Mountain Mayhem: Offseason is on |

Mountain Mayhem: Offseason is on

College roommates Karen Patchell, of New York, and Bernie Alers, of Chicago, on vacation at Dancing Bear Aspen this fall.

Transitioning from one of the busiest summers in Aspen on record (just looking at the lodging bookings reported for July and August alone) to a highly anticipated winter ahead with benchmark anniversaries and events (think Gay Ski Week’s 40th celebration in January and the World Cup Finals in March), off-season offers a welcome of respite in between the two.

Festivals like Aspen Film’s 38th annual Filmfest last week. Next up — The Meeting from Oct. 6 to 8, featuring ski industry films, music, a conference and networking opportunities leading up to ski season.

Staycations and weekend getaways to Aspen are inviting with specials at hotels, shops and restaurants.

As fall colors are peaking, they offer the perfect backdrop for running, biking, hiking or driving.

A favorite activity of mine is joining the Aspen Historical Society for one of their fabulous tours that take place through Oct. 8. Take part in a Historical Pub Crawl, Hotel Jerome tour, Marolt Open Space site visit, West End Walking Tour or a History Coach tour. Visit for details.

Wrapping up an action-packed season in Snowmass, the Snowmass Bike Park is open for one last weekend, Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2, with 2,897 vertical feet of downhill trails, all accessed by the Elk Camp gondola and Elk Camp chairlift.

For new riders, sign up with a bike pro to help master technique in the skills park, then go for a ride with a guide down Verde Trail. For advanced and expert riders, you’ll find Viking, Vapor, and Valhalla trails suitable for thrill-seeking adventure. Visit for details.

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