With four ski areas on one lift ticket and plenty of off-mountain ways to have fun, Aspen Snowmass is the ultimate winter playground. The wealth of options also means a game plan is essential. That parent who’s stumbling across the parking lot, laden down with ski gear and trailed by a crying child or two? Don’t let that be you. Have a few savvy tricks up your parka sleeve and nobody will want your weeklong vacation or family ski day to end. Read on for advice on the runs and restaurants at each mountain to seek out, what to do after the lifts stop spinning for the day, child-friendly restaurants around town, and activities—on snow and off—that provide an alternative to skiing.

In This Feature:

Snowmass Is One Huge Playground

The best family-friendly ski runs, terrain parks to tackle, themed trails, and more.

11/24/2018 By Catherine Lutz

Buttermilk: The Unsung Hero of Aspen's Ski Areas

Kids' trails and terrain parks makes this local mountain ideal for families and X Gamers in training.

11/24/2018 By Catherine Lutz

Adventure Is Yours for the Making at Aspen Highlands

This mountain may not be easy, but, for skiers and riders who are ready for a challenge, it's an unforgettable accomplishment.

11/24/2018 By Catherine Lutz

The Grommet's Guide to Aspen Mountain

Besides great terrain, the NASTAR race course and shrine hunting are popular family attractions.

11/24/2018 By Catherine Lutz

Pint-Size Gear That Performs

While hand-me-downs and thrift shops are good options for the ultimate snow outfit, new gear is always fun.

11/24/2018 By Cindy Hirschfeld

On Mountain, the Fun Keeps Going

From an alpine coaster to Fort Frog 2.0, Snowmass and Buttermilk offer more than just skiing and riding.

11/24/2018 By Catherine Lutz

Guide to Off-Mountain Family Fun in Aspen

Dogsledding, snowmobiling, swimming, skating, puppet shows, and more—Aspen and Snowmass are chockablock with experiences for active kids.

11/24/2018 By Catherine Lutz

Top Family Dining Spots in Aspen Snowmass

Kid-friendly menus, fast service, and a casual atmosphere? Check, check, and check.

11/24/2018 By Catherine Lutz