Around The Hoop

Things to do in Aspen when you're alive but the season is dead

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenOctober 6, 2011
Fall in Aspen is called the off-season because supposedly there isn’t as much to do compared with winter or summer.

That’s a matter of perspective, of course.

Recently my friends have taken to Wagner Park where they heave a hula hoop high into the sky, trying to ring it around the rugby posts at the end of the field. It’s not an Olympic sport yet but, to the observer, it can conjure up images of something that Ganymede or some other Greek god would enjoy. There is a whole list of rules for this contest but the basic premise is whoever rings the most posts wins.

These same set of friends also partake in a little activity we call “street bowling.” As the name implies, this is an activity where participants literally bowl in the street. It helps that there aren’t as many cars motoring down the roads or parked along the curbs. It’s an exhilarating game that can be played without even keeping score. The freedom felt rolling a bowling ball down the street is enough.
Hula hoops in Wagner Park.
Troy Hooper

Hula hoops and bowling balls aside, there are other more traditional ways to pass the time in Aspen.

This fall is one of the most vibrant and colorful in memory, so a hike or scenic drive should be in order.

Friday is the commencement of a week-long celebration of John Denver. It attracts fans and friends of the legendary Aspen singer-songwriter from around the world. There are concerts, picnics and other remembrances planned throughout Aspen and its natural surroundings.

There is plenty more going on, including concerts at the Belly Up, and deals at many of the restaurants and retail shops in town. Indeed, because Aspen slows down in the fall is what makes it so happening.

A version of this blog first appeared on Inspirato.

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