Aspen budget ski vacation

Aspen may not be known as an affordable ski vacation, but planning ahead, perusing our package deals and cooking meals in your unit can help you save some of your hard-earned money while still enjoying the Aspen experience.

Affordable winter accommodations

  • Staying in a condominium is one of the best ways to save on your Aspen ski vacation. Condominiums offer kitchens for preparing meals, so you don’t need to dine out a lot, and provide space to bunk up with your friends and family so you can split the cost. Frias Properties offers Aspen’s largest collection of condo rentals, and guests enjoy privileges at the Aspen Club and Spa.
  • Offering ski in ski out access, Aspen Alps offers reasonably priced room rates, 83 well-appointed, comfortable condominiums, a sports club, health spa and friendly staff.
  • Situated less than 250 yards from the lifts, Independence Square is an ideal accommodation for guests who want to be convenient to everything without spending an arm and a leg. Few Aspen budget accommodations can compete with Independence Square’s location or their famous rooftop hot tub.

Top affordable Aspen winter restaurants

Aspen has about 6,000 year-round residences so there are still enough dining options that offer cheap, tasty eats.

  • At the top of every local’s “budget” list is New York Pizza, located on the Hyman Street walking mall. Other great, affordable pizza joints include Taster’s, with one location in Aspen and one in Snowmass, or Ryno’s, located on Cooper Avenue walking mall. Ryno’s also features an arcade, making it a good option for families.
  • A long-time affordable Aspen staple, the Hickory House Ribs, on Main Street, serves finger-lickin’, wallet-friendly ribs, sandwiches, salads and all the other fixins’ common of a smokehouse.
  • For affordable pub food, try out Zane’s, and for Mexican head to Su Casa.
  • If you’re looking for a great quality meal that won’t break the bank, head to Ajax Tavern, located at the base of Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola. Lunch is the best time to dine at Ajax Tavern. On a sunny afternoon, the Tavern’s patio becomes a popular hangout, so post up with a glass of wine or a locally brewed draft (under $5) and take it all in.

Affordable things to do in Aspen

No matter when you visit Aspen, you can usually find plenty of free activities. Both downtown Aspen and Snowmass Village host tons of events and concerts, from Winterskol in early January—an annual winter festival that features a soup-tasting contest, concert and ice sculptures—to the Spring Jam free concert series.