What to do in Aspen if you don't ski or snowboard

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If you or family members don't ski, you don't have to miss out on dreamy, fun winter activities!

Snowcat Chauffeured Dinner Rides

For a magical dinner experience, enjoy a snowcat journey to Aspen Highlands’ Cloud Nine or Snowmass’ Lynn Britt Cabin. Both restaurants are highly popular and well known for their atmospheres. Cloud Nine is an infamous restaurant in Aspen known for its Veuve Clicquot parties every single day. Lynn Britt cabin is a family-friendly option in a cozy Western-themed cabin. The snowcat rides allow non-skiers to enjoy these mountain-top experiences in iconic restaurant locations.

Snowshoe Tour

Both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Mountain offer guided snowshoeing tours, with a focus on Aspen’s history and the Rocky Mountain ecology. Tours are led on gentle terrain, suitable for all abilities. Alternatively, you can walk or snowshoe to the renowned Pine Creek Cookhouse restaurant for dreamy mountain dining. 

Snowmass Snow Tubes & Alpine Rollercoaster

Snowmass Mountain offers snow tubing and an alpine rollercoaster at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola. These activities are fun, thrilling breaks from skiing for all those at least 38” tall. The alpine coaster zips through the trees on Snowmass Mountain and gives gorgeous views amongst the National Forest. Tubing is a ski-resort favorite activity for kids and adults alike and is always popular at Snowmass. 

Magical Sleigh Ride

Aspen offers horse-drawn sleigh or carriage rides for all ages and occasions. Whether it be through a snow-covered ranch or Downtown Aspen, these sleigh and carriage rides add a special touch to your mountain vacation. The Pine Creek Cookhouse restaurant also offers sleigh-drawn rides to their Alpine restaurant in the winter months.

Ice Skating Under The Lights

This is one of our favorite things to do in Aspen besides ski! Aspen and Snowmass boast both indoor and outdoor skating rinks during the Winter season. Walking distance from the Aspen Mountain Gondola is an outdoor skating rink next to the ‘CP Burger’ restaurant or for indoor skating visit the Aspen Ice Garden or Aspen Recreation Centre. Snowmass Base Village offers free ice skating outside the Limelight hotel, steps from the Elk Camp Gondola.

Ride the Silver Queen Gondola

What better way to see the sights than the Gondolas at Aspen and Snowmass mountains. The ride is a truly beautiful experience that for the non-skier allows you to witness the mountain beauty that skiers and snowboarders do. Both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Mountain have mountain-top restaurants and bars with outdoor seating to enjoy the views after your Gondola ride. You can also take a stroll on the trails at the top of Aspen Mountain to take in the panoramic views.