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Zumba – Party & Workout

February 7th, 2011

Get your booty shakin’! Zumba is a sassy Latin-inspired dance fitness program, which blends Latin and International music and rhythms to create a fun, party-like workout.

Many rave that this workout doesn’t feel like a workout at all.

Zumba is offered twice a week at both the Aspen Recreation Center and Red Brick Recreation Center.

  • Wednesdays | 5:30-6:30pm | Aspen Recreation Center
    Begins February 9
  • Thursdays | 12:00-1:00pm | Red Brick Recreation Center
    Begins February 10

Zumba began with Colombian fitness instructor Alberto “Beto” Perez in the ‘90s and took off in Florida in 2001. Now classes are taught to more than 10 million people in 110 countries, according to the Zumba Fitness website.

Swim the English Channel & Train for a Triathlon

January 24th, 2011

Always a dream of yours to one day swim the English Channel? Is this the year you’re going to do a Triathlon.  Now you can do both…at the Aspen Recreation Center!

Aspen Triathlon at the Aspen Recreation Center

Aspen Triathlon at the Aspen Recreation Center

Swim The Distance
Swim the distance is a new program at the Aspen Recreation that lets you keep track of your distance of swimming with the aquatics staff. The first distance is the English Channel. Log your hours each time you swim at the Aspen Recreation Center and once you reach the 21 miles you will receive a T-Shirt recognizing your achievement. Cost:  $15 dollars

Triathlons for the first timers
Have you always wanted to try the multi-sport but are unsure of what you need to do for training and gear? This class is for you.  Wednesday mornings from 7:30-8:30am we will get you the knowledge and give you some workouts and technique tips to get you on your way.  We will help set your goals and get you triathlon ready with the first triathlon being the Aspen Triathlon scheduled for June 11. Cost:  Admission plus $5.00.

And if you ever need some extra convincing on how fun the Aspen Recreation Center is visit and check out their most recent family visit to Aspen and the Aspen Recreation Center!

Owl Creek Chase – Registration Now Open

January 10th, 2011

Register now for the 2011 Owl Creek Chase 21k Nordic Ski Race held on Sunday, February 13 at 11am.

The Owl Creek Chase has been one of Colorado’s premier cross-country ski races since 1985. The challenging course from Snowmass Village to Aspen presents the very best that Colorado skiing has to offer; tough climbs, scenic views, thrilling descents and excellent snow conditions. The Owl Creek Chase was started as a means to showcase the outstanding trails in the Aspen/Snowmass area and the Owl Creek Trail is the crown jewel of over 90km of free skiing often referred to as Aspen’s 5th mountain. The maintenance of the vast free network of trails is shared by a number of entities including the towns of Aspen and Snowmass Village as well as Pitkin County and the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council.

New Years Resolutions

January 3rd, 2011

So what are some of your New Years Resolutions? Maybe a few extra days at the gym or some fitness classes…

Aspen Recreation has over 20 different classes throughout the week with certified instructors to help you improve your physical, mental, and social well being while you sweat your way to a better you.

Fitness class at the Red Brick Recreation Center.

Classes offered include:

  • Power Sculpt
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Fitball
  • Circuit Training
  • Pilates (beginner through advanced)
  • Yoga
  • Weight Training
  • Beginner & Advanced Karate Classes
  • Water Aerobics

Admission: All classes are included with a Fun Pass membership, or included with daily admission.

If you prefer more one-on-one training we have that too!

Personal Training
Our personal trainers are certified fitness professionals. Our trainers work as independent contractors and have the ability to set their own schedule and will help you to develop and/or improve your exercise routine. Doubles and Triples allow you the same benefits as one-on-one. Call Rosey Murphy, AAFA Personal Trainer at 970-948-2661 to schedule your lesson today.

Lessons Member Fee Non-Member Fee
1 Private Session $85 $95
5 Private Sessions $400 $450
10 Private Sessions $750 $850
Doubles Sessions $120
Triples Sessions $150

New Years Eve Events

December 29th, 2010

Happy New Years From All of Us at Aspen Recreation!

Ring in the New Year by celebrating in Wagner Park. Activities on December 31 include a bonfire and DJ from 8pm-Midnight and fireworks over Aspen Mountain at 8pm and at Midnight.

Roll, Jump, and Play!

December 27th, 2010

Looking for something fun to do inside? The “Playhouse” at the Red Brick Recreation Center is where the action’s at!

Come roll, jump and play on our spring-loaded, super-soft gymnasium floor! Children get full use of fitness balls, jump ropes, geometric learning shapes, bolster donuts, tumbler downhill mats, and the best of it all – a bouncy house!!

