Pine Creek Cookhouse

Ashcroft Winter

Winter: Ski Touring and Snowshoeing

Excellent Terrain for All Levels of Nordic Skiers

 
In 1971, the White River National Forest issued a unique special permit and Ashcroft became the first self-sustaining cross-country ski area in the United States. Located 12 miles above Aspen in the upper reaches of spectacular Castle Creek Valley, the ski area offers excellent terrain for all levels of Nordic skiers. Thirty-five kilometers of meticulously groomed trails wind across 600 acres in the sub-alpine valley surrounding the Ghost Town of Ashcroft, a turn-of-the-century mining town designated on the National Register of Historical Places. At an elevation of 9,500 feet Ashcroft Ski Touring offers fantastic snow conditions and unparalleled scenery.

Ashcroft Ski Touring operates out of the Ashcroft Adventure Lodge at the end of Castle Creek Road. At the Adventure Lodge, you may rent classic cross-country ski equipment, skate ski gear, or snowshoes. Individual and group lessons, as well as snowshoe and ski tours are available everyday. The winter season runs Thanksgiving day until early April.

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Winter: Rates and Programs

Trail Passes for Skiers and Snowshoers

  • Full Day Pass      $25
  • Half Day Pass (After 12:30 p.m.)      $15
  • Seniors Over 70      $15
  • Children 12 and Under      $15
  • Five-Day Punch Pass      $100.00
  • Season Pass      $300.00 (Preseason $250.00)
  • Corporate Pass (Up to 8 people)      $675.00
  • Unlimited Family Pass      $450.00

 

Equipment Rental

All packages include boots, poles and either skis or snowshoes.

  • Nordic Ski Rental Package      $25
  • Snowshoe Rental Package      $25
  • Childs Pull Sleigh (pulke)      $35

 

3-Hour Guided Ski Tour

Tour includes equipment rental, trail pass, guide and lunch at the Pine Creek Cookhouse.
2 person minimum for all skill levels.

  • With A-La-Cart Lunch at the Pine Creek Cookhouse      $130.00 per person (plus 18% gratuity). Lunch charged separately.
  • With Banquet Lunch at the Pine Creek Cookhouse      $170.00 per person (plus 18% gratuity)

 

4-Hour A.C.E.S. Guided Snowshoe Tour (www.AspenNature.org)

Tour includes equipment rental, trail pass, guide and lunch at the Pine Creek Cookhouse.
2 person minimum for all skill levels.

  • With A-La-Cart Lunch at the Pine Creek Cookhouse      $130.00 per person (plus 18% gratuity). Lunch charged separately.
  • With Banquet Lunch at the Pine Creek Cookhouse      $170.00 per person (plus 18% gratuity)

 

Group Lessons

  • 1.5-Hour Ski Lesson $125.00 per person, 2 person minimum
  • Trail passes and rental equipment included

 

Private Ski Lessons

  • 1.5-Hour Private Ski Lesson $225.00 (plus 18% gratuity)
  • 3.0-Hour Private Ski Lesson $375.00 (plus 18% gratuity)
  • Each Additional Person or Hour $100.00
  • Trail passes and rental equipment included

 

Shuttle

  • Aspen Round Trip Shuttle, $50.00 per person, 2 person minimum
  • Meet at Wheeler Opera House (Map) 10:00 a.m. each morning, corner of Mill Street and Hyman Avenue; Departs Ashcroft Adventure Lodge for return to Aspen at 3:00 p.m. each afternoon. No reservations necessary.

Pine Creek Cookhouse and the Ashcroft Valley


Aspen’s legendary restaurant, the Pine Creek Cookhouse, is nestled at the base of the Elk Mountains. Alpine gourmet food featuring wild game and fresh fish is brought to life with organic, locally-sourced ingredients. From field to stream our chefs prepare cuisine made from scratch every day. Join us for lunch or dinner.