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 picks for each category.
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.
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.
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.
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.