Lift tickets and ski lessons should be booked in advance, especially if visiting during the peak season.
Recommended time of the year
We visited in March, but you can have a skiing adventure here anytime there's snow on the mountain.
About This Day
A day in Aspen during the ski season is all about hanging out on the slopes. Start your day with delicious diner fare at Poppycocks Cafe, then let the kids burn off some energy at Wagner Park Playground. Now it's time to hit the slopes! After a few runs on Buttermilk Mountain, head to the Aspen Fire Department and Museum, where aspiring firefighters can learn from the pros. Enjoy a healthy dinner at 520 Grill, and you've got yourself a perfect day in Aspen for kids.
Poppycocks Cafe is an Aspen institution that also happens to be very kid-friendly. They serve great egg dishes, smoothies and delicious, bottomless coffee.
DIRECTIONS Located on the main strip in Aspen Village, this little joint is easy to find.
Wagner Park Playground
419 South Mill Street, Aspen
With natural rock-like structures for kids to play on and great little shops across the street, Wagner Park Playground is a great spot to burn off those pancakes from breakfast. It's the perfect addition to any trip to Aspen for kids.
DIRECTIONS This small playground is located right in the heart of Aspen.
TIP The park is located just off a street, so keep a close eye on little ones.
Buttermilk Mountain is often referred to as a beginner mountain, but in addition to the gentle slopes, there are also challenging black and double black diamonds for more advanced skiers. The wide-open runs are almost empty and the service is impeccable. From the kids' ski school to the boot and ski concierge service, Buttermilk Mountain is the perfect stop on a trip to Aspen for kids.
DIRECTIONS Buttermilk Mountain is located about 10 minutes outside of Aspen Village, on the main highway.
TIP The ski school is excellent, especially for children. Instructors not only teach skills and safety, but also play games out on the slopes and ensure kids are having a great time. Also, if you are an intermediate or advanced skier and you book a group lesson, you are likely to end up getting a private or semi-private lesson.
If you have firefighter enthusiasts in your family, you won’t want to miss a visit here. The firefighters are warm and welcoming, and even let our boys try out the hoses. We left with fire hats and badges, and the kids were pleased as punch! There is also a cute little fire museum upstairs that is worth a poke around.
DIRECTIONS The Aspen Fire Department and Museum is located in Aspen Village.
TIP After you visit the fire department and museum, check out the charity thrift shop next door. If you're lucky, you might be able to score a vintage one-piece ski suit! There's also a nice pub on the corner, where you can grab an early dinner or snack for your kids.