Viceroy Snowmass, Colorado
Here’s what’s being written about Snowmass from media around the globe.
Snowmass closed the book on another season Sunday but the ski area is going to be anything but sleepy this summer.
As it heads into its 50th anniversary, Snowmass is on the brink of a construction surge that could restore skier visits that peaked 20 years ago and help it join the big boys for summer business.
The lifts will barely stop spinning before the cranes will swoop into Base Village to start construction on the Limelight Hotel and other buildings.
Later this spring, the White River National Forest is expected to grant the approvals needed for Aspen Skiing Co. to add numerous amenities at Elk Camp designed to draw summer tourists. Continue Reading
Southern rock group the Drive-By Truckers will headline the opening night of the first edition of Bluebird Art + Sound in Snowmass Village, running June 30 to July 2, festival producers announced this week. Continue Reading
Take a trip back in time next winter as Snowmass Village rings in the 50th anniversary of its ski area.
The season-long celebration will commence Dec. 15 — The exact date of Snowmass Mountain’s 50 year anniversary — with single-day lift tickets sold at the same price that was charged on opening day in 1967: $6.50.
A group of folks from Snowmass Tourism, Aspen Skiing Co. and “other locals and interested parties” first met in October to start planning, Snowmass Tourism Director Rose Abello said.
The tourism group’s goal is to get the word out early in hopes of involving as many community members as possible, she said. Continue Reading
Snowmass Ski Area is on track to undergo a multi-million-dollar makeover this summer, as the town on Monday approved Aspen Skiing Co.’s plan to add on-mountain attractions that include an alpine coaster, ropes course and new hiking and biking trails.
At a Snowmass Town Council meeting, the council unanimously approved a second reading of the ordinance outlining Skico’s intended summer uses and development on the mountain.
The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic has welcomed nearly 400 disabled veterans from across the country and all branches of service. VIDEO
Snowmass Village is home to the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic this week for its 17th consecutive season.
The winter sports clinic, hosted by both the Disabled American Veterans organization and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is the largest rehabilitative program of its kind in the world.
By providing disabled veterans the opportunity to participate in several adaptive sports and activities — including kayaking, curling, fly-fishing, bowling, scuba diving, hockey, rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing and sledding — the clinic challenges and empowers veterans to reach new limits, said David Riley, national commander for Disabled American Veterans.
“The only limits we have, as disabled veterans, are the ones we put on ourselves,” said Riley, a retired Coast Guard rescue swimmer and quadruple amputee. “But limits are made to be broken.” Continue Reading
Aspen Skiing Co. and the town of Snowmass are one step closer to transforming Snowmass Ski Area into a summer adventure center.
At a Snowmass Town Council meeting Monday, the elected officials approved a first reading of the ordinance detailing Skico’s intended summer uses and development on the mountain.
The ordinance also included plans to replace the ski patrol hut that’s located at the top of the Sam’s Knob lift with a new and improved patrol facility.
Skico hopes to commence construction of the new summer attractions, which include an alpine coaster, canopy tour, ropes course and a climbing wall, by June. Continue Reading
From Colorado to Slovakia, Val d’Isere and Chamonix, it’s time to get your skis on
I love the idea of skiing. It’s all so wholesome and Heidi-esque: days spent swooshing down the icy mountains, inhaling Olympian-like gulps of clean Alpine air, full of health-giving negative ions that city air just doesn’t deliver to our shrivelled urban lungs.
I love that all the al fresco calorie-burning means you can guiltlessly wolf down vast quantities of exquisite food prepared by some MasterChef-worthy Henrietta or Hugo gap-yearing as a chalet person. And that at night, physically – instead of mentally – exhausted, you can tuck your weary limbs under crisp, white, light-as-air duvets.
It is enough to make you want to wriggle into lederhosen just thinking about it. So why don’t I go more often? Perhaps it’s because I like being good at things, instantly, and my how-hard-can-it-be? approach to new sports means that I learned the hard way that no amount of positive mental attitude can get you slaloming elegantly (and safely) down a piste after 15 minutes of tuition from a mate. Thankfully, there’s so much more to love about a ski holiday than hitting the slopes – but one day I am determined to master them.
Note to self: book one of these now.
Reviews by: Rowena Carr-Allinson, Tom Horan, Kerry Potter, Michelle Margherita, Sara d’Souza
Where: In the heart of the beautiful Colorado Rockies, Aspen and Snowmass are seen as one entity, but in fact are six miles apart. Snowmass is on the side of the mountain, close to various camps and resorts and a mile from Elk Camp.
Stay: With huge rooms, stylish rustic-luxe decor by designer Jean-Michel Gathy (neutral tones and a contemporary ski-lodge vibe), boutique spa and a couple of laid-back dining rooms, it’s little wonder that everyone from the Obamas to Rihanna check in for a quiet slice of piste-side luxury.
Best bit: The Viceroy Snowmass might seem to be on the wrong end of the village, but it’s only a four-minute walk to Snowmass Ski Resort (one minute on the complimentary golf-buggy shuttle). It’s also home to the coolest cocktail bar in town, has a brilliant pool and outdoor hot tub, and the best views of Snowmass Mountain.
Viceroy Snowmass, 130 Wood Road, Snowmass Village, CO 81515, Colorado; 001 970 923 8000. Doubles from £180, room only.
Organizers of American Renewable Energy Day announced that this year’s Summit will include a free concert by Brothers Keeper featuring John Popper on Fanny Hill in Snowmass Village at 6:30 p.m. June 22.
The concert is part of AREDAY’s free public events set for June 22-24, including AREDAY ELECTRIC, AREDAY EXPO! and IMPACT FILM. AREDAY is a production of The American Renewable Energy Institute. Continue Reading
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Patagonia Snowmass will host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the Wheeler Opera House at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
The festival is a collection of short films that inspire and motivate audiences to take action and become part of the solution to issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, recreation, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and waters. The evening will feature a curated lineup of nine films including the award-winning short “Pangolin,” a glimpse into the most illegally trafficked mammal on the planet. Additional screenings include the tribute film “Douglas Tompkins, A Wild Legacy and The High Divide,” a new film that celebrates the American West and its visionary people.
All event proceeds benefit Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ Tomorrow’s Voices program in honor of Willard Clapper, who founded the program with fellow educator A.O. Forbes in 2000. Tomorrow’s Voices is a college-level class providing civics and environmental leadership education for Roaring Fork Valley high school students.
Ticket prices are $12 in advance at the Wheeler box office or aspenshowtix.com. Cost is $15 the day of the event.
More information is at http://www.aspennature.org/learn/events/Wild-and-Scenic-2017. View Article
THURSDAY, 1 P.M.: Gwyn’s High Alpine is a bubbling stew of skiers and snowboarders with freshly matted helmet-hair, rosy cheeks, wide eyes, and even wider grins. Outside, a long-overdue snowstorm swirls and whirls across Snowmass — a scene visible from most spots inside the mid-mountain lodge outlined in glass windows galore.
The bar, overlooking the slope just below the Alpine Springs lift, is standing room only. Straight ahead, the airy marketplace-style cafeteria bustles with customers deciding whether to bother going any further than the legendary soup bar to stations offering burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Upstairs, patrons gasp in gratitude upon seeing owner Gwyn Knowlton’s glider plane hanging still from the rafters. Downstairs in the window-walled lounge, folks sip hot chocolate, stretch out on plush sofas, and gaze off to the powder-dusted Rock Island cliffs beyond. Continue Reading
On the mountain: To view Snowmass in all its glory, head up the mountain in a snowmobile to the rustic, Western-inspired 1900s log-cabin-turned-restaurant Lynn Britt Cabin. Live music keeps things festive as diners tuck into true Rocky Mountain fare, including Colorado trout, elk meatballs and bison meatloaf.
Off the mountain: Dog sledding and dining don’t usually go hand in hand, but at Krabloonik, the pairing just works. This backcountry log cabin, nestled among the Snowmass mountains, offers diners a front-row show of dogsleds going by (inspiring many to reserve their own pup-led ride). At the restaurant, signature dishes include a wild mushroom soup with creme fraiche and truffle oil, as well as Colorado-centric dishes including grilled Colorado lamb, wild boar scallopine and macadamia-crusted trout with beurre blanc. View
Fruita paleontologist and artist re-creating one of the largest mastodons ever found
In a Fruita workshop, a massive beast is taking shape that will one day dominate Base Village.
Modeled on the fossils of a huge male mastodon pulled from the mud of Ziegler Reservoir in 2010 and early 2011, Rob Gaston, a paleontologist and artist, and his staff are painstakingly creating a replica skeleton that he said will be nearly indistinguishable from the animal’s real bones. The mastodon and scores of others likely lumbered down to the shore of a small glacial lake some 10,000 or so years ago, only to become fatally mired in mud, scientists have hypothesized. Continue Reading
The four Aspen Skiing Co. ski areas fell short of 100 inches of snow for January, but skiers and snowboarders were still treated to a superb month.
Snowmass ended the month with 87 inches of snow, according to Aspen Skiing Co. records, while Aspen Highlands was right behind at 86 inches. Aspen Mountain reported 78 inches, while Buttermilk reaped 57 inches, Skico said.
It looked like the 100-inch barrier was going to be topped when snow fell on 23 of the first 26 days of the month. The snow stopped falling Jan. 27, and the last five days of the month were dry.
Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said the snowfall boosted season-pass use and attracted overnight visitors.
“Momentum carried on from the end of the holiday period and we were strong across all categories,” Hanle said.
Out-of-towners were blown away by the snow conditions, as well, as evidenced when an elementary school-aged boy told his father at the Snowmass base Sunday, “This place is the best, Dad.”
The weather was wet in the Roaring Fork Valley floor, as well. The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport collected 2.10 inches of precipitation in January. The normal amount for the month is 1.21 inches. View Article
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Darryl Hall and John Oates will headline Friday night of the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience.
Jazz Aspen announced the addition today. Hall & Oates join previously announced headliners Keith Urban and Maroon 5 for the music festival, running Sept. 1 through Sept. 3 in Snowmass Town Park.
Two additional acts joined the lineup this week: hip-hop greats The Roots and alternative quartet Lake Street Dive. Continue Reading
The largest of Aspen Skiing Company’s four mountains, Snowmass is ideal for adventurers seeking intermediate terrain.
Since its opening in 1967, Snowmass has gained a reputation as one of Colorado’s best mountain resorts. Its massive size, diverse terrain, extensive ski-in, ski-out accommodations, and fast lifts often make you feel like you’re the only recreationist on the mountain. Best of all, except during major holidays, you’ll rarely find lift lines here, making Snowmass well worth the 3.5-hour drive from Denver.
From wide-open cruisers to steep mogul runs and glades, Snowmass has more than 94 trails, with enough intermediate and expert runs to keep you busy for days. With recently upgraded base facilities and a small but enjoyable beginner area, the resort is laid back and family-friendly, while still offering perks like Gwyn’s High Alpine, a mid-mountain restaurant atop the Alpine Springs Lift that features fine dining with stunning views, as well as a bar and a relaxed café, at a lofty 10,500 feet. Continue Reading
Some of Snowmass’ oldest residents recently returned to their old stomping grounds. Last week, the Ice Age Discovery Center received a few iconic replicas of fossils from the 2010 Snowmastodon dig at Ziegler Reservoir at the foot of the ski area, but first, they stopped at the Aspen Community School. Continue Reading
Snowmass Discovery Executive Director Tom Cardamone and Ice Age Discovery Center paleontologist Stephanie Lukowski display casts at the center on the Snowmass Mall on Jan. 24. Continue Reading
One of my favorite seasons of the year in winter, and for one reason – skiing.
I love skiing, especially when I have the opportunity to do so in the Rockies. Growing up on the east coast made skiing challenging, but also probably made me a better skier in good conditions because I had to learn in such challenging ones.
This month, I was fortunate enough to get back out to Colorado. My family visited friends who live in Snowmass Village, Colorado. We planned to ski four days, but a snowstorm granted us a fifth bonus day of nothing but fresh powder.
Until this trip I hadn’t really powder skied. I’ve skied in an inch or two on top of a groomed trail, but this was several inches of powder and I was constantly skiing fresh tracks. Continue Reading
With snow-covered mountains, a hint of evergreen in the crisp air and intimate lodging, Aspen is clearly an easy choice as an alluring getaway for Valentine’s Day. It’s also home to Aspen Snowmass, one of the world’s most famous ski resorts, with four distinct ski areas and plenty of daytime activities for loving couples to enjoy, including skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. At night, couples can dine at one of the romantic restaurants along the famous Restaurant Row in downtown Aspen or the equally notable restaurants in nearby Snowmass Village, before capping a memorable evening by snuggling in front of a cozy fireplace and perhaps a bottle of bubbly. While most any local restaurant has the makings for a truly romantic evening, some recommendations are Cache Cache, Chefs Club by Food & Wine, Pyramid Bistro and Wild Fig in Aspen or Eight K, Sake and Venga Venga in Snowmass Village, in addition to trendy “on mountain” spots on Snowmass Mountain, that can be accessed by either a gondola ride or snowcat ride, such as Gwyn’s, Lynn Britt Cabin and Elk Camp Restaurant. In Aspen, couples can enjoy a romantic stay at acclaimed spots like Hotel Jerome, Inn at Aspen, Limelight Hotel, Little Nell and The St. Regis Aspen Resort or more secluded spots in Snowmass Village, like The Stonebridge Inn, The Westin Snowmass Resort, Viceroy Snowmass and Woodrun V. View Article
The so-called Snowmastodon site at Ziegler Reservoir in Snowmass is the largest fossil discovery in Colorado history. Scientists from across the world are still working to understand the changing environment in which those plants and animals lived. Stephanie Lukowski is the Ice Age Discovery Center’s paleontologist. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy met with her outside of the Discovery Center in Snowmass. Continue Reading
Ski resorts use to pride themselves on accumulating record amounts of snow as a way to prove they didn’t need to bring out snow machines to afford powder hounds the chance to cut first tracks. But as times (and the climate) have changed, new thinking about snowmaking, environmental conservation and technology are changing the ski industry and the snow sports vacation experience as you know it. Here are six ways skiing is getting a shake-up in 2017. Continue Reading
Whether summer is an afterthought for you right now or the recent mix of rain and snow has you thinking warmer thoughts, Snowmass’ summer event lineup is on the books.
The team at Snowmass Tourism released its calendar for the summer season, which also includes the month of September, just in time for the new year. Continue Reading.
While most people have heard of Aspen, Colorado, not everyone is familiar with nearby Snowmass Village, a smaller, more family-friendly and relatively less expensive ski resort. Regularly ranked in the top 10 of North American ski resorts, Snowmass should be on the short list for a family snow skiing trip. Continue Reading
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – What began 10 years ago as two Basalt kids’ passion for producing ski films has since evolved into a full-fledged, award-winning production company with big-name clients and millions of viewers.
Vital Films co-founders Matt Hobbs and Cael Jones – along with hundreds of millions of Americans – were able to watch the pinnacle of the company’s career premiere on national television.
“Dogs: The Untold Story” is a new Discovery Channel series that explores the origins and camaraderie of man and dog via five segments shot around the world.
Episode two of the series, titled “Wild Workers,” highlights the relationship between Snowmass ski patroller Dan Berg and his avalanche rescue dog, Piper. Continue Reading
Cheers to the New Year, as well as new business, barbecue, breakfast options and more in Snowmass.
Check out these new happenings throughout the village, from the slopes to the Snowmass Center, Mall and Base Village. Continue Reading
A new festival titled Bluebird Art + Sound is coming to Snowmass Village this summer, the town announced this week.
Running from June 30 to July 2, the festival fills the calendar slot recently vacated by the Wanderlust yoga and music gathering.
The event promises concerts on Fanny Hill, a free interactive art exhibition in Base Village, an “art walk” on the Snowmass Village Mall and a DJ complementing a nighttime art exhibition on the Base Village Lawn. Continue Reading
Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced three acts for its 2017 Labor Day Experience: Maroon 5, Keith Urban and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.
They are the first three artists announced for the three-day event running Sept. 1 through 3 at Snowmass Town Park. Continue Reading
The Moonlit Trek and Dinner series was so popular last winter, bringing the event back to the village for its second season was a no-brainer for the Snowmass marketing team.
Both events, which took place in January and February 2016, sold out at least two weeks in advance, according to Snowmass Tourism Director Rose Abello.
