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Aspen family skiing

Boasting four unique ski mountains, a bevy of varied accommodations and dining options and an impressive gamut of family-friendly events, your whole brood will be in seventh heaven on an Aspen family ski vacation. Kids and parents alike will love exploring historical downtown Aspen and learning about the mining history and unique ecology of this incredible corner of Colorado's Elk Mountain Range. There’s a mind-boggling amount of awesome activities and experiences on an Aspen family ski vacation and it’s all conveniently located within a nine-mile radius.

Top Aspen family ski terrain

Buttermilk, Snowmass and the bottom half of Aspen Highlands provide world-class terrain for beginner to intermediate families. Advanced to expert clans can test their mettle on the famed-steeps of Aspen Mountain. Those who like dabbling in the terrain park will relish the opportunity to check out the X Games slopestyle course and halfpipe at the base of Buttermilk. Families can easily hop from resort to resort thanks to the complimentary, inter-resort bus. This takes a lot of guess work out of a vacation for parents, ensuring that everyone in the family has a stress-free Aspen family ski trip.

Popular Aspen family-friendly accommodations

  • The Limelight Hotel is just two blocks from the slopes, and offers families all the comforts of home from a cozy lobby fireplace and sitting area to a relaxing pool and hot tub. Year-round, the Limelight hosts family-friendly events and activities. Even the family dog is welcome to at The Limelight.
  • For a relaxed and inviting atmosphere during your Aspen family ski vacation, the Molly Gibson is a top-of-mind choice. This hotel is centrally located on Main Street, just a few blocks from the slopes, and a short walk distance from Aspen’s world-class shopping and dining scene. Molly Gibson has a pool and hot tub for the whole family’s enjoyment. And if you can’t bare to part with pooch, Molly Gibson is happy to host canine family members too.

Best family restaurants in Aspen

Thanks to a laundry list of restaurants, families have several great options to please everyone. Aspen offers families everything from lip-smacking pizza pies at New York Pizza or Ryno's and authentic Mexican at Su Casa to gourmet comfort food at Jimmy's and fresh pasta at L'hostaria. CP Burger is top-of-mind for grabbing a burger and fries and enjoying an ice skating session at the onsite rink.

Aspen Kids' Ski School

The best place for kids—ages two and a half to 17—to learn to ski during an Aspen family ski vacation is at Buttermilk or Snowmass, which both feature state-of-the-art learning programs and facilities. At Snowmass, youngsters will enjoy taking breaks and staying excited about skiing at the 25,000-square-foot Treehouse Kids’ Adventures Center. At Buttermilk, children will enjoy the inspirational, interactive 7,000-foot Hideout center. The little ones will also love bumping into mascots like Wooly and Powder Panda on the slopes.

At Aspen Snowmass, friendly, patient and highly trained ski instructors foster a fun atmosphere and lesson plan tailored to engage kids, so they can truly learn the skills to help them develop into better skiers.

Buttermilk and Snowmass feature progressive terrain parks designed for beginners to experts. Intermediate to advanced teens can sign up for a three-day terrain park and pipe camp on Buttermilk’s famed X Games course.