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Gold-Level Biking

Snowmass and the Roaring Fork Valley were recently award the designation of an IMBA Gold Level Ride Center. What does that mean for you? Miles and miles of stunning mountain biking for all ability levels. And, it’s right outside your door.


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Nature

One of the simplest and most satisfying ways to experience all Mother Nature has to offer is simply going for a walk. Step outside your door and be rewarded with fresh air and incredible mountain scenery no matter the trail you select to explore. In Snowmass, even the most accessible hikes offer incredible, photogenic backdrops for a host of new memories.

 

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Looking for Inspiration?

Hikes, bike rides, evening activities- oh my! With so much to choose from, here are some ideas and inspiration to start curating your time in Snowmass.

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Share the Trails

Did you know that uphill trail users have the right of way? Or, that some trails are exclusively for downhill biking? Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with some of the written, and unwritten, rules of our local trail system.

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Terrain

Expert terrain is not a collection of ‘black diamond runs.’ Hardly. Expert terrain is a vast playground of snowy steeps, chutes, glades, cliffs and rock drops. It’s Mother Nature’s playground for the advanced skier/snowboarder. And, it’s 30% of Snowmass- that’s 750 football fields of fun!


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Today in Snowmass

Things are just a little bit different this year. So, here are some helpful resources for planning your day including ski area operation details, parking & drop-off information, bus schedules, and relevant public safety information.

 

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Summer in Snowmass is nothing short of spectacular, and this summer we’re happier than ever...

Summer in Snowmass is nothing short of spectacular, and this summer we're happier than ever to be out enjoying the wide open spaces, vibrant village, and endless activities of our cozy mountain town. Whether you're a day tripper, weekend warrior or are here for the long haul, there is plenty for you and your crew to do while visiting Snowmass. The volume of activities, hikes, bike rides and sites in Snowmass see can be overwhelming, so we've highlighted some of our favorites to help get you on your way.

Hikes:

More than 90 miles of trails connect directly to the Village, which puts nature right at your doorstep.

Tom Blake Trail – Tom Blake is a shaded bike, hike, and equestrian friendly trail that winds through some of the prettiest Aspen groves in the valley as its makes its way across Snowmass Ski Area. This trail is a fan favorite in the summer, be sure to stay aware and share the trail!

Government Trail - Government Trail is filled with short up- and downhill sections between forests, meadows, and streams all the way to Buttermilk.

Elk Camp - Arguably the best view in Snowmass, the top of the Elk Camp chairlift offers 360-degree alpine views that include the Maroon Bells. Start from Base Village and follow the Vista Trail to the top of the Elk Camp Gondola where you connect to Summit Trail that takes you to the top. Looking for something shorter? Opt to take the gondola to meet the Summit Trail to eliminate some of the uphill hiking. Even better? After taking in the view from the top, take the Elk Camp chairlift and/or gondola back to Base Village for a more forgiving descent. 

Snowmass Lake - If you backpack once this summer, make it to a location worth the hike. This 16-mile hike is best enjoyed with a picnic lunch and plenty of water in your pack. This longer hike is the best way to soak in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness’ largest (and perhaps most spectacular) alpine lake which will alleviate any sore muscles and make the view from your tent nothing short of extraordinary.

 

Bike Rides:

Snowmass is at the heart of Colorado's first and only IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center, with cross-country and lift-served biking for all ages and abilities.

Snowmass Bike Park - In Base Village, you can load your bike into the gondola at 8,432 feet, and then on Elk Camp Chairlift to start your ride at 11,325 feet with views of dramatic alpine scenery and 14,000-foot peaks. At almost three miles long, with 1,400 feet in elevation drop, the black-diamond Valhalla is chock-full of dipping berms, thrilling wall rides, and perfectly constructed jump features. Beginner trails, skill-building parks and lessons open the door to new riders who want to explore what all the hype is about.

Rim Trail – A Snowmass Classic, Rim Trail climbs up to a ridge that offers true cross-country riding (think climbs and descents) through spruce and aspen groves, then high-desert scrub oak—all with expansive views of the valley. This trail can be shuttled from the trail head on upper divide road to wildcat reserve, or connects to Seven Star for the full Rim Trail Loop

Deadline - A part of the beloved SKy Mountain Park Trails, Deadline is a downhill flow trail with generous in-sloped berms, rollers, table tops, drops and a couple doubles that can be gapped at speed is a must-ride.

 

Three-Day Itinerary:

Day 1 – Hiking and activities. Start the day with a hike up the Rim Trail to the yin-yang platform overlooking Mt. Daly, Snowmass' iconic mountain with a handsome diagnal stripe. Grab lunch on the Snowmass Mall, then head to the Elk Camp Gondola to ride up the mountan for the hub of activities, The Lost Forest, complete with climbing walls, ropes course and the exhilarating Breathtaker Alpine Coaster.

Day 2 –Mountain Biking. Sky Mountain Park offers the Roaring Fork Valley’s smoothest singletrack, rolling terrain, gradual grades and banked turns designed so riders can carry momentum with minimal peddling and braking. End your ride at the Snowmass Recreation Center, where the saltwater pool and hot tubs beckon.

Day 3 – Whitewater rafting. Spend the morning rafting the Roaring Fork River, enjoy lunch on the Snowmass Mall for dine-in or takeout on the new Fanny Hill picnic tables! Spend the afternoon hiking on some of Snowmass’ 80+ miles of trail. 

 

Evenings:

Tuesdays - Bonus bike nights stretch lift-served biking at the Snowmass Bike Park until dusk every Tuesday along with Yoga and Music in Base Village. (Lost Forest activities like the coaster and climbing wall stay open too.) 