On or near full moon nights, the Moonlit Trek and Dinner invites visitors and locals to snowshoe or cross-country ski the Snowmass golf course and indulge in a pasta dinner at the Black Saddle Bar & Grille and s’mores around a fire. Continue Reading
The results are in! Your top choice for 2016’s Visitors’ Choice Awards title: Best Overall Ski Resort, goes to… drum roll please… Aspen Snowmass! From champagne powder to champagne brunches, this luxury ski town offers four mountains and more than 5,500 acres of skiable terrain to choose from. Located on the Western Slope of Colorado, along the Roaring Fork River, Aspen is home to world-class dining, shopping, nightlife and its very own airport. Continue Reading
At a certain age, the après becomes just as important as the skiing. Perhaps this is why resort towns spend so much effort making sure skiers and boarders have a warm place to bend their elbows come 4 p.m. This year’s winner for Best Ski Resort Nightlife, Aspen Snowmass, is home to well over 100 restaurants, bars, clubs and lounges. Throw in an internationally known live music scene, and you’ve got a ski-town that truly knows how to celebrate from closing bell to first chair. Continue Reading
Autumn is here and Mother Nature has once again begun to wield a paintbrush to color the landscape with golden yellows, tawny reds and deep oranges. Want to know where to find the best places for leaf-peeping across the country? From the West Coast to the East Coast, here are some of our favorite road trips for viewing incredible fall foliage.
One of Bradley Farrell’s missions in launching the immodestly named Finest Automobile Auctions company was to break some traditions. One of those traditions was “grinding,” putting pressure on consignors to lower their reserve prices when bids on their vehicles were falling short of those levels on the auction block.
Instead, Farrell would extend the bidding period, by as much as 72 hours after action on the block had ended. He believed that someone who would bid only to a certain level during the public auction would be willing to increase a bid when away from the heated auction environment. Continue Reading
Like returning to a welcoming home after a long day, making our way into Gwyn’s High Alpine, my favorite on-mountain restaurant during my early ski-school years, felt just as welcoming.
Popping out of my bindings and pulling off my goggles, I would shuffle along in a clumsy little parade of boot-clad, snow-covered ducklings waddling in behind our instructor. I fondly recall the sensation of finally reaching the double doorway, the warm, yummy air and a welcoming smile from Gwyn herself that would often greet us upon entering as we habitually clambered down the stairs to collapse at our usual table.
This year, Gwyn’s High Alpine is undergoing a very substantial makeover that will be unveiled with the upcoming ski season. During its closing days last season, it paid homage to the early days of the restaurant with vintage prices and throwback parties. And as I roamed through the familiar spaces one last time in April and watched my son play with Gwyn’s grandson, the way my sisters and I had played with Whitney and Tracey decades ago, concern washed over me. Would this beloved icon lose its charm? Would it ever feel the same again? Continue Reading
Rocky Mountain peaks and golden-leafed aspens — it only seems fitting — will provide backdrop for the first classic car auction in Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, and Bradley Farrell, founder of The Finest Automobile Auctions, thinks he’s assembled a sales docket that fits the local environment.
“For the demographic here, while it’s a very wealthy community and could afford multi-million-dollar cars, it’s not the right thing to do for your first auction here, for the first auction ever here,” Farrell said of the sale taking place Saturday.
“So we carefully have curated some entry-level classics for the demographic,” he said, listing cars such as a 1952 Jaguar XK120 coupe, a Porsche 356, a Mercedes-Benz 280SEL and also a 190SL, plus a Land Rover 110
“Those are the cars that I think are going to speak to the community here, and I see them driving around anyway,” he added.
Rocky Mountain peaks and golden-leafed aspens — it only seems fitting — will provide backdrop for the first classic car auction in Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, and Bradley Farrell, founder of The Finest Automobile Auctions, thinks he’s assembled a sales docket that fits the local environment. Continue Reading
When it comes to trendy trip ideas and buzzworthy vacation spots, America’s cities get a lot of love—maybe because their landscapes are always changing. New York, DC, Chicago and LA hum with new developments and promising projects; every week brings a packed calendar of grand openings and debut performances.
But in a land with hundreds of individual mountain ranges and endless acres of national forests, some of the most exciting destinations in the US boast skylines that haven’t changed in centuries. Home to craggy peaks with steep trails, twisting singletracks and swirling whitewater, this country’s beautiful little mountain towns deserve their own moment in the sun. That’s why we’re featuring 24 scenic communities—each home to less than 10,000 residents—with serious four-season appeal and tons of small-town charm. Continue Reading
While it’s back-to-school for a lot of our summer visitors, we’re still going strong with the family-friendly Zoppé Italian Circus and chalk art competition in Snowmass. Back in Aspen, there’s music all over town as the JAS Café and Aspen Music Festival & School seasons wind down with nightly shows at the Belly Up too. Here, we arm you with an agenda to help you navigate the sea of arts and activity schedules—unparalleled among any other mountain town. Continue Reading
Most of the dust has settled, and the hard working Big Mountain Enduro folks have done a fair bit of trail work to breathe some life back into the trails in Aspen and Snowmass that took a beating from some of the best mountain bike racers in the world. So now that the mass media has had their moment in the spotlight, let’s take some time to give some honorable mentions to friends who keep the sport legit and also give some shouts to the fastest out there.
Five out of six stage wins this weekend for Graves. He was quite simply the boss this weekend. Really there is little else to say about the 2014 series champion and now he has a win under his belt aboard his new Specialized bike, don’t be surprised to see him challenge at all the remaining rounds this season… In the women’s race it was business as usual for Cecile Ravanel, sweeping all before her once more. In the Under 21 category the Dailly vs. Claquin dogfight dominated once more as the two French youngsters traded stage wins all weekend, to finished tied at three stages apiece, but with Dailly edging ahead with his lead from day one. Continue Reading
Bike Snowmass just launched a new site (thanks again for the heads up, Owen) and it’s a beauty.
But even more impressive than the visual design is the marketing insights and features built into the new platform. Specifically, three things…
The 53rd annual Colorado Scottish Festival is back in Snowmass for its second year Aug. 5 through 7
In the early 1960s, a few members o the St. Andrew Society of Colorado in Denver organized a little picnic as a way to celebrate their Scottish heritage.
Within a few years, what started as a small gathering with some bagpipe players and food evolved into something much greater. Continue Reading
The flagship event of COCHON555’s weekend, Grand Cochon, featured 10 chefs competing for the crown with 30 best bites from across the country. These winning dishes were served to the sold-out crowd of more than 500 pork-loving epicureans and 20 celebrity judges who voted for their favorite bites, including Andrew Zimmern, Tyler Florence, Laura Werlin, 2016 Food & Wine Best New Chef Brad Kilgore, “2015 King of Porc” Thomas Boemer, Celebrity Chef Mike Isabella, Food Artisan Cristiano Creminelli amongst other notable food celebrities. Together they crowned Walter Manzke of Republique the King of Porc and National Champion. The winner walked away with a four-day wine experience in Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region, gifts from Williams-Sonoma, a 2016 Pro Series Grill from Traeger and a Chef’s Coat courtesy of Hedley & Bennett. Grand Cochon was part of a weekend of epic events hosted by Viceroy Snowmass, Snowmass Tourism and Related and the events benefitted Piggy Bank, a farm devoted to providing free heritage breed pigs and business plans to emerging family farms. Continue Reading.
Where can you find 3,500 pounds of Heritage breed pigs, locally sourced cows, ducks, and lamb, all perfectly cooked by 50 prominent chefs from around the country? Only on the Cochon 555 Tour. This large traveling culinary tour is part of the modern Good Food Movement and has a serious mission, but also happens to be a whole lot of fun. The tour’s visit to stunning Snowmass, Colorado, this year ended up being a full-weekend food extravaganza, kicking off with the Heritage Fire event. The rest of the weekend offered private food and wine tastings, an exclusive Asian speakeasy-themed dinner, and wrapped up with The Grand Cochon on Sunday. The events also happened to coincide with the annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic, making this little slice of the Rocky Mountains a food-lover’s paradise for the weekend. Continue Reading.
Here we are in Aspen, Colorado for round five of the Enduro World Series. One of the poshest ski communities in the United States, the median home price in Aspen is $1,533,000. Not only are the home prices lofty, so is the elevation. Aspen sits at about 10,000 feet, you could say the air is rare up here. We are looking at two days of racing hosted by the Big Mountain Enduro series. Six stages with over 15,000 feet of descending on sweet Colorado singletrack. Most of the racing will be lift accessed and this time around we are only looking at 1,700 feet of climbing, which is all for the better considering the lack of oxygen. The trails are dry and dusty, and some stages have estimated times of 15 plus minutes. BME has put in some fresh new sections of trail, so this will be an interesting one.
Richie Rude comes off a dominating win in La Thuile and will be guns a blazing. Martin Maes will be returning after his crash in Fort Bill to give chase to Rude. Sam Hill will be sitting this one out, but Oton and Nicolai will be doing their best to put the pressure on Richie. Cecile Ravanel is clearly out in front with Isabeau Courdurier closing the gap as the season progresses. Anneke Beerten returns from illness and will also be in the mix here in Aspen, and could pull off a win. For now though, we get a lay of the land and check out some of the stages on the media recce before racing gets underway.
From mountains to ranches, the state has everything you could want for an adventure-packed holiday.
Soaring mountains, spectacular vistas and Old West culture – Colorado has much to be proud of. And the state will have extra cause for celebration on 1 August, when it turns 140. On that day in 1876, President Ulysses S Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state. To celebrate, here are five ways to experience Colorado, from mountain biking to mountain concerts. Continue Reading
There’s no better or more exhilarating way to cool off in the summer than a rafting trip down one of Colorado’s rivers. Rafters can choose to careen down swift-moving rivers such as the Cache la Poudre near Fort Collins, or drift lazily along the San Juan River in Pagosa Springs in late summer.
There are many rivers in Colorado, and even more rafting companies, and finding the right fit for you can take some investigating, but it will be well-worth it. Continue Reading
Round five kicks off this weekend in Colorado
The Enduro World Series crosses the Atlantic this week to Aspen-Snowmass for the Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro presented by Shimano.
The first North American race of the year will take place in some of the USA’s highest mountains, at the iconic Aspen-Snowmass resort in Colorado.
The 450 riders will face six stages over two days of racing, all at a lung busting altitude of 10,000 feet. The resort’s chairlifts mean riders don’t face too much in the way of climbing at just 1700 feet–but the elevation means even a modest climb can be brutal. But with 15,000 feet of descent down classic Colorado singletrack as a reward, it will definitely be worth it. Continue Reading
Enduro World Series set to take place in Snowmass and Aspen on July 30 and 31
Pedal up a mountain at high altitude. Race down the hill as fast as possible. Repeat. This is more or less the gist of enduro cycling, a form of mountain biking that combines timed downhill racing and uphill cycling over the course of several stages. On July 30, Round 5 of the eight-round Enduro World Series kicks off in Snowmass, drawing 400 of the best mountain bikers across the world to town.
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, CO — After an arduous 16 mile hike yesterday, I’m at The Spa at Viceroy Snowmass while an experienced massage therapist ministers to my aching legs and shoulders.
My two daughters are enjoying massages at the same time—a little mom-daughters time. The Viceroy Spa is the largest in Snowmass and second only to the St. Regis in neighboring Aspen. I’m disappointed there is no steam or sauna but there is a wonderful soaking tub where we relax before our treatments. There are more than a dozen “massage journeys” to choose from—a Path to Tranquility, Herbal Compress Therapy where muscular tension is released through the application of steaming herbal compresses, hot stone massage, anti-cellulite, traditional Thai massage… We have the spa’s popular “healer” with a combination of sports and deep tissue massage complimented by our personal choice of scent. Continue Reading
Skip the expensive town of Aspen and explore Colorado’s casual Snowmass for great summer hikes and bites.
A stones throw from the ever-popular Aspen and a stunning three hour drive from Denver, Snowmass is the affordable, family-friendly mountain town we are currently in love with. This may surprise you, but we think you should travel there in the summer and fall. Sure, you can be like the rest of the crowd and enjoy their (wonderful) ski season, but if you head to the village in the off-season you will be rewarded with a quieter getaway and lower lodging prices. Not to mention, with events, like free music concerts, happening all summer long, it is the perfect time to visit. Continue Reading.
OMG, I fell in love with Snowmass, Colorado. It was the vision I’ve had for years of my perfect mountain town appeared for me – warm, friendly, homegrown, small-town, perfect for families, unpretentious, with plenty to do.
We visited Aspen in 2006 on our US road trip, and I liked it, but it did not wow me. I figured I had to return in the winter to get its authentic vibe. I didn’t connect to it like I did Snowmass. Continue Reading.
For most people, Aspen = skiing, which is a shame because the truth is, the snow that has made this town so famous is just an icy blanket that covers up one of the most spectacularly beautiful mountain villages in the world. I had no idea how glorious Aspen was going to be until I went last summer and fell immediately in love.
In the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Aspen is that rare mix of picture-postcard mountain scenery and a town so pretty and preserved, you feel like you’ve stumbled into an idyll of bygone America, where fast-food chains don’t exist, streets are leafy, Victorian-era wooden houses look like something out of an F Scott Fitzgerald novel, wildflowers grow between cracks on sun-drenched pavements and people say hello when you pass them on the sidewalk. Continue Reading.
CrossFit competition debuts in Snowmass
When Pat Burke left the Marine Corps at age 23, the former combat veteran said trying to reintegrate with society was like “an outsider trying to come back in.” Continue Reading
even years ago, two New York-based music executives, business partners and best friends had what seemed like an outrageous idea at the time — to start the world’s first-ever yoga retreat combined with a music and arts festival.
“It was seen as a little bit wacky,” said Wanderlust Festival co-founder Sean Hoess, looking back on the festival’s origins. “People were like, ‘You’re having a music festival and you’re crossing it with yoga?’” he said, adding that “there was definitely some negative feedback.”
“We were like, ‘Well, let’s just give it a shot anyway,’” Hoess said.
The first Wanderlust Festival took place in Squaw Valley, California, in 2009.
Today, Wanderlust hosts 40 events annually and reaches destinations worldwide, including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Mexico, Chile and Argentina. Continue Reading.
The world’s first and only yoga retreat meets music and arts festival returns to Snowmass today.
Back for its third consecutive year, Wanderlust Festival kicks off with several activities beginning at 8 a.m. and will cap off with a yoga dance party Sunday at 4 p.m.
Wanderlust’s ability to merge music and yoga set the event apart from other festivals, said Boulder-based yoga instructor Gina Caputo, who will lead hikes and meditation and yoga classes at the Snowmass festival. Continue Reading.
Once the cap-off event to the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, Grand Cochon is in its second all-grown-up year as a standalone three-day shindig in Snowmass. While the main Grand Cochon event on Saturday was all about the swine, the one that blew our minds was Heritage Fire, the launch of the weekend on Thursday, where all meats got an equal opportunity on the coals. Continue Reading.
Swimming in the lake, bunking in cabins with your besties and sneaking off to smooch with Timmy in the woods. Ahhh, those were the days…
Well, now you can relive your youth–but in much better style–with a wide variety of “adult summer camps” that offer everything from boozy color wars to archery. Here are nine awesome options for the throwback getaway you really want, but with the upscale accommodations you need. Continue Reading.
I was never a Deadhead. I never followed Jerry Garcia and company around the country in a VW Microbus. But I would consider following Wanderlust in Deadhead fashion (Volkswagen’s new electric Microbus would be fitting transportation). The yoga lifestyle festival is the largest in the world, with incarnations in Vermont, California, Canada and Australia. Wanderlust returns to its Colorado home-base in Aspen Snowmass June 30 through July 3.
“Wanderlust is an opportunity to choose your own adventure and live it in a beautiful, natural location,” said Wanderlust co-founder Jeff Krasno. “We look forward to bringing people together to celebrate, exchange ideas and experience the good things in life.” Continue Reading
It’s been seven years since Cochon 555 was established by founder Brady Lowe as a way to educate chefs and consumers about heritage breed pigs, as well as encourage the practice of nose-to-tail cookery.
The 10-city tour is a friendly-fire competition in which five local chefs duke it out for the title of “Prince/Princess of Porc” based on their utilization and talent cooking with a whole hog (sourced from local farms and ranches whenever possible). Every June during the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, the Grand Cochon (held this year on June 18 at the Viceroy Snowmass) serves as the finale of the tour, in which the winners from each city engage in a culinary throw down to become “King/Queen of Porc.”
The weekend isn’t just focused on pork, however. Snowmass will also be hosting Cochon 555’s epic Heritage Fire for the second year in a row. The whole-animal, wood-fired bacchanalia features 50 chefs from across the country cooking over 3,500 pounds of meat—from game birds and goat to seafood. The goal, explains Lowe, “Is to network consumers and chefs with responsible farmers raising honest and safe food, with purpose and passion.” Ticket sales help benefit charities like the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) and Piggy Bank, a heritage breed pig sanctuary in Missouri. It is, says Lowe, “A great reason to come out and eat for a cause.” Continue Reading.
Farm-to-fork is a delicious and healthy trend that’s happening across the United States. Also known as farm-to-table, the phrase refers to the local food movement that promotes eating food that was grown close to home.
In the western United States, farm-to-fork is very popular, and finding a restaurant or market applying this practice to their business model is getting easier every day. Continue Reading.
There are those who will remember with fondness celebrating summer’s start by sampling beer and homemade chili in the heart of Snowmass. The Annual Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest was held on Fanny Hill in Snowmass for nine years, as an unofficial start to the summer’s many festivities. A few years ago, it evolved into the Mammoth Festival, a three-day event, with musical acts, a sampling of beers and award-winning chili. This year, the festival undergoes a new makeover, with the popular trend toward simplicity. The Snowmass Craft Beer Rendezvous, as it is now named, will be all about the beer. Continue Reading.
