Aspen Snowmass, Colorado: Base For Rookie Academy US Instructor Courses

Aspen Snowmass is made up of four separate ski resorts that are within a 15km radius of each other: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk Mountain.

  • Aspen Mountain
  • Snowmass
  • Aspen Highlands
  • Buttermilk Mountain

The Aspen Snowmass resorts combine for massive 2,146 hectares (5,303 acres) of skiable terrain and a whopping number of marked trails (329), 43 lifts, 5 terrain parks and numerous halfpipes.

Aspen’s spectacularly beautiful landscape is set within the vast and beautiful Rocky Mountains. Aspen is a world-class destination with a plethora of both summer and winter outdoor adventures ranging from skiing, biking, golfing, or soaking in the nearby natural hot springs. Aspen offers a climate of adventure, culture, arts, as well as diverse dining and entertainment experiences all while offering and maintaining a unique small-town charm. Aspen is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation, and relaxation, and provides a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers as well. The Aspen community prides itself on being one that focuses on Mind, Body, and Spirit.

For more information on option of places to eat, drink, shop, visit, explore, etc., both in and around Aspen, check out the following website for a comprehensive guideline to all things Aspen.

If you are in Aspen/Snowmass for a One Week Training Course you could plan for the following:

Monday: Training 9:30 am, then relax for a drink and a bite at the Red Onion, or Element 47 for dinner after a full day on the slopes

Tuesday: Training 9:30 am, then hit the Aspen Brewing Company and knock back a few cold ones…

Wednesday: No Training Today, so take a dip in the natural hot springs at nearby Glenwood Springs, take a guided Snowshoe Trek or a Krabloonik Dog Sled Adventure. Later, stop by Little Annie’s for a lite bite or a dinner, Finbarr’s Irish Pub for a pint, or board a private SnowCat for a fondue dinner atop Aspen Mountain.

Thursday: Training 9:30 am, then stop by the Woody Creek Tavern for an icy margarita, or for a more mellow evening after a day on the slopes, head to Booksellers and Pyramid Bistro.

Friday: Training 9:30 am, grab a hot pizza pie at Up 4 Pizza, then head over to Ullr Nights for some night time tubing, live music, s’mores and hot chocolate.

Saturday: Start your day off with some Yoga on the Mountain, then some shopping downtown Aspen. Be sure to swing by the 39 degree bar at the Sky Hotel and Zane’s Tavern to round off the day.

Sunday: Why not spend the day shopping Aspen…try some budget shopping at Suzy’s Consignment in Aspen, followed by some dinner at Mezzaluna, then shoot some pool at Aspen Billiards.

If you choose to stay on for another week…

Monday: Training 9:30 am, then head out for a Snowcat Dining Excursion at Lyn Britt Cabin, or hit Trecento Quindici DeCanto for some dinner fare.

Tuesday: Training 9:30 am, maybe just relax after a long day of skiing and catch a flick at one of the many movie theaters in the Aspen area, then swing by Justice Snow’s for some grub and beverages.

Wednesday: Exam Day 9:30 am, later swing by J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome, for some relaxation at one of Aspen’s most Historical Spots, then check out the Caribou Club, America’s number-one private club.

Thursday: Exam Day 9:30 am, then head over to Escobar, a spot to unwind in a lounge vibe.

Friday: Exam Day 9:30 am, followed by Jimmy’s, a spot for live music (blues/swing music on Friday nights).

Saturday: Relax and unwind after your two-week course. Begin by unwinding with some Yoga on the Mountain, then celebrate your success and course completion with a stogie at the Cigar Bar, then head over to the Regal Watering Hole for an upscale Aspen-casual evening out.

Sunday: Why not end your two week Aspen/Snowmass experience with Rookie Academy with a visit to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, the Aspen Art Museum, and maybe some afternoon ice-skating to round it all out.

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