Getting Ready for Thanksgiving the Winnow Way

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Thanksgiving in the Rockies marks the kick-off of winter season and Winnow has put together our list of the best things to do in Aspen or Vail on your vacation. This list has got you and your group covered with lots of options, even if you don’t ski, have pregnant family members or are looking to get the kids in on the action.

Hit the slopes

The combination of mother nature blessing us with a very healthy start to the season and Thanksgiving being a week later this year bodes well for the conditions on the hills. Vail Mountain opened on Nov. 15th and Aspen is slated for Nov. 28th as of press time, with rumors swirling of an earlier opening. If you’re looking to skip the lines and crowds, consider Venture off-piste for a backcountry challenge$285 per guest6 Hoursgetting off-piste into the backcountry for a truly local experience with an expert guide.

Try Nordic Skiing

Not a skier but looking for an outdoor adventure to embark on? See the mountain as you never thought you would on a cross country ski tour$150 per guest4 HoursNordic skiing (also known as cross-country skiing) has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years and it’s easy to see why: no lines, it’s gentle on the knees and induces a meditative quality.

Take a handcrafted family portrait

Tintype photography is making a come back and for good reason; combining science with art resulting in a wonderful family heirloom in a historic saloon is a win in our books. Take a trip to the incredible hipster town of Minturn and enjoy a Capture your essence with a Tintype metal portrait$250 for 5 guests1 hourprivate experience, capturing today’s memories as they did in the past.

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Hire your own paparazzi

Whether you're putting together the perfect holiday card or looking to create some content for your Instagram feed, Elevate your Instagram with pro vacation portraits$725 for 8 guests1 hour 30 minutes consider bringing a local photographer with you to show you the local viewpoints and capture some magical moments for you and your tribe.

Ramen night

Thanksgiving is known for its food, but cooking or going out for every meal while on vacation can be exhausting. This year you can go on a culinary adventure and get at least one meal off your plate while wowing your group with aA bespoke ramen underground dinner for you and your crew$750 for 10 guests2 hours private chef that comes to create a private ramen night.

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Remove some energy blocks

Show your body some gratitude this Thanksgiving season and Explore the potential of Chinese medicinal healing$200 per guest1 Hour 30 Minutesexplore the healing powers of Chinese medicine, acupuncture, cupping and energy work.

Winter fly fishing

Brace the chill with Fish the Roaring Fork River in perfect silence$375 for 2 guests4 Hourswinter fly-fishing: Thought that getting on the river was just a summer activity? Think again, and this time imagine having the river mostly to yourself, with a hot beverage close by and views of snow capped mountains in the background. According to our outfitting experts, fall and winter are actually their preferred times to cast a line. Come see why for yourself.

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Vino & Vinyasa

The perfect way to decompress apres your outdoor activity of choice. Enjoy fine wine with your vinyasa$297 for 10 guests2 Hours Get your group together for a gentle yoga stretch followed by a mindful wine tasting with small bite pairings. Our expert local guide is both a professional sommelier and yoga teacher. The perfect pairing.

Design your very own cowboy hat

Are you even on vacation in the Rockies if you aren’t wearing your cowboy hat? Design your own cowboy hat in a vintage saloon$580 per guest1 Hour 30 Minutes Create your own custom Stetson hat while learning about the history of the West over cocktails.

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Dive into a distillery tour

Learn about Colorado’s most sustainable distillery while taking a Savor Aspen-made spirits on a private distillery tour$30 per guest1 Hourprivate tour and sipping their wares.

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