72 Hours in Aspen Snowmass
Enjoying your Colorado ski vacation at Aspen Snowmass is easy. But sometimes, the hardest part is prioritizing your time and squeezing as much fun as you can into the confines of your trip. Case in point: the ever-popular 72-hour ski vacation. Good for the mind, body and spirit, but boy, does it go by quickly.
To help you figure out your time, local writer Christine Benedetti offers this jam-packed but very doable itinerary.
Warm up your ski legs in Snowmass. To make the most of your time, sign up for a ski or snowboard clinic through Aspen Snowmass. Clinics are designed for intermediate skiers and above to build confidence, understand the terrain, and guide you to the next level in your skiing or riding. Lessons are available for beginners and those who want more individual attention.
Besides certified instruction, you’ll get an insider’s tour of one of North America’s largest ski areas.
Mountain Italian dining comes to 10,000 feet with the debut of a reinvented Sam’s. Here, the culinary team reimagined what good food at altitude means, serving authentic Italian that uses the fresh, high-quality ingredients in simple cooking. That translates to thick-crust oven-roasted pizzas, fresh-made pasta, seafood and meat entrees, and homemade bread baked daily on-site. Of course, any proper Italian meal isn’t complete without a midday cocktail — opt for the Negroni spritz to recharge your afternoon.
Pro tip: To really enjoy the experience, take off your ski boots and slide into some slippers for a truly comfortable lunch.
With a good night’s sleep, get up early for First Tracks, offered daily on Aspen Mountain. Open to all intermediate and expert skiers and snowboarders 11 years old or older, this program invites guests to enjoy groomed runs and fresh powder with a guide before the mountain opens to the crowds.
On powder days with 8 inches or more the night before, pair the fluffy powder stashes with a stack of fluffy pancakes. Free Powder Pancakes are served at 10am in the Sundeck.
Après in Aspen is a verb. To ensure you’re doing it right, make the rounds. Begin at The Snow Lodge, a newly opened winter outpost of Montauk’s The Surf Lodge.
Then, shimmy past the gondola to the Ajax Tavern or Chair 9 for drink specials and a must-see scene before heading across the street to the brand new W Hotel Aspen, where a 7,000-square-foot rooftop bar awaits with frosty beverages, happy beats and epic views.
Skip the slopes for a cultural morning in Aspen. Begin at the Aspen Art Museum (637 E. Hyman Ave., free admission) to experience Yayoshi Kusama’s mirrored room illuminated only by piercings of natural light.
Next, call the Downtowner — a free, app-based ride service — for a shuttle to the Aspen Historical Society (620 W. Bleeker St.), in the West End, to see the exhibition, “bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen,” before it comes down in April.