December 27 | 9-11:45am and 2-4:30pm
December 28 | 9-10:45am and 2-4:30pm
December 29 | 9-10:45am and 2-4:30pm
December 30 | 8:30-11:45am and 2-4:30pm
December 31 | 8:30-11:45am – Happy New Years!

Playhouse is recommended for children ages 1-5 years old.

Playhouse at the Red Brick

Free for Fun Pass Holders | $5/per child for non pass holders
Sign-up is required at the front desk.

Call 970-920-5140 for more information.

12 Days of Aspen

December 20th, 2010

During the 12 Days of Aspen, December 20-31, the charming downtown of Aspen becomes a winter wonderland of holiday cheer. Free ice skating, concerts and carolers, and entertainment for all ages lights up the streets of Aspen. Even Santa and his reindeer join in the celebration!

And, to top it all off, we celebrate the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011 with a New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza over Aspen Mountain.

For a complete list of 12 Days of Aspen events visit:

Check out these events happening right here at the ARC:

Skate with Santa | December 20 | 10:30-11:30am
Lace up your skates and head out onto the ice to Skate with Santa!

Igloo Building Competition | December 21 | Noon Start
The Aspen Recreation Department will provide Team Leaders, instructions and tools on how to build and igloo. Participants will be assigned to Team Leaders to help create the finest Igloos on this side of the North Pole. Prizes
awarded for: Fastest Igloo Built and Finest Igloo Built. Free!

Santa at the ARC | December 21 | 3-6pm
Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa will be dropping by the Aspen Recreation Center so you can tell him all of your holiday wishes. Aspen Art Museum will also be there helping kids create holiday ornaments.

Feliz Navidad at the ARC | December 26 | 3-5pm
Head out to the ARC to celebrate the holidays with family activities, cookie decorating, coloring, games, crafts, and more! Daily admission price.

Winter Wonderland Has Arrived

December 16th, 2010

Sledding, skating, skiing, and snowshoeing all in one spot!? Sounds too good to be true, huh?

The Aspen Recreation Center’s Winter Wonderland features all these great outdoor activities that are perfect for après or just an afternoon family outing.

Take a ride on the “Whoa Nelly” Sledding Hill. Grab your friends and hang on to your hats! See who can race down the hill first – winner carries the other sled back up the hill.

Whether you have fresh new snow or are sledding down the dips and jumps created by other sled goers you’re going to have fun. Bring your own equipment and sled for FREE!

After you’ve finished your ride down the sledding hill strap on your skates and try out the new outdoor skating pond – the ARC-tic Pond. During dusk the lights turn on and the twinkling trees help give it that magical, nighttime ambiance.

You’re not done yet! If you couldn’t fit in all in for one day – come back the next and test out your cross-country skiing or snowshoes skills. With 3 new trails that take you around the Aspen Recreation Center it’s the perfect way to spend Aspen’s blue bird days outdoors. If you’re looking for a more athletic endeavor take a look at the cross-country map that boasts over 90 kilometers of trails from Snowmass to Aspen.

$3 skates, $5 snowshoes, $5 sleds or just $6 for the rental package that includes all 3!

Noel Night – Santa, Shopping, Holiday Cheer!

December 13th, 2010

Join us on Wednesday, December 15 from 4-8pm for Aspen’s 1st Annual Noel Night on the Cooper & Hyman Malls. This evening holiday celebration is sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Retail Association.

It’s our way of saying thank you to the community for supporting our historic downtown throughout the year. Each participating merchant creates their own unique Noel Night celebration with discounts, raffles, holiday refreshments, parties and more.


Come visit with Santa and enjoy story telling, magic and more from Mistletoe the Elf | 4:30-7:30pm | Aspen Sports

Story reading by Mayor Mick Ireland | 6pm | Upstairs in Aspen Sports

Free Gift Wrapping, Carolers, & Hot Chocolate

Special Offers:

Aspen Carriage & Sleigh – Half price carriage rides
Mark Richards – 20% off any regular price item in stock. FREE 81611 baseball hat with any purchase over $100.
Koto Aspen – 10% off any furniture order.
The Sports Center – CW-X, Saucony, and Loki giveaways.
CB Paws – 15% off all Christmas items
Parallel 15 – Free kids hot chocolate with purchase of regular coffee drink.
Harmony Scott- FREE pair of Freshwater Pearl Earrings with any purchases over $100.
The North Face – 10% off all purchases.
Aspen Sports – Receive a holiday discount between 10-50% off your total purchase.
Elliott Yearly Gallery – 15% off all jewelry and fine art.
Aspen T-shirt Co. – FREE sticker just for visiting.
Aspen Style – FREE sticker just for visiting.

And More Offers to Come!