After Hours

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.

By Catherine Lutz November 24, 2018 Published in the Holiday 2018 issue of Aspen Sojourner

A s'more roast during Ullr Nights at Snowmass

Aspen Snowmass has expanded its on-hill offerings to give families experiences beyond just downhill skiing. At Snowmass, Elk Camp has become a virtual winter amusement park, where you can speed through the forest via an elevated track on the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, slip and slide down a course of tubing lanes, or snow-bike during an instructor-led adventure that lets you experience the mountain in a whole new way. On Friday nights, these activities and more converge at Ullr Nights, which honor the Norse god of snow and include food, live music, a bonfire with s’mores, and activities for younger kids.

Breathtaker Alpine Coaster at Snowmass

On Buttermilk, kids can be among the first to discover the new Fort Frog, a frontier-themed play structure. Replacing the original fort, which burned down a couple of years ago, this enhanced version invites kids to take off their skis and explore lookout towers, a twisting slide, a rope bridge, and more.

Read More: Fort Frog Returns to Buttermilk

If your family is particularly intrepid, join the crowd of uphillers at Buttermilk (who skin or hike up the mountain, then ski down). Use the lure of food to motivate everyone. The mountaintop Cliffhouse hosts the Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club (starting Jan. 4 ), with a range of choices, from 8:45–10 a.m. The restaurant is also the destination for monthly Full Moon Dinners, which include free hot chocolate. The easiest route goes up West Buttermilk; carry your kids’ ski gear in a backpack as they snowshoe up.

Full moon dinners at Buttermilk's Cliffhouse


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