Snowshoe & Ski Tours

Travel along mountain streams, over ridgelines, and through beautiful valleys in the Aspen area while learning about mountain ecology on ACES' naturalist guided snowshoe tours. Each winter, daily snowshoe tours are offered on top of Aspen Mountain, Snowmass Mountain, and at the Ashcroft Ghost Town. Check back in October for complete information.

Astronomy Night | May

ACES invites you to Hallam Lake this Spring to look up and learn about the night sky! Each evening starts with a 15-minute lesson covering basic astronomy concepts such as life-cycle of a star, reasons for meteor showers, what planets might be visible, or how phases of the moon work. After the mini lecture we will gather outside for the stargazing portion of the evening. Aspen High School Astronomy Club member Ricky Woycik will be on-hand to guide you through the phenomena of the mountain night sky.
ACES Astronomy Nights are monthly gatherings throughout the year to appreciate the spectacle of the night sky. 2016 Spring dates are March 20, April 17 and May 15.  Join us for one evening or all of them - you will see and learn something different each time. We will have our Summer Schedule with even more Astronomy Nights available by April 2017.
Please RSVP - each evening is limited to 50 people.

May 15, 8pm – Big Bang!
What is the Big Bang and how do we know that it even happened? Come to ACES to explore the Big Bang theory and how everything in our universe came from it. If our Universe was “born” with Big Bang, does that mean it will die some day?

Aspen High School (AHS) student Ricky Wojcik is a promising local astronomer whose love for stars and the cosmos was ignited by the AHS Astronomy Club. Travis Moore, the AHS science teacher who started the club, has inspired many of young minds to look beyond our planet and gain a greater appreciation for our place in the Universe. Ricky loves looking at the stars and learning all there is about Astronomy - from attending numerous physics lectures and following astronomical discoveries on the web to bombarding other astronomers with questions.... All that is in addition to schoolwork, Nordic ski racing career and well, just being a regular high-school kid.
In Ricky’s words: “Aspen’s night sky is very special and Hallam Lake offers an incredible spot to look at the beautiful stars and space that surrounds us.”

Free Members
$5 Non Members
5/15/2017

8PM
Hallam Lake

Astronomy Night | April

ACES invites you to Hallam Lake this Spring to look up and learn about the night sky! Each evening starts with a 15-minute lesson covering basic astronomy concepts such as life-cycle of a star, reasons for meteor showers, what planets might be visible, or how phases of the moon work. After the mini lecture we will gather outside for the stargazing portion of the evening. Aspen High School Astronomy Club member Ricky Woycik will be on-hand to guide you through the phenomena of the mountain night sky.
ACES Astronomy Nights are monthly gatherings throughout the year to appreciate the spectacle of the night sky. 2016 Spring dates are March 20, April 17 and May 15.  Join us for one evening or all of them - you will see and learn something different each time. We will have our Summer Schedule with even more Astronomy Nights available by April 2017.
Please RSVP - each evening is limited to 50 people.

April 17, 8pm – Space Time, Gravity and Black Holes
Are you ready to absorb some mind bending things that happen in our universe? If gravity has ability to change, does that affect and control time? What do black holes have to do with it and why are they confusing scientists every where...
If it’s cloudy, we’ll have a fun time discussing what happens in the movie ‘Interstellar.” But if it’s clear, we’ll enjoy lots of shooting stars radiating from Lyra!

Aspen High School (AHS) student Ricky Wojcik is a promising local astronomer whose love for stars and the cosmos was ignited by the AHS Astronomy Club. Travis Moore, the AHS science teacher who started the club, has inspired many of young minds to look beyond our planet and gain a greater appreciation for our place in the Universe. Ricky loves looking at the stars and learning all there is about Astronomy - from attending numerous physics lectures and following astronomical discoveries on the web to bombarding other astronomers with questions.... All that is in addition to schoolwork, Nordic ski racing career and well, just being a regular high-school kid.
In Ricky’s words: “Aspen’s night sky is very special and Hallam Lake offers an incredible spot to look at the beautiful stars and space that surrounds us.”

Free Members
$5 Non Members
4/17/2017

8PM
Hallam Lake

Astronomy Night | March

ACES invites you to Hallam Lake this Spring to look up and learn about the night sky! Each evening starts with a 15-minute lesson covering basic astronomy concepts such as life-cycle of a star, reasons for meteor showers, what planets might be visible, or how phases of the moon work. After the mini lecture we will gather outside for the stargazing portion of the evening. Aspen High School Astronomy Club member Ricky Woycik will be on-hand to guide you through the phenomena of the mountain night sky.
ACES Astronomy Nights are monthly gatherings throughout the year to appreciate the spectacle of the night sky. 2016 Spring dates are March 20, April 17 and May 15.  Join us for one evening or all of them - you will see and learn something different each time. We will have our Summer Schedule with even more Astronomy Nights available by April 2017.
Please RSVP - each evening is limited to 50 people.