The New Orleans music legend Cyril Neville’s first gigs were as a teenager in the 1960s, playing French Quarter clubs with his brother’s R&B outfit, Art Neville and the Neville Sounds. That group later recorded with Allen Toussaint and became The Meters – the founding fathers of New Orleans funk – and then evolved into the Neville Brothers and became musical royalty.
After working with those groundbreaking bands, playing with everybody from Bob Dylan to Bono to Joan Baez, and doing solo material, Neville has most recently found a home in the blues-rooted but adventurous Royal Southern Brotherhood.
“The beautiful part about this is that I can do all that stuff right here,” Neville said last month as the band was coming off of rapturously received performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. “That’s what’s made it the most fun I’ve had in a long time.” Continue Reading.
Snowmass’ annual kickoff to summer is coming this weekend, and this year it’s all about the beer.
For 10 years, the village offered the valleywide kickoff to summer in the form of the Chili Pepper & Brew Fest, a chili cookoff and beer tasting combo that also offered live music. For the past three years, that evolved into the Snowmass Mammoth Fest, which became more about the music and relocated to the grassy fields of Town Park.
Now, this event is circling back, returning to the ski slopes and eliminating some aspects to focus on what’s important: craft beer. Continue Reading.
The craft beer craze hits the high country
If you’re itching to start off summer with some serious fun in the mountains, consider heading to the Snowmass Rendezvous and bRUNch Trail Run this Saturday, June 11th in Snowmass, Colorado. All of the festivities will take place at the base of Snowmass Mountain, a picturesque spot only 20 minutes from Aspen. And while some craft beer festivals and races cost hundreds of dollars in participant fees, the Snowmass Rendezvous is downright affordable. Continue Reading.
Didn’t get tickets to the sold-out Classic? No problem
The biggest weekend in food is right around the corner, when famous chefs and winemakers from around the world descend on Aspen from June 17-19. But if you didn’t manage to score tickets to the sold-out FOOD & WINE Classic, there’s still plenty to do in town. We break down which events you can still get into and how you can have a jam-packed weekend of gluttony and booze without those flashy festival badges. Continue Reading.
Soul-rock band Pimps of Joytime will headline the fourth annual Deaf Camp Benefit Summer Festival, the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing announced this week.
AT A BASE VILLAGE IN A ROCKY MOUNTAIN BASIN OF GOLDEN aspens, you load your bike into a gondola at 8,432 feet above sea level. At 11,325 feet, you take int he dramatic alpine scenery of 14,000-foot peaks in every direction. You roll over scree and drop into a Gravity Logic-built downhill trail with 6-foot berms and floaty tabletops as you descend for almost 3 miles to treeline. Continue Reading.
After a successful debut season this winter, Turks, Snowmass Village’s only live music venue, has stayed open daily throughout off-season. Located in the former Mountain Dragon space and founded by longtime area bartender Tim Lucca, Turks has become a place for locals and tourists alike to have a good time. Continue Reading.
The legendary Deaf Camp Benefit Summer Festival returns for its fourth year in Snowmass on Saturday, July 16, in Base Village. The Deaf Camp Benefit is happy to announce that soul rock band Pimps of Joytime will perform as the headliner. The benefit is free but attendees are strongly encouraged to make donations to the camp, which go towards scholarships for kids along with the proceeds from a silent auction. The Deaf Camp Benefit (originally known as the Deaf Camp Picnic) was established in the 60s with the help of John Denver, Jimmy Buffet, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to support the great things Aspen Camp does for deaf and hard of hearing kids. Read More.
The jewelry designer takes us to her favorite places for a mid-mountain lunch, gluten-free desserts, and designer shopping while in town.
For more than a decade, jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher has been creating the covetable, minimalist chokers and sleek cigar band rings worn by Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Cara Delevingne, among others. And when she’s not working on an upcoming collection at her studio in New York City, there’s a good chance you can find Fisher in Aspen. “My husband Kevin has been going there with his family ever since he was six months old, and now it’s a tradition of ours. [We can] reconnect with all the cousins (33 this time!) and spend time as a family exploring the town and going to big group dinners. This year was our first chance to ski as a family with both of our children, Shane and Drew. We ski Snowmass because it is so kid friendly and fun. Next year, when they are a bit more advanced, we’ll ski Aspen Mountain together.”
As we enter the summer season in Aspen (even better than winter, in our humble opinion), we asked Fisher for her favorite spots to take the kids—or sneak out for a date night—when she’s in town.
Where to grab a mid-mountain lunch
Elk Camp on Snowmass was recently redone and it is our favorite place to meet the whole family for lunch on the mountain. They have the most incredible salad bar and delicious made-to-order rotisserie chicken platters, pizza, and soups. You can grab a bottle of champagne with lunch from the cooler next to the electrolyte drinks or go to the bar and sit on the large patio for après-ski.
Ease of access and world-class hotels, facilities and activity options make Colorado a top pick for this reinvented sector of the industry.
A New Approach
In a unique move for a destination marketing organization, Snowmass Tourism has helped develop a new adventure travel-focused receptive tour operator that is headquartered in Snowmass but feature itineraries that span a number of Colorado’s iconic mountain towns. Continue Reading.
Aspen Mountain might be open for skiing this weekend, but the summer recreation season is under way.
In Snowmass, that starts with biking and hiking. Trails such as the South Rim and Ditch have been in use for some time now, and Sky Mountain Park’s winter closure ended last week.
Snowmass Village is getting some new trails this summer, too: Perhaps the most notable is the Seven Star Trail, which will connect the Rim Trail to the Brush Creek Valley. Continue Reading.
Yoga in the mountains
The Wanderlust Aspen Snowmass mindful living festival brings yoga to Snowmass Village from June 30 through July 3. There are yoga sessions for all skill levels with a wide range of styles, from yin to vinyasa, plus meditation sessions and the music that’s the core of the festival, including DJ-powered yoga classes. The lineup of celebrity teachers ranges from Rod Stryker to Seane Corn.
A one-day ticket ranges from $90 to $150, and a four-day ticket is $425. Visit wanderlust.com for more information. Read more.
Snowmass Club Golf Course
Golf course architect Jim Engh created this stunning links course on mountainous terrain. The No. 1 tee box sits at 8,000 feet above sea level, and from the first swing it’s a test of your course management. On the par-5 seventh hole, a sand bunker lies in the landing area, no matter which tee you choose. The bunker is 5-feet deep in spots, so hit sideways or backwards to get out. The private Snowmass Club course may be played when staying at preferred hotel partners.
Warmer weather doesn’t always = un-hunched shoulders, thanks to that pesky thing known as the 12-month American work ethic. Neither does vacation, especially when you pick some tourist-saturated destination that presses your misanthropy buttons. Sometimes to get away, you *really* have to get away, be it remote beach or rugged mountain retreat, little-known wine trail or in-city spa escape.
Why it’s so great: Snowmass is irrefutable proof that ski resorts are sometimes better in the summer. For starters, it’s irrefutably gorgeous in the warm-weather months, what with that lack of snow revealing picturesque mountain vistas. And the outdoor activity lineup might just cause you to cancel that overpriced Grand Canyon jaunt: mountain biking, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, golfing, rock climbing, and horseback riding (plus gondola rides for the lazy and/or exhausted).
Must-do: We’re going to have to go with the rodeo (every Wednesday night, June to August), a tradition that starts with barbecue and cocktails (full rodeo bar!) and ends with roasted marshmallows around a communal campfire, with all the expected trappings — bull riding, barrel racing, roping demos — in between.
Aspen has no shortage of world-class mountain biking trails, but, in most cases, there’s a caveat: You have to climb anywhere from 800 feet to more than 2,000 feet to access them. The thrill of the ride—and the views that come with it—make the effort well worth it, but it’s also important to set your expectations and be prepared, especially if you’re unaccustomed to riding at higher elevations.
Whether you’re going for glory on the Power of Four course or simply enjoying a ride up the beaten path, charging up anything on the your first day at altitude is not recommended. Be sure to bring extra hydration and food for fuel, as you’ll be burning more calories than you would at lower elevations. Continue Reading
Here are some of the more interesting deals, websites, and other travel tidbits that came across our desk recently:
The Snowmass Rodeo, Colorado’s longest-running rodeo, begins June 8 and will be held every Wednesday night through Aug. 17. www.snowmassrodeo.org
A new event coming to Snowmass in June that will fill the weekend left open when Mammoth Fest called it quits mixes beer, running and music. Continue Reading.
The lineup for the 25th season of free summer concerts in Snowmass Village includes the addition of two Friday and four Saturday shows, to compliment the Thursday night lineup.
Big name artists including Taj Mahal, Xavier Rudd, Jamestown Revival and Chali 2na will grace the stage on Fanny Hill this season. Continue Reading.
The 25th season of Snowmass’ summer concert series will draw names like Xavier Rudd, Chali 2na, Jamestown Revival and the Taj Mahal Trio for free, family-friendly entertainment all summer long.
The series kicks off June 11 with Royal Southern Brotherhood featuring Cyril Neville. Traditionally held on Thursday nights, this season’s outdoor concert series includes two Friday and four Saturday shows. Continue Reading.
A favorite trail marker has a bittersweet origin.
FOR THOSE WHO FIND a meditative element in hiking and biking, the stone yin-yang platform on a high point off of Snowmass Village’s Rim Trail is an ideal place to rest, reflect, and take snapshots. For locals who know the story behind the unique monument, it truly is a sacred site. Continue Reading.
Ready to put your skills to the test? Here are three epic upcoming races to add to your calendar.
GoldenLeaf Half Marathon in Snowmass Village, Colo.
Test your lungs by trekking at elevetion in this race, which starts 8,650 feet above sea level. You’ll pass ponds and ski slopes along the single-track trail and descend into Aspen to cross the finish. (goldenleafrace.com) View Full Article.
In February of 2016, Snowmass Tourism announced it was partnering with other mountain towns in the state to “connect the Colorado adventure dots,” by helping to develop two business-to-business adventure travel inbound operators. These companies, Ursus Adventures and Mountain Travel Logistics (MTL), will feature itineraries covering 10 different regions of the Rocky Mountain State. This is a year-round endeavor, designed to encourage longer, more meaningful trips to these often “weekender” destinations, both during ski season and the popularizing “off-seasons.” Continue Reading
Snow hounds know to head west for winter, but there’s more to the Centennial State than skiable slopes and year-round adventures (summer has long been prized for its top-notch kayaking, hiking, climbing, riding and more). Continue Reading.
For Jeff Combs, sports have always come naturally.
“You name it, I’ve probably played it,” especially if it involves a ball or puck, he said.
Combs also used to snowboard, but last week, he was back to square one. The former Marine suffered a spinal cord injury in 2012, and last Thursday, he was on his second day of learning how to sit-ski.
Like most beginners, his first day was hard. He had to learn the equipment, how to ski and communicate with instructors steering him from behind, and more than once on that one run of the day he said he fell down. On Day 2, it started out that way again, with a few falls on the run from the Village Express midstation back to Fanny Hill. But the third run of the day was one smooth, continuous trip down the mountain — with no falls. Continue Reading.
It’s National Pig Day on Tuesday, and we know you’re wondering how you’re going to celebrate.
But fear not: The organizers from Cochon555, who brought two live cooking events to Snowmass Village during last year’s Food & Wine Classic, are back to beef — er, pork — up apres-ski this Tuesday and Wednesday.
With the help of Will Nolan, executive chef at Viceroy Snowmass; Jason Harrison, private chef and owner of Vail Valley-based Red Maple Catering and 2013 Cochon winner; and Bryan Nolt of Breckenridge Distillery, Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe is hosting live cooking events on the patio of Ricard in Snowmass Base Village. The chefs will prepare three pigs and one lamb total, paired with cocktails crafted by Nolt. Continue Reading.
It isn’t too late to go on a spring vacation. Here are a few ideas.
Here’s another ski deal, but it has a limited travel period. For stays April 3-17, select Snowmass properties are offering 40 percent off adult tickets and equipment rentals when booking at least two-night stays with the Spring Escape package. Children ages 7-12 ski and ride free with the purchase of a rental package, and little ones ages 6 and younger are free. Stonebridge Inn and the Villas at the Snowmass Club are among the participating properties.
2016 was to be last year for Snowmass event before more funding secured
A three-decade tradition that brings law enforcement from three continents to Snowmass for a ski racing meet that was to host its final run in 2016 will continue, after a sponsor put up more funds to keep the event going. Continue Reading.
Thanks to daylight saving time beginning Sunday, the sun is staying up an hour later even as the days are getting longer with the start of spring.
So it’s no wonder that people want to keep skiing — or apresing — later into the day, and Aspen Skiing Co. is answering the call. Continue Reading.
The 2016 ski season continues to offer options for adventure. Here are five destinations:
5. Snowmass, Colo. In addition to downhill fun, kids visiting this family-friendly resort can expect activities ranging from storytelling to wildlife adventures to selfies with Snowy the Mammoth. Continue Reading.
Like most holidays — and Saturdays, and powder days, and … — St. Patrick’s Day has always been a big party in Snowmass Village.
Informal get-togethers have taken place at the Wine Cabin and around town over the years, while some years Snowmass Tourism or, back in the day, the Snowmass Resort Association, has organized public events.
This year, Snowmass Tourism is combining forces with village bars and restaurants already celebrating and offering a scavenger hunt. Pots-of-gold will be placed at participating venues around the village, each containing a gift certificate, and whoever finds them first gets to keep the prize. Continue Reading.
Helps launch two new adventure tour receptive companies selling unique travel experiences to global tour operators, incentive houses and more.
Snowmass, CO – Snowmass is partnering with other mountain towns of Colorado in order to offer the best in adventure travel within the Rocky Mountains; connecting the Colorado adventure dots, so to speak. The Snowmass Tourism office is helping with the development of two adventure-travel oriented tour operator companies that will sell unique experiences directly to global tour operators, incentive houses and other travel-related companies. The two companies, Ursus Adventures and Mountain Travel Logistics, will feature itineraries that span a number of the different great mountain towns of Colorado covering 10 different regions in the state. Continue Reading.
Usher out the winter snow season in style March 19 in Snowmass at the final MOONLIT TREK & DINNER of the season, a 2-kilometer snowshoe
or cross-country ski tour under the stars, over a moonlit open space, to Anderson Ranch Arts Center for hot cocoa and photographs
with the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Department and other special guests. Later, head downhill to the Snowmass Club’s Black Saddle Bar & Grille
for a pasta feast, cash bar and s’mores by a roaring fire. Reservations recommended (past dinners have sold out). Dinner is $15 per person;
snowshoe and cross-country equipment rentals are $10 per person. Visit gosnowmass.com for more information. View Article.
Snowmass is home to Colorado’s longest-running rodeo.
And every Wednesday night through June and August, it delivers the ultimate western experience.
The thing I am struck most about the event is the patriotism which fills the stands. From the moment the anthem plays, the crowd is “rooting” for anyone with the courage to mount a 900kg beast. Continue Reading.
Aspen doesn’t do anything half way, whether it’s an epic day of skiing Highlands Bowl or a night on the town with drinks. But Aspen Snowmass’s ski and snowboard school flies under the radar, an underrated program that’s setting the standard when it comes to ski lessons. After traveling extensively around mountain towns and experiencing the ups and downs of ski schools, Curbed Ski can definitively say that Aspen Snowmass is our favorite. From the teachers to its safety standards, here are five reasons why it’s a top choice for families looking to get those kids on one plank or two. Continue Reading.
Snowmass is massive, both side to side and top to bottom. It boasts America’s biggest vertical drop, 4406’/ 1343m, and its 3500 acres include what must be the widest groomed area we have ever skied at Big Burn. With so much space and great lifts, even if it was crowded people would have plenty of room to space out, but we found amazing amounts of amazingly empty terrain choices. From lonely powder hunting in the Cirque chutes to skiing the Big Burn with just a handful of others scattered across their vast expanse, we spent most of our days here with more room to stretch out and ski than we have come across at a major resort anywhere for years. Continue Reading.
With interactive ski schools, kid-friendly restaurants and fun activities off the slopes, these destinations are our top picks for families with kids of all ages this ski season. Continue Reading.
Tor those who have entertained spring skiing here, or perhaps enjoyed the summer months, there may be questions as to why there are colorful, plastic beads adorning the once frosted Aspen trees. The answer is one that has endured many seasons of costumed revelry and bejeweled fanfare. Mardi Gras is not only infamous in N’Orleans; it is celebrated with enthusiasm throughout the valley, and Snowmass is gearing up for the annual tradition. Continue Reading.
1. It’s the second-biggest ski area in Colorado.
With 91 downhill trails covering more than 150 miles, and a total of 3,332 skiable acres — a third more skiable terrain than the other three Aspen areas combined — there’s a reason locals call this place Snowmassive. And here, size is a good thing. Not only can you ski or board all day without covering the same area twice, but there’s an average of just two people per acre, which means plenty of space for making those tricks and turns, and moments where you’ll feel like you’re riding your own private mountain.
