Aspen, Colorado, offers a number of wonderful events during the winter months - from traditional holiday cheer to WinterskAPl to Gay Ski Week. There truly is something for everyone during the wintertime. So when you're planning your next vacation to Aspen, you'll know what you don't want to miss. This week our blog team takes a closer look at winter vacation planning with our Top 3 events on our Winter calendar. We'll look at what's happening throughout the winter, and hopefully help you decide what's best for your next dream vacation.
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR'S - Number one on most everyone's list is Christmas and New Year's in Aspen. And deservedly so. Aspen is a magical time during the Christmas/New Year's week. The town is full of laughter and cheer, and the holiday spirit is out in full force. Restaurants, nightlife and a full schedule of events during the week is sure to keep you busy while not on the slopes. Most of the lodging in town rents for the full week, and at a premium price. But ask anyone who has stayed and skied - it's worth it.
Make your plans EARLY if you're wanting to come to Aspen for Christmas and New Year's. Lodging goes fast - as does dinner reservations. Making your plans as soon as possible can ensure you get everything on your schedule. Guests of Frias Properties are encouraged to get all of their requests to our full-service concierge desk as soon as possible. The Frias concierge desk can assist with lift tickets, dinner reservations, baby-sitters, ski and snowboard rentals and transportation, complimentary health club passes and complimentary Aspen airport transfers for most guests (excludes Independence Square).
X-GAMES - Aspen is home to the Winter X Games, which is typically held on one of the last weekends in January at Buttermilk Mountain just outside of Aspen. This is another high point of the season - not only are there a number of visitors in town, but all of the athletes and their teams are here, too! The Winter X Games brings a number of big-name music acts to town as well, so there's plenty of concerts and nightlife going on. If you're into winter action sports, you're not going to want to miss Winter X.
Book early for the most lodging options during the Winter X Games. Groups of 20 or more are encouraged to contact Lisa Jennings, Frias Properties' group sales manager. She works to secure lodging that's perfect for larger groups of people. So if you have a ski group or business retreat on the brain, talk with Lisa. She can analyze your needs and budget, and get your group in a prime location that's close to everything. Frias even offers group conference space for meetings or get-togethers - business or social!
SPRING BREAK - Aspen's four local mountains - Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass - all close in mid to late April, depending on current snowfall. The mountains can stay open longer or shorter, but have been known to stay open and extra weekend or two. Don't be fooled: There's still great skiing to be had in Aspen well into April. Keep an eye on the current conditions and news about the closing dates when planning one last winter trip to Aspen.
You can get great deals on late-season skiing in Aspen. Prices are more reasonable later in the season, and there's often good discounts. Ask your vacation specialist to quote you the special price on a late-season visit in March and April, and you'll be blown away by the possibilities. Don't forget to ask about ski-in, ski-out! Why not? With the great rates offered during this time period, it's actually really affordable!