2017 COLLEGE FAIR ACTIVITIES FOR ADMISSIONS OFFICERS
Saturday, September 30thand Sunday, October 1st, 2017
The Activities Committee of the Colorado Western Slope College Fair is once again pleased to offer a host of fun and interesting activities for our college admissions officers to get a taste of Colorado. As usual, all activities are complimentary for college admissions officers and offered at discounted rates to guests. Please fill out your Weekend Itinerary Guide to register for activities and plan your individual weekend schedule.
An exciting array of activities is described below. Online registration is OPEN! Some of the activities fill up quickly, and spots will be granted on a first come first served basis. Once an activity is full, it will be taken off the Weekend Itinerary Guide registration link.
Get your shoes, get your sunglasses, and get excited!
Golf (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – Bring your clubs and tee up at the Snowmass Club Golf Course, one of the most scenic courses in our valley. Rental clubs are available for those of you who prefer to travel lightly. Group will leave the Aspen Square Hotel at 8:00 a.m.
Excursion to the Maroon Bells Crater Lake – a Favorite! (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – Hike to the foot of the Maroon Bells where you will witness the postcard-perfect beauty of our Rocky Mountains and enjoy a picnic lunch. This easy-to-moderate hike will take you from Maroon Lake up to Crater Lake and back on a 2-hour/3-mile round trip. Hikers will meet in the Aspen Square Hotel lobby at 10:30 a.m. for the scenic 25-minute drive up to the trailhead. (Sneakers will suffice; light jacket is recommended. Water and lunch will be provided.)
Alternative Hike (more challenging) – Up for a challenge? Opt for another hike to explore more challenging trails in Aspen. Three-hour round trip hike on more vigorous terrain. If there is interest, we have the guides. Hikers will meet in the Aspen Square Hotel lobby at 10:30 a.m. for the scenic drive up to the trailhead. (Sneakers will suffice; light jacket is recommended. Water and lunch will be provided.)
NEW! Fly Fishing Invitational and Luncheon (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – In an area known for its Gold Medal waters, a guided fly fishing trip is a perfect way to make your time in Aspen special. The Potamkin family has generously offered to host us throughout the afternoon, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Equipment, guides, food, drinks and a John Denver cover artist (Rick Schuler) are all complimentary. Buses will be running round trip from Aspen Square Hotel every 30 minutes. Join us for the whole time or just for a short visit between your other activities.
Float Stillwater – (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – A tranquil float through the North Star Nature Preserve. 1 ½ hour canoe ride with water and snacks provided. Life preservers will be provided. Weather permitting. Meet at the Aspen Square Lobby at 1 p.m. with an anticipated return time of 3 p.m.
The Aspen Art Museum Tour – Visit our town’s most spectacular new building, designed by renowned architect Shigeru Ban to house some of the newest evolutions in international contemporary art. Meet in the Aspen Square Hotel Lobby at 12:30 p.m. to take a museum guided tour. Don’t miss the hidden gem the SO Café upstairs for lunch.
Afternoon at Kodiak Lake – (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – Stand up paddle-boarding, tubing and other water sports or relaxing in a rocking chair next to an alpine lake. Meet at the Aspen Square Lobby at 11:30 a.m. for an afternoon or lakeside fun.
Horseback Riding – Round #1 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – Take in the fall colors and stunning mountain scenery from the saddle as you wander by horseback for 90 minutes on local trails. Group will leave from Aspen Square Hotel at 1:30 p.m. All levels are welcome. Please include height and weight when registering in order to match riders with horses. Return at 4:30 p.m.
Smuggler Mine Tour (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – Explore one of the most famous and most productive mines from Aspen’s silver boom era. On this guided tour you will enter the mine itself and see firsthand the difficulties of rock mining in the late 19th century. Meet in the Aspen Square Hotel lobby at 1:30 p.m. for a 2-3:30 p.m. mine tour. Bring a light jacket.
SUNDAY AFTER THE FAIR
Horseback Riding – Round #2 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)– If Saturday’s ride doesn’t work with your schedule, then take this opportunity to unwind – on a saddle – after the College Fair on Sunday. Transportation from the high school will be available after the College Fair at 2:30 p.m. Participants with their own vehicles are asked to be at the stables by 3:15 p.m. The stables are 25 minutes from Aspen on your way out of town if you prefer to drive yourself. If you take our shuttle, we will return to Aspen by 5:30 p.m. to the school or your hotel. All levels are welcome. Please include height and weight when registering in order to match riders with horses.
Bus Ride up to the Bells (REGISTRATION REQUIRED) – The most photographed mountains in North America are right up the road from Aspen High School. If you missed Saturday’s hike, take advantage of this opportunity to drive up after the College Fair for a quick glimpse (and maybe a photo or ten) of the Maroon Bells’ majestic beauty. Meet at the silver skier statue, just outside the doors that lead out to the high school parking lot by 2:30 p.m.
SATURDAY OR SUNDAY AT YOUR LEISURE
Aspen Mountain Gondola Ride – located at 601 E Dean Street – take a 30 minute up and down ride on the Aspen Skiing Company’s gondola to view the fall colors and a wonderful bird’s eye view of the mountains. The gondola runs continuously from 10:00am – 4:00pm every day. Complimentary lift tickets will be available at the ticket office at the base of Aspen Mountain. Once at the top, feel free to walk around and explore before catching your ride back down.
A Self-Guided Gallery Walking Tour – Aspen Sojourner Magazine shares its secrets to enjoying the many art galleries in Aspen and offers a map to ensure you are familiar with them all. When the opportunity arises, grab the Sojourner guide from your hotel lobby and enjoy the tour. Most of the galleries are located in the center of Aspen.
Do-It-Yourself Cycling – For those of you who prefer to explore on your own, stop by Four Mountain Sports between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. (located at 520 E. Durant, across from the Gondola), for a complimentary bicycle. Whether you ride along the East of Aspen Trail up toward Independence Pass, down the Rio Grande to lunch at Woody Creek, or just tour around town, you are sure to enjoy the two-wheeled experience.
Aspen Saturday Market – Before or after your other activities, be sure to stroll along Hopkins and Hyman Avenues between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., where the Saturday Market boasts delicious fresh-from-the-farm produce, specialty food items and handcrafted merchandise.