Thursdays - Music is BACK in Snowmass. Live music may look different than years past but we are all ready to groove and (safely) gather in Snowmass. Wind your way from Snowmass Mall to Base Village for music, restaurant specials and entertainment, ending at The Collective in Base Village with $10 Bingo.

Fridays- Kick off the weekend with Fridays on the Mall and the Snowmass Base Village Artisan Market.

Weekends - Keep and eye out on our events page for all the exciting events making their way back to Snowmass. Highlights include, Ragnar Race, Revolution Enduro, Balloon Festival and the Golden Leaf Marathon. Pack your weekend with time around town a uniquely Snowmass experience at Movies Under the Stars hosted outside The Collective in Base Village. 

Picnic dinner and snacks are encouraged!

 

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Snowmass is the perfect destination wedding location for many reasons. Wedding planner EKS Events...

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Snowmass is the perfect destination wedding location for many reasons. Wedding planner EKS Events works to find the perfect locations for their clients and many brides and grooms choose Snowmass to host their perfect day. Here are a few reasons:

 

  1. Snowmass has some of the most beautiful on-mountain outdoor wedding options to choose from, like the terrace at Elk Camp or Lynn Britt Cabin.
  2. It is the perfect place for all of your guests, as it is very kid-friendly and also has great options for adults.

  3. There are amazing activities to offer your guests that are right out their door: mountain biking, hiking, the Snowmass rollercoaster, etc.

  4. It has a wide range of culinary options for your guests to enjoy; sushi to crepes and everything in between.

  5. Accommodations tend to offer much better value versus neighboring Aspen. 

  6. The transportation system is very convenient for your guests. Your guests can easily get around Snowmass and even experience downtown Aspen without needing to rent a car.

  7. Summer in Snowmass has incredible festivals and concerts for your guests to enjoy weekly. 

  8. The fall leaves are absolutely stunning in Snowmass and are not to be missed! They make a magical backdrop for photos as well.

  9. There are incredible local vendors to choose from to make your day personal and extra special.

  10. Whether you are looking for an intimate mountain location or a large scale event, Snowmass has something for any sized party!

From extravagant to rustic, large scale to intimate, Snowmass’ dramatic landscapes and approachable venues create the perfect backdrop for any mountain inspired wedding!

 

Written by Elizabeth Slossberg, EKS Events

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No matter where you stand in Snowmass, there are truly endless views offered in all directions. Here, we've detailed the 5 most iconic views in Snowmass that you can't leave without seeing. 

 

#1 Zen Views

The views reveal themselves gradually as you ascend the switchbacking Rim Trail. Then, upon reaching the marble yin-yang platform at Spiral Point, the Elk Mountains spread themselves in front of you in all their glory. Nearly 360-degree views include Mount Daly with its distinct diagonal stripe, the pointed cap of 14,137-foot Capitol Peak, and a panorama of Snowmass Ski Area. Click here for more information about the Rim Trail.

 

#2 Heaven's Bells 

There’s nothing more iconic to Aspen Snowmass than the Maroon Bells — and a unique perspective on them can be found at the top of the Elk Camp chairlift. Presiding over the upper end of a glacier-carved valley like royalty, the twin 14,000-foot peaks top off a panoramic alpine view that also includes jagged summits, steep cirques and Snowmass’ rugged Hanging Valley.

 

#3 Mountain Magic

The lookout point, just one mile into the flat and easy Ditch Trail offers major rewards for minor effort. Looking into the magical Snowmass Creek Valley, you’ll see a mosaic of aspen and evergreen trees dominated by majestic Mount Daly. It’s like you’ve discovered a natural fairy tale kingdom that begs further exploration. Click here for more information about the Ditch Trail.

 

#4 The Ice Age

While it’s fun to point out landmarks from a mountaintop, the view from Snowmass’ Sam’s Knob includes perhaps the most interesting story of all. Ringed by aspen trees and perched on a ridgeline, the nearly perfectly round lake below you is Ziegler Reservoir. Ziegler is the repository for thousands of perfectly preserved fossils of Ice Age animals, including mastodons and ancient camels, accidentally discovered by a bulldozer operator in 2010.

 

#5 Western Skyline

Between Snowmass and Aspen, Owl Creek Road winds up and over rolling hills and through a massive pasture with many sights to see. From the red barn, to the horses, elk and other animals that frequent the area, this is the picturesque western skyline you've been dreaming about. 

 

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Snowmass is truly a giant outdoor playground, and during the summer months, a myriad of hiking...

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Snowmass is truly a giant outdoor playground, and during the summer months, a myriad of hiking options are all out your front (and back) doors. With endless amounts of trails to choose from, here are a few ways to narrow down your choice of Snowmass hikes for the day:

 

Sunrise

Start your day right with a gradual climb up Rim Trail South to the summit where you will find 360-degree views and a granite Ying-Yang (Check out Aspen Sojourner's dedicated article on the Yin-Yang here). Start early enough and you’ll most likely catch an unforgettable sunrise. To get to the South Rim Trail, park in the designated parking lot located on Divide Road.

 

Cardio Challenge

Start along the easy-going, relatively flat Ditch Trail until you reach a bench overlooking views of Mount Daly, East Snowmass, and Snowmass Creek. Then hike about .25 miles uphill until you reach the cut off for the start of the West Government Trail. Hike amongst Aspen groves until you reach the Campground Connector Trail which takes you back down to the Ditch Trail and retrace your steps back to the parking lot. Park at the Divide Parking Lot located at the top of Brush Creek Road.

