Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Aspen Recreation Center

In this week’s blog I would like to highlight some fun activities to do if you’ve decided you would like a day off from skiing or boarding. There are too many activities to list in detail in one blog post, so this week I will focus solely on the Aspen Recreation Center. There are many fun and healthy activities at the Rec. Center for people of all ages. The rates for entry are $15.00 for youths (2-7 yrs. Old), $17.00 for adults (18 yrs. +), $7.50 for seniors (62 yrs. +), and twilight entry for $5.50 (from 7:30 P.M. until close). The hours of operation are M-F 6:00 a.m. until 8:45 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The admission fees get you unlimited access to the climbing tower, open swim, open skate, weight room/fitness classes, cross country skiing, sledding, and tennis in the summer. The climbing tower has 5 different levels, 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most challenging. The “routes” up each section are changed on a regular basis so as to keep things interesting for repeat customers. Climbing shoes and safety harnesses are provided at no extra charge. The swimming area in the Rec. Center has a traditional Olympic sized pool with lanes for swimming laps. It also has a diving board and basketball hoop set up in this section of the pool. Separate from the pool is a very big hot tub with powerful jets. This is a great way to loosen up after lots of time on the hill or a vigorous workout. Close by the hot tub are steam rooms and saunas. Now for the part children especially like. Separate from the lap pool and hot tub is a waterslide, a “lazy river,” and a shallow area with fun features for the little ones. The Rec. Center provides inflatable balls and pool “noodles” for no extra charge. In addition to the pool area and climbing tower, The Aspen Rec. Center has a full sized ice arena which is open to the public at designated times throughout the day. You can either bring your own skates or rent them for $3.00 a pair. Near the Ice Arena is a weight room and fitness room where you will be able to participate in various classes such as spinning or yoga. From the Aspen Rec. Center you will also have access to sledding and cross country skiing. For cross-country skiing you can either bring your own equipment or rent it from one of many rental shops in town. I personally have had many a good time at the Aspen Rec. Center and always get very positive feedback from the guests I send there. You can check out their website at: . Stay tuned for more ideas regarding activities in and around Aspen. Thank you for reading!

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