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When the Spring equinox hits, ski season is over… right?
As the days lengthen and temperatures rise, it’s only natural for people’s attention to drift ahead toward summer activities. But locals know that spring brings longer, warmer days, patios for the best aprés and extended lift hours to help you squeeze every last drop out of the season. When the snow disappears from the lowlands, ski season isn’t quite over in Snowmass.
April skiing and riding may just be the season’s best-kept secret.
Spring Skiing & Snowboarding
Spring skiing boasts soft slushy snow, warm sunny days that beckon you to leave the winter coat at home, grab your sunglasses and enjoy skiing your way through April.
Buying your lift ticket online means a quick pick up with a swipe of 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.
If you’re ready to test the skills you’ve acquired over the season, join in on the Town Race Series and race your friends to see who leaves the 2020/21 winter season with all the bragging rights.
All About the Après Patios
Indoor dining is available at a 50% capacity but the best part of the spring season are the patios. With the Spring season comes longer days and more hours of sunshine for dining on the best patios for lunch, apres and dinner.
On mountain favorites include Ullrhof, High Alpine, and Elk Camp restaurants who all offer indoor seating, heated tents, and more importantly outdoor seating with deck’s drenched in sunlight from lunch through last chair. Lynn Britt Cabin is a spring favorite easily accessible from the Village Express chairlift.
Takeaway dining is still going strong as are delivery options that make it easy to bring dinner right to your door!
This isn’t to say that breakfast, lunch and dinner aren’t important pieces of the puzzle. Be sure to check out the 30-plus restaurants for you indoor, outdoor or take-away dining around the village.
Now that the importance of a sunny patio has been properly communicated, we’re going to up the ante. Live music is good for the soul and the cherry on top of a day spent on a sunny patio with a refreshing cocktail. Thursday kicks the weekend off early with live music on the Tower Stage on the Snowmass Mall from 3-5pm. This venue is directly across from The Stew Pot and the S’mores cart, thats music, apres and dessert all in one place.
Fridays, head down to Base Village for music at The Collective from 2pm-5pm. Send the kids to ice skate at The Rink, grab a cocktail at mix6 or outside Limelight Lounge.
Saturdays you have live music without leaving the mountain. Music on the Mountain brings bands and DJ’s to the Village Express chairlift in Base Village and the Big Burn chairlift to keep your rockin’ without missing a run. Now, leaving your headphones at home doesn’t mean a quiet day on the hill, let Music on the Mountain keep your stoke levels high!
Things to Ooh and Aah At
Spring skiing and riding makes our hearts happy and for those ready to trade in boots for hiking shoes, trails like The Rim Trail, Nature Trail, Ditch and Tom Blake are all open and accessible. Slush and mud may make an appearance but the views are worth it and nothing feels better than cool air and warm sunshine to fuel your spring adventure off piste.
Head over to Anderson Ranch Arts Center for “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.
Looking to string on and off mountain experiences together? The Snowmass Mountain Mission is your one stop app for all things Snowmass. From on mountain picture challenges, Village video challenges and trivia questions to direct you to new and exciting experiences.