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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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Our Summer 2020 Favorites

Hikes, bike rides, evening activities- oh my! The possibilities are endless but here are a few of our favorites for this summer.

2020 Favorites

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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Like a proud parent, we share our love of Snowmass day in and day out. But, you don’t have to take our word for it- see what other people are saying!

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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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Stay Longer, Save More

This is the winter to take that extended ski trip you’ve always had on your bucket list. The one where you finally master that challenging run you’ve had your eyes on. The one where you don’t feel like you have to rush out the door every morning to maximize your time here. The one where you get to truly slow down and soak in those mountain lifestyle moments.

 

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Don't Take Our Word For It...

Like a proud parent, we share our love of Snowmass day in and day out. But, you don’t have to take our word for it- see what other people are saying!

 

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The air is fresh, the temperature is perfect and, thankfully, the days are long because, so is the list of possibilities. Learn first-hand what makes Snowmass the kind of special that entices people back year after year.

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Whether you’re a day tripper, weekend warrior or are here for the long haul, there is...

Whether you're a day tripper, weekend warrior or are here for the long haul, there is plenty for you, your family or tribe to do while visiting Snowmass. The volume of activities, hikes, bike rides and sites in Snowmass see can be overwhelming but we've narrowed down some of our favorites...

Hikes:

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. The perks of this hike? Variety! 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 for a shorter route. Even better? After taking in the view from the top, take the Elk Camp chairlift and/or gondola back to Base Village for a challenging ascent and 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 will alleviate any sore muscles.

 

Bike Rides:

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, Valhalla is chock-full of dipping berms, thrilling wall rides, and perfectly constructed jump features

Rim Trail – An oldie, but a goodie, 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 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.

 

Days:

Day 1 – Start the day with a hike up the Rim Trail to the yin-yang platform overlooking the splendor above Snowmass Village. Grab lunch on the Snowmass Mall, then take the Elk Camp Gondola up to Elk Camp for any number of activities, from climbing walls and the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster of the Lost Forest to miles of hiking trails.

Day 2 –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 salt water pool beckons.

Day 3 – 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 beginning at 3pm from June 30 to Aug. 11. (Lost Forest activities like the coaster and climbing wall stay open too.) 

Thursdays - New for the Summer 2020 season, Brews, Bands & Bingo! 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.

Saturdays- Pack your weekend with time around town for Social Saturdays followed by a uniquely Snowmass experience at Movies Under the Stars hosted outside The Collective in Base Village. Reservations can be made by emailing rsvp@thecollectivesnowmass.com

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...

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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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Perfect wedding photos don’t just happen by chance. But, with a bit of preparation and the...

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Perfect wedding photos don't just happen by chance. But, with a bit of preparation and the right photographer, you can set yourself up to have a perfectly captured wedding day with photos that will leave you breathless for a lifetime. Here are a few tips from former Aspen Snowmass wedding photographer, Michele Cardamone, to make sure you get the kind of images you will forever cherish from your photographer on your wedding day:

 

  • When choosing your photographer make sure that you actually really like them. In a big way, they are a part of your wedding day. You want to feel confident that you can both relax and be playful around them. If you trust them and feel comfortable then this will be reflected in the photos. Make sure that they are creative, have vision and can surprise you with new perspectives.

 

  • Another important thing is to be super organized before-hand so that you can just relax and have fun on your big day. That means making sure that you give your photographer a shot list and a timeline so that he/she knows what is important to you and how and when it is all going to unfold. Then, you can trust that it will all be captured in a unique and magical way since you’ve already done all the work to prepare your photographer the best you can in advance.

 

  • Make sure that you’ve hired someone who will be unobtrusive but will speak up when they need you for a certain shot. I would always tap the couple on the shoulder just before that magical time at sunset (which is usually after a few drinks!) to get what usually turned out to be the magical standout photos that they ultimately loved most!

 

  • Remember to go with the flow! If it rains simply bring out the umbrellas and go with it! A romantic image with umbrellas in the rain will rival that coveted sunset shot. 

