Snowmass Village, Colo., (July 12, 2019) – Snowmass Village, CO is well known as a world class ski resort in the winter and an iconic summer destination. With high end hotels providing immediate access to over 90 miles of hiking and biking trails, exceptional festivals and events, unique weekly programming, high end restaurants & retailers, and other summer mountain adventures, Snowmass also offers a wide variety of free, or nearly free, activities and experiences for guests and visitors alike.
Free & Nearly Free Activities & Experiences in Snowmass
Transportation (Free): The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) provides extensive free bus service from Snowmass to Aspen and various points throughout the valley (for a nominal fee) until 2:00am. Snowmass also has a free local shuttle service (Snowmass Village Shuttles) to all major activity areas in Snowmass Village. Shuttles depart every 10 minutes from the shuttle terminal located just below the Snowmass Mall on Daly Lane. Most lodging properties in Snowmass offer free shuttle service to and from the airport and around Snowmass Village.
Farm-to-Table Tuesday (Free Gondola & à La Carte Menu) & Bonus Bike Park Nights ($34): Snowmass is the place to be on Tuesday nights. Beginning July 2, lift-served biking continues until dusk on Tuesday evenings. Purchase a Late Arrival ticket for $34 and ride from 2:00pm until dusk. For non-bikers (or once finished biking) guests can take the Elk Camp Gondola to the Elk Camp Restaurant and enjoy an a la cart dinner inspired by the farm-to-table movement with locally sourced ingredients. A full cash bar, outdoor family activities, and live music round out the evening. Tuesdays, through August 13.
Snowmass Rodeo ($20 for Adults/$15 for Kids, Kids Under 11 are Free): The Snowmass Rodeo celebrates 46 years of operations this summer, making it one of the longest continuously running rodeos in Colorado. The Snowmass Rodeo takes place on Wednesdays at 7:00pm, rain or shine, throughout the summer. Wednesdays, through August 21.
Snowmass Free Concert Series (Free): On 11 consecutive Thursdays and two bonus Saturdays (June 8 and July 13) throughout the summer, Snowmass hosts a weekly free concert series on Fanny Hill, showcasing genres of music ranging from reggae, to soul, to funk, to rock. 2019 marks the 28th year of the Snowmass Free Concert Series. Thursdays, through August 22.
Fridays on the Mall (Free) & Friday Afternoon Club and Artisan Market (Free): Kick off the weekend on Friday in Snowmass! Fridays on the Mall features live music from local bands and Aspen Music Festival & School musicians, extended business hours, local artisans, food & drink specials, free Snowmass S’mores, and more. The Friday Afternoon Club and Artisan Market in Snowmass Base Village showcases a variety of locally owned businesses selling specialty food items, clothing, handcrafted goods, art, jewelry, accessories, and Colorado-sourced vegetables. Fridays, through August 23 (no Friday Afternoon Club or Artisan Market on July 19).
Lunchtime Auctionettes at Anderson Ranch Arts Center ($10): Enjoy lively Lunchtime Auctionettes on select Fridays throughout the summer. These fun, high-energy affairs offer a wonderful opportunity to buy original artwork by Anderson Ranch faculty, visiting artists, students, interns and staff―all while supporting programs at the Ranch. Barbecue lunch is served from 11:45am to 12:15pm for just $10 and includes an ice cream sundae bar. The Auctionettes are free and open to the public, from 12:15pm to 1:00pm in Schermer Meeting Hall. Upcoming Auctionettes: July 26, August 9, 16, 23 & September 19.
Movies Under The Stars (Free): In partnership with Aspen Film, Movies Under the Stars showcases family-friendly screenings featuring movies from the 1970’s and 80’s, on The Rink in Snowmass Base Village. Free popcorn is provided, and viewers are encouraged to bring blankets or low-profile chairs, a picnic and non-alcoholic beverages. Adult beverages and takeout dinners are available for purchase at Snowmass Base Village restaurants, to be enjoyed on and around The Rink. Upcoming Movies: Saturdays, July 27, August 3, August 27 (Tuesday).
Snowmass Wildflower Walk (Free) & Ice Age Discovery Hike (Free): Aspen Center for Environment Studies (ACES), is a non-profit environmental science education organization which provides programs for all ages in the areas of ecological literacy, agriculture, forest health, ecosystem restoration, and civic leadership. Daily in the summer, ACES offers free guided hikes to explore Snowmass, including the Snowmass Wildflower Walk at 10:00am and the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Hike at 1:00pm. Hikes leave from the Snowmass Mall Ticket Pavilion. Daily.
The Rink (Free): At the epicenter of Snowmass’ newest neighborhood, Snowmass Base Village, The Rink offers guests and residents a thriving destination for daily games & splash zone, special events, and entertainment. Summer activities include Storytime on the Rink, yoga, Pure Barre, fly fishing casting clinics, and more. Daily.
Upcoming Free Special Events in Snowmass
Fridays on the Mall (Free) – STAR WARS: Episode IV A NEW HOPE – July 12: A special addition to Fridays on the Mall, Aspen Film and the Town of Snowmass Village present a free screening of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (1977, directed by George Lucas). The screening begins at 8:00pm on Fanny Hill and is free to the public. Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke’s Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire.
Rock for a Reason (Free) – July 13: Local nonprofits have the opportunity to advocate for their unique causes on the slopes of Fanny Hill during this Snowmass Free Concert Series bonus Saturday featuring The Greatest Hits on Earth – Live! ® presents Spectrum of Soul™ Featuring Skip Martin formerly of Kool & The Gang ™ & Special Guest(s). Take advantage of opportunities to get involved, sign up to volunteer, become a member, make a donation, purchase cool swag, and find out more details on what local non-profits have to offer. Non-profits in attendance include Challenge Aspen, Aspen Strong, Mountain Rescue, and many more.
Snowmass Doubles Volleyball (Free) – July 25-28: Volleyball of the Rockies brings the Snowmass Doubles Volleyball Tournament back to Snowmass again this summer. Volleyball of the Rockies produces some of the largest volleyball tournaments in the state, and this boutique mountain tournament features sand and grass courts at Snowmass Town Park. Free for spectators.
Snowmass Balloon Festival (Free) – September 6-8: The 44th Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival, a long-standing Rocky Mountain tradition, fills the sky with eclectic balloons, as 30 pilots launch their hot air balloons into the air at sunrise. The weekend features three days of festive balloons, pilot games, a night glow, kid’s activities, and more.
Snowmass Septemberfest (Free) – September 7: Septemberfest celebrates all things fall in Snowmass Village. The third annual Septemberfest returns to Base Village on Saturday at 4:00pm with wine and sake tastings, food vendors, children’s activities, music, and more.
For more information, please visit www.gosnowmass.com.
About Snowmass Village, Colorado – A renowned winter playground and vibrant summer community just 9 miles from Aspen, Snowmass consistently ranks as one of the best ski areas in the world. For 2019, Ski Magazine named Aspen Snowmass the #1 “resort of the year” in the West. Snowmass offers guests incredible views of mountain vistas, in addition to 2.8 million adjacent acres of wilderness, open for activities and exploration. Snowmass offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, 30+ restaurants, 95 percent slopeside lodging, shopping, unique special events and music – all year round. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit: www.gosnowmass.com.