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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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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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S'MORES

Every day from 3:30 – 4:30pm enjoy free s’mores by the fire pits in Base Village and on the Snowmass Mall.

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Aspen Art Museum
Aspen Film
Camping
Disc Golf

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Chamonix
Hayden Lodge by Snowmass Mountain Lodging
Limelight Hotel Snowmass
Luxury Home Rentals by East West Resorts

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Alpine Skiing
Cross Country Skiing
Ice Skating
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Interlude Condominiums, A Destination Residence
Luxury Home Rentals by East West Resorts
Owl Creek Homes
Snowmass Mountain Chalet by Snowmass Mountain Lodging

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Select businesses in Snowmass are currently open for business!  We will continue to update this...

Select businesses in Snowmass are currently open for business!  We will continue to update this page as more businesses open.

For a full list of businesses open in the Roaring Fork Valley, please click here.

 

Accent on Wildflowers - Open Monday through Friday, 10am - 2pm. 

Ajax Supply - Open Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm and Saturday, 9am - 5pm. Currently* have some scarce and hard to find items - N95 Masks in 5pk, Hand Sanitizer, Bleach disinfectant cleaner, peroxide disinfectant cleaner, nitrile gloves. *Subject to availability

Alpine Bank - Open Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm. 

Clark's Market - Open daily 7am - 8pm (senior hour daily: 7am - 8am). Offering pizza oven orders, curbside pick-up and grocery delivery. The pharmacy is open from 9am to 6pm weekdays; 10am-4pm Saturday; and 10am – 2pm Sunday.

Cleaner Express - Open  Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am - 1pm.

High Q - Open daily, 10am - 9pm. Currently, 2 customers in the store at a time. Purchase in-store, online at HighQRockies.com or call 844-420-DANK.

New Belgium Ranger Station - Open for Memorial day weekend starting, Friday, May 22 from 12pm-7pm. Offering New Belgium beers on tap to go, alongside batched margaritas from Marble Distillery, sandwiches, salads, nachos, pretzel rolls, etc. 

Pastore's Taste of Philly - Open Monday through Saturday, 11am - 7pm. Pick-up available all day, delivery available after 5pm.

Sage @ The Snowmass Club/Black Saddle Bar & Grille - Open for Lunch Daily from 11am-5pm; Open for Dinner Thursday through Sunday, 4pm-7:30pm. Complimentary delivery for Snowmass Club members only. Pick up at Black Saddle. Click here for all menus.

Snowmass Conoco - Open Tuesday through Friday, 7:30am - 3pm.

Snowmass Village Dental - Karina Redko, DDS. - Open for dental emergencies. Virtual consultations can be scheduled by emailing karina@snowmassvillagedental.com. 970-923-5777. 

Sundance Liquor & Gifts - Open daily, 11am - 8pm. Free delivery for Snowmass Village for orders over $40. Prescriptions can be sent via Basalt Pharmacy.

Taster's - Open daily, 11am - 9pm.  

Toro Kitchen & Lounge (Viceroy Snowmass) - Open daily, 11am - 4pm lunch; 4pm-8pm dinner. Lunch is pickup only. Dinner is pickup and delivery (Snowmass Village and Brush Creek Road to Medicine Bow Road). $5 kids burger/chicken tenders/hot dog. Click here for take-away menu.

 

Updated: 5/21/20

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

Recreation

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

 

Sunrise

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

 

Cardio Challenge

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

 

Sunset

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

 

Best for the family

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

 

Best with your furry friend

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

 

Best hiking-only trail:

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

 

Always remember to bring:

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

  No matter where you stand in Snowmass, there are truly endless views offered in all...

Recreation
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Adventure

 

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. 

 

For a solo visitor or a couple visiting Snowmass, the volume of events, activities, hikes, bike...

Recreation
Adventure

For a solo visitor or a couple visiting Snowmass, the volume of events, activities, hikes, bike rides and sites to see can be overwhelming. So, here are our top 3 perfect picks for each category.

 

Hikes:

Tom Blake Trail – Tom Blake winds through some of the prettiest Aspen groves in the valley as its makes its way across Snowmass Ski Area.

