The uphilling community in the Roaring Fork Valley is strong and dedicated, and it is an activity that the four-mountain resort of Aspen Snowmass embraces. Skiers are allowed to uphill designated routes at Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. Be sure to read each mountains policy and follow the designated route.
Aspen Snowmass on a Budget
Aspen Snowmass may be known for spare-no-expense experiences, but there are plenty of options for travelers on a budget. In fact, some of our most quintessential experiences on this list below.
Published December 2022
Because of this, it is also easy to stretch your dollar and find plenty of fun, engaging and enriching things to do on a budget. Here are a handful of ideas to help you plan your winter vacation for less.
Cross Country Skiing to Maroon Lake
If you are keen for a strenuous and scenic workout, rent a pair of cross-country skis and head 7-miles up Maroon Creek Road to Maroon Lake at the foot of the majestic Maroon Bells. If that’s too much of a haul, the Roaring Fork Valley and the area surrounding Snowmass Village is traversed by several trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoers to delight in. Gear rentals are available in town.
Aspen Center For Environmental Studies (Aces)
One of Aspen’s most beloved local institutions, ACES offers up several ways for visitors to engage with nature and learn about the precious 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 (pictured above) on Snowmass Mountain everyday.
Earn Your Turns with Uphilling
Bud Light HiFi Concert Series
This series of free concerts throughout the ski season brings nationally recognized bands and music acts to Aspen and Snowmass Village.
Cozy winter nights are the norm at this on-mountain festival held at Elk Camp on Snowmass on select nights in winter. A $12/person ticket gets you entrance to a bevy of family-friendly activities.
Game of Stones
Looking for something different to do at a ski resort? This free, open-to-the-public curling series in Snowmass Base Village is a great introduction to this popular winter pastime.
Shopping on the Cheap
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 because of their high-end clientele, you will also find a handful of exceptional consignment shops, offering high-quality second-hand goods at great prices.
Arts and Culture
Aspen Art Museum
For more than 40 years, the Aspen Art Museum has been the cultural vanguard in town. The museum's modern building houses exhibitions and educational programs and has garnered national attention for its architecture. The AAM has been a champion of permeating art across the community, with installations around town, and even on Aspen Snowmass’ lift tickets.
Tips and Tricks for Dining on the Cheap
Scope Out Happy Hours
Save significant cash by stopping in for happy hour and après ski specials. Happy hour is so robust here that many of Aspen’s top restaurants participate, offering deals between 4pm and 7pm.
You can find a lot of delicious dishes at reasonable prices simply by cozying up to the bar at many of Aspen and Snowmass Village's dining establishments. The service is often very prompt as well.
Do a little research on which restaurants interest you most and then follow them on Instagram, where they frequently post news about daily specials.
Limelight Lounge's Live Music
One of the top hangouts for locals in both Aspen and Snowmass Village, the two Limelight Lounges frequently offer live music to accompany daily drink and dining specials.
From cheeseburgers and salads to falafel burgers and milkshakes, CP Burger is a casual eatery perfect for the whole family. Located right downtown (next to the skating rink) and serves burgers, shakes, and more.
Woody Creek Tavern
Situated outside of town—and residing in its own unique orbit, you'll see—the eclectic Woody Creek Tavern is an ideal go-to for no-frills American cuisine and an authentic Western ambiance.