 

Written by Michele Cardamone, Photographer

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Whether you're a day tripper, weekend warrior or are here for the long haul, there is plenty for you, your family or tribe to do while visiting Snowmass. The volume of activities, hikes, bike rides and sites in Snowmass see can be overwhelming but we've narrowed down some of our favorites...

Hikes:

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. The perks of this hike? Variety! 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 for a shorter route. Even better? After taking in the view from the top, take the Elk Camp chairlift and/or gondola back to Base Village for a challenging ascent and 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 will alleviate any sore muscles.

 

Bike Rides:

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, Valhalla is chock-full of dipping berms, thrilling wall rides, and perfectly constructed jump features

Rim Trail – An oldie, but a goodie, 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 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.

 

Days:

Day 1 – Start the day with a hike up the Rim Trail to the yin-yang platform overlooking the splendor above Snowmass Village. Grab lunch on the Snowmass Mall, then take the Elk Camp Gondola up to Elk Camp for any number of activities, from climbing walls and the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster of the Lost Forest to miles of hiking trails.

Day 2 –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 salt water pool beckons.

Day 3 – 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 beginning at 3pm from June 30 to Aug. 11. (Lost Forest activities like the coaster and climbing wall stay open too.) 

Thursdays - New for the Summer 2020 season, Brews, Bands & Bingo! 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.

Saturdays- Pack your weekend with time around town for Social Saturdays followed by a uniquely Snowmass experience at Movies Under the Stars hosted outside The Collective in Base Village. Reservations can be made by emailing rsvp@thecollectivesnowmass.com

Picnic dinner and snacks are encouraged!

 

Explore all things to do in Snowmass

Read More

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

Read More

 

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. 

 

Read More

Perfect wedding photos don't just happen by chance. But, with a bit of preparation and the right photographer, you can set yourself up to have a perfectly captured wedding day with photos that will leave you breathless for a lifetime. Here are a few tips from former Aspen Snowmass wedding photographer, Michele Cardamone, to make sure you get the kind of images you will forever cherish from your photographer on your wedding day:

 

  • When choosing your photographer make sure that you actually really like them. In a big way, they are a part of your wedding day. You want to feel confident that you can both relax and be playful around them. If you trust them and feel comfortable then this will be reflected in the photos. Make sure that they are creative, have vision and can surprise you with new perspectives.

 

  • Another important thing is to be super organized before-hand so that you can just relax and have fun on your big day. That means making sure that you give your photographer a shot list and a timeline so that he/she knows what is important to you and how and when it is all going to unfold. Then, you can trust that it will all be captured in a unique and magical way since you’ve already done all the work to prepare your photographer the best you can in advance.

 

  • Make sure that you’ve hired someone who will be unobtrusive but will speak up when they need you for a certain shot. I would always tap the couple on the shoulder just before that magical time at sunset (which is usually after a few drinks!) to get what usually turned out to be the magical standout photos that they ultimately loved most!

 

  • Remember to go with the flow! If it rains simply bring out the umbrellas and go with it! A romantic image with umbrellas in the rain will rival that coveted sunset shot. 

 

Written by Michele Cardamone, Photographer

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When the Spring equinox hits, ski season is over… right? WRONG! As the days lengthen and...

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When the Spring equinox hits, ski season is over... right?

WRONG!

As the days lengthen and temperatures rise, it’s only natural for people’s attention to drift ahead toward summer activities. But locals know that spring brings longer, warmer days, patios for the best aprés and extended lift hours to help you squeeze every last drop out of the season. When the snow disappears from the lowlands, ski season isn't quite over in Snowmass.

April skiing and riding may just be the season’s best-kept secret.

 

Spring Skiing & Snowboarding

Spring skiing boasts soft slushy snow, warm sunny days that beckon you to leave the winter coat at home, grab your sunglasses and enjoy skiing your way through April. 

