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No Snow, No Problem. 6 Ways to Be Active That Don't Involve Skiing

Ali Margo | January 19, 2018 | Lifestyle

When the ski conditions leave something to be desired, Aspenites find other ways to get their hearts pumping.

1) Pure Barre, pure burn

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A barre workout.

You’ll find muscles you never knew you had at Pure Barre (970-710-1501) when you’re lead through a series of simple exercises that hurt so good. This effective fifty-five-minute workout combines elements of Pilates and dance using simple props (mat, rubber ball, rubber band, and ballet bar) to target those problem areas like belly, thighs, butt and arms. The movements are small and simple, at least until that burn comes on strong. And that burn is the whole point: isometric movements to engage and exhaust the muscles using your own body weight. Tone and tighten and instead of hitting the bar for après ski, trade in that beer belly for a Barre belly.

2) Fatter really is better

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Fat tire biking.

It’s biking season all year round, thanks to Fat Bikes, named for the up to five-inch-wide tires that are inflated to only four or five pounds of pressure for traction, floatation, and suspension. (Compare to thirty-five pounds for a mountain bike.) That means the gates to Independence Pass, the Maroon Bells, Hunter Creek, and the Rio Grande Trail, are now open all year long. Fat bike rentals are available at Ute Mountaineer (970-925-2849), and Stapleton Ski (1-888-448-2330). For a guided tour check out Erik Skarvan’s Sun Dog Athletics (970-925-1069) the first outfitter outside Alaska to offer instructional Fat Biking Adventures, including bike rental, helmet, and transportation.

3) Turn up the heat

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Hot yoga.

Sweat your butt off—literally—at Arjuna Yoga Aspen. This immaculate studio is heated to 102 degrees, so get ready for the floodgates to open. The heat allows for increased flexibility, detoxification, and it makes for one hell of a workout. Offering a variety of yoga styles and hot inferno Pilates, there’s something for everyone, from a higher intensity Vinyasa flow practice to the a more restorative passive stretching yin class. If you’re taking a break from skiing, your knees, and your shakras, will thank you.

4) Soak it in

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The natural hot springs at Avalanche Ranch.

One good thing about not getting snow is that the roads are dry, clear, and ready for road tripping. Take the scenic route to Avalanche Ranch, for some of the most scenic, private, and beautifully maintained hot springs in Colorado. Located up the Crystal River Valley between Carbondale and the quaint little town of Redstone, the granite flanks of Mount Sopris shadow these beautifully maintained pools where the original homestead, built in 1913, still stands. Designed around the natural landscape, Avalanche Ranch features three Colorado natural hot springs pools in a tiered layout. The largest pool is fed by a 3-foot waterfall forming a warm screen of water in front of a rock grotto and is very kid friendly (as is the sledding hill and ice skating rink). Reservations are required, and the number of people allowed in the springs at one time is limited—a welcome reprise from the more crowded waters of Glenwood Hot Springs.

5) Yak it up

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A view of Aspen, Colo. from Smuggler Trail.

Trails that would be knee-deep in pow in a normal year are either clear or packed down this dryuary. Invest in a set of Yak Tracks at Ute Mountaineer and hit your favorite hiking trail. Smuggler and Sunnyside are easily accessible by adding the slip-on metal tracks to your trail sneaker or light boot.

6) Winter swimming

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The pool at the Aspen Meadows Health Club.

The lap pool at the Aspen Meadows Health Club is heated and incidentally has a phenominal view of the surrounding mountains. Get your total body workout in the open air and then relax in the adjacent hot tub.

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The Aspen Meadows Health Club.



Photography by: Barre photo courtesy of Pure Barre; Fat tire biking photo courtesy of Sun Dog Athletics; Hot springs photo courtesy of Avalanche Ranch; Smuggler Trail photo by Etta Meyer; Swimmer photo by Scott Shinton; Lap pool photo courtesy of the Aspen Meadows Resort.