10 Fitness Finds in Aspen

Aspen is a fabulous ski town, but be sure to also check out these 10 fitness finds not to be missed:

1. Leave your cars behind and take one of the favorite day trips in Aspen to cross country ski to and from Pine Creek Cookhouse for lunch in a spectacular log cabin where amazing views and food graze your table.

2. Head to yoga at O2, or on top of Aspen Mountain (yoga for skiers inside during winter, outside in summer with incredible views these classes are free but you must purchase a ticket to ride up gondola). Also, try hot yoga and Bikram classes in town at Arjuna.

3. Skin up Buttermilk Mountain (and take the lift town for free)

4. Hike up Smuggler Mountain for an amazing view of town (this can be done year-round).

5. Ski on the first run of the day with First tracks on Aspen Mountain

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6. Rent Fat Bikes for a cruise around town. The Limelight Hotel has Fat Bikes you can use for free if you’re staying at the hotel. You can also rent them from various local shops in town

7. Take a snowshoe tour with ACES at the historic Ashcroft ghost town or on top of Aspen Mountain. Hire a naturalist guide or try a group tour.

8. Learn how to skate ski on the Aspen Golf Course with Ute Mountaineer

9. Go Ice climbing. Head to the ideal spot for first timers that Aspen Expeditions can take you to just 10 minutes from Aspen.

10. Try a Backcountry hut trip with 10th Mountain Hut Division, Aspen Expeditions or Aspen Alpine Guides

Note: Aspen Winter X Games are also free to the public.

Where to go for Christmas Vacation

It’s December 11th. I know. Almost Christmas…BUT, people are still asking me where to go for Christmas vacation. I can’t believe it!  I have a wonderful idea. How about Aspen? I have recently stumbled upon this: The St. Regis Aspen Resort is celebrating the season with commemorative feasts, family-friendly fun, and a new menu of seasonal Family Traditions experiences.

Check out these Holiday Events:

The week of Thanksgiving, The St. Regis Aspen unveiled a gingerbread replica of the hotel. This stunning piece, made 100 lbs. of gingerbread dough, and 50 lbs. of flour, over the course of 250 hours, is on display in the lobby during the festive season. Super cool!

Christmas Day brunch is offered at Trecento Quindici Decano, featuring chef attended carving and culinary stations. Children enjoy a special appearance by Santa from 12pm-5pm.

 

Holiday Activities Include: 

December 15, 2013—March 31, 2014: S’mores cookouts in the courtyard, available nightly from 7pm to 8pm exclusively for children; adults can enjoy s’mores from 9pm to 12am in Shadow Mountain Lounge.

 December 20: Carriage ride with Santa Claus will depart from The St. Regis from 2:40-5pm.

December 21: Holiday ornament decorating 3pm to 5pm in the Aspen Room.

December 22: Holiday stocking decorating from 3pm to 5pm in the Aspen Room.

December 23: Gingerbread House decorating with The St. Regis Pastry Chef in the Aspen Room from 3pm-5pm.

December 24: A special reading of the classic “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Santa Claus, followed by holiday photographs with Santa in the library from 3pm to 5pm.

December 26: Gingerbread cookie decorating in the Aspen Room from 4pm to 6pm.

December 27: Join Elk Mountain Rescue Dogs and Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers and learn how these talented individuals are saving lives through backcountry rescue in the library from 5:30-7:30.

Reservations are highly recommended for all activities 970.429.7373

Family Traditions:

The St. Regis Aspen’s new winter Family Traditions program features a variety of interactive holiday activities to engage children and parents alike, and three seasonal family-friendly “experience” packages, comprised of captivating outdoor adventures in the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado wilderness. Activities include:

Snowmobile Tour: Enjoy an exhilarating two-hour snowmobile adventure led by expert guides to the base of the renowned Maroon Bells, some of North America’s most photographed mountains. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or cider at the picturesque Maroon Lake, and then explore miles of groomed trails. 

Dog Sled Tour: Embark on an exciting two-hour dog sled ride through the scenic Aspen Snowmass Wilderness, featuring sleds pulled by 13 Alaskan snow dogs and guided by an expert musher.

Hot Air Balloon Tour: Soar high above Aspen at sunrise in a colorful hot air balloon, experiencing breathtaking views of the captivating Roaring Fork Valley, with a champagne toast and pastries enjoyed in the clouds. Available through the end of the winter season, The St. Regis Aspen’s Family Tradition Experiences are completely customizable and can be booked through The St. Regis Aspen Concierge with advance notice of 24 hours.

To learn more about family traditions and all holiday activities and festivities at The St. Regis Aspen, please call 970.920.3300 or visit The St. Regis Aspen Resort. I am headed there in January. How about you?