Mountain Mama: Aspen



Today we’re excited to bring you the next installment in our Mountain Mama series! If you’re just joining us, in this series we’ll be introducing you to how families live, love, and grow around our beautiful state. Our last entry was about the charming Arkansas River Valley town of Salida, and today we’re talking with a mama from the magical high-country paradise of Aspen/Snowmass! So without further ado…

1. Tell us about you and what took you away from the big city!

I’m Virginia! I live in Old Snowmass Village, a quick 20-minute drive from Aspen, with my husband, son, and avalanche rescue dog, Zara. I moved to Aspen in 2006 after graduating from college. I thought I’d stay for a year, but almost 10 years later, it’s hard to imagine life anywhere else. Aspen is the perfect town and valley for people of all ages and stages of life. We adore the outdoors: skiing, running, hiking, paddle boarding, and just exploring! Aspen also has amazing culinary and art scenes, which keep us very busy.

2. Favorite resources in your town for kids?

Aspen is a kids paradise. There are unlimited hiking trails, a few different ski areas, multiple pools, and a surprising amount of activities to do with little ones: painting, music class, story time, swimming lessons, and more.

3. Best time of year to visit?

Late summer to early fall is the best time to visit! Aspen/Snowmass isn’t as busy later in the year and there is the perfect crispness in the air.

4. Not-to-miss activities or attractions?

5. What do you miss about the city?

Amazon Prime is the best thing that ever happened. It allows us to feel as though we don’t live in SUCH a tiny bubble. Being in a small town though, we do miss having gyms with daycare and mommy-me workout classes.

6. Reasons you love raising a family in your town?

We love raising our family here, as we have the perfect outdoor playground plus many of the amenities of a city: great food, art, activities, and more. As our little one gets bigger, we’ll be able to let him run around our neighborhood and not feel constantly concerned.

Thanks so much, Virginia! Any city mamas have any family-friendly gems to add about Aspen/Snowmass?

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Megan Lombardo is mama to two awesome kiddos, proud wife to a family medicine doctor, and a professional musician and piano instructor. She and her family lived in Denver for a handful of years before embarking on their current adventure in the mountain town of Salida. Megan will be focusing on helping your family find the easiest ways to experience all the hidden gems and lovely family-friendly excursions that you can get to within a short drive of the Denver metro area. One of the greatest things about Denver is its proximity to the mountains—so get out there and explore! When she’s not blogging, you can find Megan hiking around the Arkansas River valley, having a beer at a brewery while chasing her kids around, listening to music at Riverside Park with friends, playing music with her husband, or (still) ripping out carpet and tearing down wood paneling in her 1899 home in Salida. Megan is excited to connect with all of you!


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