Anderson Ranch Arts Center
5263 Owl Creek Rd., Snowmass Village
Anderson Ranch Arts Center is home to one of the most respected and desirable visual arts programs in North America. The sprawling property—open since 1966—includes studios for artists in residence, a sculpture garden, indoor galleries, and a store packed with collectibles. On the schedule: a revolving roster of visiting artists and critics (past headliners include Steve McQueen and Ai Weiwei). Ceramics and photography are just two of the art mediums running as classes throughout the summer season.
Camp Aspen Snowmass
120 Lower Carriage Way, Snowmass
Big mountain adventure is up and running in Aspen this year, with program modifications for safety. Kids from three to fifteen years old can pop into camp for the day for age-appropriate activities like biking, fishing, rock climbing, arts and crafts—even an alpine coaster. Two- and three-day camps focused on science and rocket building are available through August, and for parents who prefer to pull together their own group of kids, there are full- and half-day private camp options. Also clutch for family time on the mountain: drive-in movie nights at Buttermilk Mountain and exploring the ropes course at Lost Forest. Image courtesy of Greg Rosenke.
While it's the farthest from Aspen proper, Snowmass is actually the largest of Aspen's four mountains, with more than 150 miles worth of skiable trails—Longshot alone is famously more than two miles long. Snowmass also offers the most diverse mix of terrain, as you're just as likely to find classic bowls and steeps as you are groomers. From the top, there are stunning views of the Maroon Bells (and just about everything else in the valley). Starting in December, the mountain is also home to a packed-out tubing hill. Go during the daytime with littles for a pleasantly fun ride or with grown-ups in the evening, when the ice freezes, for something a little more adventurous.
130 Wood Rd., Snowmass
Nestled at the base of family-friendly Snowmass (and conveniently ski-in-ski-out), the Viceroy is probably one of Aspen's best options for those traveling with kids in tow. Amenities like complementary ski valet and plenty of suite options with multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, and in-room washer/dryers make the arduous process of getting the littles dressed, sun-screened, and out to ski school. If that weren't enough, there's also full-time daycare service in the hotel and a heated outdoor pool that's open year-round. Once kids are out the door, head to the poolside NEST Public House for a miles-long craft beer list and a more grown-up vibe.
Krabloonik Mountain Dining & Dogsledding
4250 Divide Rd., Snowmass
This experience is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for dog lovers (kids and grown-ups alike), as there's nothing quite like riding along on a sleigh behind 10 sled dogs. And while they're plenty cuddly and friendly, these animals aren't exactly your family golden retriever—the strong Alaskan huskies are bred to run, with a seemingly endless energy supply that takes you on a long ride through Aspen's wilderness. What's more, Krabloonik is a true Aspen classic, with food that far exceeds any expectations you might have of a dog sledding operation. Well-executed Western dishes, like a braised Colorado lamb shank, a grilled elk tenderloin, and a perfect salmon filet with Romanesco sauce, welcome you back at the end of the adventure.
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