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

Snowmass Lake - If you backpack once this summer, make it to a location worth the hike. This 8-mile hike will feel even longer with a pack, but soaking 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.

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 zip lines to an alpine coaster to hiking.

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, then check out the Ice Ace Discovery Center where you can learn about the finest high-elevation ice age fossil site in the world. 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 from July 10 to Aug. 21. (Lost Forest activities like the coaster and climbing wall stay open too.) In July and August, Elk Camp stays open late on Tuesdays for farm-to-table dinners, coinciding with the bonus bike nights.

Thursdays – Grab an early dinner al fresco at the Snowmass Village Mall then stroll to Fanny Hill and lay out a blanket for one of the Snowmass Free Concert Series concerts every Thursday from June 9 to Aug. 16.

Fridays - New for summer 2018 is Fridays on the Mall, where the Snowmass Mall hosts live music performances by students from the Aspen Music Festival & School. Grab a table outside at your favorite Snowmass eatery while you listen to world-class classical music.

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Select businesses in Snowmass are currently open for business!  We will continue to update this page as more businesses open.

For a full list of businesses open in the Roaring Fork Valley, please click here.

 

Accent on Wildflowers - Open Monday through Friday, 10am - 2pm. 

Ajax Supply - Open Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm and Saturday, 9am - 5pm. Currently* have some scarce and hard to find items - N95 Masks in 5pk, Hand Sanitizer, Bleach disinfectant cleaner, peroxide disinfectant cleaner, nitrile gloves. *Subject to availability

Alpine Bank - Open Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm. 

Clark's Market - Open daily 7am - 8pm (senior hour daily: 7am - 8am). Offering pizza oven orders, curbside pick-up and grocery delivery. The pharmacy is open from 9am to 6pm weekdays; 10am-4pm Saturday; and 10am – 2pm Sunday.

Cleaner Express - Open  Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am - 1pm.

High Q - Open daily, 10am - 9pm. Currently, 2 customers in the store at a time. Purchase in-store, online at HighQRockies.com or call 844-420-DANK.

New Belgium Ranger Station - Open for Memorial day weekend starting, Friday, May 22 from 12pm-7pm. Offering New Belgium beers on tap to go, alongside batched margaritas from Marble Distillery, sandwiches, salads, nachos, pretzel rolls, etc. 

Pastore's Taste of Philly - Open Monday through Saturday, 11am - 7pm. Pick-up available all day, delivery available after 5pm.

Sage @ The Snowmass Club/Black Saddle Bar & Grille - Open for Lunch Daily from 11am-5pm; Open for Dinner Thursday through Sunday, 4pm-7:30pm. Complimentary delivery for Snowmass Club members only. Pick up at Black Saddle. Click here for all menus.

Snowmass Conoco - Open Tuesday through Friday, 7:30am - 3pm.

Snowmass Village Dental - Karina Redko, DDS. - Open for dental emergencies. Virtual consultations can be scheduled by emailing karina@snowmassvillagedental.com. 970-923-5777. 

Sundance Liquor & Gifts - Open daily, 11am - 8pm. Free delivery for Snowmass Village for orders over $40. Prescriptions can be sent via Basalt Pharmacy.

Taster's - Open daily, 11am - 9pm.  

Toro Kitchen & Lounge (Viceroy Snowmass) - Open daily, 11am - 4pm lunch; 4pm-8pm dinner. Lunch is pickup only. Dinner is pickup and delivery (Snowmass Village and Brush Creek Road to Medicine Bow Road). $5 kids burger/chicken tenders/hot dog. Click here for take-away menu.

 

Updated: 5/21/20

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

 

Sunrise

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

 

Cardio Challenge

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

 

Sunset

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

 

Best for the family

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

 

Best with your furry friend

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

 

Best hiking-only trail:

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

 

Always remember to bring:

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

 

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. 

 

For a solo visitor or a couple visiting Snowmass, the volume of events, activities, hikes, bike rides and sites to see can be overwhelming. So, here are our top 3 perfect picks for each category.

 

Hikes:

Tom Blake Trail – Tom Blake winds through some of the prettiest Aspen groves in the valley as its makes its way across Snowmass Ski Area.