 

Sunset

Ascend the scenic Viewline trail and take in expansive views of Snowmass Village that can be enjoyed the entire way up and down. Once you reach the top of the Viewline trail, enjoy the sunset and continue along to the Skyline Ridge trail for a longer hike or simply turn around and see the views from a different perspective. Park at Town Park (known as the Rodeo lot) to access the Viewline trailhead.

 

Best for the family

Easily access the trailhead for the Nature Trail in lot #7 just above the Snowmass Village Mall. This hike is very gradual and offers lots of excitement to keep the little ones entertained, including a nice flowing stream for rock throwing and large beaver dams for viewing. For a longer hike, continue along to the Sleigh Ride Trail down towards Fanny Hill back to the Snowmass Village Mall, or turn around and head back the way you came. Parking is free in the numbered lots.

 

Best with your furry friend

The Ditch Trail offers shade, water, and views for you and your pup. The Ditch Trail follows along an old irrigation ditch, which gives your pup the opportunity to take a drink whenever they get hot or tired. Once you reach Snowmass Creek, you have the opportunity to continue on up the East Snowmass Trail or stop for a quick look at the rushing water, and then retrace your steps back to the Divide Parking Lot. Make sure to take a minute about halfway through your hike to enjoy the breathtaking views of Mount Daly and Snowmass Creek, best viewed from the solo bench overhanging the valley. Depending on the time of year, you may also enjoy the sounds of a running waterfall flowing into the creek from this viewpoint. Park at the Divide Parking Lot located at the top of Brush Creek Road.

 

Best hiking-only trail:

The Vista Trail, located within Snowmass Ski Area, is a nice gradual climb that runs adjacent to the Elk Camp Gondola, ending at the Elk Camp Restaurant. The hike does not allow bikers so you can enjoy the uphill challenge without worrying about downhill traffic. Reach the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, and enjoy a delicious lunch from the Elk Camp Restaurant, you’ve earned it! Start hiking from Snowmass Base Village, free parking is available in the Base Village Parking Garage.

 

Always remember to bring:

A hat, sunscreen, rain jacket, snacks, plenty of water and a map. If you are going alone, ensure that someone else knows where you are going and when you are coming back!

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Summer in Snowmass is nothing short of spectacular, and this summer we're happier than ever to be out enjoying the wide open spaces, vibrant village, and endless activities of our cozy mountain town. Whether you're a day tripper, weekend warrior or are here for the long haul, there is plenty for you and your crew to do while visiting Snowmass. The volume of activities, hikes, bike rides and sites in Snowmass see can be overwhelming, so we've highlighted some of our favorites to help get you on your way.

Hikes:

More than 90 miles of trails connect directly to the Village, which puts nature right at your doorstep.

Tom Blake Trail – Tom Blake is a shaded bike, hike, and equestrian friendly trail that winds through some of the prettiest Aspen groves in the valley as its makes its way across Snowmass Ski Area. This trail is a fan favorite in the summer, be sure to stay aware and share the trail!

Government Trail - Government Trail is filled with short up- and downhill sections between forests, meadows, and streams all the way to Buttermilk.

Elk Camp - Arguably the best view in Snowmass, the top of the Elk Camp chairlift offers 360-degree alpine views that include the Maroon Bells. Start from Base Village and follow the Vista Trail to the top of the Elk Camp Gondola where you connect to Summit Trail that takes you to the top. Looking for something shorter? Opt to take the gondola to meet the Summit Trail to eliminate some of the uphill hiking. Even better? After taking in the view from the top, take the Elk Camp chairlift and/or gondola back to Base Village for a more forgiving descent. 

Snowmass Lake - If you backpack once this summer, make it to a location worth the hike. This 16-mile hike is best enjoyed with a picnic lunch and plenty of water in your pack. This longer hike is the best way to soak in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness’ largest (and perhaps most spectacular) alpine lake which will alleviate any sore muscles and make the view from your tent nothing short of extraordinary.

 

Bike Rides:

Snowmass is at the heart of Colorado's first and only IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center, with cross-country and lift-served biking for all ages and abilities.

Snowmass Bike Park - In Base Village, you can load your bike into the gondola at 8,432 feet, and then on Elk Camp Chairlift to start your ride at 11,325 feet with views of dramatic alpine scenery and 14,000-foot peaks. At almost three miles long, with 1,400 feet in elevation drop, the black-diamond Valhalla is chock-full of dipping berms, thrilling wall rides, and perfectly constructed jump features. Beginner trails, skill-building parks and lessons open the door to new riders who want to explore what all the hype is about.

Rim Trail – A Snowmass Classic, Rim Trail climbs up to a ridge that offers true cross-country riding (think climbs and descents) through spruce and aspen groves, then high-desert scrub oak—all with expansive views of the valley. This trail can be shuttled from the trail head on upper divide road to wildcat reserve, or connects to Seven Star for the full Rim Trail Loop

Deadline - A part of the beloved SKy Mountain Park Trails, Deadline is a downhill flow trail with generous in-sloped berms, rollers, table tops, drops and a couple doubles that can be gapped at speed is a must-ride.

 

Three-Day Itinerary:

Day 1 – Hiking and activities. Start the day with a hike up the Rim Trail to the yin-yang platform overlooking Mt. Daly, Snowmass' iconic mountain with a handsome diagnal stripe. Grab lunch on the Snowmass Mall, then head to the Elk Camp Gondola to ride up the mountan for the hub of activities, The Lost Forest, complete with climbing walls, ropes course and the exhilarating Breathtaker Alpine Coaster.

