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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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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!

 

Explore all things to do in Snowmass

Learn More about Summer 2020 Favorites: Hikes, Activities, Evenings & IMBA Gold Trail Rides

As summer winds down and we move firmly into fall many local businesses adjust their hours of...

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As summer winds down and we move firmly into fall many local businesses adjust their hours of operation. Please see below for off-season operating hours of your favorite restaurants and shops.

RESTAURANTS
Cafe V at Viceroy -Serving breakfast Saturday's and Sunday's from 7-11:30am. Will close until winter at the end of October.

Daly Diner - Open daily, 7am - 3pm. Will remain open throughout the fall.

Limelight Lounge - Open 4-9pm daily.

Nest at Viceroy- Open daily from 11am - 3pm; Happy hour, daily 3pm-6pm. Will close until winter at the end of October.

New Belgium Ranger Station - Open daily from 12-9pm.

Pastore's Taste of Philly - Open Sunday through Tuesday from 11am - 5pm and Wednesday through Saturday from 11am - 8pm.

Starbucks - Open 7am - 4pm daily.

Taster's - Open daily, 11am - 9pm. Will remain open throughout the fall.

Toro at Viceroy Snowmass - Open daily for breakfast, 7am-11am. Open for dinner 5:30pm-9pm (Sunday-Wednesday) and 5:30pm-10pm (Friday & Saturday). Will close until winter at the end of October.

 

Please click here to view operating hours for rental and retail business in Snowmass Village.

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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

Learn More about Getting Perfect Wedding Photos
Woman watching hot air balloons from side of cliff

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

Learn More about Getting Perfect Wedding Photos

As summer winds down and we move firmly into fall many local businesses adjust their hours of operation. Please see below for off-season operating hours of your favorite restaurants and shops.

RESTAURANTS
Cafe V at Viceroy -Serving breakfast Saturday's and Sunday's from 7-11:30am. Will close until winter at the end of October.

Daly Diner - Open daily, 7am - 3pm. Will remain open throughout the fall.

Limelight Lounge - Open 4-9pm daily.

Nest at Viceroy- Open daily from 11am - 3pm; Happy hour, daily 3pm-6pm. Will close until winter at the end of October.

New Belgium Ranger Station - Open daily from 12-9pm.

Pastore's Taste of Philly - Open Sunday through Tuesday from 11am - 5pm and Wednesday through Saturday from 11am - 8pm.

Starbucks - Open 7am - 4pm daily.

Taster's - Open daily, 11am - 9pm. Will remain open throughout the fall.

Toro at Viceroy Snowmass - Open daily for breakfast, 7am-11am. Open for dinner 5:30pm-9pm (Sunday-Wednesday) and 5:30pm-10pm (Friday & Saturday). Will close until winter at the end of October.

 

Please click here to view operating hours for rental and retail business in Snowmass Village.

Learn More about Getting Perfect Wedding Photos

 

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. 

 

Learn More about Getting Perfect Wedding Photos

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

Learn More about Getting Perfect Wedding Photos

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Logistics may be a bit different this winter, but, thankfully, many things remain the same in...

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Logistics may be a bit different this winter, but, thankfully, many things remain the same in Snowmass Village. Expect to find lots to do on and off the slopes—including some cool new interactive art displays and free stuff like skating, snowshoe tours, and s’mores—plus the welcoming, family-friendly vibe that makes the Village and the ski area one of North America’s favorite resorts. Here’s what’s on tap for the season in Snowmass.

On Mountain Skiing, Riding, and More

Something to be grateful for: COVID has no effect on snow, sunshine, and ski runs. You’ll find all 3,342 acres of terrain at the ski area as enjoyable as ever (check out the new six-seater, high-speed lift up the Big Burn). That said, be mindful of this winter’s health safety protocols, which include wearing your mask in lift lines (and while getting on and off the lift), in on-mountain restaurants, and throughout the Village.

You’ll even discover that some things are more streamlined. For example, rather than waiting at the ticket office, buy your lift ticket online, then swipe 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.

Unlike many ski resorts, which are only offering private lessons this winter, Snowmass continues to have ski-school groups, though with a max of five students per ski pro. 

