11 Oct 2023
While the aspen trees are busy showing off their golden leaves, those anxious for the return of winter weather know that means opening day isn’t too far away! With dates fast approaching, we’re here to make sure you have everything you need for an incredible ski season in Aspen. From kick-off events and mountain updates to pre-season prep and gear checklists, we’ll cover it all! So, dig out your skis and snowboards, break out your winter clothes, and book your Aspen vacation rental because opening day is fewer than 50 days away!
Aspen Ski Season Preparation
With Aspen Mountain and Snowmass’ opening day slated for November 23rd, we’re in peak season-prep time. To ensure you’re ready to hit the slopes right out of the gate, you’ll want to make sure you have the following things squared away. From gear to tickets, and whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, this is your list of must-have items for Aspen’s ski season.
Helmet – A well-fitting helmet can be a lifesaver when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. It can also help keep your head toasty warm and dry throughout the day.
Neck Gaiter – Another essential piece of equipment guaranteed to keep your neck warm and comfortable all day as you zip down the mountain.
Goggles – Protect your eyes from the blinding reflection of the snow with a good pair of polarized goggles. Remember, if you wear glasses, you need to find a pair that fits over them.
Sunscreen – Something SPF 30 or stronger is recommended to contend with the UV rays. You’ll also want lip protection. Wind burn can leave them chapped and irritated, which is no fun.
Water Bottle – When you couple the altitude with the physical demands of skiing and snowboarding, hydration is key. If you don’t have room for a water bottle, be sure to take frequent breaks at the lifts or resorts.
Layers – Again, winter sports are very physically demanding. You’re going to work up a sweat, and being able to take layers off or add them back on will ensure no one needs to return to the vacation rental in the middle of the fun. When shopping, look for waterproof materials that will help keep you warm and won’t retain moisture. Synthetics like polyester or even wool are excellent choices.
Gloves and Footwear – Waterproof gloves or mittens, as well as wool socks, can be a lifesaver. Stock up on hand and footwarmers to bring with you for those really cold days.
Tickets and Lift Passes – This year, Aspen Mountain is unveiling a brand new high-speed quad chairlift as well as a terrain expansion that will increase the skiable landscape by more than 20%! Aptly named to honor those who’ve helped create the ski culture of Aspen Mountain, you can explore the 153 new acres of Hero’s by securing your tickets and passes now! A variety of options are available, from Lift Tickets to Season Passes and even Sightseeing Tickets, so you can get what you need for your Aspen ski adventure.
Lessons – From one-on-one to group options, ski and snowboarding lessons are a great way to dust off the cobwebs and make sure you’re ready for the new season. They can also be a fun kick-off activity for your Aspen winter vacation!
Winter Gear Rental and Replacement in Aspen
With your checklist complete, it’s time to give your equipment a once-over. Sure, you found your jacket, but is it on its last leg? Does your glove have a hole in it? Do your goggles have more scratches than your free pair of festival sunglasses? If so, taking advantage of some of the pre-season sales is your best chance at replacing these items at the best prices of the season.
The Four Mountain Sports Blowout Sale is happening November 2-5 at the Snowmass Outlet Mall from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Score steep rental discounts, as well as 40% - 60% off additional items, such as skis, snowboards, jackets, and other goods. Don’t miss this chance to shop top brands and get all your replacement gear before opening day.
It’s also the best time to get your skis tuned and boards ready to go. Taking care of these maintenance to-dos will let you skip straight to the fun stuff on your Aspen winter vacation. Whether you’re looking for gear rentals, replacement items, or the best sales, Aspen’s vendors will have you ready to go in no time.
Opening Day Events in Aspen
With opening day slated for Thanksgiving Day, you can trade your turkey trots for exhilarating descents down Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. While no official events are scheduled at the moment, we’ve come to expect certain festivities over the years. From costumed riders to specialty cocktails as well as media, cameras, and crowds, the excitement of opening day is felt throughout Aspen.
With the masses arriving, the après scene will be pulling out all the stops. Fill your ski vacation with delicious meals at local restaurants, nightly parties at area bars, and relaxing evenings by fires or in your cozy vacation rental’s hot tub.
Your Dream Aspen Vacation Rental
Elevate your Aspen ski vacation with a rental from McCartney Property Management. With our collection of elegant chateaus, luxurious townhouses, and cozy condos, you’ll be in the heart of the action while staying in style.
Whether you’re planning a large family Thanksgiving vacation for opening day and need the space of Silver Kingdom (pictured), a 7-bedroom/6-bathroom private home near the Aspen Golf Course with close access to a free shuttle to the heart of downtown, or you prefer the walk-to-ski amenity of Chateau Chaumont 4, there’s a perfect McCartney vacation rental for your Aspen ski vacation. Browse our full list of vacation rentals and book directly with McCartney today! We’ll see you on the slopes!