Buying your lift ticket online means a quick pick up with a swipe of the emailed QR code at one of the new outside pickup boxes. It’ll spit out your printed ticket and, presto, you’re off to the slopes.

If you’re new to Snowmass and are at least an intermediate-level skier or rider, get oriented through one of the free on-mountain tours, whether it’s the three-times-a-week early morning First Tracks (reservations required), daily Ambassador Tours, or twice-daily nature-focused runs hosted by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

If you're ready to test the skills you've acquired over the season, join in on the Town Race Series and race your friends to see who leaves the 2020/21 winter season with all the bragging rights.

 

 

 

All About the Après Patios

Indoor dining is available at a 50% capacity but the best part of the spring season are the patios. With the Spring season comes longer days and more hours of sunshine for dining on the best patios for lunch, apres and dinner.

On mountain favorites include Ullrhof, High Alpine, and Elk Camp restaurants who all offer indoor seating, heated tents, and more importantly outdoor seating with deck's drenched in sunlight from lunch through last chair. Lynn Britt Cabin is a spring favorite easily accessible from the Village Express chairlift.

Takeaway dining is still going strong as are delivery options that make it easy to bring dinner right to your door! 

This isn't to say that breakfast, lunch and dinner aren't important pieces of the puzzle. Be sure to check out the 30-plus restaurants for you indoor, outdoor or take-away dining around the village.

 

Live Music

Now that the importance of a sunny patio has been properly communicated, we're going to up the ante. Live music is good for the soul and the cherry on top of a day spent on a sunny patio with a refreshing cocktail. Thursday kicks the weekend off early with live music on the Tower Stage on the Snowmass Mall from 3-5pm. This venue is directly across from The Stew Pot and the S'mores cart, thats music, apres and dessert all in one place.

Fridays, head down to Base Village for music at The Collective from 2pm-5pm. Send the kids to ice skate at The Rink, grab a cocktail at mix6 or outside Limelight Lounge. 

Saturdays you have live music without leaving the mountain. Music on the Mountain brings bands and DJ's to the Village Express chairlift in Base Village and the Big Burn chairlift to keep your rockin' without missing a run. Now, leaving your headphones at home doesn't mean a quiet day on the hill, let Music on the Mountain keep your stoke levels high!

 

Things to Ooh and Aah At

Spring skiing and riding makes our hearts happy and for those ready to trade in boots for hiking shoes, trails like The Rim Trail, Nature Trail, Ditch and Tom Blake are all open and accessible. Slush and mud may make an appearance but the views are worth it and nothing feels better than cool air and warm sunshine to fuel your spring adventure off piste.

Head over to Anderson Ranch Arts Center for “Sculpturally Distanced,” a thought-provoking, campus-wide exhibit of 17 contemporary works by acclaimed sculptors that debuted last summer; if you snap a pic of the earthworks “Love Grave,” you’ll be in good company, as it’s now the Ranch’s most Instagrammed spot.

Looking to string on and off mountain experiences together? The Snowmass Mountain Mission is your one stop app for all things Snowmass. From on mountain picture challenges, Village video challenges and trivia questions to direct you to new and exciting experiences.

Let’s be honest, spring is cherry on top of the ski/snowboard season. Days are longer...

Let's be honest, spring is cherry on top of the ski/snowboard season. Days are longer - as are the lift hours - the weather forecast is a steady stream of sunshine and blue skies which means not only do you have longer to play on the mountain but you also have time to soak up the sun. Sure, getting out on the mountain is certainly many folks' main objective in Snowmass, but a close second is the après scene, sunny patios and adult beverages. Here are some of our favorite spots to soak up the spring sun in Snowmass.

 

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High Alpine


When it’s time to fuel up during a spring ski day on Snowmass, schuss right up to the expansive deck (top of screen) at mid-mountain High Alpine Marketplace. No need to even get out of the sunshine — High Alpine fires up its outdoor grill when the weather gets warm and with plenty of outdoor seating it's the perfect spot to soak up the sun between laps. Make life easy and order ahead using the AspenSnowmass app so you don't have to miss one minute in the sun. 

