April 23, 2024
Aspen Recreation Center & Syzygy

Aspen Recreation Center & Syzygy

Aspen Recreation Center

While the Aspen Recreation Center closes just before 9pm, there is quite a bit of enjoyment to be had here after a day on the slopes. If you get there right after leaving the slopes, and eat a late dinner – after the center closes – you will have plenty of time to enjoy what the ARC has to offer.

The climbing walls at the center are the biggest attraction. The ARC features approximately 3100 feet of climbing walls for your enjoyment. There is also a 3-D climbing tower with more than 25 routes and four auto belays.

Another nice feature at the Aspen Recreation Center is the pool area. The James E. Moore Pool area features two pools. One pool is 25 yards in length and features six lanes, while the other pool is for recreation and has a two story slide, a lazy river, and spray features. You will also find a dry sauna, a steam room, and hot tubs in the pool area.

The Lewis Ice Arena is also located at the Aspen Recreation Center. Completed in the Spring of 2003, the arena features an NHL regulation size skating surface, grandstand seating for 450, a skate shop, locker rooms, and shower rooms. Public skating, skating lessons, figure skating, youth and adult hockey, and skating shows are available. You can also host private parties at the arena. High altitude training is also offered here.

You will also find cardio and weight rooms at the center, and many fitness classes are also offered. The Aspen Recreation Center hosts many off-site activities in the Aspen area as well, such as golf, tennis, climbing, aquatics, sailing, skateboarding, ceramics classes, baseball, softball, soccer, hockey, and various camps.

Babysitting services are available at the center as well. This place is a great way to wrap up a day of activity and wind down before your evening meal. Again, the Aspen Recreation Center closes just before 9pm, so make sure you head there right after leaving the slopes for the day.

Admission for guests is $13 for youths and $15 for adults. Admission includes access to the climbing towers, swimming pool area, ice skating rink, weight room, cardio room, adult fitness classes, water aerobics, climbing wall and playhouse, and tennis courts. The Aspen Recreation Center is a great place for every member of the family. Call ahead to find out about any planned events that are going on for even more entertainment options.


Syzygy, which is located on East Hyman Avenue in Aspen, Colorado, has repeatedly won awards for being one of the best restaurants in this ski town. Featuring outstanding jazz music and food that is out of this world, Syzygy is the place to be when it comes to Aspen nightlife and fine dining. This is an Aspen landmark that is not to be missed.

The chef at Syzygy combines European and Asian dishes, and presents them in a modern American way. These combinations are what set the cuisine at Syzygy apart from the food you find at most restaurants. Along with this outstanding fare, you can select wine from a list of over 300 Italian, American, and French wines. If you aren’t sure which wine will work with the fine food you have ordered – simply ask your waiter. They always seem to know exactly which wine will enhance the flavor of the food the best.

One of the nice touches about the service at Syzygy’s is that the Chef likes to send gifts to the table, such as goat cheese, potato crisps, and osemary bread. Syzygy is famous for their atmosphere as well. The glass enclosed waterfalls inside the restaurant are talked about all over the world – and they are really something to see! Every part of the interior of this Aspen landmark works well together to create a mood that makes the food, the wine, the music, and the company absolutely enjoyable.

You may be overwhelmed with all of the wonderful menu choices, and all of the delicious smells coming from nearby tables. You may not be able to make a choice! Syzygy’s has you covered. Simply order the Tasting Menu, and sample everything. Enjoy the music while you are eating – and after your meal as well. Some of the finest jazz artists in the world have performed at Syzygy’s. Call ahead to find out who will be performing – you will be glad that you did.

Syzygy’s is closed on Monday’s and Tuesdays during the off-season. During the season, they are open from 6pm to 10pm each day, and you should definitely call ahead for a reservation. Remember, this is an integral part of experiencing Aspen nightlife, so make sure you get by Syzygy’s at least once while you are in Aspen – the chances are very good that your first visit will not be your last! If possible, try to make it to the Sunday Jazz Brunch.