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Après ski doesn’t have to involve a stiff drink. Just think, if you skied 4-5 days a week, as many ski town residents do, a pint at the end of your ski day would get pretty old. When the lifts close, there are so many more options than just finding the nearest watering hole. Sooth and stretch sore muscles with a yoga class or massage, burn off extra energy by skinning up the mountain for a beautiful sunset or try something new like snowshoeing or dog sledding. You’ll arrive at dinner feeling rejuvenated, rather than run-down.
To stretch those hamstrings, quads, hips and all the other zones skiers and snowboarder particularly stress, get to a yoga mat, stat. The Snowmass Recreation Center and new Base Village local, King Yoga, offer everything from warm ups to cool downs. After all, skiing or snowboarding Colorado’s second largest resort means a full day on the hill, your body will appreciate the stretch and your mind will appreciate the transition time.
If you’ve been cruising groomers with a partner who’s still learning or kids who needed multiple hot chocolate breaks, you might finish the ski day craving a cardio blast. Of course, skinning up Snowmass can also serve as a mellow activity for those seeking some solitude. If you’re new to the concept of skiing uphill, “skins” affixed to the bases of your skis or splitboard, along with alpine touring bindings that release your heel, allow skiers to walk uphill. This popular activity sweeping ski resorts around the world allows participants access to skiing before, during or after ski areas close, fitness and some of the pleasures of ski touring without the dangers of skiing in the backcountry. Snowmass is one of the few mountains to allow 24/7 uphill access. This year – during operating hours – uphill enthusiasts can choose from any of the four designated uphilling routes to keep that cardio going even while the lifts ares spinning. The local favorite? The Sam’s Knob route ascending around 2,000 vertical feet to the top of the Village Express lift. This route takes most people between 45-90 minutes! Get acclimated with the winter 2020/21 designated routes and uphill policy before you head out!
It’s not every day, you can take a dog sled ride through the pristine backcountry. But in Snowmass, Krabloonik offers three daily dog sled rides (11 am, 1 pm, & 4 pm). Each sled, which can carry two adults and a small child, is pulled by 8-10 Alaskan Husky sled dogs and guided by an experienced musher. The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner seatings for those looking for a unique dining experience off the beaten path!
Another activity to try, snowshoeing slows the pace to truly explore the beauty and vastness of Snowmass on foot. Rent gear from one of many sports retailers and venture out on Snowmass trails on your own, or join one of the on-mountain or off mountain guided tours led by an Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) naturalist.
The most indulgent apres-ski activity might just be the ticket. After all, you are on vacation. Designed by Jean Michel-Gathy, the 7,000-square-foot Spa at Viceroy Snowmass offers a selection of holistic wellness experiences, from Ute Indian-inspired therapies to contemporary beauty rituals. The spa sanctuary provides six luxurious treatment rooms—including a hydrotherapy Vichy showers room and a couple’s suite. A meditative relaxation lounge accesses an infinity pool and a soothing waterfall. The Westin Snowmass Resort also boasts a signature spa that includes tailored massages, custom organic facials, and high-altitude relief treatments, as does the Snowmass Club and Alux Spalon in Base Village.
So, the next time the bar beckons after a day of skiing or snowboarding at Snowmass, consider the other options that might make apres your favorite time of day.