And when you want to stay out on the mountain—taking in the views and fresh air but giving your ski legs a break—head to the multi-lane, lift-served tubing hill and the thrilling Breathtaker Alpine Coaster at Elk Camp (buy tickets in advance). 

Good Eats

There’s not much lingering over lunch this year, as currently only outdoor and takeaway dining is allowed, which could potentially turn all of us into the type of hardcore skiers who pack an energy bar and scoff at extended breaks. But lunch-lovers, don’t despair. The cafeteria-style Ullrhof, High Alpine, and Elk Camp restaurants have all added more sit-down space in large, heated tents, and you can save time in line by ordering grab-and-go options beforehand via the Aspen Snowmass mobile app. Sam’s still serves its delicious Italian fare, and Lynn Britt Cabin offers hearty but refined mountain cuisine on its outside patio.

Capacity limits also give you all the more reason to ski down to the Snowmass Mall or Snowmass Base Village for lunch. Grab a panini or a wrap at Fuel (we love the avocado and sweet potato with tahini–poppy seed spread), warm up with a bowl of chili from the Stew Pot (a go-to for more than 50 years), or awaken your taste buds with a curry or noodle bowl from locals’ favorite Grub Thai, all on the Mall.

In Base Village, find fast and easy options at the Crêpe Shack (the chicken Florentine, with spinach, mushrooms, and Alfredo sauce, is a winner) or mix6, which creates salad or grain bowls with your pick of toppings. Duck into just-opened JUS for a healthful and yummy smoothie or the adjacent GG’s Market for grab-and-go staples. The Limelight Lounge now serves lunch, too—though you may just want to order up a fennel sausage pizza to-go on your Aspen Snowmass app and split it on the Elk Camp gondola. That’s hardcore and indulgent at the same time.

Be sure to check out Snowmass’s 30-plus restaurants for great dinner options, too.

Après Ski

Okay, so you won’t be sipping margaritas in a crowded bar or elbowing others while jockeying for the best s’mores-roasting position around a fire pit—at least not this season. But Snowmass Tourism has graciously filled the s’mores void by handing out two tasty, ready-made alternatives created by local restaurants mix6 and Slow Groovin’ Chophouse (from 3:30 p.m. on); oh, and the cost (free), is pretty sweet, too.

As you stroll the Snowmass Mall, munching on your s’mores bar, listen to live performances from local musicians from the Tower Stage every Thursday afternoon.

Out of doors is the best way to go for celebrating your time on the hill this winter, including near-to-the-slopes spots like the Ranger Station (which specializes in New Belgium Brewing beer), Venga Venga, MoxiBar, Base Camp Bar & Grill, and the Artisan. The Viceroy’s poolside Nest Bar is even conveniently ski-in/ski-out.

Off the Slopes

Whether you’re taking a day or an afternoon off from skiing, there’s plenty to tempt you out of your hotel room or condo (though we’ll never deny the appeal of a good nap).

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, which has long offered popular mountain-top snowshoe tours and ski tours, added free, twice-daily snowshoe treks that start at the edge of the Mall and traverse a pair of local trails—once you see an ACES naturalist point out critter tracks or ID the trees you normally whiz past on skis, you won’t look at the mountain environment in quite the same way.    

Test your local knowledge with the new Snowmass Mountain Mission, an anytime app-based scavenger hunt that will take you all over the village and ski area. Challenges range from answering trivia questions about the resort to snapping photos and videos in designated locations. Get enough points and you’ll win a Snowmass Buff, not to mention eternal bragging rights.

The Collective’s Game Lounge became a hub when it debuted last winter, offering old-school arcade games, ping-pong, a massive ball pit, and more. It’s open this year with a few understandable modifications: a $15 per person fee for 50 minutes and required reservations. Visit the new Selfie Den (Thursdays to Tuesdays), with multiple interactive stations, and capture yourself with family or friends for a quirky reminder of this memorable winter. The Collective also hosts weekly free entertainment, including comedy night, family chess night, bingo night, and more (public health orders depending). *The Game Lounge/Selfie Den is currently closed due to red level restrictions, and entertainment is not running. 

Right outside The Collective, in the heart of Snowmass Base Village, the ice skating rink opens daily from 1:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., with free skate rentals (masks on, please) and reservations required. On Saturdays, there’s the DJ-hosted Disco Night (if you do the “Saturday Night Fever” pose for your kids, will they have a clue?). Give curling a whirl on select Friday afternoons during the rink’s cleverly named Game of Stones series.

