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Two cross country skiers in the winter

With miles and miles of groomed trails stretching from Aspen to Snowmass to Basalt, cross- country skiing in Aspen is a great way to get some exercise and sunshine, explore the Roaring Fork Valley and have an exhilarating Nordic skiing adventure.

Sardy House Tree Lighting Ceremony in Aspen

Magic and merriness abound during the holidays in Aspen. From holiday events and activities to skiing, snowboarding, and outdoor adventures, there is something for everyone this holiday season. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite Christmas season activities and events in Aspen.  As these events continue to evolve, be sure to check the relevant websites for updates.

A fly fisherman with the Maroon Bells in the background

The Roaring Fork Valley is a destination for lovers of the sport of fly fishing. With four different rivers to fish, each offering a spectacular, challenging, and unique river environment, there is nothing quite like a fly fishing adventure on one of the local rivers in the Aspen area.

Man holding onto son at an ice skating rink

During your winter vacation in Aspen, you or your family can spend a sunny afternoon or a starry evening twirling around one of Aspen's local ice rinks. Take in the sights and sounds of downtown Aspen, race around the Aspen Recreation Center’s regulation-size Lewis Ice Arena, or spin like a figure skater at the Aspen Ice Garden a few blocks from downtown Aspen. You can also find two ice rinks just a short drive downvalley in Snowmass, in case you choose to broaden your local options.

Skiers and snowboarders standing outside a lodge

Aspen Mountain is situated in the heart of Aspen. The 11,212 foot ski mountain rises beautifully above the town of Aspen, Colorado to create one of the most stunning vistas no matter where you stand in downtown Aspen.

A horse pulling a family over snow on a sleigh

Taking a wintertime horse-drawn sleigh ride in Aspen is a magical experience. Touring a pristine alpine meadow in a horse-drawn sleigh while relaxed and cozy, and sipping hot cocoa or cider makes for an unforgettable only-in-Aspen experience. 

Exterior of restaurant hosting snowcat dinners in winter

Once the sun sets in Aspen and Snowmass, ample enjoyment can still be had on the Aspen ski mountains well into the evening with the snowcat dinners.

A snowmobiler on the mountain surrounded by trees

Discover the quiet beauty of wide open alpine meadows and evergreen forests while on a snowmobile adventure in Aspen. Explore Aspen's winter landscape by snowmobile, and gain access to pristine backcountry locations.