Missed the Winter XGames? Didn’t plan ahead for 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?
If you are looking for something different to do this year, something exciting, invigorating and memorable, we have the answer for you – an incredible, fun-filled spring break vacation in Aspen, Colorado.
(Updated for 2018!)
Oh, and…We’ve got fresh snow – lots of snow!
We received tons of the fluffy white stuff in February (over 6 feet, according to onthesnow.com)! And while great skiing and snowboarding, and lots of fun off-mountain activities and events, are always on tap in March and April in Aspen and Snowmass, what awaits you this year should be spectacular.
Just think about it – reveling in the abundant sunshine and fresh, crisp, clean Colorado mountain air and snow by day, while enjoying world-class entertainment, dining and refreshment 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 ski areas like Jackson Hole, Park City or Vail, but wouldn’t you really 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, from plush condos and 5-star luxury hotels to economical and comfortable family-owned ski lodges.
Alternatively, if you are coming with a sizeable group, or if you desire a more privacy, space, and personalized concierge services, please contact one of our local vacation experts about renting one of our fantastically luxurious private homes and estates for the occasion.
What to See and Do on Your Aspen Spring Break Vacation
Along with deciding where to stay while you are here, you will find your overall vacation experience even more pleasurable and satisfying if you consult with a local expert to help plan your itinerary and to assist in making all of the arrangements.
You can certainly search online for various 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 luxury concierges. We will be happy to assist you with making your vacation dreams come true. Read on below for some ideas to get you started.
New in 2018: “Breathtaker” Alpine Coaster in Snowmass: Meet Aspen Snowmass’ latest attraction, the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster. This wild ride will take you on a twisty, curvy, elevated track adventure through more than a mile of forest adjacent to the Elk Camp Restaurant in Snowmass.
The coaster spans 410 vertical feet and features rider-controlled speed (up to 28mph), anti-collision safety technology, and a tandem option to accommodate small children.
Here’s more information about what’s new in Aspen and Snowmass in 2018.
Skiing and Snowboarding: Of course an Aspen spring break vacation revolves around winter recreational sports, and as with the rest of Colorado resorts, the later season skiing and snowboarding here is typically excellent.
The exact weather, temperature, and snow conditions at any given time can vary widely this time of year, however, and this might dictate your specific skiing strategy. Here are some spring skiing tips sources: “Spring Skiing Tips from Mark Elling” and “…Skiing ‘Spring’ Snow”.
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.
What to bring: As we mentioned above, the Aspen spring skiing environment can be changeable (from day to day and hour to hour), so be prepared for anything from a cold January-like freeze to balmy and almost beach-like.
Be sure to bring enough layers to be able to adjust to the changing conditions in the weather and on the slopes. Usually, you will end up wearing 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 good resources for how to prepare for both:
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 makes Aspen a great place for a fabulous spring break vacation. There are many other activities to enjoy – day and night. Here are some ideas for activities to do if you decided to take a day off from the slopes.
What to see: Do you like art? Visit the new 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 and Colorado history piques your interest, check out the Historical Society’s Wheeler / Stallard Museum located in the “fashionable West End”. Built in the late 1800’s, during the height of the Colorado silver boom, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, the museum hosts various historical exhibits and maintains archives of Aspen’s interesting history and pre-settlement past.
Want to know what was going on in the area a REALLY long time ago? Stop by the Ice Age Discovery Center in Snowmass Village to learn about the exciting archeological finds unearthed at nearby Ziegler Reservoir. Bones from mammoths, mastodons, bison, camels, a Pleistocene horse, and the first ground sloth ever found in Colorado were discovered here.
What to do: There are a lot of things to do outdoors around Aspen in the winter besides alpine skiing and snowboarding, including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding/tubing and ice skating – and they are all very family-friendly! Please visit our Family Activities page for more detailed information.
For a truly unique outdoor experience, we suggest that you connect with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) to schedule a guided snowshoe or skiing tour, and be sure to visit their Hallam Lake location (open to the public) which features education animals, including their resident birds of prey.
If shopping helps you wind down while on vacation, Aspen and Snowmass offer a wide variety of shopping choices, where 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 – all within a few block radius of downtown.
Where to relax: Speaking of winding down, why not treat yourself to 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 for a massage or facial right in the comfort of your vacation rental home or condominium.
What to do at night: What can we say? The fabled bar and nightclub scene in Aspen is routinely rated tops in this arena in many polls, and the evening dining experience at Aspen restaurants is superb, but there are other great options for entertainment and other nighttime diversion as well.
For exciting live music concerts and events from the some of the brightest stars in the entertainment industry, we recommend checking out the renowned Belly Up, or the historic Wheeler Opera House. Please visit their respective websites for detailed show dates.
While you are here, be sure not to miss the outdoor Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series during the annual Bud Light Spring Jam, currently featuring upcoming shows by Rebirth Brass Band, Spoon with DJ Naka G, and Antibalas with DJ Naka G.
So, whether you are making up for missed Valentine’s Day plans, are finally tired of hitting the beach with the masses, or you are or would just like to try something new and exciting this year, join us for lots of great skiing in the bright Colorado sunshine and fresh mountain air, sumptuous food and drink and lively entertainment. Your awesome spring break vacation in Aspen starts today!