10 Ways No Hassle Colorado Ski Vacation

Hassle-Free Skiing in Colorado

You want to make the most of every minute of your Colorado ski vacation and Aspen Snowmass makes it easy to do just that by providing services and resources to alleviate hassles. Whether it’s transporting you and your equipment to the slopes, or getting those lift tickets in hand for first tracks, we’ve got you covered.

1. Packing List

While skiing and snowboarding might seem gear intensive, there’s no need to bring it all with you. With nine convenient locations among the four ski mountains, Four Mountain Sports offers an extensive line of rental equipment tailored for different abilities and conditions. In addition, these shops offer a wide selection of apparel and accessories for purchase. Pick and choose what you want to pack and take care of the rest when you get here:
Gear guide to Aspen Snowmass at Four Mountain Sports
  • Skis & poles or snowboard
  • Ski or snowboard boots
  • Long underwear
  • Light fleece or wool top
  • Ski or snowboard socks
  • Ski or snowboard jacket
  • Ski or snowboard pants
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Handwarmers

2. Overnight Ski Transfers & Storage

Skiing Snowmass today and Aspen Mountain tomorrow? There’s no need to drag your equipment to the hotel and back the next day. Simply drop off your skis or snowboard at the corral located at the base of each mountain and it will be transferred to your desired location. You can also store your equipment at the base of each mountain and pick it up the next day, saving you the hassle of carrying your gear after a long day of skiing or riding.

Pro Tip: When renting with Four Mountain Sports all equipment storage and transfers are free.

3. The Aspen Snowmass App

The Aspen Snowmass App is your go-to for all things Aspen Snowmass. Download this new and improved app for mountain conditions and weather, grooming reports, lift status, interactive trail maps, tracking your stats (skier days, vertical feet, and bowl laps), and keeping up with events and activities. New this year are parking updates and information, so that you can re-route to an alternative parking lot if your intended lot is full. Not to mention, the app offers rewards including credits for food and beverage, discounts on Ski and Snowboard Schools lessons and more.

4. Free Equipment Swap With Four Mountain Sports

When renting skis and snowboards it's always a gamble to decide what conditions you should rent for. Do you get a powder board or skis and cross your fingers for some fresh snow. Or do you play is safe with an all-mountain ski? At Four Mountain Sports there is no need worry, you can swap out your rental to fit the condition of the day. For instance, you could rent your skis or board at our Aspen location, and two days later swap them out for powder skis at Snowmass to better suit conditions.

5. Use Rfta: Your Best Friend In The Valley

With buses and shuttles connecting every Aspen Snowmass ski area, cars are not essential.

The award-winning Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) provides transportation throughout the Roaring Fork Valley on a year-round basis including free buses operating between the city of Aspen and the town of Snowmass Village. Buses and shuttles run frequently, especially during peak times. New this year, the RFTA Flyer will shuttle skiers and riders from the Brush Creek Lot directly to Aspen Highlands on Saturdays and Sundays, so it has never been easier to get first tracks on a powder day! Here is a handy guide to finding your way around on the RFTA system:
Getting Around Aspen Snowmass: RFTA buses

6. Hotel Shuttles

Many hotels and resorts in Aspen Snowmass offer shuttles to the slopes or wherever you want to go. The Little Nell’s in-town shuttle will whisk guests off in style to any Aspen Snowmass ski area by day and to the best nightlife and cultural spots in town by night. The Limelight Aspen and Limelight Snowmass shuttles take guests to and from the Aspen Airport, as well as wherever you want to go in the respective towns.

7. Audis For The Little Nell And Limelight Hotel Guests

Audi transportation in Aspen
Need a car for a few hours?

As a guest of The Little Nell, Limelight Aspen or Limelight Snowmass you can take a luxury drive in an Audi.

Little Nell and Limelight guests can check out the all-electric Audi e-tron SUV.

Check in at the front desk for details.

8. Lift Ticket Delivery

Purchase your lift tickets 7 or more days in advance and your lift tickets will be delivered to your hotel so that you can hit the slopes without a stop at the ticket office. Most every hotel in Aspen and Snowmass are included on the delivery list.

9. First Tracks

Enjoy the feeling of being the first on the mountain with First Tracks at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass! You’ll be able to carve turns in perfect, untouched corduroy or — if we are blessed by the snow gods — fresh powder long before other guests hit the slopes.

Advanced reservations are required:

  • Snowmass – Offered beginning to mid-December 2019 on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. To reserve, call 970-923-0560.
  • Aspen Mountain – Offered daily beginning in early December. To reserve, call 970-920-0755.

10. Take An Ambassador Tour

Is this your first visit to Aspen Snowmass? Skiing or riding a new mountain? Consider taking a tour of the mountain with a Ski Ambassador to help you learn the mountain. Often long-time locals, these friendly guides know the ski runs like the back of their hands. Below is the Ski Ambassador Tour Schedule. Please note that you must be at least an intermediate skier in order to tour.
Aspen Snowmass Ambassador Program
Meeting Place
Daily, 10:30am
Sam's Knob

Daily, 1:30pm
Outside Elk Camp Restaurant
Aspen Mountain
Daily, 10:30am
Guest Services Hut near top of the Silver Queen Gondola.

Daily, 1:30pm
Guest Services Hut near top of the Silver Queen Gondola.
Aspen Highlands
Daily, 10:30am
Guest Services Hut near top of the Exhibition Lift.
Daily, 1:00pm Guest Services Hut near top of the Exhibition Lift.
Buttermilk Daily, 10:30am Guest Services at the top of the Summit Express Lift
Daily, 1:30pm Guest Services at the top of the Summit Express Lift
Aspen Snowmass makes it easy to spend your ski vacation where you want to be spending it — on the slopes!

About The Author

Susan Linden, writer


Susan Linden has been wordsmithing as an advertising copywriter, feature writer, and storyteller since her college days. She left the whirlwind corporate world to live in the mountains and spends as much time as she can hiking, biking, and skiing in them. Working, playing, and raising a family in the Roaring Fork Valley for the last 29 years gives Susan a unique insider’s perspective to share.

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