Exciting Venues and Activities Make Aspen the Ideal Site for Conferences, Meetings and Retreats
ASPEN, Colo. – Aspen is a destination that will defy ordinary for meetings and groups, with nearly limitless outdoor adventure, world-class dining, shopping and culture concentrated within a quaint mining town against a stunning mountain backdrop.
Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA) can assist in planning a meeting, special event, wedding, or group gatherings. ACRA provides a wealth of information and can match planners with Aspen hotels, venues, vendors, outfitters, and more. For more information, visit ACRA’s group site at www.aspenchamber.org/group-planner, or call 1.866.564.8623 or 970.920.7185.
Recently Renovated and Coming Soon
- The Aspen Meadows Resort will debut renovated guest rooms just in time for ski season. The resort, now under the management of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, will have a host of property-wide improvements over the next year. The resort's 98 rooms (all suites with living, working, and sleeping areas) will be completely overhauled in a multi-million-dollar refresh, with all the rooms fully completed by early 2023. Further renovation work will be undertaken in 2023 at the resort’s welcome area and signature restaurant.
- New for the 2022/23 season at Buttermilk, a $23 million investment will debut a transformed base area complete with a 9,000+ square-foot fully electric building replacing Bumps, a renovated and renamed Buttermilk Mountain Lodge restaurant, and The Backyard, a bar and heated outdoor patio. https://aspensnowmass.com.
Teambuilding & Leadership Experiences
Reconnect with staff on an Aspen adventure on the road, trails and rivers of this pristine natural playground. Aspen outfitters and cultural organizations customize group experiences based on interests and objectives. The following is a selection of some of the finest experiences:
Blazing Adventures – Specializing in a wide array of adventure activities, Blazing Adventures offers customized team-building experiences including Road Rallies on established on and off-road courses, Scavenger Hunts in downtown Aspen and wilderness areas, Team Challenges on rock climbing routes, and Competitive Active Team Building twists on outdoor activities including rafting, biking, shooting and fly-fishing, among others.
Aspen Outfitting Company – Aspen Outfitting Company offers activities for groups of all sizes around the Roaring Fork Valley. Their popular fly-fishing trips take guests anywhere along the Roaring Fork River, running 70 miles from Independence Pass to Glenwood Springs. Aspen Outfitting’s clay target shooting excursion takes guests from Aspen down to Basalt to their private shooting facility. Expert instructor, shotgun and ammunition, safety equipment and locally sourced lunches are all included. Additional guided activities include Upland bird hunting (available September through March), horseback riding, whitewater rafting, guided hikes, and a Western Colorado wine tour (available July-September).
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) – At four sites in the Roaring Fork Valley, including a 22-acre nature preserve in downtown Aspen, ACES offers private naturalist-guided hikes and educational programs, customized for groups. Full-day hikes focus on wildflowers, birds, history, geology, or photography. Moderate hikes focus on basic naturalist knowledge and activities.
Theatre Aspen, a homegrown theater company, has received national acclaim and performs a rotating schedule of productions for both adults and families. The organization’s mission is to entertain, enlighten, enrich, educate and challenge the residents and visitors of the Roaring Fork Valley through professional-quality theatrical productions, new play development initiatives and a broad spectrum of educational programs. The theatre can be rented for groups up to 130 for seated dinners, 200 for a cocktail reception and 189 theatre style for a performance.
Aspen Historical Society – Aspen has a deep history, and the Aspen Historical Society brings it to life with customized, interactive tours by foot, bicycle or car. Pick your time period and points of interest, and AHS historians craft an amazing experience to discover Aspen’s past. Groups can also rent space at any of the society’s three campuses, including the Wheeler/Stallard museum in Aspen’s famed West End, the ghost town of Ashcroft, or the Holden/Marolt museum.
Aspen Art Museum‘s 30,000-square-foot building designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Shigeru Ban, opened in August 2014. A non-collecting institution presenting the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art, Aspen Art Museum’s innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society. Located in the center of downtown Aspen, the museum offers free admission Tuesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wheeler Opera House is a classically designed opera house which seats 503 people. It first opened in 1889 but has undergone extensive renovations to remain a state-of-the-art facility. The Wheeler is the Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, opera, plays, and a whole lot more. The Wheeler is available for rental by groups who want to engage in a historic facility.
High-altitude golf is one of the great summer pastimes in the Roaring Fork Valley, and not only because balls fly 10 percent farther here. The courses in Aspen and Snowmass offer varied terrain set to gorgeous mountain vistas, and multiple tee boxes means everyone from novices to pros can have a great time.
The Aspen Golf Club – ranked as the 21st Best U.S. Municipal Golf Course and the No. 1 Municipal Course in Colorado by Golfweek Magazine – the Aspen “muni course” was designed by Frank Hummel and provides a challenging 18-hole, 7,156-yard championship course with water features on 14 of the 18 holes. There is also a PGA award-winning golf shop, practice hitting area, chipping green, putting green, cart rentals, as well as full-service locker rooms. Group and private instruction is available by PGA staff. (1000 Truscott Pl.)
Award-winning architect Jim Engh designed the Snowmass Club Golf Course to capture its majestic views and challenging landscapes, with sensitivity to the land that surrounds it and the sky above it. The fairways are sculpted, the greens are challenging, and the bunkers are imposing. With five sets of tees, novices and pros alike are guaranteed an adventure. With limited public access, foursomes who are not staying at the resort may book tee times Friday to Sunday, 12 noon and 2 p.m. (239 Snowmass Club Circle, Snowmass Village)
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