Read This Before You Go Skiing in Aspen

Read This Before You Go Skiing in Aspen

Aspen ski season usually runs from the end of November to mid-April, but this can vary on the different mountains, and surprise storms may extend the season. It’s always best to check before you go. If you miss the season, Aspen is still worth visiting as there’s plenty to do year-round. If your heart is set on skiing, there’s always next year, and that will give you plenty of time to get in shape.

It’s best to book your trip in advance, to check the snow situation and secure the accommodation you want. You should also reserve your equipment. Apart from making sure you’re not disappointed once you get there, you’ll probably find some great discounts offered as an incentive to book ahead. 

Advice from regular skiers is that, unless you have your own equipment, it’s far better to rent than to borrow from a friend. By renting, you’ll be sure of a good fit and know your skis have been properly tuned. A bonus is that the rental companies allow you to drop off your gear at the end of the day and pick it up again in the morning. 

You’ll find this a great convenience as the last thing you’ll feel like after a tiring day on the slopes is to have to carry all that gear around.

If you don’t have a ski suit, then make sure you at least have the following: 

  • A warm base layer such as thick track pants and top
  • Waterproof pants
  • A  good pair of ski socks and gloves. Avoid wool or cotton as they’ll get wet and cold.
  • A coat or fleece jacket
  • Goggles or sunglasses 
  • First-time skiers should wear a helmet for safety - especially children.

The outer layers should all be very bright colors for maximum visibility on the slopes.

When it comes to the best place to ski, you can’t go far wrong if you listen to the locals. The four mountains offer a great variety for all types of skiing. Aspen mountain is best on powder snow days, while Buttermilk is usually still good several days later.

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