Nothing beats a powder day, especially if you can be first one up the hill and on the slopes. Aspen and Snowmass offer the First Tracks program, which is free for guests. First Tracks means you can get on the lift and get up the hill before the lifts are regularly scheduled to open. You'll be first to enjoy pristine powder or corduroy groomers. You'll still need a lift ticket, but it is free to do First Tracks. You must call the night before to sign up and reserve your spot.

Free mountain tours are also offered every day at all four Aspen-area mountains. Ambassadors at Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands provide complimentary tours twice a day. The ambassadors are typically long-time locals, working for a ski pass, who love sharing their knowledge of the mountains, the ski areas, and the history of the old mining town. They're in the white jackets with a big letter "I" for Information.

Another Aspen freebie is coffee and hot cider. Skiers and riders can grab a cup of Green Mountain Coffee at the base of any of the four mountains from the friendly ambassadors. Stop at the top of the lift for a cup of hot cider, Nature Valley granola bars, and sunscreen. Ambassadors have more hot apple cider at the base at the end of the day.

The Aspen Art Museum offers free admission every day. The museum has free receptions and gallery tours Thursday evenings.

Snowmass has free sing-a-longs and storytelling sessions for everyone in the family, held at the Snowmass Village Mall and in Base Village. Sing-a-longs are held by the campfire are Monday afternoons in the Village Mall, 3:30-4:30 p.m. throughout the winter. Storytelling by the campfire is at the same time Wednesday afternoons at the Mall and in Base Village. Guests also enjoy hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows.

More Information:  First Tracks;  AspenSnowmass;  AspenArtMuseum   Or call 970-923-0560 for Snowmass, and 970-925-1220, ext. 3543.