 

 

Lynn Britt Cabin


Reservations are recommended for a gourmet Colorado lunch of elk, lamb, or trout on the spectacularly situated deck of this on-mountain dining hot spot. And, there’s no need to RSVP for the Lynn Britt Cabin’s après. While this fan favorite may look different this year there's no denying that this easily accessible apres scene sprinkled with red adirondack loungers may have you feeling good about tapping out from skiing a little bit early.  

 

Elk Camp


Located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, Elk Camp Restaurant’s generous sunny deck is the ideal midday meeting place. Whether you’re shredding the Hanging Valley Wall, doing laps on the Magic Carpet, or just coming up sans ski gear to join the family for an al fresco alpine lunch, there’s a seasonal, house-made selection for everyone at this market-style eatery.

 

 

Base Village


Base Camp


Most runs lead to Base Camp Bar and Grill, a spacious, “beachfront” gastropub in Base Village with not one, but two levels of sun-soaked decks. Whether it’s enjoying an al fresco lunch around the 24-foot fire pit on the ground level or taking in the mountain views and toe-tapping tunes of an après band from the second-floor terrace, this hangout has the ski-day dining and drinking experience dialed.

 

Limelight Lounge 

Apres or dinner in a snowglobe? Rink side fireplace and plush outdoor couches to sink into after a long day romping around the mountain? It's not a choice of either or when it comes to the Limelight. Shareable plates and an extensive cocktail menu make this the place to take those ski boots off while the kids burn more energy at The Rink or The Game Lounge next-door at The Collective.

 

Snowmass Mall

Ranger Station

So close to Fanny hill you can practically ski right onto the patio. Click off your skis and board for the slopeside patio with shareable apps, beer, and cocktails that have helped Ranger Station earn "Best Aprés" in Snowmass. Wrap-around outdoor seating means you can sunchase from 11am-sunset.

 

Venga Venga


The fiesta begins on the sun-splashed deck of this slopeside cantina, which offers 120 tequilas and mezcals — plus a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails — to accompany its generous menu of authentic Mexican cuisine. With a happy “hour” that extends from 3-6 pm daily, you’ll be telling your friends, Venga! Venga! (Come! Come!).

 

The Stew Pot

Extended indoor and outdoor dining give you plenty of options when it comes to dining at the oldest restaurant in Snowmass. Comfortably located across from the Tower Stage, The Stew Pot is the perfect place for a late lunch or early apres on Thursday during Music on the Mall.

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.

 

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.

This winter at Snowmass, we’ve shifted and pivoted like the rest of you but if one thing has to...

This winter at Snowmass, we’ve shifted and pivoted like the rest of you but if one thing has to stay the same... it's enjoying our winter wonderland! From ice skating to light installations to fireworks, Snowmass offers an assortment of fun, outdoor, socially-distant activities and events.

 

Snowmass Lights

Back for the second season, Snowmass Luminescence. An interactive art and light display presented by Snowmass Tourism and Aspen Snowmass, this festive activation immerses guests and community members in a dazzling world of light and art.

Skip the Skittles Gondola ride between the Snowmass Mall and Base Village and instead, stroll through The Tunnel, an interactive series of LED illuminated walkways and arches that will ignite the senses.

In addition, experience two large-scale interactive LED installations by acclaimed artists, Submergence by Squidsoup (December 18 – February 28) and Prismatica by Creos and Raw Design (February 1 – February 28). Snowmass Luminescence runs December 18 through February 28 from sunset to 9:00pm daily. 

Looking to get off the beaten path for more lights? Check out the new Anderson Ranch Tree Art Installation and Interactive Light Show (say that three times fast).

From December 16, 2020 – January 8, 2021 guests are invited to the Anderson Ranch campus from 4-9pm to walk around 6 commissioned, outdoor installations commissioned by Roaring Fork Valley artists.