When Snowmass Village celebrates Mardi Gras for the 34th consecutive year Feb. 9, it will be with the help of people who have made the party — and the town — what it is.
Take Murry Daniels, a part-time resident of Carbondale and Louisiana. His family and several friends have built a float for the Snowmass parade for many years, and they love bringing their Southern traditions out west.
“Everyone loves it,” he said. “They love throwing beads, they love handing things out to the children. … It just makes my heart feel good that I’m doing what we’ve always done, even in Colorado.” Continue Reading.
A tradition is being revived in Snowmass this weekend when the village launches a series of moonlit cross-country treks and dinners tonight.
“We used to do these things all the time,” said Mark Kincheloe of the Snowmass Cross-Country Center, who’s helping coordinate rental equipment for participants during the event. Kincheloe is hopeful that locals come out and help bring back the tradition. Continue Reading.
Aspen-Snowmass might be getting blanketed with snow, but Snowmass Tourism is already thinking about summer.
The marketing arm of Snowmass Village released a first look Thursday at the lineup for its annual free summer concert series. Chali 2na, best known as the unofficial front man for Jurassic 5 and for forming the band Ozomatli, will once again grace the stage at Fanny Hill on July 28.
Other bands booked so far are:
Royal Southern Brotherhood — Saturday, June 11
Leftover Cuties — Thursday, July 14
The Samples — Thursday, Aug. 11
“We are on track for a full lineup of amazing talent this summer at Fanny Hill and Base Village,” said Rose Abello, tourism director for Snowmass Tourism. “Locals and visitors alike will enjoy a wide variety of acts in a stunning mountain setting.”
It was while living on the Snowmass golf course a few years back that I first developed a penchant for moonlight skiing. With groomed trails available just a few steps out the back door, it was easy to come home after work and strap on the skis for an after-dinner lap. Continue Reading.
Après ski can mean different things to different people, but in a nutshell, it’s whatever form of entertainment you choose to pursue after the lifts close.
In Snowmass Village, the live music, kids activities and food-and-drink specials that define the après lifestyle are up and running. As the days get longer, so will the parties — so we’d like to say that it is now officially that time of year. Continue Reading.
It’s a brand new year, and Snowmass Village rang it in with a new tradition by holding its annual torchlight parade and fireworks on Dec. 31 during the countdown to 2016.
Like they say, change is inevitable, and so it should come as no surprise that that’s not the only new thing in Snowmass Village in 2016. We thought it would be interesting to assemble a list of the good, bad, fun and boring-but-useful things coming up this new year. Continue Reading.
Snowfall was above average at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass in December after a slow start to the season, according to Aspen Skiing Co.’s records.
Snowmass received 62 inches in December while Aspen Mountain logged 51 inches. The average for both ski areas is 43 inches, according to Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle. Continue Reading.
This New Year’s Eve will be one to remember in Snowmass Village.
The town has held a torchlight parade and fireworks display, a popular event that locals and visitors alike get to take part in or watch, between Christmas and New Year’s for several years now, usually on the 28th. To ring in 2016, though, the village is moving the events to Dec. 31. Continue Reading.
#5. The largest of the four Aspen ski resorts, Snowmass offers 3,332 acres of skiable terrain with a vertical drop of 4,406 feet. It’s a family-friendly resort complete with three exceptionally designed terrain parks for all levels. View Full List.
Editor’s Note: Business as Usual highlights local businesses in Snowmass Village. It is published weekly in the Sun.
Snowmass Sun: How did your business start?
Linda Chapdelaine: Stay Tuned Ski & Sports has been a locally owned and operated ski rental and repair shop for over 26 years. We have lived and worked in the mountains for years and owning a ski shop is the perfect fit. Continue Reading.
A white Christmas is guaranteed in Aspen and a whiteout Christmas is possible with a storm system barreling toward Colorado.
The National Weather Service has forecasted as much as 8 inches of snow in Aspen on Thursday night and today, with more falling in the surrounding mountains. Other forecasters foresee the possibility of higher snowfall totals in town. Snow is expected to linger into Saturday but skies will become partly cloudy, according to the weather service.
The storm will bolster snow conditions that have been rapidly improving over the past week but also has the potential to hamper air travel Saturday — expected to be one of the busiest days of the winter for arriving travelers. Recent snowfall and winds also have spiked the avalanche danger in the Elk Mountains around Aspen. Continue Reading.
Snowmass Tourism on Tuesday announced the launch of Snowmass After Dark, a new winter marketing program redefining nightlife in and around Snowmass Village.
Snowmass After Dark is promoting everything from specials at the village’s 37 restaurants to on-mountain nighttime activities and entertainment in the village.
“Snowmass After Dark is a fantastic way to merchandise all the nighttime experiences and activities that complement a fun-filled day of skiing and riding,” said Rose Abello, director of Snowmass Tourism. “Around the village or on the mountain, inside or in the great outdoors, people of all ages and families, as well, are sure to find options that give new meaning to Snowmass nightlife.” Continue Reading.
As it attempts to redefine what nightlife means in Snowmass Village, the town’s marketing arm, in cooperation with several partners, has reintroduced skiing by moonlight as a free, monthly activity.
On Jan. 23, Feb. 20 and March 19 — the closest Saturdays to the full moon, according to Rose Abello, director of Snowmass Tourism — moonlight treks and dinners on the golf course will be held. Continue Reading.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be in Aspen-Snowmass.
As the Christmas and New Year holidays approach, tourism officials in Aspen and Snowmass Village make sure there’s plenty of activities for the many visitors and second-home owners arriving to vacation in the valley as well as local families enjoying some quality time together. Continue Reading.
Want to get high in Colorado this New Year’s Eve? It’s super easy and I’m not referring to a drug induced high. If you were to fly high above the Rocky Mountains on New Year’s Eve, you’d see an array of fireworks, from Steamboat Springs to Telluride the mountains would be covered in sparkling flashes of color. Continue Reading.
The modern mountainside spa at Viceroy Snowmass in Colorado was designed by Jean Michel Gathy. Look out for the gilded antler chandelier in the relaxation room—it’s the only one on property. Continue Reading.
Snowmass is another mainstay on the top 10 list, stacked with time-tested, innovative setups. The park is probably best know as the spot where Mark McMorris landed the first backside triple cork 1440 cork during one of our Park Sessions, but there’s far more than just massive kickers here. Continue Reading.
Here’s what you do: Get to the top of the hill, place your tube at the slickest point, sit and balance your body so nothing’s touching the snow, ask for a push and get your windpipes ready for “Whees!” galore.
Snow tubing is one of winter’s greatest family thrills. And, if you’re over doing the pizza on the ski slopes, this snowy race to the bottom is a top alternative. The key to the best heart-racing rides? A perfect hill. These three tubing courses won’t disappoint anyone’s inner adventurer. Let’s ride! Continue Reading.
While a lot of the national ski industry remains wary of uphill traffic by skiers using climbing skins, Aspen Skiing Co. has not only embraced uphilling, it’s promoting it. Continue Reading.
Aspen Skiing Co. is hosting a festive celebration today to launch its new High Alpine chairlift at Snowmass.
Beginning at 9 a.m., a complimentary breakfast (available on a first come, first served basis) will be available at the Gwyn’s High Alpine restaurant.
That will be followed by remarks offered by mountain manager Steve Sewell, SkiCo CEO Mike Kaplan, Scott Fitzsimmons of the U.S. Forest Service and Rick Spear, the president of Leitner-Poma which has its North American headquarters in Grand Junction.
The ribbon cutting for the new lift is at 10:30 a.m. Continue Reading.
With snow in the forecast all weekend, Snowmass’ newest chairlift will start turning Friday while Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk ski areas open for the season Saturday.
The new High Alpine chairlift has been under construction on Snowmass since the end of last season. After passing its load test two weeks ago, it will start turning with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Continue Reading.
More of Snowmass’ summer events will be held in the mall and Base Village in 2016, a change in approach on the part of the tourism office’s events team that addresses a concern of some merchants and is expected to better accommodate those programs. Continue Reading.
When Snowmass’ new High Alpine chair fires up at 10:30 a.m. this morning, it leaves behind a lift known for its frequent stoppages, arctic wind blasts and an always surprising center pole.
The replacement of the circa-1978 Riblet double chair with a sleek Leitner-Poma quad that cuts ride time in half also leaves behind a skiing lifestyle not measured by vertical feet, number of laps, or anything but great turns. Continue Reading.
In true Colorado form, the New Belgium Ranger Station offers great beer and great après. Owner Patrick Wasserman’s father is the principal of the Westin Snowmass’ ownership group, but the slopeside pub is his vision. Continue Reading.
With snow in the forecast, Snowmass’ newest chairlift will start turning on Dec. 11, providing a faster ride to some of the ski area’s most loved runs.
The new High Alpine chairlift has been under construction since last winter, and after passing its load test two weeks ago, it will start turning at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11. The high-speed quad reduces ride time from 11 minutes to 5.6 minutes, even as its route has been lengthened and relocated. Continue Reading.
The sound of snow, as it relentlessly tapped the windshield, rivaled a possessed typewriter while a discernible “grrr” rumbled steadily beneath us. Unaffected by either, our driver navigated the route to dinner with ease. Next to him in the front seat, I maintained my own ground, wishing I could convince him to let me drive. Continue Reading.
The salt and pepper shakers had been pushed aside and the tabletops in Elk Camp Restaurant, on the Snowmass ski area, were covered edge-to-edge with plastic buckets of paint, brushes, sponges, sundry digital prints on paper, swatches of green paisley fabric, piles of odd bits of cloth and old ski passes.
The mid-mountain restaurant, in the pre-season quiet of late October, had temporarily become an art studio for Shinique Smith. The celebrated New York-based artist was at work on a mural, commissioned by the Aspen Art Museum and the Aspen Skiing Co. for their “Art in Unexpected Places” program. Smith was on the tail end of a week’s worth of progress on the mural the afternoon that I took a muddy drive up the mountain to meet her. Continue Reading.
Even the most dedicated pow warriors need to eat. The following on-mountain and slopeside spots offer fare worth stopping for, much of it locally sourced and made in-house. Taking five—or 50—never tasted so good. Continue Reading.
The traditional toddy gets creative with aromatic add-ions and artisan spirits.
The toddy is a ski-town staple, and while its origins are uncertain, historians believe the classic cold-weather warmer hails from Scotland. Traditionally an 18th century libation of whiskey or scotch, honey, hot water and lemon, the drink has more recently come to encompass all manner of spirits, from spiced rum to flabored liqueurs. We’re looking forward to keeping toasty this winter with the picks below. Here’s to feeling the heat! Continue Reading.
Snowmass has long been rated one of the best family ski areas in North America because of its wide-open, groomed cruising and family-friendly activities. Don’t miss dash-through-the-woods fun for kids on the winding Prospector’s Trail off Adams Avenue or the recently added tubing area at Elk Camp Meadows. Seeking adventurous terrain with a backcountry feel? Check out the double-black glades of Hanging Valley Wall and the Cirque for excitement beyond measure. Continue Reading.
Thanks to some timely weather systems arriving this month, Aspen Snowmass was able to get an early start to its ski season this past weekend.
Aspen Mountain opened for what Aspen Skiing Co. called a “preview weekend” Nov. 14-15, and on Nov. 21, Ajax and Snowmass ski area will both open for the season, five days ahead of their scheduled openings.
Thanks to the winter storm appropriately named Ajax that swept through Colorado this week, Snowmass received another foot of fresh snow, according to Skico. Snowmass Mountain Manager Steve Sewell said Nov. 17 that Snowmass had a 28-inch base on top.
The Village Express lift will be running this weekend with top-to-bottom skiing, most likely including Max Park and some of the runs starting below the midway station, Sewell said. Crews are working to have a couple of runs on the Big Burn ready too, he said, and the Elk Camp Gondola will be running to provide access to the Meadows beginner area. Continue Reading.
With ski season about to kick in, Snowmass Tourism is looking ahead to another favorite season – summer – adding two exciting new events to an already action-packed lineup for 2016: Enduro World Series bike competition, July 27-31, and the Flagship VIDA Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic, August 5-7. Continue Reading.
After 18 months, the space that was home to the beloved Mountain Dragon restaurant in Snowmass will once again be occupied.
Tim Lucca, owner of a music-production company and a well-known Aspen-area bartender, has signed a lease with Related Colorado to open a live-music bar in the Snowmass Village Mall space, tentatively opening Dec. 15. Like his production company, the bar will be called Turks, and Lucca plans to have live music every day during apres and late-night hours. Continue Reading.
There’s more to Colorado’s ski resorts and ski areas than fresh powder and exhilarating runs. Here’s a look at some seasonal gatherings that showcase their festive, family style.
– Snowmass Ullr Nights, Fridays, Dec. 18-April 1, Elk Camp Restaurant and Elk Camp Meadows at Aspen Snowmass ski area; $9; aspensnowmass.com
The Norse god Ullr often is depicted wearing skis, so it’s no surprise he’s a popular recreational deity come wintertime. Aspen Snowmass honors the snowy god with Ullr Nights, a series of family-friendly activities and events hosted every Friday during the peak winter season. The schedule includes bonfires, ice skating, live music and, for an additional fee, snow bike tours and tubing down the resort’s lighted, lift-served runs. Continue Reading.
Aspen didn’t reap as much snow as expected from Tuesday night’s storm, but it was enough for Aspen Skiing Co. officials to decide to open Aspen Mountain early.
Three chairlifts and more than 100 acres of terrain will open Saturday and Sunday, Skico announced at mid-afternoon Wednesday, confirming rumors that were swirling around town. The ski area will close Monday then reopen for the season Nov. 21. Snowmass also will open Nov. 21 — five days ahead of schedule. Both ski areas were scheduled to open on Thanksgiving. Continue Reading.
Following a highly successful event in September 2015, which brought over 8,000 participants to Snowmass Village, Tough Mudder announced Nov. 10 that it will return to Snowmass once again to host Tough Mudder Colorado on Sept. 10 and 11, 2016. The 10-plus mile course featuring signature Tough Mudder obstacles is the ultimate test of physical and mental strength, stamina and teamwork. The course ascends over 9,000 feet in elevation, make the event as exhilarating as it is challenging. Registrations are now open for the event and can be purchased by visiting www.toughmudder.com. Continue Reading.
SNOWMASS, Colo. | Did last winter’s ski instructor — “ski pros” they’re called — drive you crazy, going on and on about carving, corn and mashed potatoes? That wasn’t Thanksgiving dinner he was talking about. That was Ski Speak, the lingo you need to learn if you want to fit in with the “rippers” on the slopes. Shout a few phrases to your ski buddies and you’ll snow the “gapers” in the lift line. Continue Reading.
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Buttermilk and Snowmass mountains offer an insane amount of features and terrain for riders of all abilities. Continue Reading.
The new High Alpine lift will change the way skiers and riders ski Snowmass this winter the same way the new Sheer Bliss lift did a couple of years ago when it debuted.
“We felt strongly this lift needed to be realigned, and we’re excited by the result,” said Steve Sewell, Snowmass mountain manager for the Aspen Skiing Co. “It’s going to change the traffic flow dramatically and greatly improve the skiing experience.”
The new quad High Alpine lift continues its construction schedule this week by Leitner Poma as they push to finish before the lift’s projected opening on Dec. 12. Continue Reading.
Steve Root, a chief analytics officer and senior vice president of sales at AccuWeather, doesn’t like blanket pronouncements about how El Nino guarantees a snowy winter throughout the country.
“It bugs me,” he said.
But Root has one hell of a winter forecast for Aspen and the mountains of Colorado. It’s not hype, he said, just a look ahead based on evidence from the past. Continue Reading.
From tree-lighting ceremonies to a torchlight parade to Santa’s magical presence, Snowmass simply sparkles with holiday cheer. For last-minute Christmas wishes, your kids can make sure the jolly old fellow hears about it by dropping off a note in his personal mailbox located on the Snowmass Village Mall. Moms, dads and kids ages 8 and older are invited to be part of the Torchlight Parade, an annual favorite event with free fireworks. Continue Reading.
Snowmass stayed put in Ski magazine’s annual ski resort rankings for 2016, but Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands slipped.
The annual rankings, compiled from a survey of readers, placed Snowmass at No. 6, just like last season. Aspen Mountain fell from No. 12 to No. 13. Aspen Highlands slipped two notches from 16 to 18 in the minds of Ski readers. Buttermilk wasn’t on the readers’ radar. Continue Reading.
A bevy of new trails is in the works in the upper and middle Roaring Fork Valley that will either serve as convenient connections to existing routes or create exciting, new singletrack routes in their own right.
The work includes a connector from Buttermilk parking lot to Airline Trail, a new singletrack segment between the Rim Trail and the paved Brush Creek Trail, a rerouted access into the Crown off of the Rio Grande Trail and, in the longer term, creating a trail on the Glassier Open Space and connecting it to existing singletrack in the Crown. Continue Reading.
