STAY: Spend the night at the Element Basalt-Aspen hotel, near all the great food and shopping in Willits, and easy RFTA bus access to the mountains.
PLAY: In addition to skiing and snowboarding at the four Aspen Snowmass resorts (Buttermilk and Snowmass are the most kid-friendly), enjoy the snow in Basalt and go sledding behind the Basalt High School, a popular local spot for some fast-paced sledding. For a milder option, visit Crown Mountain Park. Budding artists can get creative at Wren’s Nest Art Studio. Both kids and adults can choose a pre-painted canvas and add sparkling shards of colored glass to create a work of art.
EAT: New York Pizza has great kid-friendly options (note it is cash only). For more adventurous eaters, there is El Korita in Willits.