March 20, 7:30pm – Life beyond?
Let’s have some fun with the always-present question of… Is there other life out there or are we completely alone in the Universe? What do astronomers say about it and what do you think? Let’s take a look at the Drake equation and the Fermi paradox, both crucial things to consider when talking about the life beyond.
And, in honor of Spring Equinox, let’s discuss in “space talk” what does it really mean when day and night are equal.

Aspen High School (AHS) student Ricky Wojcik is a promising local astronomer whose love for stars and the cosmos was ignited by the AHS Astronomy Club. Travis Moore, the AHS science teacher who started the club, has inspired many of young minds to look beyond our planet and gain a greater appreciation for our place in the Universe. Ricky loves looking at the stars and learning all there is about Astronomy - from attending numerous physics lectures and following astronomical discoveries on the web to bombarding other astronomers with questions.... All that is in addition to schoolwork, Nordic ski racing career and well, just being a regular high-school kid.
In Ricky’s words: “Aspen’s night sky is very special and Hallam Lake offers an incredible spot to look at the beautiful stars and space that surrounds us.”

Free Members
$5 Non Members
3/20/2017

7:30PM
Hallam Lake

Astronomy Night | February

Come to Hallam Lake this season to look up and learn about the Winter night sky! Stars are at their brightest during the Winter months: from meteor showers and constellations to Milky Way and the planets that are visible during the winter, there is plenty to look at and learn about this time of year!
Each evening starts with a 15-minute lesson covering basic astronomy concepts such as life-cycle of a star, reasons for meteor showers, what planets might be visible, or how phases of the moon work. After the mini lecture we will gather outside for the stargazing portion of the evening. Aspen High School Astronomy Club member Ricky Woycik will be on-hand to guide you through the phenomena of the mountain night sky.
ACES Astronomy Nights are monthly gatherings throughout the year to appreciate the spectacle of the night sky. 2016/17 Winter dates are December 12, December 26 (special holiday evening), January 16, and February 13.  Join us for one evening or all of them - you will see and learn something different each time. We will have our Summer Schedule with even more Astronomy Nights available by April 2017.
Please RSVP - each evening is limited to 50 people.
Please dress warmly! Layers, hat, and mittens are a must. We’ll have hot tea brewing to warm you up afterwards!
 
February 13, 7pm – Mighty Moons!
What makes a moon a Moon and why does it orbit a planet? Our planet has one moon, how about other planets? Come learn about many moons that we are able to see and explore!
 
Aspen High School (AHS) student Ricky Wojcik is a promising local astronomer whose love for stars and the cosmos was ignited by the AHS Astronomy Club. Travis Moore, the AHS science teacher who started the club, has inspired many of young minds to look beyond our planet and gain a greater appreciation for our place in the Universe. Ricky loves looking at the stars and learning all there is about Astronomy - from attending numerous physics lectures and following astronomical discoveries on the web to bombarding other astronomers with questions.... All that is in addition to schoolwork, Nordic ski racing career and well, just being a regular high-school kid.
In Ricky’s words: “Aspen’s night sky is very special and Hallam Lake offers an incredible spot to look at the beautiful stars and space that surrounds us.”

Free Members
$5 Non Members
2/13/2017

7PM
Hallam Lake

Astronomy Night | January

Come to Hallam Lake this season to look up and learn about the Winter night sky! Stars are at their brightest during the Winter months: from meteor showers and constellations to Milky Way and the planets that are visible during the winter, there is plenty to look at and learn about this time of year!
Each evening starts with a 15-minute lesson covering basic astronomy concepts such as life-cycle of a star, reasons for meteor showers, what planets might be visible, or how phases of the moon work. After the mini lecture we will gather outside for the stargazing portion of the evening. Aspen High School Astronomy Club member Ricky Woycik will be on-hand to guide you through the phenomena of the mountain night sky.
ACES Astronomy Nights are monthly gatherings throughout the year to appreciate the spectacle of the night sky. 2016/17 Winter dates are December 12, December 26 (special holiday evening), January 16, and February 13.  Join us for one evening or all of them - you will see and learn something different each time. We will have our Summer Schedule with even more Astronomy Nights available by April 2017.
Please RSVP - each evening is limited to 50 people.
Please dress warmly! Layers, hat, and mittens are a must. We’ll have hot tea brewing to warm you up afterwards!
 