Day 2 –Mountain Biking. Sky Mountain Park offers the Roaring Fork Valley’s smoothest singletrack, rolling terrain, gradual grades and banked turns designed so riders can carry momentum with minimal peddling and braking. End your ride at the Snowmass Recreation Center, where the saltwater pool and hot tubs beckon.

Day 3 – Whitewater rafting. Spend the morning rafting the Roaring Fork River, enjoy lunch on the Snowmass Mall for dine-in or takeout on the new Fanny Hill picnic tables! Spend the afternoon hiking on some of Snowmass’ 80+ miles of trail. 

 

Evenings:

Tuesdays - Bonus bike nights stretch lift-served biking at the Snowmass Bike Park until dusk every Tuesday along with Yoga and Music in Base Village. (Lost Forest activities like the coaster and climbing wall stay open too.) 

Thursdays - Music is BACK in Snowmass. Live music may look different than years past but we are all ready to groove and (safely) gather in Snowmass. Wind your way from Snowmass Mall to Base Village for music, restaurant specials and entertainment, ending at The Collective in Base Village with $10 Bingo.

Fridays- Kick off the weekend with Fridays on the Mall and the Snowmass Base Village Artisan Market.

Weekends - Keep and eye out on our events page for all the exciting events making their way back to Snowmass. Highlights include, Ragnar Race, Revolution Enduro, Balloon Festival and the Golden Leaf Marathon. Pack your weekend with time around town a uniquely Snowmass experience at Movies Under the Stars hosted outside The Collective in Base Village. 

Picnic dinner and snacks are encouraged!

 

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Snowmass is the perfect destination wedding location for many reasons. Wedding planner EKS Events works to find the perfect locations for their clients and many brides and grooms choose Snowmass to host their perfect day. Here are a few reasons:

 

  1. Snowmass has some of the most beautiful on-mountain outdoor wedding options to choose from, like the terrace at Elk Camp or Lynn Britt Cabin.
  2. It is the perfect place for all of your guests, as it is very kid-friendly and also has great options for adults.

  3. There are amazing activities to offer your guests that are right out their door: mountain biking, hiking, the Snowmass rollercoaster, etc.

  4. It has a wide range of culinary options for your guests to enjoy; sushi to crepes and everything in between.

  5. Accommodations tend to offer much better value versus neighboring Aspen. 

  6. The transportation system is very convenient for your guests. Your guests can easily get around Snowmass and even experience downtown Aspen without needing to rent a car.

  7. Summer in Snowmass has incredible festivals and concerts for your guests to enjoy weekly. 

  8. The fall leaves are absolutely stunning in Snowmass and are not to be missed! They make a magical backdrop for photos as well.

  9. There are incredible local vendors to choose from to make your day personal and extra special.

  10. Whether you are looking for an intimate mountain location or a large scale event, Snowmass has something for any sized party!

From extravagant to rustic, large scale to intimate, Snowmass’ dramatic landscapes and approachable venues create the perfect backdrop for any mountain inspired wedding!

 

Written by Elizabeth Slossberg, EKS Events

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No matter where you stand in Snowmass, there are truly endless views offered in all directions. Here, we've detailed the 5 most iconic views in Snowmass that you can't leave without seeing. 

 

#1 Zen Views

The views reveal themselves gradually as you ascend the switchbacking Rim Trail. Then, upon reaching the marble yin-yang platform at Spiral Point, the Elk Mountains spread themselves in front of you in all their glory. Nearly 360-degree views include Mount Daly with its distinct diagonal stripe, the pointed cap of 14,137-foot Capitol Peak, and a panorama of Snowmass Ski Area. Click here for more information about the Rim Trail.

 

#2 Heaven's Bells 

There’s nothing more iconic to Aspen Snowmass than the Maroon Bells — and a unique perspective on them can be found at the top of the Elk Camp chairlift. Presiding over the upper end of a glacier-carved valley like royalty, the twin 14,000-foot peaks top off a panoramic alpine view that also includes jagged summits, steep cirques and Snowmass’ rugged Hanging Valley.

 

#3 Mountain Magic

The lookout point, just one mile into the flat and easy Ditch Trail offers major rewards for minor effort. Looking into the magical Snowmass Creek Valley, you’ll see a mosaic of aspen and evergreen trees dominated by majestic Mount Daly. It’s like you’ve discovered a natural fairy tale kingdom that begs further exploration. Click here for more information about the Ditch Trail.

 

#4 The Ice Age

While it’s fun to point out landmarks from a mountaintop, the view from Snowmass’ Sam’s Knob includes perhaps the most interesting story of all. Ringed by aspen trees and perched on a ridgeline, the nearly perfectly round lake below you is Ziegler Reservoir. Ziegler is the repository for thousands of perfectly preserved fossils of Ice Age animals, including mastodons and ancient camels, accidentally discovered by a bulldozer operator in 2010.

 

#5 Western Skyline

Between Snowmass and Aspen, Owl Creek Road winds up and over rolling hills and through a massive pasture with many sights to see. From the red barn, to the horses, elk and other animals that frequent the area, this is the picturesque western skyline you've been dreaming about. 

 

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Snowmass is truly a giant outdoor playground, and during the summer months, a myriad of hiking options are all out your front (and back) doors. With endless amounts of trails to choose from, here are a few ways to narrow down your choice of Snowmass hikes for the day:

 

Sunrise

Start your day right with a gradual climb up Rim Trail South to the summit where you will find 360-degree views and a granite Ying-Yang (Check out Aspen Sojourner's dedicated article on the Yin-Yang here). Start early enough and you’ll most likely catch an unforgettable sunrise. To get to the South Rim Trail, park in the designated parking lot located on Divide Road.

