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ACES Outdoor Adventures: Guided Treks, Snowshoe Tours & Ski Tours

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Aspen Center for Environment Studies (ACES), is a non-profit environmental science education organization which provides programs for all ages in the areas of ecological literacy, agriculture, forest health, ecosystem restoration, and civic leadership. In partnership with Snowmass Tourism, ACES is proud to offer a variety of educational and fun tours for those visiting Snowmass this winter!


ACES Guided Treks – Free

Join ACES (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies) for a two hour long guided tour through the natural expanse of Snowmass. Starting at the Ticket Pavilion on the Snowmass Mall, guests can snowshoe, hike, or use stabilizers to explore along the Nature and Sleighride Trails, keeping an eye out for winter creatures and learning about mountain habitats and ecology, Snowmass history, and more. Hikes begin at 10am and 1pm, daily from December 14-April 16. Free. Snowshoes and stabilizers provided.

When: Daily from December 14-April 16; 10am and 1pm; Free.
Where: Meet at the Ticket Pavilion on the Snowmass Mall
Contact: Call ACES during open hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm) with any questions 970-925-5756;

ACES Snowshoe Tours 

From 11am – 1pm come to the top of Elk Camp Gondola to explore spruce and fir forests along a babbling creek in the Snowmass Ski Area. The ACES Snowshoe Tour is a two-hour guided snowshoe tour with an ACES naturalist. Switch things up for a different on-mountain activity and swap your skis and snowboard for snowshoes. Learn about Rocky Mountain winter ecology, animals, and more as you discover the area and enjoy the silence of a snow-covered forest.

  • Prices: $71 Adults, $52 Youth (7-17 years) and Seniors (over 65 years), if you have your own lift ticket $41 Adults and $32 Youth & Seniors
  • Tour price includes gondola ride, snowshoes, knowledgeable guide, and basic snowshoeing instruction. 
  • Approximately 2.5 miles round trip. Tours take place on gentle terrain and are held at a leisurely pace.
  • Warm boots, winter clothing, sunscreen, and water are strongly recommended.
  • Ages 7 and up.
  • No reservations.
  • Call ACES at (970) 925-5756 during open hours (Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM) with any questions.

When: Daily from December-April; 10am and 1pm; 
Where: Check in at the Elk Camp Gondola 
Contact: www.aspensnowmass.com/our-mountains/snowmass/mountain-tours 


ACES Ski Tour – Free with valid lift ticket

Drop in to ski a run with one of the knowledgeable ACES naturalists and take a free tour and learn about our high-alpine environment. Meet at the Wapiti Wildlife Center, located at the top of Elk Camp lift. Tours are free and take approximately 45 minutes. Must be 7+ years old and at least an intermediate skier. 

When: Daily from December-April; 11am and 1pm; 
Where: Meet at the Wapiti Wildlife Center at the top of Elk Camp lift
Contact: Call ACES during open hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm) with any questions 970-925-5756; www.aspensnowmass.com/our-mountains/snowmass/mountain-tours

All tours made possible through a partnership between ACES, Aspen Skiing Company, and the White River National Forest (USFS).


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