With four different mountains to choose from, an incredible array of hotel and dining options, and a packed list of year-round events and concerts, everyone on an Aspen family ski vacation will be pleased. Kids and parents, alike will love bopping around historical downtown Aspen, and learning about this mining era’s rich past. There’s a mind-boggling amount of things to do and experience on an Aspen family ski vacation, and it’s all conveniently located within a couple blocks.
Buttermilk and Snowmass [link], and the bottom half of Aspen Highlands are world-class areas options for beginner to intermediate families, while advanced to expert families can rip up the famed-steeps of Aspen Mountain together. The whole family can pretend they’re stars in the cult classic movie Aspen Extreme. Hopeful jibbers will also enjoy checking out the X Games slopestyle course and half pipe at the base of Buttermilk. Families can easily hop from resort to resort thanks to Aspen/Snowmass convenient, and complimentary, bus. This takes a lot of guess work out of a vacation for parents, ensuring that everyone in the family has an enjoyable Aspen family ski trip.
The Limelight Hotel is just two blocks from the slopes, and offers families all the comforts of home from a cozy lobby fireplace and sitting area to a relaxing pool and hot tub. Year-round, the Limelight hosts family-friendly events and activities. Even the family dog is welcome to at The Limelight. For a relaxed and inviting atmosphere during your Aspen family ski vacation, the Molly Gibson is a top-of-mind choice. This hotel is centrally located on Main Street, just a few blocks from the slopes, and a short walk distance from Aspen’s world-class shopping and dining scene. Molly Gibson has a pool and hot tub for the whole family’s enjoyment. And if you can’t bare to part with pooch, Molly Gibson is happy to host canine family members too.
With nearly 100 restaurants to choose from, the Aspen family dining options offer something for even the pickiest of eaters. From New York Pizza to Mexican at Su Casa, both located on Hyman Street, to comfort food, like mac-n-cheese at Jimmy’s, on Hopkins Avenue, to burgers and fries at Ajax Tavern, families on an Aspen ski vacation will easily find fare that fits their preferences.
The best place for kids—ages two and a half to 17—to learn to ski during an Aspen family ski vacation is at Buttermilk or Snowmass, as there are kid-friendly facilities, such as the Panda House at Buttermilk at the Treehouse Kids’ Adventures Center in Snowmass. Children will also appreciate mascots like Wooly and Powder Panda; ski instructors foster a fun atmosphere and lesson plan tailored to engage kids, so they can truly learn the skills to help them develop into better skiers. Buttermilk, and Snowmass, feature progressive terrain parks designed for beginners to experts. Intermediate to advanced teens can sign up for a three-day terrain park and pipe camp on Buttermilk’s famed X Games course.