We know, there is almost too many options to choose from while visiting Snowmass. So, we’ve done the heavy-lighting for you and outlined our most unique experience that only take place here in Snowmass.
Hike or bike a mile and a half to the top of the Rim Trail and you’ll find a stunning yin-yang platform overlooking the splendor above Snowmass Village—Mt. Daly, Snowmass ski area and beyond. It’s the ideal spot to take a break, drink some water, do some yoga, snap some pictures and reflect. Who knows, you might even spy a marriage proposal.
The fun’s not over when the Elk Camp Gondola tops out at Elk Camp. After you’ve experienced the Lost Forest and had a delicious and healthy lunch at Elk Camp Restaurant, ride the Elk Camp chair to its 11,325-foot summit, walk up to the top of the ridge and take in one of the best views of Colorado’s most famous 14ers—the Maroon Bells. See exactly how to get there using this blog post.
One of the longest running rodeos in the state, the Snowmass Rodeo celebrates its 45th season this year with everything from bull riding to team roping, barrel racing and kids’ mutton busting. Every Wednesday from June 13-Aug. 22, no matter the weather, the rodeo kicks off promptly at 7 p.m., but come when the gates open at 5 p.m. for a petting zoo, kids roping, mechanical bull rides, a cowboy saloon and a beloved BBQ dinner.
The Snowmass Bike Park continues to expand: three new bike trails built by world renowned trail builders Gravity Logic are slated to open late this summer. With downhill and cross-country trails accessible from the top of Elk Camp chairlift, the new beginner and intermediate flow trails and the expert jump trail will add seven miles to the bike park.
A favorite Thursday event for visitors and locals alike, the Snowmass Free Concert Series kicks off on June 9 and runs through Aug. 16, with outdoor music on Fanny Hill every Thursday, plus two Saturdays. This season’s line-up ranges from Americana rock and jazz to country and electric folk.
The second weekend of September, the Snowmass Balloon Festival fills the sky with one of the highest-altitude hot air balloon events in the country. Over three days, 30 pilots compete in challenges and races, as spectators of all ages take in the magic (for free) from Snowmass Town Park.
Complementing the Food & Wine Classic, the annual Heritage Fire is whole-animal, live-fire culinary experience featuring 40 notable chefs and butchers cooking 3,000 pounds of heritage bread animals over hand built fires in a beautiful vineyard setting. Thursday night’s Rustic Grind pairs wood-fired heritage breed proteins with handcrafted cocktails and live music.
One of the most anticipated events of the summer, the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience draws more than 10,000 people to Snowmass for three days of world-class music. This year’s acts include Lionel Richie, Jack Johnson and the Zac Brown Band.
The second annual Aspen Snowmass Vintage Car Race (top of page photo) brings another dose of high-octane street racing to Snowmass in September as 60 vintage race cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s, compete on Town streets. The race concludes the Motoring Classic Weekend in Snowmass, which includes a display of rare cars from Ferrari, Viper, Porsche, Cobra, BMW, Audi and more and an after-race party at Base Camp Bar & Grill.