Local Information

Weather, Skiing, & Transportation


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, hat, gloves, and waterproof boots or shoes. Please be aware of high-altitude effects such as 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 Snowmass hosts four ski mountains reaching an elevation of about 12,000 feet. Mountain sport necessities include:
  • waterproof gloves or mittens
  • helmet
  • goggle and sunglasses
  • wool socks
  • waterproof pants
  • waterproof jacket
Limited used ski items are for sale at the Aspen Thrift Shop, and at full retail in most shops throughout Aspen and Snowmass. The business, Suit Yourself rents clothing for kids and adults.

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 have beginner lessons in the afternoon. You may visit the Aspen Snowmass website for more information about available lessons.

Transportation in Aspen

Aspen Meadows Resort offers a shuttle service to the Center, the airport, and to town. There are free city buses to all ski areas and to the Aspen Recreation Center. The "Crosstown Shuttle" goes from 5th and Gillespie Streets (one block from the Physics Center) to town at 15 minutes before and after the hour.

Useful Links

"When you are courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder, a second seems like an hour. That's relativity!" -Albert Einstein

Aspen Center for Physics    700 W Gillespie Street    Aspen, CO 81611
Phone: 970-925-2585    Fax: 970-920-1167    acp@aspenphys.org