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Skiing Aspen, Colorado with the Kids

A Family Ski Vacation in Aspen, Colorado

A ski vacation with the kids in Aspen includes a storybook town and very family-friendly slopes for the little tigers. 

Colorado Hotels have come a long way.

Canvas tents and drafty log buildings have been
replaced by
elegant inns
and plush accommodations.

Photo: Colorado hotels like The Little Nell in Aspen, offer vacationing families posh quarters close to blue-ribbon outdoor recreation.


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Colorado's Luxurious Lodges.

Did You Know?

The town of Aspen, Colorado was first famous for its richly producing silver mines.

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Photo: Devil's Gut ski trail at Buttermilk Ski Area in Aspen, Colorado, requires adults to be accompanied by children.

Winter Lodging Options for your Colorado  Ski Trip with the Kids

From rustic cabins to five star resorts, Colorado offers families a variety of choices for tucking the children in.

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Photo Credit: The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado

Did You Know?

Ruthie's Run, on Aspen Mountain, is over 55 years old. It remains one of the most demanding downhill race courses in North America. 

Such greats as Buddy Werner, Franz Klammer, and Pirmin Zurbriggen schussed to World Cup victory there. 

Kids with good intermediate skills can easily navigate the upper part and say they have skied Ruthie's Run!

Photo: Ruthie's Run is served by Ruthie's chairlift at Aspen Mountain ski area. 

Some of the best lift ticket deals in Colorado are for kids.

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From 4 packs to fifth-graders skiing for free, families can find relief from ticket window shock.

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Photo: Kids riding the gondola on Aspen Mountain rise
above the town to spectacular views at the top. 

It felt like we were floating in a bubble as our gondola rose smoothly above Victorian homes and grand ski lodges. The town shrank to the size of doll houses, and our attention was drawn by the ever-expanding view of the Hunter-Frying Pan Wilderness and the Roaring Fork River Valley. 

Before we knew it, the door to our bubble was sliding open, and an attendant was helping the kids jump the gap onto the platform at the top of Aspen Mountain.

As we stepped onto the sun deck, the soaring, jagged skyline of the Elk Mountain Range smacked us in the eyes.

Located about five hours driving time west and south of Denver, the town of Aspen, Colorado snuggles amidst 14,000-foot peaks.

Four separate ski mountains are associated with Aspen.

•    Aspen Mountain, itself, is known for its steep runs and difficult terrain, (it has no beginner runs). However families can find plenty of groomed intermediate skiing there when the kids (or mom and dad) are up to it.

•    Snowmass also has a high percentage of intermediate runs, plus a few beginner runs. A cluster of family-friendly condominium complexes cozies up to its base.

•    Meanwhile, skiers treat themselves to spectacular views of the Maroon Bells from the slopes of Aspen Highlands.


Beginner and intermediate runs grace the middle of the mountain, with plenty of harder terrain to graduate up to as skills improve.

•    Easy runs for little schuss-bombers flow down the mountainsides at Buttermilk ski area. This is the place for families who understand that when the kids have fun, everybody has fun.

Vistas from the deck of Buttermilk's Cliff House snack bar aren't too bad, either.

A Pretty Penny

The cost of vacationing in Aspen is legendary. And it is true that if you want, you can spend a bundle there. However, no other ski area has the same cachet as Aspen.

And if you are sick of pretentious neighbors and overdone architecture, then Aspen may be exactly the destination for you. At many establishments, we found the staff to be relaxed, genuine, and warm.

You get the feeling they just want to get you what you need and help you have a good time. In fact it is the locals who seem the least impressed by status – and more intent on enjoying the fun and beauty their town has to offer.

And with four mountains to choose from, families won’t find better skiing in the West.

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