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Powder Paradise: How to Best Enjoy Snowmass Village This Winter

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By: Sierra Schlag

Winter is on the horizon—and the anticipation for ski season is in the air. If you’re planning a trip to the alpine resort town of Snowmass Village or a local looking for picturesque beauty and world-class recreational opportunities, then this guide will help you make the most of your visit this winter. Snowmass offers a year-round playground for outdoor enthusiasts, featuring a range of amenities, including restaurants, shops, and ski-in/ski-out lodges, making it an ideal destination for winter vacations.

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Navigating the Village

Upon arriving in Snowmass Village, you’ll be greeted by a picture-perfect winter scene— complete with snow-covered trees, uncrowded ski slopes, and stunning views of Mount Daly in the background. The village is pedestrian-friendly, making it easy to explore all the restaurants and shops on foot, and you’ll find maps posted all around the area. If you want to take a trip up from Base Village, you can take the Sky Cab for some fun views on a unique and colorful type of transportation.

Snowmass also has excellent public transportation options to help you skip the rental car. Just hop on the free shuttle service from your lodging to the base area or anywhere else around Snowmass. The free shuttles are incredibly easy to navigate and can even transport you to and from the airport on a fifteen-minute ride.

Ski-Focused Activities

When you’re chasing powder, the star attraction in Snowmass is, of course, the skiing and snowboarding, especially when its vast terrain allows for two skiers per acre. Learning to ski or snowboard can be an overwhelming experience, but taking lessons will give you the foundation to improve your skills for trips to come. No matter your age or ability, there’s a lesson that’s perfect for you. Plus, your instructor can act as an expert tour guide around the mountain!

Already a seasoned skier or snowboarder? You’re in luck! Snowmass has terrain that can excite everyone of all ability levels. With world-class terrain parks, perfectly groomed runs, and exhilarating tree runs, you won’t be bored with the incredible versatility of the terrain.

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Après-Ski Activities

After a day of gliding through powder, it’s time to unwind and enjoy the vibrant après-ski activities in the village. As you step off the slopes in the base area, you’ll find free s’mores at 3:30 p.m., brought to you by Snowmass Village. From kids to adults, who doesn’t want a warm and gooey s’more to celebrate a great day of being on the mountain?

And if you’re looking to indulge and replenish after a long day of skiing or riding, between Base Village and the Snowmass Mall, there are tons of great options for food and drinks. From comfort food dishes to lavish meals and everything in between, there’s something for everyone’s appetite.

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Best Views in Snowmass

Located in the valley of the Elk Mountain range, Snowmass Village hosts some of the most breathtaking and unique-looking mountains (looking at you, Maroon Bells!). So, where is the best place to check out all the views once you’re there?

  • Elk Camp: Take the Elk Camp lift to the top while skiing for panoramic views and fantastic photo opportunities. On a clear day, you’ll see the infamous Maroon Bells alongside the terrain of the Cirque. Plus, you’ll have great blue runs to return to Elk Camp for lunch or continue your day on the hill.
  • The Cirque: If you want to reach the top of the ski area, take the Cirque Poma lift to the top and enjoy the views of the Elk Mountains off the backside. This area is mostly expert terrain with double black diamonds, but not to worry, there’s also one blue run down from Cirque on Rocky Mountain High.

In Snowmass Village, winter fun knows no bounds. From world-class skiing and snowboarding to après-ski delights and breathtaking vistas, you’re in for an unforgettable experience. So pack your snow gear, book your trip, and get ready to immerse yourself in the powder paradise that is Snowmass.

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