Tucked into the heart of the White River National Forest, Aspen is well known as a ski destination, but the town has so much more to offer. Here are 12 terrific things to do the next time you are in Apsen.

  • Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding. Let’s start off with a “no brainer”. For 70 years Aspen has been a skiing mecca, with 300 inches of annual snow, 4 ski mountains, 29 lifts and gondolas, 15 mountain restaurants and freestyle terrain parks. Ski Aspen!
  • Aspen Art Museum houses thought-provoking international contemporary art. To check out what’s happening click here.
  • Aspen Filmfest is one of the longest-running film festivals. Enjoy features, documentaries, shorts guest speakers and filmmakers from all over the world. The event usually takes place at the end of September.
  • Aspen Laff Festival is sure to amuse anyone with a sense of humor. For over 7 years the Wheeler has hosted this funny festival and keeping people in stitches. For more info click here.
  • Aspen Shortfest holds its Oscar-worthy international competition in April for those of you with a shorter attention span. Check out the drama, comedies, animations, and documentaries (40 minutes or less) here.
  • Belly Up produces over 300 events and concerts a year. To check out their calendar.
  • Golfers don’t dispair! In the Roaring Fork Valley there are excellent golf courses to choose from. Five courses are public, three are private and one resort course. Set up a tee time here.
  • Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS). For over 25 years JAS has welcomed world-class jazz musicians. To find jazz events all year long click here.
  • Race Car Driving. The Apsen Motorsports Park includes a 1.1 mile, 8-turn asphalt course. There is also a half-mile motocross track, dirt rallycross track, half-mile dirt oval and a go-kart track.
  • Fly Fishing. Cast your line into the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan or Crystal Rivers. The Aspen Guide Service can hook you up.
  • Snowmass Balloon Festival. 30 pilots compete over three days in the highest-altitude balloon event in the U.S. Come for the fun and the free concert. Go Snowmass!
  • Krabloonik Dog Sled Rides. Take a one hour trek through the pristine backcountry. Each sled is pulled by 8-10 Alaskan Huskies and guided by a musher. Visit

What are your favorite things to do there? Let me know in the comments below! Don’t forget to like and share this blog.

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