You’re probably used to skiing Aspen with your buddies. Ladies runs down Highland Bowl, a romantic stay at the Little Nell, and taking the world-renowned shot ski at the Red Onion: these are just a few reasons we all love Aspen. So why would you want to take your kids? First of all, let’s acknowledge the fact that many of us associate Aspen with steep lines, luxury dining, great bars, and of course one of our favorite Jim Carrey movies from the 90’s. But did you know that kids 6 and under ALWAYS ski for free at Aspen? It’s true! When you add in the fact that Aspen is a huge mountain with terrain for everybody, it makes a family ski trip to one of our favorite resorts in Colorado a no-brainer.
You’ve made the haul out to the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley, and you would certainly be remiss if you didn’t treat yourself to at least one day of adult skiing. Parents: You don’t have to feel guilty. Your kiddo’s day at the Aspen Snowmass Ski School (aka, the Treehouse Adventure Center) might just be their favorite day of the trip. The ski school at Aspen knows how to weave ski instruction seamlessly into a day of play. Meanwhile, you and your wife are riding up Silver Queen Gondola and finding freshies in The Dumps, while your little one learns how to “pizza”. It’s a win/win for the whole family.
Where to Ski
You very likely might associate Buttermilk with the ESPEN X‑Games, but we’re here to tell you that Buttermilk is home to the best beginner and intermediate terrain at Aspen. Offering 470 acres, Buttermilk truly maintains that laid back vibe that we all love about skiing. You’ll find hanging disco balls, friendly lift attendants, and playful runs through the trees. Wanna hear a secret? The powder stashes at Buttermilk always last the longest in Aspen.
Warm up, take a break, grab a cookie
At some point during the day, your little one is going to want a cookie. When that time comes, you’ll want to make sure you are within ski’s‑reach to the Cliffhouse Lodge. Located at 9,900 feet, the Cliffhouse Lodge offers breathtaking views of Pyramid Peak. Your little one is going to want cocoa, but you, our friend, will want to try the Mongolian BBQ Wok Station. You’ve been patient and encouraging and positive, and you’ve earned a hearty lunch!
A few tips for the kids:
Look, skiing with kids is going to work your patience muscle. Wanna know a secret? If you’re having fun, THEY usually have fun. Start early, keep it lighthearted and playful, and don’t be shy about heading inside for a cookie when a break is warranted. Instead of focusing on accomplishing technical “goals”, focus on playing outside in the snow on skis for an hour or two at a time. Keeping the expectations low is KEY to making sure everybody feels good about the day. And of course: end the day on a high. After a day of high fives and cold toes, head to Ajax Tavern. Order the gruyère and white cheddar mac and cheese for your little skier while you enjoy the truffle fries and a cold pint of something local. You BOTH earned it. Remember, the main goal behind skiing with kids is raising a lifelong ski buddy.
Check out our Local’s Guide for more ideas of fun in Aspen Snowmass. We are looking forward to seeing you at Aspen, and helping you get set up. Make your reservations here to have your gear delivered right to your door.
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