In the early 1800s, the Aspen area was the location of the Ute Indian tribe's summer camps. However, in 1879, it was settled by silver prospectors and for the next 14 years, Aspen was in the midst of a silver boom. In 1893, the silver boom came to an end and Aspen entered the quiet years. The town was largely abandoned when its' residents left the valley.
Today, Aspen is famous for skiing, but skiing did not become a part of Aspen's culture until 1936. In 1941, Aspen hosted its first downhill and slalom championships. During World War II, the 10th Mountain Division used Aspen for training exercises. The Aspen Skiing Corporation was founded in 1943 and Lift-1 was opened on December 14th of that year. Aspen boasts world class skiing and snowboarding hosting major winter events including the Winter X-Games and the World Cup Races.
Aspen is not only for winter travelers, there are many things to do and see in the summer months as well. Aspen activities include amazing biking, hiking, paragliding, rafting and gold-medal fly fishing. The town hosts many special events in the summer including the Food & Wine Classic, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and John Denver Week.
Year round Aspen is a great place to eat, drink, hear live music and experience the arts. See below for additional activities during winter, summer and our own events calendar!