Things to Ooh and Aah At

Few things say “perfect pandemic arts experience” more than outdoors exhibits. Start by admiring the season-long array of ice sculptures in Snowmass Base Village and the Snowmass Mall (and catch a carving demo by a local sculptor every other Wednesday). Alongside Fanny Hill, explore Snowmass Luminescence, which dazzles with thousands of colored LED lights arrayed in interactive walkways, arches, and more (through February 28); two additional touring installations by international artists add to the fantasy factor.

Over at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, just about a mile and half down Brush Creek Road, lights are also a thing this winter. In addition to computer-programmed displays comprised of 20,000 LEDs, the Ranch commissioned six artists to imaginatively decorate half a dozen trees. The viewing lasts until 9 p.m. daily (through February 1), but make sure to get there before dark to see “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.

If all of these vibrant light displays make you think of fireworks, well, Snowmass has those, too, with displays going off monthly over Fanny Hill that you can safely view from the socially distanced confines of your lodge or condo.

While promoting good health this winter has required some changes, the essence of Snowmass—whether you're a first-time visitor or a long-time regular—still holds plenty of appeal. Stay safe, and see you on the slopes.

 

 

 

 

When the lifts close at Snowmass, things really light up. Snowmass Luminescence, an interactive...

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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Recreation

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.

Logistics may be a bit different this winter, but, thankfully, many things remain the same in Snowmass Village. Expect to find lots to do on and off the slopes—including some cool new interactive art displays and free stuff like skating, snowshoe tours, and s’mores—plus the welcoming, family-friendly vibe that makes the Village and the ski area one of North America’s favorite resorts. Here’s what’s on tap for the season in Snowmass.

On Mountain Skiing, Riding, and More

Something to be grateful for: COVID has no effect on snow, sunshine, and ski runs. You’ll find all 3,342 acres of terrain at the ski area as enjoyable as ever (check out the new six-seater, high-speed lift up the Big Burn). That said, be mindful of this winter’s health safety protocols, which include wearing your mask in lift lines (and while getting on and off the lift), in on-mountain restaurants, and throughout the Village.

You’ll even discover that some things are more streamlined. For example, rather than waiting at the ticket office, buy your lift ticket online, then swipe 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.

Unlike many ski resorts, which are only offering private lessons this winter, Snowmass continues to have ski-school groups, though with a max of five students per ski pro. 

And when you want to stay out on the mountain—taking in the views and fresh air but giving your ski legs a break—head to the multi-lane, lift-served tubing hill and the thrilling Breathtaker Alpine Coaster at Elk Camp (buy tickets in advance). 

Good Eats

There’s not much lingering over lunch this year, as currently only outdoor and takeaway dining is allowed, which could potentially turn all of us into the type of hardcore skiers who pack an energy bar and scoff at extended breaks. But lunch-lovers, don’t despair. The cafeteria-style Ullrhof, High Alpine, and Elk Camp restaurants have all added more sit-down space in large, heated tents, and you can save time in line by ordering grab-and-go options beforehand via the Aspen Snowmass mobile app. Sam’s still serves its delicious Italian fare, and Lynn Britt Cabin offers hearty but refined mountain cuisine on its outside patio.

Capacity limits also give you all the more reason to ski down to the Snowmass Mall or Snowmass Base Village for lunch. Grab a panini or a wrap at Fuel (we love the avocado and sweet potato with tahini–poppy seed spread), warm up with a bowl of chili from the Stew Pot (a go-to for more than 50 years), or awaken your taste buds with a curry or noodle bowl from locals’ favorite Grub Thai, all on the Mall.

In Base Village, find fast and easy options at the Crêpe Shack (the chicken Florentine, with spinach, mushrooms, and Alfredo sauce, is a winner) or mix6, which creates salad or grain bowls with your pick of toppings. Duck into just-opened JUS for a healthful and yummy smoothie or the adjacent GG’s Market for grab-and-go staples. The Limelight Lounge now serves lunch, too—though you may just want to order up a fennel sausage pizza to-go on your Aspen Snowmass app and split it on the Elk Camp gondola. That’s hardcore and indulgent at the same time.

