The Aspen Mountain offers a profusion of ungroomed terrains of snow, and there is no better way to explore these than taking Aspen Snowmass’ snowcat tours. With its favorable location at the backside of the Aspen Mountain, getting to the goods won’t necessarily mean getting into long lines and mingling with hordes of people.
Backcountry Snow Skiing in Aspen
Aspen Snowmass’ playground offers 10,000 vertical feet of untracked wilderness and a 1,100-acre expanse that features open bowls, meadows and glades, perfect for doing powder runs. Their snowcat tour can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests per run. Two guides and a driver accompany the guests throughout the tour while assessing the snow conditions and the group’s experience.
Prior to the snowcat tour, everyone meets in the lower level of the Silver Queen Gondola Building at the base of the Aspen Mountain, after which a short gondola ride to the summit follows. Orientations are given to the guests prior to skiing or riding. Snacks and drinks are provided to everyone onboard the snowcat.
After a morning full of riding, everyone enjoys a hearty lunch in a heated cabin tucked away in the Elk Mountains.
Aspen Snowcat Dinners
Aside from the day tours, Aspen Snowmass also offers snowcat dinners in two locations: Lynn Britt Cabin and Cloud Nine. The snowcat dinner at the Lynn Britt Cabin offers four courses of New American cuisine with live music happening throughout the evening.
On the other hand, the snowcat dinner at the Cloud Nine offers Swiss and Continental cuisine with a wood-burning fireplace and picturesque views of the iconic Maroon Bells.
Other popular winter activities in Aspen Snowmass include an alpine coaster, snow tubing, Ullr Nights, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain photography, and kids’ activities. Live entertainment happens in their top music venues, namely the Aspen Gondola Plaza, Snowmass Village, Belly Up Aspen, and the Wheeler Opera House.
Address: 601 E Dean St, Aspen, CO
Season: November – April