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The name Aspen evokes thoughts of black-diamond ski slopes, hot-tub parties and fur covered UGG boots. But the popular winter resort area has an alter ego: In the summer it’s one of the prettiest, most serene places on Earth, and home to some ear-popping mountain golf. The area’s best-kept secret is the private, eco-friendly Snowmass Club, which was meticulously redesigned by Jim Engh in 2004 and offers one of the greatest up-and-down rounds a golfer can face. Continue Reading.
Tourism officials in Snowmass Village are pleased with visitation this summer. Growth was seen each month from June through September.
September is seeing the biggest hike in visitation. So far, overnight stays in hotels and lodges are pacing 41 percent higher than the same month last year. Continue Reading.
The first time I visited Snowmass was in 2012 when I drug a gaggle of my friends to see Kid Rock play at Jazz Aspen Snowmass (yes, the sole purpose of the visit was to see Robert Ritchie take the stage. If you know him and could introduce me, I think we’d be pretty fast BFFs). We stayed at the Woodbridge Condominiums, shopped, ate and drank locally. We never ventured into Aspen. Because Snowmass was so cool. I remember thinking about what it would be like to wake up in a place like that every day. Continue Reading.
As summer begins to show the first signs of the approaching fall, we’ll continue to feature some high-country rides while they remain accessible. This week’s Featured Ride loops up into the mountains between Aspen and Snowmass, offering breathtaking views of 14,000-foot peaks in the neighboring Elk Mountain range. Continue Reading.
Barbara Wickes, owner of Sundance Liquor and Gifts, just wrapped up another successful Snowmass Wine Festival, for which she has curated the wine for years. She and her husband, Steve, have owned and operated Sundance for more than 30 years. Continue Reading.
Denver, CO – To build on their already established status as the most visited ski state in the nation, Colorado’s ski and snowboard resorts are investing in guest-facing infrastructure and amenities that will further enhance the skier and snowboarder experience this winter, from major investments in new chairlifts and terrain enhancements to improvements to on-mountain dining and culinary offerings. Continue Reading.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass ended its 25th anniversary on a high note.
This year’s JAS Labor Day Experience sold a record number of three-day passes and patron tickets, according to Jazz Aspen Snowmass President Jim Horowitz, who’s missed only one Labor Day festival in his 25 years because of a 104-degree fever. Continue Reading.
The 40th edition of the Snowmass Balloon Festival wrapped up this past weekend. Balloonists from across the country come to the Roaring Fork Valley to float above the the peaks of the Rockies. The accompanying wine festival has allowed the weekend to become one of the most popular ones of the summer. Continue Reading.
The popular skiing village of Snowmass, Colorado is famous for its breathtaking landscape and its reputation as a pristine wintertime getaway.
It’s a cute town and a gorgeous jewel of nature.
But do you wanna know my favorite place in Snowmass? (Sorry in advance, ski bums!)
It’s the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, and it’s tucked away in the cosmopolitan pedestrian shops of the Snowmass Mall.
The little museum sits in the office of an old rental agency, since the relatively new discovery that it seeks to educate us about is only a few years old. Politics have so far prevented the Ice Age Discovery Center from getting a dedicated building of its own, but in the space it does have, it presents a wealth of information on a remarkable mountain discovery of one of the richest fossil deposits in the entire world. Continue Reading.
The Tough Mudder invaded Snowmass Village recently. There were thousands of people getting muddy in the mountains.
This is a trend at many ski resorts to do an obstacle course. The event is not a race. It is more like an experience and completing it is a feat in itself. The Tough Mudder for example encourages teamwork, mental toughness, and camaraderie. They have a signal for “Mudders” in distress. If a “Mudder” has their hands in an X over their head, that means that they need help. Continue Reading.
The 40th Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival kicked off this morning.
High winds prevented balloons from heading down valley, and eventually canceled all flights. Pilots will try to lift off again on Saturday morning.
Balloons and their crews came from all over Colorado and New Mexico as well as a few other states. It takes a team of five to ten people to set up and inflate a hot air balloon. It takes just as many to keep it on the ground while waiting for take off. View Images.
Festival season is far from over in Snowmass, as this weekend brings to the village two favorites — the Snowmass Balloon Festival and the Snowmass Wine Festival.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village, the Snowmass Wine Festival is in its lucky 13th year. The main event is uncorked today in Town Park as the grand tasting begins at 2 p.m. and beguiles wine lovers for three solid hours. Five hundred wines will be poured, and 18 of the Roaring Fork Valley’s most esteemed restaurants will provide food and fare on what promises to be a golden afternoon in Snowmass. Continue Reading.
For the past three years, local businessman Reed Lewis has been commissioning artists to design posters in honor of the Snowmass Balloon Festival.
This year, for the festival’s 40th anniversary, Lewis tracked down Justin Helton, a highly sought after graphic designer who has created posters for some of the biggest names and festivals in the music industry. Lewis has collected Helton’s posters in the past and came across them most recently this summer going to shows in Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” tour. Continue Reading.
As the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen initiates summer in our Valley, so too the first pour at the Snowmass Wine Festival heralds the beginning of what is, arguably, our most beautiful season, fall.
Next Friday evening, Sept. 18, the Snowmass Wine Festival gets underway at the Viceroy Snowmass hotel. Executive chef Will Nolan, who has been receiving raves all summer long for his masterful mashups of Colorado/’Nawlins/French/Asian cuisines, goes Kiwi as he creates perfect pairings for a tidal wave of wines from New Zealand. Continue Reading.
It’s roughly a mile and a half from the trailhead to where most consider the top of the Rim Trail to be above Snowmass Village.
And awaiting there is an award unlike any other on a hiking trail: a large yin-yang symbol surrounded by a black-and-marble platform. It’s laid out in a labyrinth meant for meditation. Continue Reading.
Tough Mudder returns to Snowmass Village this week, but it will hardly be the same event as last year’s.
Organizers of the amateur athletic challenge have created eight new obstacles for use in their events across the country, and all of them will be featured in Tough Mudder Colorado this year. Continue Reading.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Snowmass Village Salon is the village’s one-stop shop for hair, nail and skin services. With plenty of experience to guide her, owner Mya Cote is also opening a licensed school in the salon. Continue Reading.
The Snowmass Club has long been the hub of summer recreation and year-round leisure in the village. Under new ownership since 2013, the Snowmass Club continues to provide a country club experience in the heart of the mountains, says Joanna Mallory, marketing and communication director. Continue Reading.
When I was invited to compete at Mudderella in Snowmass with three friends, my first thought was GIRL’S WEEKEND. I’ve never done a girl’s-only getaway and it was the perfect motivation to stay in shape this summer while training for this 5-7-mile athletic event series that encourages being strong, having fun and enjoying the day with your gal pals.
I asked my friends Lisa, Kendra and Tiffanie to join me and the hundreds of other women having the Ultimate Girl’s Weekend in Snowmass! Continue Reading.
The circus is coming to town.
But this isn’t just any dog-and-pony show — this is the Zoppé Italian Family Circus, a performance steeped in a rich, 173-year-old legacy that is trying to keep the traditions of great circus acts alive in the U.S.
Founded in 1842 and brought to the U.S. in the mid-20th century, today its legacy is being kept alive by siblings Giovanni, Tosca and Carla Zoppé, the great-great-grandchildren of the French clown and the Hungarian ballerina who eloped to Italy and started a circus there. Continue Reading.
Tough Mudder returns to Snowmass with not one but two events this summer, and it’s ladies first when Mudderella hits the slopes today.
Similar to the original Tough Mudder event, Mudderella is an obstacle course challenge testing participants’ endurance, willpower and strength. But the course caters to the strengths and passions of female athletes — for instance, you won’t find the ice, fire or electric shocks that you would at Tough Mudder. Continue Reading.
About a mile into the course, Carri Wilbanks encountered a shallow pool of water that rose a couple of inches over her shins. Above the water was a maze of live wires dangling two to three feet from a wooden platform. She watched people in front of her hit the wires, get shocked and drop to their knees. She froze. “There is no way to know what path to take to avoid getting shocked,” she said. “I thought I would end up face down. Another team behind me grabbed my arms and dragged me through it. I had no choice. I did get zapped, but it wasn’t as horrifying as I thought.” Continue Reading.
Mudderella, the obstacle course challenge designed for women, by women, will head to Snowmass Village on Aug. 22, empowering participants to work together and have fun while completing a course of 12 obstacles. This premier outdoor obstacle event and mud run delivers high-energy obstacles testing participants’ endurance, willpower and strength in a positive environment shared with like-minded, strong women. Continue Reading.
Older than the town itself, Anderson Ranch Arts Center has been helping artists of all levels master their crafts for almost 50 years. Built on former ranching property on Owl Creek Road, the campus is also a gem of tranquility and mountain lifestyle. Marketing & Communications Director Jennifer Slaughter fills us in. Continue Reading.
Snowmass sounds pretty gnarly, but how come we haven’t heard of it? We love a good bike park as much as the next person, but one that hasn’t crossed out radar is this one. If you read on below, you’ll definitely be stamping this place firmly in your wishlist for the next big adventure. Continue Reading.
40th ANNUAL SNOWMASS BALLOON FESTIVAL TAKES FLIGHT SEPTEMBER 18,19, 20 IN SNOWMASS VILLAGE
3-Day Weekend Features Balloon Races and Competitions, Balloon Night Glow, Kids’ Events, Snowmass Wine Festival, and the new Motoring Classic at Aspen Snowmass
A Tradition in Snowmass for 40 years
Snowmass will become a hot air balloon Mecca with the highest altitude hot air balloon event in the country for the 40th Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival, September 12-14. Nearly thirty balloons will ascend upon the Snowmass mountain sky accentuating the beauty of an autumn weekend. Continue Reading.
Not hard to find on the second floor of the big red barn building in Base Village, Slice Pizzeria offers Italian comfort food at its best. With a patio that faces the slopes, it can be a great place to grab lunch or a beer after biking. Continue Reading.
Wanderlust Festival bestowed the gift of positive energy, music, healthy eats, and, of course, delicious yoga over July 4th weekend. Aspen, Colorado is one mountain town that needs no introduction. The sweeping landscape, the sunshine, the fresh air, and the plethora of outdoor sports is a haven for a mindful festival like Wanderlust Festival.
The layout of the festival was vaster than in past years at Copper Mountain. It forced you to unintentionally explore Snowmass Village, either by gondola or hike, from one end to the other. The festival staff did a tremendous job of turning conference room spaces into a pseudo yoga studio with different lighting, rugs, and geometric altars donned with organic trinkets. The space felt intentional and inviting. This is something that in past years was not given any attention so it felt like you were doing yoga in, well, a conference room. Not the most grounding experience. Continue Reading.
I was looking forward to a gentle bike ride along the Colorado River when Kevin threw a full suit of body armour at me and pointed upwards. “we’re going up there, to the top of Snowmass Mountain and biking down.” I clench everything at that point to keep my modesty. Welcome to Snowmass in summer I say to myself.
Aspen may take all the headlines around here, but just a ten minute ride away, Snowmass could be the cute little sister that everyone secretly prefers. Snowmass has many of Aspen’s star studded trappings, (residents like Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner and Jack Nicholson) but it does them in a more understated way. Continue Reading.
An annual conference on climate-change action has a greater sense of urgency this year as international policy discussions taking place in December near.
The American Renewable Energy Day Summit returns this year with the theme of “Racing Climate Change: Green Bridge With China, the Road to Paris,” putting an emphasis on the international relationships that will shape policy on climate change in the years to come.
The summit, an annual Aspen event that is taking place in Snowmass Village this year for the first time, has a history of bringing together leaders from all over the world, such as former President Jimmy Carter, CNN founder Ted Turner and this year Huang Ming, the creator of China’s “Solar Valley.” Continue Reading.
There’s no doubt about it; Aspen and Snowmass are perfect destinations for the active travelers amongst us. Whether you visit in winter or summer to ski or to mountain bike, snowboard or white water raft; adrenaline will kick in from the moment you land. But sometimes, we like to slow the pace slightly; to take a deep breath and focus on the natural splendor around us. Dramatic landscapes, verdant valleys and snow-capped mountains infuse Aspen and Snowmass with a beauty that demands true appreciation. A beauty that might just be missed in a flurry of skis & rocky biking trails. So, to make sure that doesn’t happen, here’s a little list of the experiences in Aspen and Snowmass that’ll ensure you take stock of the wondrous landscapes around you. Continue Reading.
Aspen Skiing Co. wants to tweak winter operations at Snowmass to broaden its appeal to skiers and snowboarders and it aims to add significant facilities to lure summer business. Continue Reading.
Next week, more than 100 of the nation’s most dynamic and entrepreneurial thought leaders on climate will descend on Snowmass, Colorado for four days of intense discussions revolving around the urgency of creating solutions to climate change. Continue Reading.
Emma Sparks, Deputy Editor at Lonely Planet, recently returned from a jaunt in the Rocky Mountains. More precisely: Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado.
Tell us more… I spent a week in Aspen and Snowmass on an adrenaline-pumping press trip. I’ve done the classic east and west coast US hotspots, but this was my first time venturing inland. My knowledge of Aspen was limited to the understanding that Dumb and Dumber was set in the town – but I later found out that it was actually filmed in nearby Breckenridge! Despite this initial disappointment, I somehow managed to enjoy myself anyway… Continue Reading.
If you’re looking for institutional knowledge when renting gear, look no further than Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods on the Snowmass Village Mall. Founded not long after the Snowmass ski area opened, many Gene Taylor’s employees have worked there for a decade or more. Continue Reading.
Kids emerge from mud pits messy, and a little more confident, in this miniature version of the adult obstacle course event.
With mud and green goo spattered all over his body, 11-year-old Liam flashed a big smile. “I had a great time bonding with my good friend, mud,” he says. Liam was referring to his dirty adventures in the Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder, an outdoor challenge course that’s a cross between a school field day and a neighborhood playground. Except it involves mud – a lot of mud. Continue Reading.
The word Snowmass conjures up images of powdery slopes and cozy fireside evenings. And yes, Snowmass is a wonderful ski destination, but the town offers more than just winter delights. Summer is jam-packed with outdoor activities, festivals and even a rodeo. Continue Reading.
Snowmass has a special place in our travel loving hearts. Colorado was one of the first big tourism boards to embrace Vagabond3 with an incredible partnership around Aspen, Snowmass, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. We created daily videos of our trip (which you can watch here and see how silly we were back in the day) and blog posts of each awesome day exploring a new to us state. It’s been about 4 years and still whenever someone says Snowmass or Colorado in general, I get super excited. Continue Reading.
Three in a row?
Will the 2013 and 2014 winners of the Power of Four Mountain Bike Race repeat in 2015?
The sixth annual four-mountain backcountry challenge for mountain bikers, sponsored by the Aspen Skiing Co., will return Saturday. Continue Reading.
The mountains of Snowmass might look more like the hills of Scotland when hundreds of men and women in kilts arrive for the Colorado Scottish Festival.
A 52-year-old event, the festival is being held in Snowmass for the first time this weekend, July 31-Aug. 2. Yes, there will be historical re-enactors in traditional garb as well as individuals who just like to show off their heritage, but there will also be games, music, artisans selling their wares and dancers at the festival in Town Park. Continue Reading.
They say you come to Aspen and Snowmass for the winter, but stay for the summer – an old adage that proves true time and time again. While the region is famed for its world-class winter sports – celebrities like Rihanna and even Michelle Obama have graced the slopes here – the warmer months hold more than enough adventures to be had by land, water and air. Continue Reading.
A labor of love for the Timberline Condominiums, The Edge restaurant is now serving an Alpine-inspired menu created by its new chef, Jason DeBacker, who joined the team this winter. Billy Zukoff, who has been serving up cocktails at The Edge bar for the past few years, explains. Continue Reading.
I’ve traveled across the pond to Scotland three times now, and this country never fails to capture my heart with its stunning landscapes, historic castles and epic battles, culture, charm of its locals, and yes, golf, whisky, kilts, and bagpipes. (Hello, Game of Thrones fans, right?)
But Scotland is thousands of miles away, and lucky for me, Snowmass, Colorado, is just under 4 hours from Denver. When I received the invite to attend my very first Scottish Festival (in the United States), well, suffice it to say, I had visions of bagpipes, kilts, and whisky, and a Colorado road trip worthy of putting miles on my Ford Escape. Continue Reading.
THERE’S a lot to like about Aspen Snowmass. It has charm and a sense of history, Colorado friendliness, great restaurants and bars.
Its reputation for celebrity glamour is somewhat misleading because this ski resort, while certainly often chic, is laid-back too, full of ski bums and young adventurers.
Most of all, Aspen has some of the world’s best skiing. Its champagne powder snow is legendary, yet it has many blue-sky days.
Four different mountains offer more runs than you could probably conquer in a week. Its only disadvantage is that, unlike many European resorts, they aren’t linked by lifts, though each is easily accessible by shuttle bus. Continue Reading.
