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Snowmass Balloon Festival


The Snowmass Balloon Festival fills the sky with one of the highest-altitude balloon events in the country. Over three days, 30 pilots compete in challenges such as a distance race that covers the whole Roaring Fork Valley. Highlights include Saturday Evening Glow on Fanny Hill and free music with light show featuring brightly colored balloons lighting up the night sky. All Balloon Festival events are free.


2015 Schedule

7:00am-10:00am – Carter Memorial Colorado Rat Race

7:00am-10:00am – The SnowMASS Ascension & X-Marks the Spot
7:30am-10:00am – Kids’ Elevation Station (Free bounce house, face painting & more)
7:45pm-9:00pm – Saturday Evening Glow

7:00am-10:00am – The SnowMASS Ascension & Balloon Dance
7:30am-10:00am – Kids’ Elevation Station

*All events are subject to change and weather dependent.
Balloon Festival Information and Weather Hotline: 970.922.2233

Volunteer Information
  • Volunteers will be asked to crew for a balloon pilot for one or up to three days plus a night glow.
  • You will be asked to come to the launch field by 6:30 a.m. each morning for a couple of hours and 5:00 p.m. for the night glow.
  • Your volunteer job will be working with your pilot to help set up the balloon on the launch field. You will get to chase the balloon and help pack it up when the flight is over. Flights can last a couple of hours. You are invited to tailgate with your pilot after the flight. Your pilot will provide the tailgate food and drinks.

 So, why should you volunteer for Snowmass Balloon Festival?

  • Each volunteer will receive a 40th Anniversary Snowmass Balloon Festival t-shirt.
  • You will have the ability to get to know the pilots and interact with the hot air balloon.
  • If you volunteer to crew for a pilot the entire weekend, all three days, you will get to fly with your pilot on Sunday, weather permitting.

Snowmass Wine Festival

Don’t miss the Snowmass Wine Festival the same weekend! New to the wine festival this year, check out The Motoring Classic at Aspen Snowmass, a Mini Concours Event featuring extraordinary, rare classic sports cars from 1965-1995 (3:00pm-5:00pm during the Grand Tasting on Saturday afternoon).


2014 Highlights

General Information

Date: September 18th - September 20th, 2015

Time: All Day

Location: Snowmass Softball Field and Base Village

Venue Information

Snowmass Softball Field and Base Village

Snowmass Village , CO 81615