 

Cardio Challenge

Start along the easy-going, relatively flat Ditch Trail until you reach a bench overlooking views of Mount Daly, East Snowmass, and Snowmass Creek. Then hike about .25 miles uphill until you reach the cut off for the start of the West Government Trail. Hike amongst Aspen groves until you reach the Campground Connector Trail which takes you back down to the Ditch Trail and retrace your steps back to the parking lot. Park at the Divide Parking Lot located at the top of Brush Creek Road.

 

Sunset

Ascend the scenic Viewline trail and take in expansive views of Snowmass Village that can be enjoyed the entire way up and down. Once you reach the top of the Viewline trail, enjoy the sunset and continue along to the Skyline Ridge trail for a longer hike or simply turn around and see the views from a different perspective. Park at Town Park (known as the Rodeo lot) to access the Viewline trailhead.

 

Best for the family

Easily access the trailhead for the Nature Trail in lot #7 just above the Snowmass Village Mall. This hike is very gradual and offers lots of excitement to keep the little ones entertained, including a nice flowing stream for rock throwing and large beaver dams for viewing. For a longer hike, continue along to the Sleigh Ride Trail down towards Fanny Hill back to the Snowmass Village Mall, or turn around and head back the way you came. Parking is free in the numbered lots.

 

Best with your furry friend

The Ditch Trail offers shade, water, and views for you and your pup. The Ditch Trail follows along an old irrigation ditch, which gives your pup the opportunity to take a drink whenever they get hot or tired. Once you reach Snowmass Creek, you have the opportunity to continue on up the East Snowmass Trail or stop for a quick look at the rushing water, and then retrace your steps back to the Divide Parking Lot. Make sure to take a minute about halfway through your hike to enjoy the breathtaking views of Mount Daly and Snowmass Creek, best viewed from the solo bench overhanging the valley. Depending on the time of year, you may also enjoy the sounds of a running waterfall flowing into the creek from this viewpoint. Park at the Divide Parking Lot located at the top of Brush Creek Road.

 

Best hiking-only trail:

The Vista Trail, located within Snowmass Ski Area, is a nice gradual climb that runs adjacent to the Elk Camp Gondola, ending at the Elk Camp Restaurant. The hike does not allow bikers so you can enjoy the uphill challenge without worrying about downhill traffic. Reach the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, and enjoy a delicious lunch from the Elk Camp Restaurant, you’ve earned it! Start hiking from Snowmass Base Village, free parking is available in the Base Village Parking Garage.

 

Always remember to bring:

A hat, sunscreen, rain jacket, snacks, plenty of water and a map. If you are going alone, ensure that someone else knows where you are going and when you are coming back!

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Going out for dinner means something special in Snowmass, where you can travel by snowshoe, ski,...

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Going out for dinner means something special in Snowmass, where you can travel by snowshoe, ski, gondola, snowcat or dogsled, over breathtakingly luminous snow, and find yourself in the warm embrace of great food and great company. Here, we'll walk you through the options mentioned above, so that you can choose the option that suits you and the rest of your crew the best. 

Krabloonik: Twilight Dog Sled and Dinner

At 4pm each day, Krabloonik offers twilight tours, typically lasting over an hour long depending on snow conditions. The sleds are pulled by 8-10 Alaskan Huskies with up to two others bundled up in the sled (two adults, one child max). Halfway through, the musher will stop and make a campfire for you to spend some time eating and petting the dogs while they have a short break. Once you're finished, head into the Krabloonik is renowned for its exquisitely-prepared wild game and fresh seafood, and also offer a wide selection of entrees, giving you that quintessential Colorado experience.

 

Ullr Nights at Elk Camp

Every Friday night of the winter season and several bonus Tuesdays, head up the gondola to Elk Camp. Guests can make a night of it, with classic winter activities, such as sledding, guided snowshoe tours with ACES, rides on the new Breathtaker alpine coaster and snow tubing on four lift-served lanes (tubing and coaster tickets required; advance purchase recommended), and a visit to Ullr’s ghost ship. Enjoy an à la carte culinary celebration with live music, and top it off with s’mores and hot chocolate by the campfire.

 

Lynn Britt Cabin Snowcat Dinner Rides

Travel up the ski area after the lifts close for an exquisite Western mountain dinner. A snowcat will whisk you to and from the quaint cabin as you enjoy a quieter side of the mountain. At the cabin, the Executive Chef will serve four courses of New American cuisine while live music by local guitarist Rich Ganson entertains you throughout the evening.

Choosing where to take your children on a ski vacation can be difficult. But in Snowmass, with...

Choosing where to take your children on a ski vacation can be difficult. But in Snowmass, with kid-specific terrain, convenient lodging and transportation, an award winning ski and snowboard school, loads of off-mountain activities and on-mountain food options that the kiddos love, the decision to spend time here with your family is easy. Here are the top 5 reasons Snowmass is perfect for kids:

 

1. The Terrain

Snowmass offers over 3,300 acres of incredible terrain, including a bounty of beginner slopes designed to help skiers and riders learn faster. The green runs are wide open, perfectly pitched, and allow for quick repeatable experiences (Assay Hill). Also, there are tons of kids' tree trails that bring the sensation of exploration to the youngest of adventurers. While 48% of the mountain is rated blue (more difficult), Snowmass has some of the most forgiving black and double black runs that make the most challenging slopes an accessible experience, theirs for the taking.