A wet early summer has sent the rivers in our area raging, and it’s the perfect time for a rafting trip. With an office on the Snowmass Village Mall, Blazing Adventures can take you straight from the village to any of its many rafting, Jeeping, hiking and cycling tours. Continue Reading.
Colorado favorite The Motet will play a free show on Saturday in Snowmass Village in support of a longtime local charity.
The jam band will headline the Deaf Camp Benefit, a longstanding tradition with a new name but the same cause: supporting the Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Old Snowmass. Continue Reading.
Aspen and Snowmass are a big hit with travellers and holiday-makers in the winter months. The top class ski-resorts and beautiful slopes are an adrenaline seeker’s dream whilst the surrounding scenery and the majestic mountains are utterly inspiring. That being said, few fully understand the nature of the year-round appeal that both Aspen and Snowmass offer. It’s just as easy to get the blood pumping in the summer sun as it is in the winter winds; you just need to know where to look… Continue Reading.
The band Gangstagrass will be playing in Snowmass tonight as part of the free summer concert series. The band mixes bluegrass and hip-hop, and you may have heard their music during FX’s Justified. Rench, the lead producer of the group spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort. Continue Reading.
It’s amazing the major transformations that can occur after a weekend in the Wanderlust Kulu – community of heart.
After a weekend full of yoga, music, meditation, hiking and play, we’ve compiled 7 of the magical takeaways. Continue Reading.
The two most important aspects of any ATTA event are education and networking. In between sitting captivated and listening to keynote speakers, delegates eat meals together and chat in the halls during coffee breaks. The networking comes naturally, but the ATTA creates a carefully planned itinerary that ensures it’s easy to make the right connections. AdventureELEVATE, held in Snowmass, Colorado, in June 2015, was no exception. In fact, it may have been our best networking event yet. Continue Reading.
Once the home of longtime local staple the Village Tavern, Mountain Bayou was born from a partnership between chef Chris Menard and proprietor Jason Nielson in 2013. One of just a couple of Snowmass restaurants that are open all year long, Mountain Bayou might have a totally different menu, but it has quickly become a favorite for residents and visitors alike. Continue Reading.
Snowmass is eying another successful summer following a record-breaking ski season for lodging and sales.
Last summer broke records on those fronts as well, and this season is on track to surpass even that success, said Rose Abello, director of Snowmass Tourism. That’s based on summer bookings as of May 31: Some weekends this summer already have more reservations than they ended up with last year. Continue Reading.
American Airlines is expanding its winter service in Aspen with new nonstop flights from Chicago and expanded service from Dallas-Fort Worth.
Aspen-Pitkin County Airport Director John Kinney and Stay Aspen Snowmass President Bill Tomcich announced the new service Wednesday, noting that it was years in the making. Continue Reading.
The Elk Camp Gondola starts daily operations Saturday, and that can mean only one thing: Bike Snowmass is open for business.
The network of biking trails within the ski-area boundary is becoming more popular every year, partially because it stays fresh by improving existing routes every season. This year, upgrades have been performed on Viking Trail, formerly known as Easy Rider, to turn it into more of an intermediate trail, and features have been moved around on Valhalla to change up that route. Continue Reading.
The Food and Wine Classic isn’t the only food festival in the valley this weekend. The Grand Cochon is a culinary competitor that has moved from Aspen to Snowmass. Aspen Public Radio’s Patrick Fort reports. Continue reading or listen to the full report HERE.
The Food & Wine Classic is often considered Aspen’s game, but a few Snowmass Village chefs are proud to strut their stuff during the epicurean festival this weekend.
Ricard, Eight K, The Artisan and Bia Hoi all will be serving food in the grand-tasting tents in Aspen this weekend. While it’s hectic in the tents, where the chefs have to cook about 1,000 plates on site, it’s an exciting opportunity to reach everyone from locals to visiting food lovers to the top chefs in the country, they say. Continue Reading.
Let the adventure begin.
If you’ve ever spent a summer vacation at or near a ski resort, you know that the snow-free mountains are prime playing grounds for outdoor adventurers who love to bike and hike, among other things. And now, the Colorado resort Snowmass—Aspen’s larger but lesser known neighbor—has put a big-time focus on summer adventure with a major new offering. It’s called the ‘Mass Pass, and it’s different than anything we’ve ever seen before. Continue Reading.
Fans braved lightning and intermittent rain — at one point so bad it forced evacuation from the venue — and the constant lure of Nutella-laced mini donuts to experience this weekend’s third annual Snowmass Mammoth Fest in the Town Park in Snowmass Village, which culminated in the glory that was the “Wheels of Soul,” defined as the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II, that served as the finale Sunday night. Continue Reading to view photos.
Mike Devol began his musical career as a cellist. But the leap from the Greensky Bluegrass bassist’s classical music background to the free-form approach of his band isn’t as far as one might assume.
“It’s chamber music if you strip away the cultural relevance of it all,” he said of Greensky, which headlines the Snowmass Mammoth Fest on Saturday. “It’s all of us sitting around playing strings with no conductor. They both do the same thing to create their structures.” Continue Reading.
Sharon Jones is indestructible.
The soul singer with the booming voice and the funky throwback Dap-Kings behind her, riding a midlife breakout as a star, has beaten cancer and is on the road with the Tedeschi Trucks Band this summer on a high-profile tour that comes to the Snowmass Mammoth Festival on Sunday. Continue Reading.
The fast-paced, jam-based, rock-infused, bluegrass-spirited style of Whitewater Ramble doesn’t easily fit into any musical box or category. So the Fort Collins band came up with their own, dubbing it “high-octane Rocky Mountain dancegrass.”
Formed in 2004, the band never played traditional bluegrass music – it has had drums in its lineup from the beginning, for one – but they’ve always used the tools of the bluegrass trade: mandolin, fiddle, upright bass and guitar. Continue Reading.
Friday-Sunday: Named after the treasure trove of Ice Age fossils found near Snowmass in 2010, the Snowmass Mammoth Fest turns a sleepy, upscale ski resort into a good-vibes music, beer-and-food party each June. This year’s “Wheels of Soul” theme is borne out with returning headliners Tedeschi Trucks Band and the inimitable Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, with Doyle Bramhall II, Greensky Bluegrass, the Cave Singers and many more. Continue Reading.
The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen has been sold out for a while now (sorry, procrastinators), and let’s be honest, the swanky festival’s early-bird pricing of $1,350 is out of reach for many. But if you’re just dying to see what the ultimate culinary event of the year looks like, don’t fret. Curbed Ski has rounded up where you can still find lodging, which events you can get tickets to, and how you can still have a jam-packed weekend of gluttony and booze without those flashy festival badges. Behold, our guide to crashing this iconic sold-out event (including one insider tip on how you still may be able to score festival passes). Continue Reading.
Snowmass Mammoth Fest — June 12-14, Aspen Snowmass
While always known to bring a few big headliners to the mountains every year, the 2015 Snowmass Mammoth Fest offers one of the event’s most well rounded lineups to date. Scrolling down the lineup, even the bottom lists a few exciting names — notably Futurebirds, the Cave Singers, Roadkill Ghost Choir and the Lone Bellow. These acts will offer an excellent buildup to the Snowmass Mammoth Fest’s main talent in Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Greensky Bluegrass. Even though you can catch Tedeschi Trucks at Red Rocks on June 13, it’s tough to pass up seeing the act with an impressive support lineup in the mountains. Snowmass Mammoth Fest takes place June 12-14 at Snowmass Town Park. ($55-$275, snowmassmammothfest.com). Continue Reading.
SNOWMASS, Colo. – The stage is set for Colorado’s next big music festival as workers put the finishing touches on this weekend’s Snowmass Mammoth Fest.
Organizers said they expect about 3,000 attendees to descend on the area, more than doubling the population of the small ski town.
“This is the pinnacle of the starting of the summer,” said resident Blake Greiner. Continue Reading.
More large mammal bones, a sandbox full of tiny fossils and even live animals are just a few of the attractions at the new and improved Ice Age Discovery Center.
While the future of a permanent exhibit space celebrating the discovery of thousands of ice-age fossils in Snowmass is tied up in the Base Village review process, Snowmass Tourism and the nonprofit Snowmass Discovery decided to put some love into the temporary center on the mall, which has now been open since 2011. Continue Reading.
he music festival industry is discovering that the tunes alone are not enough, and for Steve Gumble, that’s good news.
Gumble, the producer of Telluride Blues & Brews and, for the past three years, the Snowmass Mammoth Fest, has built both events around not only offering great music but also beer tastings, food and craft vendors, and a complete festival experience. Continue Reading.
There will be over 70 brews flowing during the beer grand tasting at the Snowmass Mammoth Fest, but one in particular is making a special debut.
Carbondale’s Roaring Fork Beer Co. will tap a new microbrew that it’s calling AMF Amber Lager in honor of a popular run on Snowmass ski area. The first such brew to celebrate the village, the beer will be tapped for the first time at the Mammoth Fest Free Friday event on the Snowmass Village Mall and served at the grand tasting the next day in Town Park. Continue Reading.
The Ragnar trail relay race returns this weekend, bringing with it the start of Snowmass Village’s summer events season.
A team event, Ragnar’s course has three different loops of varying difficulty — the Grouse Trail, Highline and Lowline trails, and 6.7 miles of the Rim Trail. Teams have eight or, for a greater challenge, four members, and each individual takes their turn doing a lap on each loop. Continue Reading.
Aspen Skiing Co. is revising a master plan for its on-mountain operations on Snowmass to include new activities such as an alpine coaster, zip lines and ropes courses for its expanding summer lineup. Continue Reading.
The celebration of heritage breed pigs continues this summer with a Colorado festival.
For those crestfallen pig lovers still mourning over the loss of the toothsome tastes of Cochon 555 that came and went this March, there are good news: Grand Cochon is just around the corner and it comes with a bonus multi-event festival named Heritage Fire. The two day outdoor food and wine festival will take place in Snowmass on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20. The festivities coincide with the Aspen FOOD and WINE Classic. Continue Reading.
From extraordinary mountain vistas to otherworldly geological wonders, Colorado overflows with sights begging to be captured by modest little point-and-shoots and fancy digital SLRs alike. Read on to learn about some of our state’s most photogenic sights and how to snap the perfect shot. Continue Reading.
The annual Front Range festival turns a ski town into a summer destination.
Summer tourism in Colorado has been booming in recent years, the result of ski towns refusing to sacrifice a season’s worth of income, and savvy travelers catching on to all the mountains have to offer when the snow melts. In 2012, the town of Snowmass’ tourism board, cognizant of the money to be made and the fun to be had, decided to revamp its 10-year-old Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest. The board reached out to Steve Gumble—CEO and owner of SBG Productions, which also puts on the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival—to take over the annual event. “The festival was sort of stagnant,” says Gumble, “And they really wanted to inject some life into it.” Continue Reading.
Australian Hugh Templeman is regional vice-president and general manager of Viceroy Snowmass in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
GO: Snowmass is a charming village nestled in a spectacular valley of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Renowned as a ski resort, it’s also the ideal base for a summer getaway. Average temperatures hover around 24C and there are more than 300 days of sunshine a year, which always delights visitors. Festivals, special events, music and more take place throughout summer and there is a real buzz; www.gosnowmass.com.
Continue Reading Hugh’s great tips.
For more than a decade, Snowmass Village has played host to this three-day Mammoth Fest (formerly known as the Snowmass Chili Pepper and Brew Fest) featuring music, craft beer and chili. Fest-goers have the option to camp on-site or book a stay with one of the many lodging partners. Continue Reading.
Two Food Extravaganzas Debut in Snowmass, and the Results Promise to be Delicious.
As the final stop on Cochon 555’s 10-city national culinary throwdown, the Grand Cochon is where the winning chefs from each competition duke it out for the title of King of Queen of Porc, via nose-to-tail preparation of a 200-pound heritage hog. And this year, after five visits to Aspen, the June 20 finale expands to the Viceroy Snowmass for an evening of feasting, cocktail competitions, wine and spirit tastings and general revelry. Continue Reading.
Snowmass: Best for Family Fun
Downhill bike camp, field trips, fishing trips, whitewater rafting, and a “build your own rocket” camp—and those are just for the kids through Camp Aspen Snowmass. Knowing they’re in good hands makes it easier for Mom and Dad to kick back with lift-accessed mountain biking on more than 50 miles of trails, mountain hikes with naturalists from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, or just chilling at the Limelight, an Aspen hotel where the rooms have balconies with stunning mountain views and the breakfast is famously generous with eggs and bacon or homemade granola. Airport and mountain shuttles are included in the price, which starts at $370 per night. Full Article.
Once upon a time, I was sitting in my pajamas eating breakfast bonbons and watching Good Morning America when a group of muddy, laughing moms flashed across the screen.
They were participating in Mudderella, a full-day athletic event series for women by women that encourages being strong, having fun and having a blast with your friends. Continue Reading.
Have you heard of a red wattle? How about a large black? A Hereford or Berkshire?
These are all heritage pig breeds that are becoming harder to find as commercial farming practices, which they are not suited to, are increasingly used.
That’s bad news not just for farmers and their pigs but for the consumer, according to Brady Lowe, who said pork from small breeders is generally safer and tastier than what you can buy from a mass-production farm. Continue Reading.
Summertime in the high country is all about the festivals, from food and wine, to adventure, to film and arts. And while a few of the best sold out long ago (sorry Aspen Food & Wine addicts), there are plenty of events that you can still score tickets to. We’ve got ten of the best, from Vail to Stowe. Continue Reading.
This four-day Aspen/Snowmass retreat is centered around living mindfully. Choose your own adventure between yoga, meditation, trail hikes, food, wine, music and more to curate your Wanderlust Aspen/Snowmass experience. Continue Reading.
Known for winter sports, ski resorts are a hub of outdoor activities and spectacular scenery. During the warmer months, snowy white mountains turn green and black bowls become hiking and mountain biking trails with gondolas transporting summer enthusiasts instead of skiers. Whether you are an adventure seeker looking for family travel or just love being outdoors, you will find something for everyone in the off season at these 10 (typically) ski destinations. Continue Reading.
Aspen Snowmass shifts into summer with weekend operations to begin Memorial Day Weekend and daily operations on both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass to begin June 20.
Aspen Snowmass is scheduled to debut new summer enhancements and offerings. The top of Aspen Mountain is slated to undergo a summer landscape and activities improvement project while Snowmass will continue to improve Bike Snowmass trails, including the Vapor Trail, as well as add new farm dinners at Elk Camp restaurant. The on-mountain event calendar introduces a new event called Red Bull Rise, the Audi Power of Four Trail Race inserts a new Vertical K race and the event’s signature 50K trail race now holds the designation of U.S. Skyrunner Series North American Continental Championships. Lastly, the Audi Power of Four Mountain Bike Race adds a shorter course option. Continue Reading.
As the spring sun begins to melt the snow atop Sam’s Knob, attention is rapidly turning to what is certainly THE MOST INSANELY PACKED SCHEDULE OF SUMMER EVENTS EVER SEEN IN SNOWMASS VILLAGE. Continue Reading.
The U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a new High Alpine chairlift at Snowmass also grants Aspen Skiing Co. permission to thin trees in six glades geared for skiers and snowboarders ranging from intermediates to experts. Continue Reading.
Aspen Skiing Co. will replace and realign the High Alpine lift on Snowmass, install snowmaking equipment on two existing trails, and implement additional trail and glade construction projects this summer after receiving approvals from the U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday. Continue Reading.
Here are seven of the biggest and best mountain bike trails in Aspen Snowmass, broken down by elevation gain. Continue Reading.
Colorado funk masters The Motet will headline the Deaf Camp Benefit and Summer Festival in Snowmass Village. The Motet has agreed to perform for free in the true spirit of the historic fundraiser, which supports the Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Old Snowmass. Continue reading.
Snowmass ski area employees swept the terrain category of Colorado Ski Country USA’s annual industry awards.
Chris Branstetter won the Terrain Master of the Year (night crew) award, and Tyler Reynolds took home the same award for the day crew category. Continue Reading.
Your yoga mat is portable — that’s why you can roll it up, hold it under an arm, zip it into a bag or throw its carrier strap over a shoulder. Your practice is made to move you, on and off your mat, so here’s a rundown of how to diversify the places you do your poses. Continue Reading.
Costumes will be donned, locals and visitors will come out to play and general frivolity will reign for that most bittersweet of days — Closing Day. Continue Reading.
A hearty bowl of soup — just the thing to warm and fill you up after a day spent skiing and riding on the slopes.
That’s just as true today as it was in 1972 when The Stew Pot opened on the Snowmass Village Mall. Offering sandwiches, salads, chili and freshly made soup and stew of the day, this restaurant serves simply great food, explains owner Fletcher Duke. Continue Reading.
Suzanne Dale finds that there’s much more to do than ski in picture-perfect Aspen and the neighbouring Snowmass resort. Continue Reading.
Puerto Rican pop star Chayanne enjoyed a family ski vacation here last week, despite being repeatedly waylaid for photo ops by Latin American visitors who gleefully spotted him on Snowmass’ slopes – along with the chefs at Bonnie’s on Aspen Mountain, who didn’t miss a beat in recognizing the tall skier as the international singing sensation that he is. Continue Reading.
