Lifestyle and Adventure in the Summertime – 2014 Preview

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Summer 2014 in Aspen, Colorado, is chock-full of lifestyle activities for people of all ages and abilities. Aspen is so full of summer fun that you can easily plan your own adventure – from a single day out to an entire summer in the mountains. This week, our blog team unveils our Summer 2014 Preview: Lifestyle and Adventure.

From private adventures to yoga classes, we’ve got you covered for Summer 2014 in Aspen, Colorado.

From private adventures to yoga classes, we’ve got you covered for Summer 2014 in Aspen, Colorado.

If you haven’t already read our two-part series about the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, click the link and read all about it. It’s the preeminent summer event and, as always, tickets and lodging are in high demand. Below, we’ll take a closer look at a few more lifestyle adventures that might be right up your alley. Also, check out our Aspen Calendar of Events page to see what’s going on while you’re here (or planning to be).

Snowmass Private Adventures – Plan your own epic experience, everything from mountain biking to paintball. The “Design Your Own Event” feature allows guests to set the agenda! Reservations are required by calling (970) 923-1227. Great for larger groups or families. Activities include:

  • Mountain biking
  • Downhill mountain biking
  • Mountainboarding
  • Skateboarding
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Paintball
  • Disc Golf

Private Camping Adventures – June through August. Take in the amazing beauty of the Rocky Mountains and enjoy the outdoors, all under the comfort and care of a professional mountain outfitter. Camping excursions are great for families and groups and can include hiking, fishing and learning about nature. (Camping is limited to a private site located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola in Snowmass.) Reservations required by calling (970) 923-1227.

Yoga on Aspen Mountain – Enjoy an hour of Hatha yoga in the open air on top of Aspen Mountain. Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 17 through Aug. 30. Meet at the top at 10:30 a.m. (Gondola ticket purchase required.) Afterward, enjoy a healthy lunch at the Sundeck, serving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (970) 923-1227 for more information.

Nature Walks – Learn more about mountain nature; everything from tracking animals and observing birds to learning about wildflowers and understanding the sub-alpine community. Sponsored by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). ACES naturalists lead free 45-minute walks along Richmond Ridge at the top of Aspen Mountain from June 17-Sept. 5. Tours meet on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the top of the Silver Queen Gondola. For more information, call (970) 923-1227.

Guided Hikes – Interested in learning more about beautiful Snowmass? ACES naturalists also lead hikes through the sub-alpine forest, all the while teaching about the breathtaking views and natural wildlife. Hikes offered at 1 p.m. Monday-Friday at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola in Snowmass. (Meet at the Elk Camp lift on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.) For more information, call (970) 923-1227.

Challenge Aspen – For almost 20 years, Challenge Aspen has given adaptive recreational and cultural opportunities for thousands of disabled individuals from around the world. Offering everything from therapeutic art to outdoor adventure, Challenge Aspen offers something for all skill levels, ages and abilities. Many children with physical and developmental abilities and numerous newly injured veterans have benefitted from Challenge Aspen’s amazing program. For more info, call (970) 923-0578.

Extreme Sports Camp for Autistic Youth and Young Adults – Camper to counselor ratio is 1:1 and focused on an autist-friendly environment that inspires fun and learning for youth and young adults with autism ages 5 and older. Sessions run weekly from June through August. (December through April also available.) Professional staff with extensive training that pride themselves in ensuring progress and having fun! For more information, call (970) 927-3143.

Aspen Camp School for the Deaf – For more than 30 years, the ACSD has taught children and teen new skills while having fun with their peers. Campers range from age 8 to age 18. One- to three-week sessions available throughout the summer. Call (970) 923-2511 for more information.

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