 

2. Slopeside Lodging and Easy Transportation

There is no better way to enjoy a ski vacation than to have the family staying right next to the slopes. Also, Snowmass’ free shuttle service is fast, frequent, and incredibly easy. Slopeside lodging means two things. First, this means at the beginning and end of the day, you don't have to haul your gear plus your kids' gear to the slopes. Second, not having to drive means more time connecting with the family.

 

 

3. The Ski and Snowboard School

The Ski and Snowboard School at Snowmass can ensure a kid’s experience is second to none. Don’t want to split up the crew? Consider booking a family private lesson. The instructors and guides will ensure that your family has the best experience possible, together.

 4. Non-Ski Activities

Sometimes, a day off the slopes can do a kid a world of good. The Snowmass Recreation Center has a gym, climbing wall, heated outdoor pools, and a hot tub to provide some off-the-slopes fun. Plenty of kid-friendly events and activities. Need more? Go tubing and ride the Breathtaker Coaster at Elk Camp. Book a dog sled ride with Krabloonik. Go bowling at Slopeside Lanes. Enjoy free ice skating at one of two ice rinks: Base Village and the Snowmass Recreation Center. Try out cross country skiing at the Snowmass Cross Country Center. Take a turn on the new indoor rock climbing wall at the Limelight Snowmass. You will definitely have more options than time.

 

5. On-Mountain Dining

Nothing perks up a little skier like a warm lunch or a quick snack, and at Snowmass, on-mountain dining for kids is both delicious and affordable. All of Snowmass’ on-mountain restaurants have Kids’ Combos, and you’ll find free hot cider at the top of the Sam’s Knob and Village Express lifts! Looking for kid-friendly après? Check out Snowmass S’mores, free s’mores available 3:30-4:30pm every day in Base Village and on the Snowmass Mall.

 

Written by Jon Delk

Snowmass Mountain Mission To showcase the best of Snowmass, guests and locals are invited to...

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Snowmass Mountain Mission

To showcase the best of Snowmass, guests and locals are invited to partake in a series of winter long self-guided experiences – activities guests can do at any time, at their own pace. The Snowmass Mountain Mission is a village-wide scavenger hunt designed to challenge your creativity, test your Snowmass knowledge, and enhance your selfie skills.

Each question is assigned a point value. If you reach 3,000 points, you win a Snowmass Buff! Keep playing to finish the game. 6,000 points marks the grand prize! Play against your friends and other Snowmass trivia nuts - be sure to check the leaderboard often.

Have you played before?! Check out the Snowmass Art Walk using this same app!

Get out and enjoy all that Snowmass has to offer and of course, don't forget to tag @Snowmass #Snowmass. Good Luck!

 

Scavenger Hunt App How To

  1. Download the Eventzee app from the App Store   

 

      2. Enter an email, username and password, and the event code: Snowmass

 

      3. Challenge your friends, family and tribe. See you on the leaderboard!

 

Snowmass Village is a mandatory mask zone, indoors and out. Please wear your face mask and practice 6’ distancing to keep our community healthy and safe.

Your tickets are booked, rooms reserved, you’ve found yourself on a ski vacation with your...

Your tickets are booked, rooms reserved, you’ve found yourself on a ski vacation with your tribe… and you don’t ski. Whether it’s an aversion to heights and chairlifts or your knees have had enough downhill for one lifetime, there is no need to feel left out! A ski vacation without the skis – or snowboard – is just as much fun and a lot less exhausting lugging around all that heavy gear. Sometimes the best adventures are off the mountain anyway.

Looking for an up-close experience with the nature of Colorado? The naturalists of Aspen Center for Environment Studies (ACES) lead daily snowshoe tours along the mountain waterways and through the forests of Snowmass. Tours are offered at 10:00am and 1:00pm at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola and start at $41 with a lift ticket or season pass. The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster is also at the top of the Gondola for those with a need for speed.

If that high speed expedition through the woods is more your style, then you and your non-skiing companions will definitely want to head over to Krabloonik for a dog sled ride. Explore the wilderness from a sled pulled by 10 Alaskan huskies, either as a morning or twilight tour. End the day with a gourmet meal at the 100-year-old, gas-lit log cabin restaurant for a dining experience unique to Snowmass.

Ok, so you aren’t into the style of skiing that requires a chairlift but maybe flat land skiing is in the cards. Snowmass is home to one of the largest free groomed cross-country ski systems in North America. Over 60 miles of trails for all levels wind out from the Snowmass Cross Country Center on the Snowmass Golf course. Cross country ski equipment can be rented right there and the center shares a space with the best place to fuel or replenish your day on the track, Black Saddle Bar & Grille.

You may have opted out of skiing but you don’t have to opt out of on-mountain lunch plans. Elk Camp Restaurant and Sam’s are two on-mountain restaurants accessible without skis, via the lift. The new Sam’s features modern Italian with stunning views of the soaring peaks around Snowmass - be sure to make a reservation before you head up. Elevated dining experiences like Lynn Britt Cabin are a snowcat ride away for a unique gourmet meal under the stars.

On Friday night the mountain doesn’t turn in with the sunset. At the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, the mountain comes alive for Ullr Nights. The restaurant serves locally sourced meals alongside live music, while outside there is tubing, s’mores, snow biking and the Breathtaker Coaster. Gondola tickets are $10 for Ullr Nights, while food and activities can be purchased à la carte.

