Randy’s Top Picks for Your Perfect Snow Day
WITH RANDY EIS, NRP, FP-C, CRITICAL CARE PARAMEDIC
Since 1972 I’ve been captivated by the beauty and adventure just outside my door in the Roaring Fork Valley. Wintertime in Aspen is magical, and it draws people from all over the world. While I have many wonderful memories of these snow-capped mountains over the years, there is always new terrain to explore and new experiences to try. While you have the chance this winter, take me up on a few of these recommendations to make your winter season truly memorable and have flurries of fun.
Try skiing up the mountain with “skinning.”
Strap on your climbing skins and get ready for an uphill adventure. Aspen’s mountains offer an abundance of uphill ski routes, ranging in steepness and length. Best of all, you can reward your hard work with a run when you get to the top. I often enjoy a trip up—and down—the mountains before heading to work.
Glide through Colorado’s winter wonderland.
Those wanting a more relaxing activity should try our world-class cross-country skiing. We’re lucky enough to have more than 55 miles of trails between Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt. For those wanting a bigger adrenaline rush, check out skate skiing. When I’m not skinning or downhill skiing, I like to skate ski on the well-groomed trails.
Hop on a snowmobile tour.
There’s no better way to experience the Maroon Bells than on the back of a roaring snowmobile. I recommend bringing the whole family on a T-Lazy-7 Ranch snowmobile adventure to take in the majestic beauty. A little touristy? Maybe. But worth doing? Absolutely!
Take a sleigh ride to the Pine Creek Cookhouse.
Located at the base of the Elk Mountains, this restaurant is closed during the off-season. So, when winter comes, I look forward to their delicious meals. Getting there is half the fun because the Cookhouse offers classic horse-drawn sleigh rides. And when you arrive, be sure to catch the breathtaking views.
Enjoy a unique event.
One of the reasons I love Aspen in the winter is because of the exciting roster of events. From admiring stunning snow sculptures to watching the top skiers in the world race down the mountains, Aspen offers something for everyone. Check out the local winter event calendar for many ways to have flurries of fun!
Venture off the beaten path.
With fresh fallen powder, many people rush to go backcountry skiing. It’s easy to get excited about new snow. I absolutely love to go beyond the confines of groomed slopes. But it’s important to be safe on the backcountry peaks. Always check avalanche conditions if you’re going out on your own. And if you aren’t experienced, hire a professional guide.
An area resident since 1972, Randy Eis is dedicated to helping people. As a critical care paramedic at Aspen Ambulance, he administers immediate treatment to patients before transporting them for further care. And as a member of Aspen Ski Patrol, he keeps the slopes safe, too. When he’s not saving lives, Randy enjoys the many cold-weather activities for which Aspen is known.