Be sure to check out Snowmass’s 30-plus restaurants for great dinner options, too.

Après Ski

Okay, so you won’t be sipping margaritas in a crowded bar or elbowing others while jockeying for the best s’mores-roasting position around a fire pit—at least not this season. But Snowmass Tourism has graciously filled the s’mores void by handing out two tasty, ready-made alternatives created by local restaurants mix6 and Slow Groovin’ Chophouse (from 3:30 p.m. on); oh, and the cost (free), is pretty sweet, too.

As you stroll the Snowmass Mall, munching on your s’mores bar, listen to live performances from local musicians from the Tower Stage every Thursday afternoon.

Out of doors is the best way to go for celebrating your time on the hill this winter, including near-to-the-slopes spots like the Ranger Station (which specializes in New Belgium Brewing beer), Venga Venga, MoxiBar, Base Camp Bar & Grill, and the Artisan. The Viceroy’s poolside Nest Bar is even conveniently ski-in/ski-out.

Off the Slopes

Whether you’re taking a day or an afternoon off from skiing, there’s plenty to tempt you out of your hotel room or condo (though we’ll never deny the appeal of a good nap).

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, which has long offered popular mountain-top snowshoe tours and ski tours, added free, twice-daily snowshoe treks that start at the edge of the Mall and traverse a pair of local trails—once you see an ACES naturalist point out critter tracks or ID the trees you normally whiz past on skis, you won’t look at the mountain environment in quite the same way.    

Test your local knowledge with the new Snowmass Mountain Mission, an anytime app-based scavenger hunt that will take you all over the village and ski area. Challenges range from answering trivia questions about the resort to snapping photos and videos in designated locations. Get enough points and you’ll win a Snowmass Buff, not to mention eternal bragging rights.

The Collective’s Game Lounge became a hub when it debuted last winter, offering old-school arcade games, ping-pong, a massive ball pit, and more. It’s open this year with a few understandable modifications: a $15 per person fee for 50 minutes and required reservations. Visit the new Selfie Den (Thursdays to Tuesdays), with multiple interactive stations, and capture yourself with family or friends for a quirky reminder of this memorable winter. The Collective also hosts weekly free entertainment, including comedy night, family chess night, bingo night, and more (public health orders depending). *The Game Lounge/Selfie Den is currently closed due to red level restrictions, and entertainment is not running. 

Right outside The Collective, in the heart of Snowmass Base Village, the ice skating rink opens daily from 1:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., with free skate rentals (masks on, please) and reservations required. On Saturdays, there’s the DJ-hosted Disco Night (if you do the “Saturday Night Fever” pose for your kids, will they have a clue?). Give curling a whirl on select Friday afternoons during the rink’s cleverly named Game of Stones series.

Things to Ooh and Aah At

Few things say “perfect pandemic arts experience” more than outdoors exhibits. Start by admiring the season-long array of ice sculptures in Snowmass Base Village and the Snowmass Mall (and catch a carving demo by a local sculptor every other Wednesday). Alongside Fanny Hill, explore Snowmass Luminescence, which dazzles with thousands of colored LED lights arrayed in interactive walkways, arches, and more (through February 28); two additional touring installations by international artists add to the fantasy factor.

Over at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, just about a mile and half down Brush Creek Road, lights are also a thing this winter. In addition to computer-programmed displays comprised of 20,000 LEDs, the Ranch commissioned six artists to imaginatively decorate half a dozen trees. The viewing lasts until 9 p.m. daily (through February 1), but make sure to get there before dark to see “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.

If all of these vibrant light displays make you think of fireworks, well, Snowmass has those, too, with displays going off monthly over Fanny Hill that you can safely view from the socially distanced confines of your lodge or condo.

While promoting good health this winter has required some changes, the essence of Snowmass—whether you're a first-time visitor or a long-time regular—still holds plenty of appeal. Stay safe, and see you on the slopes.

 

 

 

 

Learn More about Snowmass Mountain Mission

When the lifts close at Snowmass, things really light up. Snowmass Luminescence, an interactive art and light display presented by Snowmass Tourism and Aspen Snowmass, 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Learn More about Snowmass Mountain Mission

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn More about Snowmass Mountain Mission

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.

Learn More about Snowmass Mountain Mission
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