Aspen is one of Colorado’s most historic ski towns. It attracts celebrities and skiers alike. But it is the surrounding areas such as Snowmass that offer more laid back family fun. This winter ice skating is sure to be a popular socially distanced outdoor activity. So we’ve got the scoop on where to find Snowmass and Aspen ice skating fun.
Most Colorado mountain towns offer both indoor and outdoor ice skating. Typical activities on the ice skating rink may be ice skating and hockey. But some places you can also find curling, and even ice bumper cars.
There’s one place in the Aspen area where ice skating is completely free. Yes, even your ice skate rentals are free. To find out more about this hidden gem, read on.
Snowmass Base Village Ice Skating
49 Wood Road, Snowmass Village, CO 81615
The Collective Snowmass is the entertainment hub of Snowmass Base Village. It offers a place to gather, eat, drink, skate, play, learn and more. Not only are both the ice skating and skate rental free at this charming ice skating rink, but there’s lots of other fun available on the ice skating rink.
While most of The Collective activities are located in a building adjacent to the ice rink. Free ice skate rentals are available from a light adorned Airstream trailer. You might even be lucky enough to get to visit with a cute puppy while getting your ice skates.
The Snowmass ice skating rink is open daily from 12 pm to 9 pm throughout the winter. Friday nights Game of Stones, a popular curling series happens most Friday nights December through February. Saturday night is disco night at the ice rink. We just happened to see a birthday congo line on the ice returning from an ice cream outing one night.
The Snowmass ice rink is open in the winter, transforming into an activity lawn with markets, family games, movies under the stars and more in the summer.
While here, you will also want to check out the other fun activities at The Collective Snowmass. There’s a super fun game room with a ping pong game in a huge colorful metal tube. The most challenging ping pong game I’ve ever played. Art adorns the walls and other interesting structures throughout the room.
This winter The Collective Snowmass is also offering a pop up Selfie Den that your tweens or teens are sure to love.
Snowmass, Colorado is one of our favorite family ski resorts. There’s so much to do, great food, and the mountain is easy to access with incredible views.
Sliver Circle Ice Rink
433 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
This outdoor Aspen ice skating rink has a great location next to CP Burger and across from the Rubey Park bus station. It is operated by CP Burger so check with them on hours.
Aspen Ice Garden
Located in the heart of downtown Aspen, the Aspen Ice Garden has been providing guests and residents ice skating fun for 55 years.
It is home to local figure skating clubs, junior, adult and women’s hockey leagues, as well as the Aspen Curling Club, and more.
The Aspen Ice Garden is open for public skate this winter. But you will need a pass and will need to make reservations.
Lewis Ice Arena
0861 Maroon Creek Rd, Aspen, CO 81611
The Lewis Ice Arena is located within the Aspen Recreational Center. It boasts an official NHL sized rink, and is the only ice skating rink open year round in the Aspen area.
This ice arena is host to Aspen’s annual figure skating shows, high school hockey games, figure skating clubs and more.
This is a great place for public skating. But be advised that you will need to make reservations and bring your own equipment this winter.
Other Outdoor Winter Activities
We love ice skating in the winter. It is a fantastic way to get outside and enjoy the fresh mountain air. But there are so many other outdoor winter activities in Colorado for families to enjoy.
A few of our other favorite outdoor winter activities include:
- Snow Tubing
- Dog Sledding
- Splashing in heated outdoor pools
- Relaxing in hot springs
- Take in magical holiday lights
- Take a train ride
- Skiing (Of course!)
Still not sure what to do for fun in Colorado this winter? Be sure to check out our extensive list of things to do with kids in Colorado.