South of Aspen, the Ashcroft Cross Country ski area has 38km of groomed trails at an old mining camp. 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 U.S. Located 12 miles above Aspen in the spectacular Castle Creek Valley, the area offers excellent terrain for all levels of Nordic skiers. 35 kilometers of meticulously groomed Nordic trails are located on over 600 acres in the sub-alpine valley and surround the ghost town of Ashcroft. Ashcroft Ski Touring operates out of the King Cabin at the end of Castle Creek Road. At the Nordic center, you may rent cross-country ski equipment, skate skis or snowshoes.
Main Street (Highway 82 West) going out of town toward the Aspen Airport. At the roundabout exit onto Castle Creek Road. You will pass the hospital almost immediately on your right. Follow Castle Creek Road for 11 miles to the roads end. Our King Cabin Nordic Center will be to your right. Driving Time Approximately 30 minutes.
For apres ski, try Woody Creek Tavern. For nightlife, check out Shooters for dancing, Double Diamond for live music or Club Chelsea for rave. Still need more, try Jimmys American Bar, La Cocina, Lava Room and Erics Bar.
Overall, Ashcroft is the 18th most popular cross country ski area of all 58 Nordic ski destinations in Colorado.