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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.

2016 Schedule*

7:00am-10:00am – Carter Memorial Colorado Rat Race
This annual tradition features 25 of our most seasoned and daring pilots as they race
to see who can fly the farthest down valley in 3 hours.

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 Balloon Glow and Glow Show

The 2016 Snowmass Glow Show in Base Village takes on a new theme of both future and yesteryear – Gypsie-Jazz Steam Punk. The Gypsy Jazz Band, Swing Je T’aime, will groove the mountain as steampunk characters entertain the crowd and hot air balloons light up Fanny Hill.  Surprises are the name of the game with this all ages show which will feature fire, giveaways and, of course, balloons!

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

Other weekend events:

Don’t miss the annual Snowmass Wine Festival Dinner on Friday, September 16th or the annual Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 17th at Town Park! While you’re at the Grand Tasting, be sure to check out The Ferrari Showcase or check out some amazing autos on auction at The Finest Automobile Auction at the Snowmass Club’s Black Saddle.

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.
  • If your pilot is one of the pilots doing the glow show, dinner will be provided before the glow on Fanny Hill.Email Colleen Johnson (colleenjohnson302@gmail.com) to sign-up as a volunteer.
2014 Highlights




General Information

Date: September 16th - September 18th, 2016

Time: All Day

Location: Snowmass Softball Field and Base Village

Venue Information

Snowmass Softball Field and Base Village

Snowmass Village , CO 81615