it easy, consider using one of the local mobile massage and body care providers. Treat yourself to a massage or facial right in the comfort of your vacation rental home or condominium.
What to do at night
What can we say? Many polls rate Aspen as one of the best places in the country for nighttime festivities. Its fabled bars, nightclubs, and restaurant happy hour venues are legendary. But there are other great options for entertainment and other nighttime diversions as well.
In 2022, live music has re-ignited, and attending live shows at Belly Up Aspen is one of the most fun things to do in Aspen in the spring. And the Aspen Music Festival and School has resumed its Winter Recital Series.
Please visit their respective websites for detailed show dates:
Fun Aspen Spring Break Events
- Bud Light Spring Jam: One of Aspen’s signature events, This spring festival features a week of competitions, free concerts downtown, and parties. March 25 – April 3, 2022
- Nastar Championships: The largest public grassroots ski racing program in the world. Developed by SKI Magazine in 1968 boasting more than 100,000 races at over 100 resorts around the country. April 4-9, 2022
New in 2022: Aspen Snowmass Resort Anniversary, New Art, and a Selection of New Restaurants and Retail Shops
Aspen Snowmass is celebrating its 75th anniversary season! This year, they are honoring the area’s storied skiing and snowboarding history. And they are revealing their vision of the future of innovations and sustainability of the sport.
Some of the highlights of this celebration are:
- $75 adult lift tickets on lodging/lift/equipment rental packages booked through Stay Aspen Snowmass and $75 lift tickets during the late spring season (Apr. 3 – 17).
- Season-long cocktail special (available for $7.50) in all on-mountain restaurants: the Aspen 75 cocktail (like the French 75)
- A Pop-Up Magazine sponsored live event at the Wheeler Opera House. Showcase of the history of Aspen Snowmass and the Aspen Skiing Company’s commitment to sustainability and inclusion (March 11 and 12)
“Andy Warhol: Lifetimes”
Art Exhibit at the Aspen Art Museum. An intimate focus on the influence of Warhol’s “outsider and disrupter” persona on his work (Dec 3, 2021-Mar 27, 2022)
New Restaurants in 2022
- Catch Steak
- Casa D’Angelo
- Felix Roasting Co
- The Snow Lodge Supper Club
To preview more new dining establishments, please visit EatAspen.com
Hot Off The Presses
The W Aspen hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain is reopening the Wet Deck for après ski services on weekends! Starting President’s Day weekend, the public rooftop pool and bar will feature full food-and-beverage service and ongoing DJ entertainment.
- POSSESSION Obsession: Located at the Aspen Art Museum and thematically tied to the Andy Warhol exhibit, this shop offers an eclectic mix of discovered or thoughtfully created one-of-a-kind items ranging in price from free to $50,000
- ASPENX: Retail store located at Aspen’s Gondola Plaza featuring custom-built, premium, ski performance wear based on the Aspen Skiing Company’s innovative employee uniforms
- Re/Done: Located next to Dior on East Hyman Avenue, this venture by the L.A.-based sustainable clothing company features “Vintage-Inspired Denim & Ready to Wear”
So, Choose Aspen This Year
Whether you are making up for missed Valentine’s Day plans or are finally tired of hitting the beach with the masses, try something new and exciting in 2022. Visit Aspen Snowmass for incredible skiing in the bright Colorado sunshine and fresh mountain air. And savor the sumptuous food and drink, and top-notch entertainment in our lively little mountain town.
Contact one of our Guest Services representatives at (970) 205-9960 | email@example.com to get your Aspen spring break vacation started today!