Aspen Mountain Facilities and Activities
Written by Jack Lee
• Last updated Oct 10, 2017
The Aspen Skiing Company offers professional, world class instruction for skiing and snowboarding. Classes can be scheduled in private or for groups, and it is best if you plan ahead and book your instruction when you make the rest of the arrangements for your trip, especially if you plan to visit during the holiday season. Group lessons can be arranged by gender as well and broken down into age groups.
You won’t be starved of gear with an abundance of ski hire shops – Aspen Sports, Four Mountain Sports, Incline Ski Shop and Performance Ski – all within a few minutes’ walk from the Silver Queen Gondola. You can also arrange your ski hire through these shops online prior to your arrival and potentially save a bit of money on rental fees.
Vacation means relaxation for everyone, and if you’re a parent that means you too. If you need a day on the slopes or an evening to yourselves there are several private child care services available in the town of Aspen, the highest-rated of which are Mom’s Day off and Aspen nannies. For kids that require minimal supervision, the nearby Snowmass resort hosts Ullr Nights with activities such as guided snowshoe tours, snow bike tours and ice skating.
The Aspen Professional Ski Patrol Association runs Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol. This company is contracted by the Aspen Skiing Company to patrol all four mountains -- Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Aspen Snowmass. Patrol representatives are available in person across the mountain at several ski patrol stations. In the event of an emergency they can be reached at 970-920-0723.
Banking and Internet
There are a variety of banking facilities in downtown Aspen including Alpine Bank, Wells Fargo, Timberline Bank, US Bank, Vectra Bank and Community Banks of Aspen. All have ATM machines, while debit cards and credit cards as accepted at just about every business in town and on the mountain. There is no limit to credit card usage on the mountain or in town, all major credit cards are accepted including Visa, MasterCard and American Express. If you must remain connected at all times, there is WiFi in the Gondola Plaza and in the restaurants on the mountain.
It pays to pack a lunch for long days on the slope and to cook a few meals in your accommodations if you have a room with a kitchen. There are two grocery stores in town to load up on suppliers – City Market on the corner of Cooper and Original Street, and Clarks Market located off N Mill Street. Both are full large full service groceries with good range, but aren’t particularly cheap. You can be better prices but you’ll need to drive out to the City Market in El Jebel or Wal-Mart in Glenwood Springs. If you’re the opposite and don’t feel like going out after a long day of carving, Aspen is serviced by local delivery services such as Resort Delivery, Grocery Girls and Cart Delivery but you’ll have to pay a premium for the service.
Massage and Spa Services
A rigorous day or two on the mountain could put you in the mood to simply relax for a bit, a perfect reason to take advantage of the nearly dozen or so spa services offered in town. Among them are services at top-rated establishments such as massage at Heaven on Earth, hair care at Full Circle Aspen and facials at 02 Aspen Studio & Spa. Some hotels have on-site spa services as their featured amenities such as Hyatt Grand Aspen and Aspen Meadows Resort.
There are plenty of muscle and endurance-building opportunities in Aspen that take place on flat ground. If your workout regimen requires variety you can check out one of the numerous establishments in town for a low-impact yoga session or an invigorating spin class. Top-rated facilities and workouts include yoga and fitness classes at Jean Robert’s Gym and body sculpting cardio classes at Pure Barre.
Emergencies and Other Medical Services
Aspen Valley Hospital is just outside of town and a 10 minute drive from Silver Queen Gondola. For less serious injuries which can be treated by physical therapy, you can reach out to Aspen Sports Medicine, Antos Physical Therapy or Aspen Valley Hospital Physical Therapy, all within town.