Known for their cosmopolitan vibe in the laid-back setting of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the towns of Aspen and Snowmass Village have long been synonymous with blending the best of both worlds.

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.

WINTER RECREATION

Beyond cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, you can also 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. 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 Road, Aspen, CO Admission: $17.20 / adults; $15.20 / youth; $7.60 / seniors

SHOPPING

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 Consignment (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.)

WHERE TO EAT

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.