Newly completed Snowmass Base Village is home to The Rink. Open daily from noon-9pm, The Rink features not just run of the mill ice skating, but themed skating nights, Bumper Cars and free curling series, Game of Stones. The Rink is surrounded by cozy fireplaces, perfect for s’mores, which you can get free from 3:30 – 4:30pm every day at the branded s’mores carts. Above it all at The Rink towers Colorado’s largest indoor climbing wall at Limelight Snowmass. Guests of all ages at can test their skills on the wall, which features an auto-belay system with three different lanes and six routes of varying degrees of difficulty. For happy hour specials and live music to round it all out, check out Limelight Hotel and The Collective.

If the weather rolls in and you are looking for some time inside, there are great art classes and speaker series available down the road at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. This historic campus is a premier destination for art making, workshops, lectures even a free tour around the studios or lunch among the artists in the Café. For a more casual creative setting check out Cocktails and Collage or Painting Peaks at Straight Line Studio Thursday nights in Base Village. And don’t miss the eclectic speaker series at the Collective. Throughout the year, local organizations such as Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Pitkin County Library, the Thunder River Theatre Company, Aspen Film, and more, round out The Collective’s programming, each presented free or for a nominal fee.

No trip to a Snowmass is complete without a little self-care. There are several spa options, yoga classes at Viceroy Snowmass and the Snowmass Recreation Center. Be sure to find some time in your busy schedule to sit back and relax in the mountains.  

While our resort is world-renowned for the on-mountain activities, sometimes time out of ski boots is even more memorable. Your skiing companions may even be jealous of all your non-skiing activities and take a day off the slopes to enjoy all Snowmass has to offer.

Going out for dinner means something special in Snowmass, where you can travel by snowshoe, ski, gondola, snowcat or dogsled, over breathtakingly luminous snow, and find yourself in the warm embrace of great food and great company. Here, we'll walk you through the options mentioned above, so that you can choose the option that suits you and the rest of your crew the best. 

Krabloonik: Twilight Dog Sled and Dinner

At 4pm each day, Krabloonik offers twilight tours, typically lasting over an hour long depending on snow conditions. The sleds are pulled by 8-10 Alaskan Huskies with up to two others bundled up in the sled (two adults, one child max). Halfway through, the musher will stop and make a campfire for you to spend some time eating and petting the dogs while they have a short break. Once you're finished, head into the Krabloonik is renowned for its exquisitely-prepared wild game and fresh seafood, and also offer a wide selection of entrees, giving you that quintessential Colorado experience.

 

Ullr Nights at Elk Camp

Every Friday night of the winter season and several bonus Tuesdays, head up the gondola to Elk Camp. Guests can make a night of it, with classic winter activities, such as sledding, guided snowshoe tours with ACES, rides on the new Breathtaker alpine coaster and snow tubing on four lift-served lanes (tubing and coaster tickets required; advance purchase recommended), and a visit to Ullr’s ghost ship. Enjoy an à la carte culinary celebration with live music, and top it off with s’mores and hot chocolate by the campfire.

 

Lynn Britt Cabin Snowcat Dinner Rides

Travel up the ski area after the lifts close for an exquisite Western mountain dinner. A snowcat will whisk you to and from the quaint cabin as you enjoy a quieter side of the mountain. At the cabin, the Executive Chef will serve four courses of New American cuisine while live music by local guitarist Rich Ganson entertains you throughout the evening.

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Choosing where to take your children on a ski vacation can be difficult. But in Snowmass, with kid-specific terrain, convenient lodging and transportation, an award winning ski and snowboard school, loads of off-mountain activities and on-mountain food options that the kiddos love, the decision to spend time here with your family is easy. Here are the top 5 reasons Snowmass is perfect for kids:

 

1. The Terrain

Snowmass offers over 3,300 acres of incredible terrain, including a bounty of beginner slopes designed to help skiers and riders learn faster. The green runs are wide open, perfectly pitched, and allow for quick repeatable experiences (Assay Hill). Also, there are tons of kids' tree trails that bring the sensation of exploration to the youngest of adventurers. While 48% of the mountain is rated blue (more difficult), Snowmass has some of the most forgiving black and double black runs that make the most challenging slopes an accessible experience, theirs for the taking.

 

2. Slopeside Lodging and Easy Transportation

There is no better way to enjoy a ski vacation than to have the family staying right next to the slopes. Also, Snowmass’ free shuttle service is fast, frequent, and incredibly easy. Slopeside lodging means two things. First, this means at the beginning and end of the day, you don't have to haul your gear plus your kids' gear to the slopes. Second, not having to drive means more time connecting with the family.

 

 

3. The Ski and Snowboard School

The Ski and Snowboard School at Snowmass can ensure a kid’s experience is second to none. Don’t want to split up the crew? Consider booking a family private lesson. The instructors and guides will ensure that your family has the best experience possible, together.

 4. Non-Ski Activities

Sometimes, a day off the slopes can do a kid a world of good. The Snowmass Recreation Center has a gym, climbing wall, heated outdoor pools, and a hot tub to provide some off-the-slopes fun. Plenty of kid-friendly events and activities. Need more? Go tubing and ride the Breathtaker Coaster at Elk Camp. Book a dog sled ride with Krabloonik. Go bowling at Slopeside Lanes. Enjoy free ice skating at one of two ice rinks: Base Village and the Snowmass Recreation Center. Try out cross country skiing at the Snowmass Cross Country Center. Take a turn on the new indoor rock climbing wall at the Limelight Snowmass. You will definitely have more options than time.

