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Winter in Aspen


Aspen is a mountain town, famous for great snow, located at an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet. In winter you will need a warm coat, a hat, gloves, and warm, waterproof boots or shoes. Please be aware of the high-altitude effects like headache and dizziness. Drink lots of water when you first arrive, and limit physical exercise and alcohol intake. Due to the intensity of the sun's reflection from the snow, sunscreen and sunglasses are essential.


Aspen has four ski areas reaching an elevation of about 12,000 feet. Aspen Center for Physics sells discounted lift tickets that also entitle you to discounts on ski and snowboard rentals. For skiing you will need waterproof gloves or mittens, a helmet or hat, sunglasses and/or goggles, wool socks, waterproof pants, and a parka. Limited used ski items are for sale at the Aspen Thrift Shop, and at full retail all over Aspen and Snowmass. The business, Suit Yourself rents pants, jackets, hats, gloves and goggles for kids and adults.

Aspen Skiing Company has arranged a special afternoon ski lesson provided there are at least three people in the group who ski at the same level. This lesson is offered at a significantly reduced price from the usual private lessons.

All-day ski school for children is always available and since children come from all over the world, the ski instructors communicate well with any age, and any native language.

If you are interested in beginner lessons, call the Buttermilk Private Lesson Desk, 970-920-0788. They sometimes (but not always) have beginner lessons in the afternoon. You can also visit the Aspen Snowmass website for more information about available lessons.

Transportation in Aspen

Aspen Meadows offers shuttle service to the Physics Center and into town. There are free city buses to all ski areas and to the Aspen Recreation Center. There is also a free shuttle that goes from 5th and Gillespie Streets (one block from the Physics Center) to town at 15 minutes before and after the hour.

Aspen Recreation Center (ARC) Passes

The Center has special prices for the Aspen Recreation Center, which has two facilities in Aspen. Buy discounted passes at the reception desk in Smart Hall.


You have special check cashing privileges at Alpine Bank, 600 E. Hopkins Street, Aspen (up to $300). You can cash an ACP check for any amount. Please be aware that it is common practice for the bank to fingerprint you, even though you are on the list of participants that we provide to them.

Public Library

Library privileges are available to everyone at the Pitkin County Library, at Mill and Main Streets in Aspen. You may use this facility and check out books, books on CD, movies and music during your stay.

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