A Non-Skiers Guide to Aspen: 10 Things to do in the Winter


While Aspen Snowmass’ powdery slopes are well-renowned, that’s not the only thing our alluring mountain town is known for. For the enjoyment of the non-skiers in the world, our expert team has put together a list of delightful experiences in Aspen besides hitting the slopes. 


Although you may not be a skier, there are other terrific options for experiencing Aspen’s famous slopes throughout the season. Adventure through fir forests and marvel at the gorgeous picturesque views the Aspen area offers by snowshoeing in the winter. Some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path trails include Ashcroft, Richmond Ridge, and Tom Blake Trail. 

World-Class Dining 

Savor delicious flavors and striking mountain views at Ajax Tavern, a casual dining restaurant located at the base of Aspen Mountain. We recommend trying the truffle fries and mouth-watering Ajax wagyu double cheeseburger. If you’re craving a more elevated dining experience, Element 47 is known for its take on Colorado contemporary cuisine and wine pairings, along with the Five-Star service The Little Nell is known for. 

Stunning Art Exhibits 

Home to more than 30 galleries and several internationally recognized artists, you can relish in the unique presentations throughout downtown Aspen. Whether you’re looking to get a pulse on the art scene or desiring a one-of-a-kind piece for your home, you’ll be enthralled by the unsurpassable artwork. 

Sommelier-Approved Wine Experience 

For wine enthusiasts, The Little Nell is proud to serve world-class wines from our reputable 20,000 bottle wine cellar. With our knowledgeable sommelier team, guests can partake in personalized tastings and enjoy some of the world’s biggest names while learning more about their favorite bold red or dry white. 


Unwind at one of the bars located at The Little Nell. Guests can sip on a hand-crafted cocktail, taste rare wines or nosh on small bites from The Bar at Element 47 or at The Little Nell’s new Wine Bar. If you’re looking to stop for a drink in town while shopping, our concierge team will be more than happy to provide you with some of the best bar and eatery recommendations.  

Sightseeing and Shopping 

To make your non-skier Aspen retreat a complete experience, we encourage our guests to take a stroll through downtown. Exploring various shops, restaurants and art galleries is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in Aspen. 

Take a Scenic Drive 

To appreciate Aspen’s beauty and some of the more well-known attractions such as Maroon Bells and Independence Pass, taking a scenic drive is an excellent activity. The Little Nell’s concierge team would be happy to assist with booking your complimentary Audi Test Drive so you can experience the power of quattro all-wheel drive in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. 

Gondola Ride 

Even if you aren’t up for skiing, you can still enjoy a charming 2.5-mile ride up Aspen Mountain on the Silver Queen Gondola, just footsteps from your room. Offering 360-degree vista views, you will be awe-struck by the 14,000-foot peaks.


Meditate, stretch and achieve ultimate Zen during your Aspen getaway with a calming yoga class. Focused on your well-being and physical health, you will feel relaxed and at peace. Our concierge is happy to provide you with a list of recommended studios in town, or can arrange for a private session in the comfort of your hotel room.  

Experience The Little Nell

Regardless of the activities you choose, Aspen is your own winter wonderland and our remarkable concierge team is here to help plan the perfect non-skier getaway in Aspen. 

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