This includes tree decorations inspired by everything from molecules to disco and includes a 20,000 interactive Twinkly light installation.

 

Snowmass Ice Sculptures

Back for another season, Snowmass Ice Sculptures! Local artist Thomas Barlow has sprinkled instagram worthy sculptures around Base Village and the Mall to help fill your feed with these life size works of winter art. Take things up a notch and download our interactive app Snowmass Mountain Mission to earn points and prizes for the pics you snap!

 

Ice Skating

When it comes to ice skating in Snowmass you have two unique options. The Rink sits at the center of Base Village snuggled next to The Collective and Limelight Hotel Snowmass. Free rentals are back along with Saturday night disco nights and special shows from this year's ski pass artwork, Friends With You. Fuel up for skating at Mawa's Crepe shack, newly opened JUS or grab a post-skate sweet treat at Sundae! 

The Snowmass Rec Center also has a rink behind their building at Town Park Station. Rinks are open 9am - 8:15pm for free skating or pick up hockey games and are BYOS (bring your own skates). Reservations are required - as are masks - more info or to reserve the rink click here!

 

 

Dining

Everything from grab-and-go morning fuel, to lunch and apres, to sweet treats like Snowmass S'mores, it pays to plan ahead. With new benches, picnic tables and heated outdoor seating options, dine out around town or opt to take out and take home. New for the Winter 2020/21 season, The Village Tasting Room and JUS in Base Village along with newly branded Slow Groovin' Chophouse on the Mall and High Alpine Marketplace on the mountain.

 

Fireworks

... and finally, who doesn't love fireworks!? January 30, February 13 and March 27 drive-in, grab an extra layer and a headlamp to uphill, or picnic from your slopeside patio with your tribe while we light up the sky. 

 

 

 

 

 

When the Spring equinox hits, ski season is over... right?

WRONG!

As the days lengthen and temperatures rise, it’s only natural for people’s attention to drift ahead toward summer activities. But locals know that spring brings longer, warmer days, patios for the best aprés and extended lift hours to help you squeeze every last drop out of the season. When the snow disappears from the lowlands, ski season isn't quite over in Snowmass.

April skiing and riding may just be the season’s best-kept secret.

 

Spring Skiing & Snowboarding

Spring skiing boasts soft slushy snow, warm sunny days that beckon you to leave the winter coat at home, grab your sunglasses and enjoy skiing your way through April. 

Buying your lift ticket online means a quick pick up with a swipe of the emailed QR code at one of the new outside pickup boxes. It’ll spit out your printed ticket and, presto, you’re off to the slopes.

If you’re new to Snowmass and are at least an intermediate-level skier or rider, get oriented through one of the free on-mountain tours, whether it’s the three-times-a-week early morning First Tracks (reservations required), daily Ambassador Tours, or twice-daily nature-focused runs hosted by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies.

If you're ready to test the skills you've acquired over the season, join in on the Town Race Series and race your friends to see who leaves the 2020/21 winter season with all the bragging rights.

 

 

 

All About the Après Patios

Indoor dining is available at a 50% capacity but the best part of the spring season are the patios. With the Spring season comes longer days and more hours of sunshine for dining on the best patios for lunch, apres and dinner.

On mountain favorites include Ullrhof, High Alpine, and Elk Camp restaurants who all offer indoor seating, heated tents, and more importantly outdoor seating with deck's drenched in sunlight from lunch through last chair. Lynn Britt Cabin is a spring favorite easily accessible from the Village Express chairlift.

Takeaway dining is still going strong as are delivery options that make it easy to bring dinner right to your door! 

This isn't to say that breakfast, lunch and dinner aren't important pieces of the puzzle. Be sure to check out the 30-plus restaurants for you indoor, outdoor or take-away dining around the village.

 

Live Music

Now that the importance of a sunny patio has been properly communicated, we're going to up the ante. Live music is good for the soul and the cherry on top of a day spent on a sunny patio with a refreshing cocktail. Thursday kicks the weekend off early with live music on the Tower Stage on the Snowmass Mall from 3-5pm. This venue is directly across from The Stew Pot and the S'mores cart, thats music, apres and dessert all in one place.

