Families visiting Aspen have great terrain to enjoy together, especially at Snowmass, and a vast array of activities that are family friendly, as well as some atmospheric and affordable dining options (see separate entries). The Aspen Recreation Center (ARC) with its fun pools and two storey water slide is especially worth a look. A similar facility has recently opened at Snowmass (snowmassrecreation.com) as part of the resort’s revitalisation.
Day care is available for children from six weeks old and the ski school has a remarkable array of programmes from the very youngest’s first turns from age three in state-of-the-art nursery areas and then everything imaginable for the niche interest needs of older children of all abilities on the slope.
At Snowmass the Children's Ski and Snowboard School (+1 (970) 9251220) operates from the recently added Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center at the resort base.
Designed for kids of all ages the 25,000-square-foot facility has ski and snowboard school check-in, rental/retail and family après entertainment allk under one roof. The Treehouse includes seven interactive nature-themed rooms, each designed for a specific age group. Kids can scale the Aspen Leaf Climber in the Alpine Climbing Room, toddlers can explore the Bear Den or take a nap in the Butterfly Room. There are lots of hands-on, age-specific activities throughout.
There are inevitably a myriad of programmes for children of all ages. For example children who are already good skiers and aged 12 to 19 can join Snowmass Steep Camps on the resort’s toughest terrain. There are snowboarding camps for children 10 and over at Snowmass and many other niche ski school offers, although some are only offered on specific dates so it’s important to check and book before you book your holiday dates if participation in one is vitally important.
Younger children should also ensure they pick up their special free Kids Trail Map which reveals lots of hidden treats (as well as telling you where the well known ones are).