Tennis in Aspen (and Pickleball Too): Where to Hone Your Skills and Develop Your Inner Pro
Picture this: unleashing a wicked serve or smashing an overhead volley winner on clay tennis courts with stunning mountain views for a backdrop. Sounds fantastic. So, how about playing tennis in Aspen this summer for a refreshing change of pace from all that hiking, biking, and whitewater rafting?
Or maybe you want to try pickleball—that amusingly named sport that's become all the rage in the last few years. Like tennis, it's an excellent exercise for all skill levels, gets you outside with family and friends, and starts those competitive juices flowing.
Fortunately, you have a lot of choices for where to play both sports in our active valley. And each has a vibrant local community with which to connect. So, grab your paddle or racket and high-altitude tennis balls (a must at our elevation), and let us serve up the details.
Where to Play Tennis in Aspen (Includes Lesson, Clinic, and Pickleball Information)
Whether you prefer clay courts, outdoor hard courts, or indoor courts, we have what you're looking for (and most are within minutes of downtown Aspen). Here are your best options:
Aspen Meadows Resort: The Cascades Tennis Center has three cushioned hard courts, one Har-Tru clay court, and five pickleball courts. All are open to the public from 8 am to 7 pm daily (8 am to 6 pm Saturdays and Sundays), and private and group lessons and clinics are also offered. There is a fee for court use.
Iselin Pickleball Courts and Tennis Courts: The four Iselin pickleball courts and one tennis court are near the Aspen Recreation Center. They are open primarily on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is no cost. Community drop-in pickleball sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays from 8:30 am-12 pm.
Aspen Tennis Club: This Club, located at 39551 Highway 82, adjacent to the Aspen Golf Course, has six clay courts and access to a ball machine. Memberships are available, but hourly public court time can also be purchased. Group lessons, private lessons, and clinics are also offered.
Snowmass Village Public Tennis Courts - 2835 Brush Creek Rd, Snowmass Village, CO 81615: Two outdoor tennis courts and eight outdoor pickleball courts are available in the summer.
Smuggler Racquet Club: The Smuggler Racquet Club is a private club with six outdoor tennis courts and two outdoor pickleball courts. Memberships are available, and lessons and clinics are open to members and non-members.
Aspen Alps: The Alps feature two classic turf tennis courts, accessible exclusively during summer. Alps condominium guests and owners can use the courts free of charge, but advanced bookings are required. Lessons with renowned local pro Kevin Arias are also available.
Maroon Creek Club: Playing tennis at the Maroon Creek Club requires an active club membership. This allows access to eight outdoor Har-Tru courts, four outdoor pickleball courts during the peak summer months, and four Har-Tru indoor courts year-round. Lessons are also offered.
Snowmass Club: The Snowmass Club features nine outdoor tennis courts, two indoor courts, and six outdoor pickleball courts. The Club offers private tennis instruction.
More Aspen Pickleball Information
Some members of the Aspen pickleball community have joined the USA Pickleball Association, whose mission is to "promote the development and growth of pickleball in the United States and its territories." Many are also members of the Roaring Fork Pickleball Association, which serves as a resource for local places to play, instruction, and tournament information.
Latest Local News About Tennis and Pickleball in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley (Including Tournaments)
New Digs are Coming!: Plans for a completely revamped pickleball site at the Iselin courts are in the works and awaiting final City of Aspen approval. The local community looks forward to new courts, more shade, and an indoor/outdoor spectator pavilion.
Upcoming Local Tournaments:
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