Fridays, head down to Base Village for music at The Collective from 2pm-5pm. Send the kids to ice skate at The Rink, grab a cocktail at mix6 or outside Limelight Lounge. 

Saturdays you have live music without leaving the mountain. Music on the Mountain brings bands and DJ's to the Village Express chairlift in Base Village and the Big Burn chairlift to keep your rockin' without missing a run. Now, leaving your headphones at home doesn't mean a quiet day on the hill, let Music on the Mountain keep your stoke levels high!

 

Things to Ooh and Aah At

Spring skiing and riding makes our hearts happy and for those ready to trade in boots for hiking shoes, trails like The Rim Trail, Nature Trail, Ditch and Tom Blake are all open and accessible. Slush and mud may make an appearance but the views are worth it and nothing feels better than cool air and warm sunshine to fuel your spring adventure off piste.

Head over to Anderson Ranch Arts Center for “Sculpturally Distanced,” a thought-provoking, campus-wide exhibit of 17 contemporary works by acclaimed sculptors that debuted last summer; if you snap a pic of the earthworks “Love Grave,” you’ll be in good company, as it’s now the Ranch’s most Instagrammed spot.

Looking to string on and off mountain experiences together? The Snowmass Mountain Mission is your one stop app for all things Snowmass. From on mountain picture challenges, Village video challenges and trivia questions to direct you to new and exciting experiences.

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Let's be honest, spring is cherry on top of the ski/snowboard season. Days are longer - as are the lift hours - the weather forecast is a steady stream of sunshine and blue skies which means not only do you have longer to play on the mountain but you also have time to soak up the sun. Sure, getting out on the mountain is certainly many folks' main objective in Snowmass, but a close second is the après scene, sunny patios and adult beverages. Here are some of our favorite spots to soak up the spring sun in Snowmass.

 

On Mountain

High Alpine


When it’s time to fuel up during a spring ski day on Snowmass, schuss right up to the expansive deck (top of screen) at mid-mountain High Alpine Marketplace. No need to even get out of the sunshine — High Alpine fires up its outdoor grill when the weather gets warm and with plenty of outdoor seating it's the perfect spot to soak up the sun between laps. Make life easy and order ahead using the AspenSnowmass app so you don't have to miss one minute in the sun. 

 

 

Lynn Britt Cabin


Reservations are recommended for a gourmet Colorado lunch of elk, lamb, or trout on the spectacularly situated deck of this on-mountain dining hot spot. And, there’s no need to RSVP for the Lynn Britt Cabin’s après. While this fan favorite may look different this year there's no denying that this easily accessible apres scene sprinkled with red adirondack loungers may have you feeling good about tapping out from skiing a little bit early.  

 

Elk Camp


Located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, Elk Camp Restaurant’s generous sunny deck is the ideal midday meeting place. Whether you’re shredding the Hanging Valley Wall, doing laps on the Magic Carpet, or just coming up sans ski gear to join the family for an al fresco alpine lunch, there’s a seasonal, house-made selection for everyone at this market-style eatery.

 

 

Base Village


Base Camp


Most runs lead to Base Camp Bar and Grill, a spacious, “beachfront” gastropub in Base Village with not one, but two levels of sun-soaked decks. Whether it’s enjoying an al fresco lunch around the 24-foot fire pit on the ground level or taking in the mountain views and toe-tapping tunes of an après band from the second-floor terrace, this hangout has the ski-day dining and drinking experience dialed.

 

Limelight Lounge 

Apres or dinner in a snowglobe? Rink side fireplace and plush outdoor couches to sink into after a long day romping around the mountain? It's not a choice of either or when it comes to the Limelight. Shareable plates and an extensive cocktail menu make this the place to take those ski boots off while the kids burn more energy at The Rink or The Game Lounge next-door at The Collective.