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

Snowmass Lake - If you backpack once this summer, make it to a location worth the hike. This 8-mile hike will feel even longer with a pack, but soaking 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.

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 zip lines to an alpine coaster to hiking.

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, then check out the Ice Ace Discovery Center where you can learn about the finest high-elevation ice age fossil site in the world. 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 from July 10 to Aug. 21. (Lost Forest activities like the coaster and climbing wall stay open too.) In July and August, Elk Camp stays open late on Tuesdays for farm-to-table dinners, coinciding with the bonus bike nights.

Thursdays – Grab an early dinner al fresco at the Snowmass Village Mall then stroll to Fanny Hill and lay out a blanket for one of the Snowmass Free Concert Series concerts every Thursday from June 9 to Aug. 16.

Fridays - New for summer 2018 is Fridays on the Mall, where the Snowmass Mall hosts live music performances by students from the Aspen Music Festival & School. Grab a table outside at your favorite Snowmass eatery while you listen to world-class classical music.

Explore all things to do in Snowmass

Explore Snowmass


Aspen Snowmass has long been a mecca for skiers of all abilities and agendas. Cruisers, glades,...

Distance
5,000 elevation gain
Duration
2 Hours
Skill Level
Intermediate

Meandering across pristine winter meadows and into hushed pine forests and aspen groves, this...

Distance
4.5 Miles
Duration
3 Hours

Between last chair and dinner, options abound

Recreation
Adventure

Between last chair and dinner, options abound

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  No matter where you stand in Snowmass, there are truly endless views offered in all...

Recreation
Adventure

 

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. 

 

Aspen Snowmass has long been a mecca for skiers of all abilities and agendas. Cruisers, glades, steeps, terrain parks, and half pipes provide a wintertime playground unlike any other. We could go on all day about what sets Snowmass apart, starting with its location in the powdery heart of the Colorado Rockies.

Snowmass is a mountain of convenience above all. Ninety-five percent of the lodging is ski in/ski out and the internationally-served airport is only 6 miles away. Colorado’s famous feather-light snow graces 4,406 vertical feet in elevation, 3,342 acres of terrain and 96 trails. While there might be plenty of like-minded people out enjoying the slopes, they'll never feel crowded with an average of two people per acre. There's lots of room to roam, and the longest trail is 5.3 miles long!

With a difficulty split of 6% easiest, 47% more difficult, 17% most difficult, and 30% expert, alpine skiing at Aspen Snowmass caters to all levels of ability and the entire family. Amenities such as a top-rated ski school and children's center, terrain parks and pipe, and plenty of free activities for the whole family only seal the deal. Enjoy having the mountain to yourself? At 3,342 acres, Snowmass averages only 2 skiers per acre making it the ideal destination for a ski vacation.

2019/2020 Winter Season:

Lifts run daily from November 28, 2019, until April 19, 2020 from 9am - 3:30pm. Ticket offices on the Snowmass Mall, in Base Village and at Two Creeks are open daily 8:15am - 4:30pm.

 

Meandering across pristine winter meadows and into hushed pine forests and aspen groves, this full-service ski and snowshoe center is at the heart of the Nordic trail
system. Located on the Snowmass Club Golf Course, the center offers a wide range of programs, lessons and rentals, access to a variety of terrain, and a comfortable indoor meeting place. Lesson prices and rentals vary, trail access is free.

When: Daily, December – March (snow dependent)
Where: 446 Clubhouse Drive
Contact: 970.923.5700, utemountaineer.com

For More Information:
Snowmass Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Center – 970-923-5700

Aspen Cross Country Center – 970-925-2145

Ashcroft Ski Touring – 970-925-1971

10th Mountain Trail Association – 970-925-5775

Spring Gulch – in Carbondale, CO

 

 

Between last chair and dinner, options abound

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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. 

 

In The News

'The four mountains that make up Aspen Snowmass are the gold standard."

SKI Magazine
In The News

"The gondola ride up to Elk Camp is 12 minutes of nonstop scenery."

KRON News 4, San Francisco

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