 

5. On-Mountain Dining

Nothing perks up a little skier like a warm lunch or a quick snack, and at Snowmass, on-mountain dining for kids is both delicious and affordable. All of Snowmass’ on-mountain restaurants have Kids’ Combos, and you’ll find free hot cider at the top of the Sam’s Knob and Village Express lifts! Looking for kid-friendly après? Check out Snowmass S’mores, free s’mores available 3:30-4:30pm every day in Base Village and on the Snowmass Mall.

 

Written by Jon Delk

Read More

Snowmass Mountain Mission

To showcase the best of Snowmass, guests and locals are invited to partake in a series of winter long self-guided experiences – activities guests can do at any time, at their own pace. The Snowmass Mountain Mission is a village-wide scavenger hunt designed to challenge your creativity, test your Snowmass knowledge, and enhance your selfie skills.

Each question is assigned a point value. If you reach 3,000 points, you win a Snowmass Buff! Keep playing to finish the game. 6,000 points marks the grand prize! Play against your friends and other Snowmass trivia nuts - be sure to check the leaderboard often.

Have you played before?! Check out the Snowmass Art Walk using this same app!

Get out and enjoy all that Snowmass has to offer and of course, don't forget to tag @Snowmass #Snowmass. Good Luck!

 

Scavenger Hunt App How To

  1. Download the Eventzee app from the App Store   

 

      2. Enter an email, username and password, and the event code: Snowmass

 

      3. Challenge your friends, family and tribe. See you on the leaderboard!

 

Snowmass Village is a mandatory mask zone, indoors and out. Please wear your face mask and practice 6’ distancing to keep our community healthy and safe.

Read More

Your tickets are booked, rooms reserved, you’ve found yourself on a ski vacation with your tribe… and you don’t ski. Whether it’s an aversion to heights and chairlifts or your knees have had enough downhill for one lifetime, there is no need to feel left out! A ski vacation without the skis – or snowboard – is just as much fun and a lot less exhausting lugging around all that heavy gear. Sometimes the best adventures are off the mountain anyway.

Looking for an up-close experience with the nature of Colorado? The naturalists of Aspen Center for Environment Studies (ACES) lead daily snowshoe tours along the mountain waterways and through the forests of Snowmass. Tours are offered at 10:00am and 1:00pm at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola and start at $41 with a lift ticket or season pass. The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster is also at the top of the Gondola for those with a need for speed.

If that high speed expedition through the woods is more your style, then you and your non-skiing companions will definitely want to head over to Krabloonik for a dog sled ride. Explore the wilderness from a sled pulled by 10 Alaskan huskies, either as a morning or twilight tour. End the day with a gourmet meal at the 100-year-old, gas-lit log cabin restaurant for a dining experience unique to Snowmass.

Ok, so you aren’t into the style of skiing that requires a chairlift but maybe flat land skiing is in the cards. Snowmass is home to one of the largest free groomed cross-country ski systems in North America. Over 60 miles of trails for all levels wind out from the Snowmass Cross Country Center on the Snowmass Golf course. Cross country ski equipment can be rented right there and the center shares a space with the best place to fuel or replenish your day on the track, Black Saddle Bar & Grille.

You may have opted out of skiing but you don’t have to opt out of on-mountain lunch plans. Elk Camp Restaurant and Sam’s are two on-mountain restaurants accessible without skis, via the lift. The new Sam’s features modern Italian with stunning views of the soaring peaks around Snowmass - be sure to make a reservation before you head up. Elevated dining experiences like Lynn Britt Cabin are a snowcat ride away for a unique gourmet meal under the stars.

On Friday night the mountain doesn’t turn in with the sunset. At the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, the mountain comes alive for Ullr Nights. The restaurant serves locally sourced meals alongside live music, while outside there is tubing, s’mores, snow biking and the Breathtaker Coaster. Gondola tickets are $10 for Ullr Nights, while food and activities can be purchased à la carte.

Newly completed Snowmass Base Village is home to The Rink. Open daily from noon-9pm, The Rink features not just run of the mill ice skating, but themed skating nights, Bumper Cars and free curling series, Game of Stones. The Rink is surrounded by cozy fireplaces, perfect for s’mores, which you can get free from 3:30 – 4:30pm every day at the branded s’mores carts. Above it all at The Rink towers Colorado’s largest indoor climbing wall at Limelight Snowmass. Guests of all ages at can test their skills on the wall, which features an auto-belay system with three different lanes and six routes of varying degrees of difficulty. For happy hour specials and live music to round it all out, check out Limelight Hotel and The Collective.

If the weather rolls in and you are looking for some time inside, there are great art classes and speaker series available down the road at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. This historic campus is a premier destination for art making, workshops, lectures even a free tour around the studios or lunch among the artists in the Café. For a more casual creative setting check out Cocktails and Collage or Painting Peaks at Straight Line Studio Thursday nights in Base Village. And don’t miss the eclectic speaker series at the Collective. Throughout the year, local organizations such as Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Pitkin County Library, the Thunder River Theatre Company, Aspen Film, and more, round out The Collective’s programming, each presented free or for a nominal fee.

No trip to a Snowmass is complete without a little self-care. There are several spa options, yoga classes at Viceroy Snowmass and the Snowmass Recreation Center. Be sure to find some time in your busy schedule to sit back and relax in the mountains.  

While our resort is world-renowned for the on-mountain activities, sometimes time out of ski boots is even more memorable. Your skiing companions may even be jealous of all your non-skiing activities and take a day off the slopes to enjoy all Snowmass has to offer.

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