 

Snowmass Mall

Ranger Station

So close to Fanny hill you can practically ski right onto the patio. Click off your skis and board for the slopeside patio with shareable apps, beer, and cocktails that have helped Ranger Station earn "Best Aprés" in Snowmass. Wrap-around outdoor seating means you can sunchase from 11am-sunset.

 

Venga Venga


The fiesta begins on the sun-splashed deck of this slopeside cantina, which offers 120 tequilas and mezcals — plus a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails — to accompany its generous menu of authentic Mexican cuisine. With a happy “hour” that extends from 3-6 pm daily, you’ll be telling your friends, Venga! Venga! (Come! Come!).

 

The Stew Pot

Extended indoor and outdoor dining give you plenty of options when it comes to dining at the oldest restaurant in Snowmass. Comfortably located across from the Tower Stage, The Stew Pot is the perfect place for a late lunch or early apres on Thursday during Music on the Mall.

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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.

 

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

This winter at Snowmass, we’ve shifted and pivoted like the rest of you but if one thing has to stay the same... it's enjoying our winter wonderland! From ice skating to light installations to fireworks, Snowmass offers an assortment of fun, outdoor, socially-distant activities and events.

 

Snowmass Lights

Back for the second season, Snowmass Luminescence. An interactive art and light display presented by Snowmass Tourism and Aspen Snowmass, this festive activation immerses guests and community members in a dazzling world of light and art.

Skip the Skittles Gondola ride between the Snowmass Mall and Base Village and instead, stroll through The Tunnel, an interactive series of LED illuminated walkways and arches that will ignite the senses.

In addition, experience two large-scale interactive LED installations by acclaimed artists, Submergence by Squidsoup (December 18 – February 28) and Prismatica by Creos and Raw Design (February 1 – February 28). Snowmass Luminescence runs December 18 through February 28 from sunset to 9:00pm daily. 

Looking to get off the beaten path for more lights? Check out the new Anderson Ranch Tree Art Installation and Interactive Light Show (say that three times fast).

From December 16, 2020 – January 8, 2021 guests are invited to the Anderson Ranch campus from 4-9pm to walk around 6 commissioned, outdoor installations commissioned by Roaring Fork Valley artists.

This includes tree decorations inspired by everything from molecules to disco and includes a 20,000 interactive Twinkly light installation.

 

Snowmass Ice Sculptures

Back for another season, Snowmass Ice Sculptures! Local artist Thomas Barlow has sprinkled instagram worthy sculptures around Base Village and the Mall to help fill your feed with these life size works of winter art. Take things up a notch and download our interactive app Snowmass Mountain Mission to earn points and prizes for the pics you snap!

 

Ice Skating

When it comes to ice skating in Snowmass you have two unique options. The Rink sits at the center of Base Village snuggled next to The Collective and Limelight Hotel Snowmass. Free rentals are back along with Saturday night disco nights and special shows from this year's ski pass artwork, Friends With You. Fuel up for skating at Mawa's Crepe shack, newly opened JUS or grab a post-skate sweet treat at Sundae! 

The Snowmass Rec Center also has a rink behind their building at Town Park Station. Rinks are open 9am - 8:15pm for free skating or pick up hockey games and are BYOS (bring your own skates). Reservations are required - as are masks - more info or to reserve the rink click here!

 

 

Dining

Everything from grab-and-go morning fuel, to lunch and apres, to sweet treats like Snowmass S'mores, it pays to plan ahead. With new benches, picnic tables and heated outdoor seating options, dine out around town or opt to take out and take home. New for the Winter 2020/21 season, The Village Tasting Room and JUS in Base Village along with newly branded Slow Groovin' Chophouse on the Mall and High Alpine Marketplace on the mountain.

 

Fireworks

... and finally, who doesn't love fireworks!? January 30, February 13 and March 27 drive-in, grab an extra layer and a headlamp to uphill, or picnic from your slopeside patio with your tribe while we light up the sky. 

 

 

 

 

 

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