Acrobats, equestrian showmen, performing canines and clowns will show off their greatest feats under a big-top tent in Snowmass Base Village this summer when the Zoppe Italian Family Circus comes to town.
The circus is the newest addition to Snowmass Village’s summer events calendar, with performances scheduled for Aug. 28 through 30. Tickets go on sale June 1.
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. – It has been dubbed a “Miracle on the Mountain.” For nearly three decades, Snowmass has held the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.
It’s a place where veterans and civilians get to downhill ski despite injuries that would otherwise keep them from doing so. Continue Reading.
Like most days at the Lewis Ice Arena, two teams of hockey players were gearing up to get out on the ice Monday morning.
They were putting on pads and strapping into skates — except this time, they had to sit down into those skates, and coaches and volunteers had to lift them up and pull them out onto the ice. Continue Reading.
SNOWMASS, Colo. — Skiing with Jake Hipps means seeing a lot of his back.
The former Marine is partially paralyzed and normally uses a wheelchair. But come winter, Hipps takes to the slopes in a custom chair-mounted ski outfitted with a shock that looks as if it belongs on a mountain bike. He leaves most able-bodied skiers behind in a spray of spring snow. Continue Reading.
SNOWMASS MAMMOTH FEST
When: June 12-14
Where: Snowmass Village
Distance from Fort Collins: 256 miles (4.5-hour drive)
Tickets: $70 (early bird two-day pass), $55 single-day pass
Featured Artists: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Doyle Bramhall II, Greensky Bluegrass, Donavon Frankenreiter, The Lone Bellow
WANDERLUST ASPEN SNOWMASS
When: July 2-5
Where: Snowmass Village
Distance from Fort Collins: 256 miles (4.5-hour drive)
Tickets: $85 to $145 (single day passes)
Featured Artists: Lee Fields & The Expressions, Nikki Lane, MC YOGI, DJ Drez, The SteelDrivers, Trevor Exter, beatgypsy, VinnieFallico, High & Mighty Brass Band!
JAZZ ASPEN SNOWMASS LABOR DAY EXPERIENCE
When: Sept. 4-6
Where: Snowmass Village
Distance from Fort Collins: 256 miles (4.5-hour drive)
Tickets: $184 (3-day pass)
Featured Artists: No Doubt, Hozier, Lenny Kravitz, The Fray
Winter Sports Clinic continues through April 3
SNOWMASS VILLAGE — Navy veterans Eileen and Jon Vasquez served in active duty together on the USS Enterprise, were medically discharged within the same period of time and are both here this week to attend the 29th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Continue Reading.
Law enforcement officials engaged in a high-speed chase in Snowmass Village this week — on the slopes, that is.
Officers from all over the country and world brought their friends and family to the village this week for the North American Police Ski Championships, an annual ski-racing event that is equal parts good cause and good fun. Continue Reading.
The blizzard that began late Tuesday night, on March 23rd, was sheer bliss for skiers at Snowmass and Aspen ski resorts who awoke to the best of all possible worlds: feathery-soft powder snow blanketing mountain peaks, valley trails, forest glades and ski lifts. The storm, which blew in just before midnight, was still swirling over Snowmass Village at dawn on the 24th, laying down four to five inches of new snow on base area runs before noon, and more – as yet unmeasured by early afternoon – on the two resorts’ upper slopes. Continue Reading.
A renewable-energy summit that brings dignitaries and experts from around the world together to discuss solutions for climate change is moving to Snowmass Village this year. Continue Reading.
This week, Snowmass Village is hosting a police skiing competition. The North American Police Ski and Snowboard Championships is an international gathering. Officers from Europe and North America are battling it out on the slopes. Continue Reading.
Have you done anything for 26 years?
That’s how long Bill Madsen has been involved with NASTAR, the National Standard ski race that’s returning to Snowmass Village for its national championships this week. Continue Reading.
Colorado’s Snowmass Mammoth Festival will feature performances from the likes of Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings as their Wheels of Soul Tour stops in Snowmass. Joining them will be special guest Doyle Bramhall II along with additional sets from Greensky Bluegrass, The Lone Bellow, Donavon Frankenreiter, The Cave Singers, The Barr Brothers, Futurebirds and more. Continue Reading.
As Colorado ski resorts enter the important spring break season, they can rest a little easier than usual, knowing they already are ahead of last year’s pace for attracting skiers and snowboarders. Continue Reading.
With new restaurants, hotels and noteworthy spas, here’s what’s happening in Colorado now. Continue Reading.
If life is like a box of chocolates, then ski resorts are like scoops of ice cream. It’s hard to know which flavor will be your favorite until you’ve tried a bite (or two). To that end, each ski seasons means an opportunity to try a new mountain and surrounding resorts. Because we are a relatively new skiing family, we are still getting our snow legs. Trying a new location each year gives a chance to really feel out what matters to us when we ski. Continue Reading.
Friday nights during ski season, bring your family to Elk Camp, Snowmass’ on-mountain restaurant, which transforms on Ullr Nights into a nighttime winter wonderland with events Ullr’s Ghost Ship made of snow with lights and a slide, a Viking sledding hill, snowshoe tours as well as s’mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire. Snowmass Village is also home to the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center, which offers child care with themed playrooms, as well as ski and snowboard lessons. Many evenings, kids can gather ’round the campfire for Old West storytelling and marshmallow roasting. Continue Reading.
The Bride Natalie Story , 28, a teacher and cheerleading coach The Groom Justin Brown, 26, owner of A Smooth Move Moving and Storage The Date March 2 For their glam winter-wonderland wedding, Natalie and Justin wanted to highlight the beauty of the natural surroundings. Formal black-and-ivory attire, along with flame-orange orchids, evoked a vintage-Colorado theme, while the mountaintop locale inspired all of the rustic accents. View Photos on The Knot.
t snowed 11 out of the past 12 days as of Wednesday. In the minds of many skiers, the best of the snow came on the last day.
Snowmass and Aspen Mountain reported 11 inches of snow over the past 24 hours as of 5 a.m. Wednesday. Aspen Highlands reported nine inches and Buttermilk collected seven.
The latest surge was different because temperatures dropped into the teens so Mother Nature bestowed the slopes with a lighter load. Some skiers and snowboarders were calling it the best day of the season Wednesday.
Longtime Aspen resident Randy Woods skied Snowmass and got first tracks on Elk Camp, High Alpine and a run on Sheer Bliss. He said it was best ski day he’s had in five years. Continue Reading.
Aspen Skiing Co. is switching things up on Fridays, literally and figuratively.
For 14 years, Skico hosted Big Air Fridays, a jump competition on Snowmass’ Fanny Hill showcasing the skills of valley skiers and snowboarders. That competition is no more, but its niche has been filled by Big Rail Fridays, a park contest that is getting even higher participation than its predecessor, according to event manager Tyler Lindsay. Continue Reading.
“I can’t believe I really did it!” My son Bode’s cheeks were flush with excitement and big, feathery snowflakes. It was our second day in Aspen and he had conquered Mount Everest. Or, in 8-year-old vernacular, he had skied his first black-diamond run at Buttermilk.
“The Power of Four” resorts–Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk–are renowned destinations but it wasn’t until we experienced the latter two resorts’ family-friendly offerings that we were hooked. Not only does Snowmass offer a staggering amount of kid activities including their “Very Important Kid” program and Ullr Nights, but its counterpart Buttermilk’s gently rolling hills and new children’s center is now my top Colorado resort pick for families with young children. Continue Reading.
When your children are young it’s easy to find great family ski resorts.
Most resorts offer extensive programs for 12-and-unders, including learn to ski and ride classes, day care, craft parties, game nights and so on.
It’s different with teens. They are less likely to jump feet first into anything, although most of them are totally stoked to jump head first off of most anything.
For many teens, a ski trip is more about the skiing and less about the diversions. Still, they enjoy trying new things, learning new skills and spending quality family time together (really, they do!).
This winter we went out of our way at Snowmass to discover the programs, activities and events that most suit teens. Continue Reading.
Way back in the previous century, I took my first runs on a huge mountain not far from Aspen called Snowmass. I loved it instantly. I love it still. But it’s not your ‘80s Snowmass anymore. The sleeping giant has awakened. Continue Reading.
Bypass trail will help skiers returning from the wall to skip Elk Camp area.
The U.S. Forest Service has signed off on a plan to replace the High Alpine lift, glade more runs through the trees and add snowmaking at Snowmass Ski Area. Continue Reading.
After a week chocked full of fluffy wonderfulness, the heavens are gearing to open up and bless Snowmass yet again. This week has big potential to deliver multiplier-effect pow days where each turn’s deeper than the one before it. No need to believe us, check any forecast you can get your hands on for corroboration. Continue Reading.
Just after the Lamborghini Winter Academy tackled Japan for the very first time, the program arrived in Aspen Snowmass, Colorado for one of its staple events and as always, it provided participants with the opportunity to take control of the Italian marque’s finest models. Continue Reading.
Aspen is synonymous with fantastic skiing and the wealthy jet set crowd. Visitors flock there during the winter months for the exceptional ski conditions and cosmopolitan vibe. Often dubbed as the go-to ski resort for the glitterati, Aspen and it’s neighbouring sister town Snowmass is in fact a cultural, gastronomic and fitness mecca all year round. Continue Reading.
Pub crawl, parties, races part of NBS agenda.
If first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters’ Presidents Day trip to Aspen means skiing is cool for young African Americans, some credit is due to the efforts of the National Brotherhood of Skiers to introduce a demographic to winter sports that might not have tried it otherwise. Continue Reading.
While Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison, Colorado is one of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossil localities featuring bones of the Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, and the Colorado state fossil; and Allosaurus, a much more recent archaeological discovery may soon eclipse the popular attraction. Continue Reading.
I’m not big on alarm clocks, and neither are my teenage sons. Unless. of course, we’re skiing. Then suddenly we have no problem waking up.
It’s all about First Tracks. Continue Reading.
Snowmass is first and foremost a ski town, but even if you don’t enjoy traditional winter sports, don’t write it off as a vacation destination just yet. With plenty of other things to do to keep both the kids and adults busy (besides all day après), check out these non-skiing and snowboarding activities in Snowmass. View Slideshow.
One of Colorado’s most pristine natural environments, the Maroon Bells and aspen groves welcome millions of adventurers in the summer months, but just because the weather starts to dip doesn’t mean you need to hibernate for the season.
Primed for winter exploration, ACES (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies), offers twice daily snowshoe tours of both Aspen and Snowmass that offers a peek behind the hustle and bustle of the ski resorts to see the natural inhabitants and ecosystem in action. Continue Reading.
Some ski resorts are renowned for their pristine snow, extreme conditions, and champagne powder, others for their nightlife, wildlife, and charming mountain restaurants. Just in time for peak season, I’ve pulled together what I deem to be the very best of resort skiing in the world—from Europe’s chocolate-box villages, with their authentic alpine traditions, to the powder fields of the western United States. So it’s time to boot up, clip in, and make fresh tracks down the best slopes around the world. Continue Reading.
Over fifty years ago, Snowmass opened and quickly became Aspen’s family mountain. Upgrades and expansions through the years have made the skiing and riding more challenging and diverse. But at it’s heart, it’s still a place for families, of all ages. Continue Reading.
The tradition of après originated in the Alps, where skiers headed directly to the bars on their last run of the day while still wearing all their ski gear, much like the alleged 19th hole in golf.
Skiing is a social sport that is best enjoyed with strong drinks, good friends and post-lift debauchery. Continue Reading.
Home of the Aspen Food and Wine Classic, one of the premier culinary events in the world, it should come as no surprise that Aspen-Snowmass is a hotbed of celebrity chefs and exclusive dining experiences all year round. Continue Reading.
“It says you have to be an intermediate skier, are we going to be okay?”
Asked my friend Nikki who hadn’t been out of the flatlands of Chicago in 10 years and was meeting me with her husband, who’d been on skis a whopping three times in his 40 years.
“Probably,” I smiled. Continue Reading.
Growing up in Chicago, I spent the majority of my ski career learning on the landfills of Wisconsin, readily thinking I was a mountain chick through and through.
What they don’t tell you when you move west is that it’s not a consistent rating system across the country. Black diamonds in the Midwest are not the same as black diamonds in Colorado. That’s a tough lesson to learn and Colorado was a serious reality check. Continue Reading.
Not thirty minutes into my snowshoeing adventure with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), it struck me. Alpine skiing is like being on an interstate. Continue Reading.
Snowmass Sports has stood the test of time, remaining in its slopeside location on the Snowmass Village Mall even as the Silvertree Hotel changed hands in 2012. It’s also a true family business: The shop was opened by Tom Wenzel in 1986, and now his son Cameron, who worked there as a kid, is running the show. Continue Reading.
You could say it’s been quite a ride, but Twirp Anderson isn’t one to brag.
The guitar-picking cowboy who’s done everything from horseshoeing to apres-ski entertaining to mining made a special appearance last week at the Snowmass Club. The small affair in the upstairs Club Room was attended by many longtime locals and part-time residents who came to see Anderson and his current band Timbermill play. Continue Reading.
Special events with mass appeal, financial incentives for travel planners and a more aggressive approach by the group sales department have all helped move the needle for Snowmass Tourism, which ended an already successful 2014 with a December that looks to break lodging and sales tax records. Continue Reading.
For the first time in more than 10 years, Snowmass Village will once again share in the festivities of the Food & Wine Classic.
Grand Cochon, a culinary competition centered on heritage breed pork, has been held at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen during Food & Wine weekend for the past five years. This year, it will be at the Viceroy Snowmass, and organizers are bringing another event of live outdoor cooking to Base Village that weekend as well. Continue Reading.
An amazing discovery occurred in 2010 about a quarter mile from the ski lifts of Snowmass. Scooping out a meadow to create a water reservoir, a bulldozer operator upended bones, a tusk and an eight-inch tooth of a long-extinct Columbian mammoth. Continue Reading.
With snowflakes swirling and white-spackled slopes glistening, it’s not hard to imagine a few Ice Age mammoths trundling through this winter wonderland. Continue Reading.
It’s been a long road for Andrew Gonzales.
The 42-year-old Green Beret struggled with depression when he was first diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, learning to live with his new limits but also grappling with the disappointment of having to give up his dream job — one that many work for but only a few achieve. Continue Reading.
New York, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles — Snowmass Village?
It might be surprising, but those are a few of the stops that Snowmass’ own bar magician Doc Eason made on his off-season tour this fall. But if you’ve ever seen one of Doc’s shows, you know that the entertainment is on par with any of those locales. Continue Reading.
For all you skimmers out there, I’m going to give you a heads up: the moral of this story is that…
1. It’s up to us to challenge ourselves — and 2. It’s up to us to define what ordinary really is. And 3. Aspen is pretty spectacular whether or not you seek snow adventures.
If you can get past the spoiler alert, I’m going to tell you about my winter week in the extraordinary Aspen, Colorado. It goes a little something like this: Continue Reading.
This is my fourth winter living in Aspen, but until yesterday, I had only visited three of our on-mountain shrines — one honoring Jerry Garcia, which I stumbled on before even knowing what the shrines were, and those dedicated to Elvis and Marilyn. Continue Reading.
The rock band Cracker, New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band and reggae group Iration will perform at the Bud Light Hi-FI Concert Series this winter, the Aspen Skiing Co. announced Monday. Continue Reading.
Decades of experience help SkiCo’s mountain managers balance fun, safety
For the mountain managers at the four ski areas in Aspen and Snowmass Village, a day can include avalanches, uphillers, nudity and a Flying Tomato at the X Games. Continue Reading.
The 145-room Holiday Inn Express Snowmass Village hotel has opened its doors in Colorado. The four-story property, which is the latest addition to IHS group, is located at the base of Snowmass Mountain. Continue Reading.
Boasting more than 95 kilometers of cross country ski trails, Aspen Snowmass is one of the largest free groomed cross country ski systems in North America. The trails connect the ski villages of Aspen, Snowmass, and Basalt and provide opportune places for pit stops. A wide array of trails offer terrains that range from beginner levels up to the most advanced, challenging runs. Scale the scenic Mt. Daly for some of the best views as the sun reflects off of its nearly 14,000-foot peak. Continue Reading.
Free skiing for children makes a ski vacation more affordable for families. Continue Reading.
An amazing discovery occurred in 2010 about a quarter-mile from the ski lifts of Snowmass. Scooping out a meadow to create a water reservoir, a bulldozer operator upended bones, a tusk and an 8-inch tooth of a long-extinct Columbian Mammoth. Continue Reading.
A first-time snowboarder’s bumpy ride.
Colorado residents aren’t actually required by law to participate in snow sports, although it often seems that way. Continue Reading.
In February, 2015, Snowmass will host Lamborghini’s first-ever North American Winter Academia. Experience the all-wheel drive supremacy (and let’s not even mention how good you will look behind the wheel!) of the Aventador LP 700-4 and the Huracán LP 610-4 on snow and ice in the equally luxurious Rocky Mountain backdrop of Snowmass, a quaint Colorado town tucked away in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, just 9 miles from downtown Aspen. Continue Reading.