January 16, 7pm – Star Formation
What is a star anyway? Have a look beyond the twinkling lights in our night sky and learn what makes a star a star! What are stars; how far are they really; how big are they; what are they made off? Come join us to learn the basics of star formation.
 
Aspen High School (AHS) student Ricky Wojcik is a promising local astronomer whose love for stars and the cosmos was ignited by the AHS Astronomy Club. Travis Moore, the AHS science teacher who started the club, has inspired many of young minds to look beyond our planet and gain a greater appreciation for our place in the Universe. Ricky loves looking at the stars and learning all there is about Astronomy - from attending numerous physics lectures and following astronomical discoveries on the web to bombarding other astronomers with questions.... All that is in addition to schoolwork, Nordic ski racing career and well, just being a regular high-school kid.
In Ricky’s words: “Aspen’s night sky is very special and Hallam Lake offers an incredible spot to look at the beautiful stars and space that surrounds us.”

Free Members
$5 Non Members
1/16/2017

7PM
Hallam Lake

Astronomy Night | Holiday

Come to Hallam Lake this season to look up and learn about the Winter night sky! Stars are at their brightest during the Winter months: from meteor showers and constellations to Milky Way and the planets that are visible during the winter, there is plenty to look at and learn about this time of year!
Each evening starts with a 15-minute lesson covering basic astronomy concepts such as life-cycle of a star, reasons for meteor showers, what planets might be visible, or how phases of the moon work. After the mini lecture we will gather outside for the stargazing portion of the evening. Aspen High School Astronomy Club member Ricky Woycik will be on-hand to guide you through the phenomena of the mountain night sky.
ACES Astronomy Nights are monthly gatherings throughout the year to appreciate the spectacle of the night sky. 2016/17 Winter dates are December 12, December 26 (special holiday evening), January 16, and February 13.  Join us for one evening or all of them - you will see and learn something different each time. We will have our Summer Schedule with even more Astronomy Nights available by April 2017.
Please RSVP - each evening is limited to 50 people.
Please dress warmly! Layers, hat, and mittens are a must. We’ll have hot tea brewing to warm you up afterwards!

December 26, 7pm – Understanding Zodiacs & Modern Calendar
Join us for a brief review of the Zodiacs and learn what they actually are. Zodiacs play an important role in the night sky and in the human calendars of past and present. Occurrences like leap year, solstice and equinox all have something to do with it… But apparently there is a shift in space that actually makes the Zodiacs inaccurate?!

Aspen High School (AHS) student Ricky Wojcik is a promising local astronomer whose love for stars and the cosmos was ignited by the AHS Astronomy Club. Travis Moore, the AHS science teacher who started the club, has inspired many of young minds to look beyond our planet and gain a greater appreciation for our place in the Universe. Ricky loves looking at the stars and learning all there is about Astronomy - from attending numerous physics lectures and following astronomical discoveries on the web to bombarding other astronomers with questions.... All that is in addition to schoolwork, Nordic ski racing career and well, just being a regular high-school kid.
In Ricky’s words: “Aspen’s night sky is very special and Hallam Lake offers an incredible spot to look at the beautiful stars and space that surrounds us.”

Free Members
$5 Non Members
12/26/2016

7PM
Hallam Lake

Astronomy Night | December

Come to Hallam Lake this season to look up and learn about the Winter night sky! Stars are at their brightest during the Winter months: from meteor showers and constellations to Milky Way and the planets that are visible during the winter, there is plenty to look at and learn about this time of year!
Each evening starts with a 15-minute lesson covering basic astronomy concepts such as life-cycle of a star, reasons for meteor showers, what planets might be visible, or how phases of the moon work. After the mini lecture we will gather outside for the stargazing portion of the evening. Aspen High School Astronomy Club member Ricky Woycik will be on-hand to guide you through the phenomena of the mountain night sky.
ACES Astronomy Nights are monthly gatherings throughout the year to appreciate the spectacle of the night sky. 2016/17 Winter dates are December 12, December 26 (special holiday evening), January 16, and February 13.  Join us for one evening or all of them - you will see and learn something different each time. We will have our Summer Schedule with even more Astronomy Nights available by April 2017.
Please RSVP - each evening is limited to 50 people.
Please dress warmly! Layers, hat, and mittens are a must. We’ll have hot tea brewing to warm you up afterwards!

