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First Look: Inside The New Limelight Hotel Snowmass

The long-awaited Limelight Hotel in Snowmass Base Village has opened the doors for its inaugural season and like sister properties in Aspen and Ketchum, it’s stocked with the signature ski town amenities loyal guests have grown to love.

Wood-fired pizzas? Check. Dog-friendly? Check. Board games? Check. Hot tubs? Check. Fitness center? Check. Gourmet breakfast buffet? Check.


The Limelight Snowmass stands out though for exclusive features like ski-in ski-out access, an extended happy hour, live music five nights a week, and an ice skating rink right outside its front doors. Oh and it’s about 100 steps to the Elk Camp Gondola (we counted!).

inside the limelight hotel in snowmass while a band performs on stage

But perhaps the buzziest feature is what anchors it all — a five-story climbing wall (one of the largest in the state!) encased in glass, making it the focal point of the Snowmass Base Village. Dreamt up and executed to resemble sections of natural rock on Independence Pass by Boulder-based Eldorado Climbing Walls, it’s free for guests (weighing 25 pounds and over). For non-guests, the first 30 minutes is $10, and $5 for each additional 30 minutes. There is always staff on hand to help you plot your way to the top.

rock climbing wall with kid climbing top rope

Beyond the communal-minded common areas—dotted with inspiring neon installations — the property includes 99 spacious guest rooms complete with ample ski gear storage, Keurig coffee makers, wet bars, bright orange Smeg mini-fridges, luxury linens and plush robes. Upgraded luxury rooms also boast a fireplace and oversized patio space for prime views of all of the action on mountain or in SBV down below. Mountain chic sophistication meets approachable, casual and cozy with a calming cream color palette.

limelight hotel Snowmass game room for kids and families

Both the hotel and residences were designed by New York-based architecture and interior design firm, Stonehill Taylor, known for their work on The Whitby, Moxy Times Square, TWA Hotel and The NoMad Hotel


The reputation the Limelight carries as the “living room” of the community is already apparent in the lively atmosphere of the new Snowmass location. Its warm, friendly staff welcomes both tourists and locals alike whether for an extended ski vacation, family weekend away or a business meeting in the Lounge.

snowmass base village ice skating rink

This season, the excitement of the new SBV awaits and there is no better place to make home base than the Limelight. Fair warning: you may never want to leave, which is why it’s a good thing there are also 11 private residences available for sale that you can call the mountain home of your own.


Rooms from $470.

65 Wood Rd., Snowmass Village, 855-369-2460,

limelighthotels.com, @limelighthotels


Katie Shapiro is a freelance journalist who writes about living life at its highest from her home base in Snowmass Village. Her byline has appeared in 5280 Magazine, Aspen Magazine, Aspen Times, Denver Post, Departures, Forbes, Thrillist and more. She can be reached at katie@katieshapiromedia.com and followed on Twitter @kshapiromedia.

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