ice skating downtown Aspen


Looking for a few winter activities that are easy on any budget? All around the valley and even in downtown Aspen, there are several compelling things to do that are either free or pretty darn close to it. Here are some perennial favorites:


Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) 

Adored by locals and loved by visitors-in-the-know, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) gives you ample opportunity to engage with nature and learn about the beautiful Rocky Mountain ecosystems that surround us. Stop by their 25-acre preserve at Hallam Lake where you can view an indoor trout stream and meet a golden eagle, or visit their Rock Bottom Ranch facility for a farmyard tour. ACES also offers snowshoe naturalist tours on Snowmass Mountain everyday. Locations: Hallam Lake (100 Puppy Smith St., Aspen, CO): Free. Rock Bottom Ranch (2001 Hook Spur Road, Basalt, CO): Suggested donation of $10. Snowshoe tour (top of Elk Camp Gondola): $63/adults, $56/youth, $43/child.


Ice Skating

You can ice skate at a variety of facilities around Aspen, including the popular, open-air SK8 (fka Silver Circle Rink) in front of the Hyatt Grand downtown.


Family Rec Center

If you are looking to stay active, but want to find an indoor space for the whole family to enjoy, head to the Aspen Recreation Center for an indoor swim (or float on the lazy river), rock climbing, ice skating or a pick-up game of ice hockey. Location: 0861 Maroon Creek Rd., Aspen, CO. Admission: $17.20/adults; $15.20/youth; $7.60/seniors

Aspen Art Museum

For more than 35 years, the Aspen Art Museum has been the cultural vanguard in town. In fact, many major metropolitan cities in North America would envy the quality of this innovative and immersive institution. While the museum has a new building on the way to house its exhibitions and educational programs (opening in the summer of 2014 at South Springs St. and Hyman Avenue), the AAM has been a champion of permeating art across the community, with installations around town, and even on Aspen-Snowmass’ lift tickets. Location: 590 Mill St., Aspen, CO. Admission is free.


Sure, you’ll find a few noteworthy fashion houses in downtown Aspen, selling the latest fashions fresh from the runways of Paris and Milan. But you’ll also find a handful of exceptional consignment shops, offering high-quality second-hand goods at great prices. Locations: Check out Suzy’s Limited Consignments (600 E. Main St.), Aspen Home Consignment (200 E. Main St.), Twinkle (533 E. Hopkins Ave., Suite B) or The Thrift Shop (422 E. Hopkins Ave.).


All around town, you can save significant cash at restaurants by stopping in for happy hour and après ski specials. Even many of Aspen’s buzz-worthy, upscale restaurants offer deals between 4pm and 7pm. You can also do as the locals do, and save some coin by dining at the bar.

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