December 12, 7pm – Zodiac Constellations
Zodiac Constellations? Wait, are we talking about astrology or astronomy? Come learn about the Zodiacs, what they represent in astronomy, how to find them in the night sky and what Greek myths you may have heard about them. If we have a clear night we will be able to see a meteor shower with shooting stars radiating from the Gemini Twins!

Aspen High School (AHS) student Ricky Wojcik is a promising local astronomer whose love for stars and the cosmos was ignited by the AHS Astronomy Club. Travis Moore, the AHS science teacher who started the club, has inspired many of young minds to look beyond our planet and gain a greater appreciation for our place in the Universe. Ricky loves looking at the stars and learning all there is about Astronomy - from attending numerous physics lectures and following astronomical discoveries on the web to bombarding other astronomers with questions.... All that is in addition to schoolwork, Nordic ski racing career and well, just being a regular high-school kid.
In Ricky’s words: “Aspen’s night sky is very special and Hallam Lake offers an incredible spot to look at the beautiful stars and space that surrounds us.”

Free Members
$5 Non Members
12/12/2016

7PM
Hallam Lake

Astronomy Night | November

ACES invites you to Hallam Lake this Fall to look up and learn about the night sky! Each evening starts with a 15-minute lesson covering basic astronomy concepts such as life-cycle of a star, reasons for meteor showers, what planets might be visible, or how phases of the moon work. After the mini lecture we will gather outside for the stargazing portion of the evening. Aspen High School Astronomy Club member Ricky Woycik will be on-hand to guide you through the phenomena of the mountain night sky.
ACES Astronomy Nights are monthly gatherings throughout the year to appreciate the spectacle of the night sky. 2016 Fall dates are September 19, October, 10 and November 14.  Join us for one evening or all of them - you will see and learn something different each time. We will have our Summer Schedule with even more Astronomy Nights available by April 2017.
Please RSVP - each evening is limited to 50 people.
 
November 14, 7pm – Phases of the Moon
How is it that we see a different amount of the moon on any given night? What is our moon and why is it there? We’ll dispel some myths and learn new facts about our moon. If we are lucky we’ll even see the full Supermoon tonight!
 
Aspen High School (AHS) student Ricky Wojcik is a promising local astronomer whose love for stars and the cosmos was ignited by the AHS Astronomy Club. Travis Moore, the AHS science teacher who started the club, has inspired many of young minds to look beyond our planet and gain a greater appreciation for our place in the Universe. Ricky loves looking at the stars and learning all there is about Astronomy - from attending numerous physics lectures and following astronomical discoveries on the web to bombarding other astronomers with questions.... All that is in addition to schoolwork, Nordic ski racing career and well, just being a regular high-school kid.
In Ricky’s words: “Aspen’s night sky is very special and Hallam Lake offers an incredible spot to look at the beautiful stars and space that surrounds us.”

Free Members
$5 Non Members
11/14/2016

7PM
Hallam Lake

Astronomy Night | October

ACES invites you to Hallam Lake this Fall to look up and learn about the night sky! Each evening starts with a 15-minute lesson covering basic astronomy concepts such as life-cycle of a star, reasons for meteor showers, what planets might be visible, or how phases of the moon work. After the mini lecture we will gather outside for the stargazing portion of the evening. Aspen High School Astronomy Club member Ricky Woycik will be on-hand to guide you through the phenomena of the mountain night sky.
ACES Astronomy Nights are monthly gatherings throughout the year to appreciate the spectacle of the night sky. 2016 Fall dates are September 19, October, 10 and November 14.  Join us for one evening or all of them - you will see and learn something different each time. We will have our Summer Schedule with even more Astronomy Nights available by April 2017.
Please RSVP - each evening is limited to 50 people.
 
October 10, 7pm – Space Junk
Meteors, comets, asteroids, shooting stars… what are all those things anyway? Come learn about all this space junk that fills our solar system! We might even get a glimpse of the beautiful meteor shower radiating from Draco.
 
Aspen High School (AHS) student Ricky Wojcik is a promising local astronomer whose love for stars and the cosmos was ignited by the AHS Astronomy Club. Travis Moore, the AHS science teacher who started the club, has inspired many of young minds to look beyond our planet and gain a greater appreciation for our place in the Universe. Ricky loves looking at the stars and learning all there is about Astronomy - from attending numerous physics lectures and following astronomical discoveries on the web to bombarding other astronomers with questions.... All that is in addition to schoolwork, Nordic ski racing career and well, just being a regular high-school kid.
In Ricky’s words: “Aspen’s night sky is very special and Hallam Lake offers an incredible spot to look at the beautiful stars and space that surrounds us.”

Free Members
$5 Non Members
10/10/2016

7PM
Hallam Lake
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