Aspen Snowmass, Colo., – December 26, 2014 – The holiday season has been generous to Aspen Snowmass as they have received nearly two feet of snow in the past week. A fresh 4-6 inches has been reported across all four mountains of Aspen Snowmass – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk– in the past 24 hours. Continue Reading.
Think it’s been busy in the Aspen-Snowmass area the past few days, with shoppers filling up downtown stores and motorists scrambling for parking spaces? It’s about to get even more crowded, as area hotels and lodges are expected to sell out from Saturday night through Wednesday night, which is New Year’s Eve. Continue Reading.
From tree-lighting ceremonies to a torchlight parade to Santa’s magical presence, Snowmass simply sparkles with holiday cheer. For last-minute Christmas wishes, your kids can make sure the jolly old fellow hears about it by dropping off a note in his personal mailbox located on the Snowmass Village Mall. Moms, dads and kids ages 8 and older are invited to be part of the Torchlight Parade, an annual favorite event with free fireworks. Continue Reading.
Four Colorado ski resorts beef up the on-mountain family experience. Continue Reading.
Jim Snobble, a part-time ski school instructor, had been running a lodge called the Nugget when it was sold leaving him with just a ski school supervisor job. He was worried about what he would do when he rode the lift one day with Art Pfister, who told him they might be looking for some “management depth” and to go talk with Darcy (D.R.C. Brown, president of the Aspen Skiing Corp.). He did, and a week later got a call saying, “You’re done with Ski School: Go to Snowmass and start studying Snowmass.” Continue Reading.
Aspen-Snowmass is on track to open 4,100 acres of terrain Saturday across the four peaks of Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk thanks to the recent storm cycle that brought as much as 21 inches of snow in the past seven days. Continue Reading.
The recent drop in temperatures is allowing the Snowmass Village recreation department to make headway on opening the ice rink at Town Park. Continue Reading.
Snowmass, Colorado recently became known as a fossil hotspot thanks to the fortuitous discovery of an Ice Age bonebed nearby. But mastodons and mammoths aren’t the only fossils in the area. Another, far-older discovery has just been described by paleontologists John Foster and Mathew Wedel in the Jurassic rocks just a mile from the ski town. Continue Reading.
Jeff Pigati arrived at Snowmass, Colo., just two weeks after a bulldozer operator uncovered the first bone of a juvenile mammoth. That was in October 2010. A specialist in radiocarbon dating, Pigati remembers being immediately awed by what he saw. Continue Reading.
Colorado’s “fantastic four” resorts offer a generous family deal that lets kids stay, ski free. The kids can be your kids, or anyone’s kids. Continue Reading.
Jeff Pigati remembers well receiving the call in 2010 from Ian Miller and Kirk Johnson about some strange bones that had accidentally been unearthed during a construction project above Snowmass Village. Continue Reading.
Have you decided on a snow vacation this winter? If you’re serious about conditioning, snow riding is a great way to get in better shape quickly. This is especially true for power athletes. Read more HERE.
A trove of ancient bones from gigantic animals discovered in the Colorado mountains is providing scientists with a fascinating look at what happened about 120,000 years ago when the Earth got as warm as it is today. Continue Reading.
Snowmass Ski Area will open for the season Thursday with more than 500 acres of skiable terrain, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Tuesday. Continue Reading.
Four years of excavation and research in a Colorado reservoir have led to the publication of the Snowmastodon Project Science Volume in an international science journal this month.
After a bulldozer operator uncovered bones during construction at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village in 2010, scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science — joined by others around the globe — examined the location, according to a news release from the museum. Continue Reading.
Big Mountain Enduro, now in it’s third year of producing the premier enduro series, is excited to release its 2015 schedule, including a stop on the Enduro World Series (EWS) and North American Enduro Tour (NAET), as well as publicizing an equal pro payout for Pro Men and Pro Women at all events and the Series Overall. The Big Mountain Enduro will return to Snowmass, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado, and pay visit to a new big mountain venue for its Series Finals. Continue Reading.
Looking for the ultimate active getaway? Bex Fairbrother, founder of Well Aware, London’s leading Health and Wellness Concierge service, shares her favorite tried and tested active destinations. Continue Reading.
Aspen Skiing Co. wants to add an alpine coaster, zip lines and challenge courses with nets and ropes at Snowmass Ski Area to add to an extensive mountain-biking network and broaden its appeal, company executives announced Monday. Continue Reading.
Want to skin the frontcountry? Try these six spots. Continue Reading.
As the thermometer drops in the Roaring Fork Valley, sport shop clerks, restaurant owners and hotel managers study the sky, eager for signs of winter. Continue Reading.
Snowmass Village wrapped up its summer tourism season with a big boost in sales in September. Continue Reading.
New Mayor, Markey Butler, confronts long list of tasks at hand for Village. Continue Reading.
With 10+ world-class mountain resorts in Colorado, it’s easy to be overwhelmed when deciding where to shred – let us help narrow it down. Snowmass Village is home to some of the best snow and skiing in North America with your choice of cruisers, glades, steeps, terrain parks and halfpipes. Here are 4 reasons you should make it #1 on your winter list. Continue Reading.
The Wildwood Snowmass hotel will reopen this winter as the Holiday Inn Express Snowmass Village, its general manager said Monday. Continue Reading.
Snowmaking guns are in position, marketing plans are in place to lure visitors and local restaurants, bars and retail shops are in hiring mode. Continue Reading.
Located high up in the Brush Creek Valley, Snowmass Village sits scenically in the shadow of such dramatic mountains as Garrett Peak, Capitol Peak and Mount Daly. Continue Reading.
A bronze sculpture of a mastodon commemorating the ice-age fossil dig in Snowmass Village was unveiled at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on Oct. 23. Read the full article here.
Abigail Butcher discovers road-bike training at altitude in the Rocky Mountains is lung-busting but beautiful. Read the full UK Health & Fitness Magazine Article.
Travel Agent Magazine takes a look at what is new and exciting within the ski resort community for the winter 2014-2015 season featuring Aspen Snowmass. Read the article.
Five mountain towns where the skiing and riding are matched by equally entertaining off-the-slopes escapades. Continue Reading.
West || No. 7: Snowmass, Colorado
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When the city gets claustrophobic, sending you to the nearest bench with a view across the water to pine for open spaces beyond the five boroughs, it’s time to pull out, or maybe pull up, from the Web, the maps. Continue Reading.
Rose Abello returns to the Roaring Fork Valley full time.
As the spokeswoman for Aspen Skiing Co. under president Pat O’Donnell’s regime in the late 1990s and early aughts, Rose Abello was known for her disciplined messaging. Rarely, if ever, did she deviate from the company line. Continue Reading.
As the line of seven electric vehicles passed through downtown Carbondale on Friday evening, the drivers did their best to make up for their nearly silent vehicles with horns and whoops, hoping to spread public awareness about the increasing viability of driving an electric car on the Western Slope.
Before converging for a party in Carbondale, the Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies toured prime fall colors from Grand Junction to Aspen to Vail. Continue Reading.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) is launching a program this month designed to help families purchase advanced or professional musical instruments for their children. Continue Reading.
New information about climate change will be published later this month in the first comprehensive paper detailing the “exquisite finds” at Ziegler Reservoir that were discovered in 2010-11. Continue Reading.
The town of Snowmass Village’s first public electric-vehicle charging station is open at Town Park Station. The station was purchased thanks to a grant from Charge Ahead Colorado, a joint program of the Colorado Energy Office and Regional Air Quality Council aimed at reducing harmful air pollutants. Continue Reading.
As temperatures continue to drop in the high-country, Aspen Snowmass received more snow atop the surrounding peaks last night marking the highly-anticipated approach of the 2014-15 winter ski season. Coming off a great season last year, Aspen Mountain and Snowmass have officially announced they will open the winter season on November 27. Continue Reading.
Top college mountain bike racers from the region took the Snowmass test last weekend at the annual CU Invitational. Continue Reading.
The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport had more available commercial airline seats than five of its top competing resorts last ski season — the first time that’s happened in more than eight years. Continue Reading.
The folks working at the Snowmass Village Tourism office aren’t waiting for Base Village to be sorted out, they’re building business in the Village regardless and bringing more people to the area than ever before. Continue Reading.
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Snowmass climbed to one of its highest positions in several years in Ski magazine’s annual readership survey to determine the best ski resorts in North America. Continue Reading.
The Aspen-Snowmass mountain-biking trail network received accolades for excellence this summer from an international organization promoting the sport.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association named the Aspen-area system a Bronze Level Ride Center at its 2014 World Summit on Aug. 21. The Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association pursued the designation on behalf of the upper Roaring Fork Valley. Continue Reading.
Top college mountain bike racers from the Rocky Mountain West will cycle into Snowmass Village next weekend for the annual CU Invitational.
The two-day event on the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference calendar will feature up to 14 teams representing schools and cycling clubs from the University of Wyoming to the Air Force Academy. Continue Reading.
There are several misconceptions when it comes to hot air ballooning. The first, and possibly most common, is that anyone can fly a balloon with the right equipment. In reality, it requires a pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration and can require months or years to become certified. Continue Reading.
The Denver Post’s John Wenzel takes a closer look at 39-year tradition of the Snowmass Balloon Festival. Read the full article.
Snowmass will become a hot-air balloon mecca with the highest altitude hot air balloon event in the country for the 39th annual Snowmass Balloon Festival, Sept. 12-14. Over 30 balloons will ascend upon the Snowmass mountain sky accentuating the beauty of an autumn weekend. Continue Reading.
Travel + Leisure Magazine – No. 8 Snowmass Village, CO
Snowmass Village and nearby Aspen—which bears the name of Colorado’s most ubiquitous tree—are visited only briefly by autumn. Continue Reading.
An estimated 9,000 in town for extreme endurance event.
Tough Mudder contestants flocked to Snowmass Village on Saturday for the start of the two-day, obstacle course event that tests their strength, teamwork, endurance and sanity. Continue Reading.
They came to swim through cold water, crawl under ropes, get shocked by live wires and ultimately drink a beer with their friends.
An estimated 7,500 people participated in Tough Mudder, an obstacle-course challenge that holds events worldwide, on Saturday in Snowmass Village. Continue Reading.
SNOWMASS – It’s hard enough to run at least 10 miles. It’s beyond comprehension for some people that you would add obstacles to that course. Continue Reading.
No. 16 Snowmass, CO – This ski town landed in the survey’s top 10 for being friendly and smart, but quirky isn’t too far behind. Continue Reading.
What category are you? What age group do you belong in? Is this a criterium? A road race? Oh, a time trial? Well, that’s completely different. When a roadie tells me that they just don’t understand what a gran fondo actually is, I see why they are confused. For the longest time, competitive road cycling has been based on important definitions, categories, and hierarchy. Continue Reading.
More than 1,400 people attended the Snowmass Rodeo on Aug. 6, the most in a single night this summer. Read more.
You could say it takes a village to host the USA Pro Challenge. Read More.
Irene Middleman Thomas discusses why Snowmass is the quieter side of Aspen, yet still full of exciting music festivals, Ice Age Discovery sights, outdoor adventures and more! Read the article here.
Snowmass Village, CO – August 11, 2014 – Snowmass Village, Colorado played host to the 2014 Gran Fondo Italia international cycling event August 10, 2014. Read the full story here.
Guided tours are now available on the same grounds that mammoths and mastodons trod tens of thousands of years ago. Continue reading.
Triple Threat Mommy lists her 5 favorite family activities in Aspen and Snowmass. Read the article here.
Kate Siber details her experiences at Wanderlust Festival Aspen Snowmass for The Washington Post. Read about her journey here.
The Standard describes the beauty of summer hot air ballooning in scenic Snowmass. Read More.
ASPEN-SNOWMASS – Yoga, music and blue skies welcomed visitors from around the world to the Wanderlust festival over Fourth of July weekend. Read More.
The Denver Post’s Kyle Wagner discusses some of the best outdoor activities for all ages in Snowmass Village in the summer. Read the article here.
Encontrar algo que hacer en Snowmass, Colorado no es difícil, aunque la elección entre tantas opciones puede ser. Lo que es un hecho comprobado es que uno quiere volver año tras año. Leer más.
Yogis from around the world will descend on Snowmass Thursday for a festival called Wanderlust. Read More
In Snowmass Village, you can celebrate the Fourth of July by freeing your mind, body and spirit at the Wanderlust yoga festival. Read more
Snowmass Village will soon join the ranks of other Roaring Fork Valley communities that offer farmers markets. Read more
The two signature resorts in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, Snowmass and Aspen, deliver summer’s yin and yang. Read More!
Larry Olmsted discusses why the conic cliché of “I came for the winter but stayed for the summer” applies to Aspen Snowmass. Read the full article here.
The first of five events in the Gran Fondo Italia series will visit Aspen and Snowmass, Colo. on August 10. Riders will choose from two routes through the Roaring Fork Valley — the shorter option is 45mi, and the full-distance course is 95mi. Read more.
At a special time during June in Colorado, people gather on grounds deserted by snowboarders and skiers to experience Snowmass Mammoth Festival in Snowmass Village, CO each year. Continue Reading
Snowmass Village will spend $10,000 to enhance the Deadline Trail for mountain bikers, with such dirt features as berms, table tops and step-downs. Read More
Summer is officially here. The Snowmass Mammoth Fest, the traditional opening event for the season in Snowmass Village, starts May 13 with a free day of concerts and chili tastings on the Snowmass Village Mall… Read More
The annual blowout known as the Snowmass Mammoth Fest runs June 13-15 in Snowmass Village, the mountain enclave where the snow is departing, but the sunshine and suds remain. View Article
Stephanie Maskery discusses summer in Aspen and Snowmass Village including the Snowmass Rodeo, the Food & Wine Classic and more. Read the article.
The Aspen Daily News explores the ins and outs of Ragnar Trail and Ragnar Relays. Read More
One family discovers the thrill of downhill biking at Snowmass. Read the Full Story.
The annual blowout known as the Snowmass Mammoth Fest runs June 13-15 in Snowmass Village, the mountain enclave where the snow is departing, but the sunshine and suds remain. Read more!
The first stop of the Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro Series presented by Shimano, will host the second stop of the North American Enduro Tour (NAET) June 21-22 in Snowmass, CO followed by… Read More
“Snowmass Village is preparing for a summer that Mayor Bill Boineau said will be the busiest he can remember.” – Via the Aspen Daily News. Read More
The Evening Times (UK) talks about summertime in Snowmass, including the Snowmass Rodeo. Read the full story here.
The Aspen Times takes a closer look into the jam-packed event lineup we have planned for Snowmass this summer. Read more here!
Jetset Extra discusses why Snowmass is on their annual to-do list! Read the full story here.
Triple Threat Mommy provides her top 10 Reasons to go Spring Skiing at Snowmass. Read More.
Meetings Focus discusses Snowmass as a great meeting destination in all four seasons. Read More.
Curbed Ski rehashes the recent beverage filled weekend that is the Apres-Ski Cocktail Classic in this witty piece. Read the Article.
Froders Travel critiques all the fun things to do in Snowmass over a long weekend. Read the Article.
Snowsports Culture gives a fantastic overview of Skiing in Snowmass in this 15 minute webisode. Watch the video.
The Delicious Day give us their favorite things about Snowmass in this list. Read the article.
USA Today looks at the Aspen/Snowmass area in this brief summary of all the area has to offer. Read Article.
Ski Magazine looks at Snowmass’s new terrain, Burnt Mountain, and other Snowmass news. Read Article.
The Aspen Sojourner takes a look at Snowmass, “the massive playground.” Read Article.
The Dallas Morning News reviews Snowmass, the “charmer that offers something for all.” Read Article
Mountain Town News summarizes the ice age discovery progress and updates. Read Article.
Silver Travel Advisor looks at Snowmass from a baby-boomers presepective. Read Article.
Bike Magazine reviews downhill biking in Snowmass including the Valhalla trail. Read Article.
Pique Newsmagazine covers the massive ice age discovery in Snowmass. Read Article.
Fifty years ago, a commercial snowcat operation began taking skiers up Snowmass Mountain, near Aspen. Chairlifts wouldn’t be installed until the 1967 season, when the resort officially opened.
Still, this season marks the 50th year of commercial skiing at Snowmass and while celebrations have not yet begun, there are plenty of new delights to enjoy on mountain and in the Village. Continue Reading.
As one of the four mountains in the Aspen chain (which also includes Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk), Snowmass is the one to base yourself at for a bit of solitude and a lot of space. With 3,332 acres of terrain, it’s larger than all three of its sister resorts combined, and has more vertical drop than any other ski resort in the country (4,400 feet). With a much friendlier pitch than, say, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass definitely also has more wide-open cruisers than its neighbors, but serious skiers and boarders will still find what they’re looking for in places like the East Wall, especially with the help of the new High Alpine quad, which accesses extreme hike-to terrain further up and overlooked glades below. Continue Reading.