If Aspen Snowmass is in the cards for you this fall and winter, you don’t want to miss this blog post. Today, we’re giving you insider tips
on fun fall and winter outdoor activities. These tips are from one Aspen local who lives the outdoor lifestyle for work and for play.
We met up with Chris on a sunny summer day in downtown Aspen to talk fall and winter. In the winter, he’s a ski patroller on Aspen Mountain
, and in the rest of the year, he’s a fishing guide. After placing our coffee orders and finding a table, we started our conversation with fall.
Things to Do in Aspen Snowmass in the Fall
The first thing Chris had to say about fall outdoor activities was, “It’s all about the weather!” “The weather is perfect for any outdoor activity,” he continued. What tops his activity list is fly fishing on the Roaring Fork River ― in the afternoon. He asked us to emphasize “in the afternoon” because, when autumn arrives, the afternoon is the best time to be on the river. So, if you’re an early bird angler, you might want to switch gears in the fall.
He also enjoys walking his dog on the Rio Grande Trail. His favorite stretch of this 40-mile long trail is from Henry Stein Park down to Henry Stein bridge, which provides access to the Aspen Airport Business Center. In the mornings, he likes to extend his walk by visiting Louis’ Swiss Pastry for coffee and a spinach and feta cheese croissant.
When he’s not on the river or out walking his dog, he likes to hit the pickleball courts at the Aspen Recreation Center
. Chris also enjoys hiking Hunter Creek Trail to see the fall colors in Hunter Creek Valley. Although, he mentioned that his new favorite fall hike is Midway Pass, which you can access from the Lost Man trail in the Independence Pass area. Less popular than the Lost Man Loop, the Midway Pass trail goes above tree line, and the fall tundra up there is unbelievable.
We asked him to explain why people should visit Aspen Snowmass in the fall. His response: “Fall is the best time to enjoy hiking, biking, and fishing with fewer crowds and cooler temps.”
Next, after a quick coffee refill, we moved on to winter.
Things to Do in Aspen Snowmass in the Winter
Chris is all about Aspen Mountain. As an Aspen ski
patroller, he highly recommends skiing there in the winter. He also likes to go on walks with his dog past the winter closure gate on Highway 82. Besides skiing and dog walking, he can’t get enough fly fishing. But, with colder temps, he prefers to fish the Frying Pan River and lower Roaring Fork.
Finally, his reason why you should visit Aspen Snowmass in the winter: “Aspen is a great place to visit in the winter because there’s so much to do ― day and night ― in a small mountain town. And, there are few crowds at the four ski areas and a great variety of terrain.”
Thanks for taking the time to chat, Chris!
We hope you can use some of Chris’s tips to enjoy your time in Aspen Snowmass this fall and winter.
Make the Most of Your Aspen Snowmass Vacation
Have any questions about visiting Aspen Snowmass in the fall and winter? We’d love to help you plan your trip ― from airfare and car rental to Aspen Snowmass lodging
and event passes to ski lessons and lift tickets.
Start planning your fall or winter (or both) getaway with help from one of our Local Vacation Experts. Click to call us
, or you can send an email
Have a wonderful fall, and here’s to a great upcoming ski season! We hope you can be a part of it all in Aspen Snowmass.