Snowmass is a gigantic outdoor playground for the entire family, all year round. Adventures range from hot air ballooning to hiking to mountainboarding and cycling. Whatever your Colorado dream, Snowmass can make it come true.
All Access Snowmass
An “insider’s” edition of VIK, this fun, educational program gives kids (and their parents) a behind-thescenes peek at life in a mountain town, featuring patrol dogs, snowmaking and much more. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Family Fun at Aprés on the Bricks
Children of all ages will enjoy a variety of free activities, including face painters, balloon artists, dancers, a live DJ, après specials and more. and more. Snowmass’ Ice Age mascot, Snowy the Mammoth, stops by 2:30-3:30pm for photo ops and fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
First Tracks At Snowmass
Cruising through untouched powder or freshly groomed corduroy is a dream-come-true for skiers and boarders. The free Snowmass First Tracks program makes it possible, with the chance to be among the first on the mountain, taking the first run of the day with patrollers and/or instructors. Lift ticket and reservations required. Skiers/riders should be age 11+ with intermediate skills.
Family Day & Family Night at the Rec Center
Bring the whole family to the Snowmass Village Recreation Center for some off-the-slopes fun! On Thursdays and Saturdays, V.I.K.s and their families receive discounted rates to enjoy all of the Rec Center’s amenities, including outdoor swimming and skating, indoor climbing, basketball, fitness and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hot Air Ballooning
For families with older children, this early morning balloon adventure soars up and over Snowmass with spectacular mountain views, wildlife sightings, and a breathtaking experience your family will never forget.
Mountain Orientation Tour
Want to give your kids some freedom but are a little nervous about the vast terrain? Take a free mountain orientation tour to help everyone get their bearings.
The tubing center at Elk Camp includes four lift-served lanes of tubing excitement for adults and children. Learn more here.
Wildside with ACES
Join a Naturalist from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) for a fun and informative presentation featuring live animals. Animal guests may include ACES’ resident Great Horned Owl, Boa Constrictor, Tarantula and more. All ages welcome.
Snowmass Cross Country Center
For a day off from ski boots, visit the Snowmass Cross Country Center, which offers access to more than 60 miles of trails and a central location to rent snowshoes, cross country and skate skis, ski sleds, and more. From snacks and gear, to lessons and gentle touring slopes amidst the spectacular winter scenery, this is an outing to remember for your family.
Ski Tour with a Naturalist
Drop in at the Wapiti Wildlife Center at the top of the Elk Camp Lift to ski a run with a naturalist and learn about our high-alpine environment. Tours are free, twice daily, to adults and kids aged seven and above.
Rev up and head out on a guided snowmobile tour into the gorgeous winter mountains with a trained guide. Multiple tour options are available. Young children not old enough for tours can hang out at the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center.
Snowshoe Tours with a Naturalist
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies naturalists lead daily snowshoe tours deep into the heart of Snowmass’ forests, sharing information about wildlife and the mountain ecology.
Snowcat Dinner Rides
Kids will love to go dashing through the snow on a two-ton snowcat ride. The snowcat brings diners up to an unforgettable on-mountain dinner at a rustic historic cabin.
Snowmass Village Recreation Center
Over 18,000-square-feet of pure recreation awaits at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center. Families could spend an entire day exploring the four saline outdoor pools with a water slide and water features, the bouldering cave, climbing walls, skate park, weight room, and more. The Snowmass Recreation Center also hosts a variety of Summer Camps for kids at the facility as well.
In honor of the Norse God of Snow — Ullr — Elk Camp is transformed into a nighttime winter wonderland. Guests can make a night of it, with classic winter activities, such as
ice skating, sledding, guided snowshoe tours with ACES, snowbiking, snow tubing, and a visit to Ullr’s ghost ship. Enjoy an à la carte culinary celebration with live music,
and top it off with s’mores and hot chocolate by the campfire. Snow tubing is available for one-hour sessions beginning at 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm and 7:30pm. Tickets required, reservations recommended
Wapiti Wildlife Center
At the top of the Elk Camp Lift, the Wapiti Wildlife Center offers the perfect break to warm up, explore the center and learn about the different animals living in the mountains around us. Open to public daily.
For most recent and updated list, visit VIKSnowmass.com.
At Snowmass, the popular sport of Disc Golf takes a high-altitude twist. Two 18-hole mountain courses wind through high alpine meadows and primeval glens to heart-stopping vistas. One course is accessed from Base Village; the other is accessed from the top of the Elk Camp Gondola.
When the snow melts away from Snowmass’ famed Elk Camp slopes, a world of mountain adventure awaits. The Elk Camp Gondola, accessed from Base Village, takes riders up to activities ranging from hiking and biking trails to paintball, disc golf, a climbing wall, and a Eurobungy. The Elk Camp lift takes riders even higher, topping out at 11,325 feet for stunning views of the Elk Mountains.
Free Guided Nature Hike
Join a naturalist from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies for a free two-hour, 3.5 mile on-mountain hike through lush meadows and aspen forests while learning about local history and nature. This 10 a.m. tour meets daily outside the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center at the end of the Snowmass Village Mall.
Free Guided Nature Walk
This easy two-hour guided walk takes families along the gentle Snowmass Nature Trail. The walk is led by a naturalist from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies who shares information on wildflowers, animal tracks, and birds. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center at the end of the Snowmass Village Mall.
Surrounded by the 2.3 million acres of the White River National Forest, Snowmass offers more than 50 miles of trails that range from short morning jaunts to multi-day backpacking options for you and your teen. Favorites for the whole family include the challenging Government Trail which traverses from Snowmass to Aspen, the Snowmass Village Nature Trail, and the Ditch Trail, which is an easy walk to spectacular views of the Snowmass Creek Valley — as well as one of the many on-mountain trails accessed by the Elk Camp Gondola.
Families can explore the magnificent high country from the comfort and safety of a Jeep in this guided tour. While the kids keep an eye out for marmot, elk, deer, and foxes, parents will appreciate the local guide’s fascinating insights into the region as the jeep winds up scenic trails to spectacular mountain vistas.
With over 50 miles of trails, Snowmass Village features some of the best cross country, freeride, and downhilll mountain biking trails in Colorado. From gentle cross-country cruisers to adrenaline-filled downhill courses, the mountain biking options for families in Snowmass are endless.
Road or Paved Path Biking
If you prefer your rubber on the road rather than the rock, plenty of options exist. Families can take a leisurely pedal down to Woody Creek or up to Aspen, all on paved paths and the Rio Grande trail. Roaring Fork Transit Authority Buses (RFTA) can shuttle you home. More ambitious riders can check out the Owl Creek Road between Aspen and Snowmass, the Maroon Creek Road up to the famous Maroon Bells, or the Independence Pass climb that tops out on the Continental Divide.
Run & Gun Paintball
For families with children ten and older, this outdoor paintball course on the mountain offers plenty of action, games, and adventure. The course is accessed via the Elk Camp Gondola.
Snowmass Village Recreation Center
More than 18,000-square-feet of pure recreation awaits at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center. Families could spend an entire day exploring the four saline outdoor pools with a water slide and water features, the bouldering cave, climbing walls, skate park, weight room, and more. The Snowmass Recreation Center also hosts a variety of Summer Camps for kids at the facility as well.
A trip out west wouldn’t be complete without a horseback ride into the heart of “them thar mountains.” Local outfitters offer a variety of trail ride options for all levels of rider.