Snowmass Village, Colo., (December 21, 2017) – Snowmass is known for its unparalleled skiing and snowboarding terrain, offering guests over 3,330 acres to explore, but Snowmass also offers non-skiers a wide array of off slope activities and adventures.
Blazing Adventures – With 44 years of experience specializing in outdoor activities in Colorado, Blazing Adventures coordinates winter activities such as hot balloon rides, dog sledding tours, backcountry powder tours, scenic drive tours, winter fly-fishing in Gold Medal rivers, snowmobiling up to the Maroon Bells, backcountry snowshoe tours, and much more.
Breathtaker Alpine Coaster & Tube Town – The new Breathtaker Alpine Coaster at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola is now open. The coaster features individual cars that are controlled by the rider with a ride time of seven to nine minutes. The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster is available during the day as well as in the evenings during Ullr Nights (Friday nights and select Tuesday nights throughout the season). During Ullr Nights, Elk Camp is transformed into a winter playground, offering family activities from tubing to snowbiking and fireside s’mores. Guests can purchase an Activities Pass, good for two hour sessions which includes unlimited rides on the Breathtaker Coaster and for tubing in Tube Town. The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster is part of the new Lost Forest, set to open for full operations in Summer 2018.
Cross Country Skiing – Glide across snowy meadows and through silent pine forests and aspen groves on over 60 miles of groomed, all-level Nordic trails. Part of the Aspen Snowmass trail system, the largest free trail system in the US, trails can be accessed from the Snowmass Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Center on the Snowmass Club Golf Course. Trail access is free, lesson prices and equipment rentals vary.
Dog Sled Rides at Krabloonik – Enjoy the thrill of a lifetime with dog sled rides through the Snowmass backcountry at twilight. Krabloonik offers stunning views and energetic pups, as well as hearty, family-friendly dinners in a 100-year-old, gas-lit log cabin restaurant.
Snowshoeing – Take a two-hour, guided snowshoe tour with an ACES naturalist, starting at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, daily at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Visit the Snowmass Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Center between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for a walk on the Snowmass cross country trails. Snowshoers can also explore Snowmass Ski Area on a wide variety of uphilling trails. For a full list of open on-mountain trails, please visit www.aspensnowmass.com/our-mountains/snowmass/uphill-policy.
Starlit Treks & Moonlit Treks – Spend the evening under the stars with a 1.2-mile snowshoe or cross-country ski around the Snowmass Club golf course, with a stop for cookies and hot chocolate. End with a family-style pasta dinner at Black Saddle Bar and Grille with live music and s’mores. Starlit Treks and Moonlit Treks occur on the Saturday nearest darkest night (Starlit Treks) and full moon (Moonlit Treks) of each month. Starlit Treks feature an ACES (Aspen Center for Environmental Studies) night ski interpreter to chat about the night sky, while Moonlit Treks feature a guided tour with an ACES naturalist.
- Moonlit Trek Dates – Saturday – December 30, February 3, March 3 & 31.
- Starlit Trek Dates – Saturdays – January 13, February 17, March 17, & April 14
Dinner is $19.67/person. Optional equipment rentals are available for $10/person.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center – Founded in 1966, Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a premier destination for art making and critical dialogue in the contemporary art world, bringing together aspiring and internationally renowned artists to discuss and further their work in a stimulating environment. Free and open to the public, Anderson Ranch is a hub of creative energy and activity for adults and children alike, offering a host of interactive art workshops, lectures by today’s most influential artists and curators, weekend classes, children’s art workshops and more. For winter programming, please visit www.andersonranch.org.
Shopping & Dining – With over 35 restaurants and 40 shops in Snowmass Village, Snowmass offers something for every taste and style. For an on-mountain dining experience, the restaurant at Elk Camp and Sam’s Smokehouse may both be accessed without skis, via the Elk Camp Gondola and the Village Express Lift, respectively. On Tuesday and Thursday nights, ride a snowcat up the mountain for a four-course gourmet meal under the stars at the Lynn Britt Cabin. For a more family-friendly affair, Wednesday nights the Chuckwagon Dinners are a must.
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center – In 2010, a construction crew unearthed a single tusk of a young female mammoth while digging at Ziegler Reservoir. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science took over the site and went on to find 5,000 bones of 10 mammals and over 26,000 small bones from small vertebrate animals– 40 species in all. The 10-month project became a race to uncover and carefully extricate these bones. Mammoths, mastodons, camels, horses, sloths, and other species, as well as insects, plant life and more were found. The Snowmass paleontological site is the richest Ice Age ecosystem found at high altitude. The Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, located on the Snowmass Mall, provides guests with photos from the find, to-scale cast replicas of bones found at the dig site, and an on-site paleontologist. The Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center is free and open daily throughout the winter season from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Snowmass Village Recreation Center – This spectacular, 18,000-square-foot facility offers outdoor, heated saline pools, along with state-of-the-art cardio machines, a weight room, a gymnasium, a climbing wall, a basketball court, a bouldering cave, yoga and Pilates classes, and more.
Spa Time – The luxurious 7,000-square-foot Spa at the Viceroy Snowmass offers selection of holistic wellness experiences, from Ute Indian-inspired therapies to contemporary beauty rituals. The Snowmass Athletic Club & Spa offers a complete spa menu, and the club’s outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas are all complimentary with treatments. The Spa at The Westin Snowmass Resort offers a full menu of wellness-infused spa treatments and services, and there are special spa packages as well. Parents enjoying a 60-minute spa treatment at the Westin Spa, can drop their kids off in Kids Club for 2 hours – for free. The Snowmass Village Salon offers haircuts and coloring, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, massage, and more.
For more activities and off the slopes fun in Snowmass, please visit www.gosnowmass.com.
About Snowmass Village, Colorado – A renowned winter playground and vibrant mountain community just 9 miles from downtown Aspen, Snowmass consistently ranks as one of the best ski areas in the world and was listed as the #4 resort in the west by SKI Magazine in 2018. Celebrating 50 years of operations during the 2017/2018 ski season and part of Aspen Snowmass, Snowmass Ski Area offers guests 3,332 acres of multi-level terrain and boasts the second largest vertical drop in the United States. 95% ski-in/ski-out lodging, over 35 restaurants, numerous shops and boutiques, a bounty of off-piste activities, and a friendly, small town feel beckon visitors year-round. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit: www.gosnowmass.com.
Snowmass Tourism Media Contact: Sara Stookey, Public Relations Coordinator, Snowmass Tourism, 970-922-2285 or sstookey@SnowmassTourism.com.
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