5 Tips for an Affordable Getaway

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A trip to Snowmass doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, that is one reason the summer months are so great. With bluebird skies, wildflowers galore and endless outdoor activities, the mountains are the ultimate summer playground. With these few tips, your mountain getaway can be memorable AND affordable.


  1. Visit during the “off” days of the week

The weather is the same on the weekdays as it is on the weekends – warm and sunny with occasional  showers. So why not find a good excuse to take a few days off mid-week and enjoy some peace and quiet in beautiful Snowmass? Weekday activities abound with Tuesday Farm to Table DinnersTuesday Bike Park Nights, Wednesday Rodeos, free concerts on Thursday and Fridays on the Mall. And, as an added bonus, weekday discounts are almost always available at local lodges.


  1. Eat at budget-friendly restaurants

From affordable pizza and sandwiches at Pastore’s to satisfying salads at Taster’s there is a delicious meal to fit any budget. Also look for kid’s menus or happy hour dining.  Venga Venga, Ranger Station, The Artisan, and The Edge all offer a diverse selection of happy hour drinks and appetizers that can all be enjoyed on scenic outdoor patios, near Snowmass Ski Area and surrounding peaks. Visit our events page and filter by ‘Culinary & Culture’ to view local happy hours.


  1. Vacation like the locals

First, check our event calendar and filter by category – there are several events you can attend at no cost. In Snowmass, you can enjoy daytime activities such as hiking and/or biking and evening events like free outdoor Thursday night concerts featuring great bands with complimentary kids’ activities. The Ice Age Discovery Center is also a free, educational activity offering detailed information and actual findings at Ziegler – a repository for thousands of preserved fossils of Ice Age animals, including mastodons and ancient camels. A bounty of kids’ activities are always an affordable option. VIKSnowmass.com provides a comprehensive list of available options. 


  1. Plan a group trip

Plan a large family trip or join up with friends and connect with a group sales manager at a local lodge for group discounts on lodging. Or, stay all together in one a deluxe, spacious condominium or home where everyone can be together for homemade meals or competitive game nights.



  1. Pack a picnic for lunch

Enjoy one of the many hikes or bike rides that Snowmass has to offer and dine al fresco with the best seat in town – in the mountains. Purchase locally-sourced foods such as Avalanche Ranch Cheese or Milagro meats and fill your backpack with a re-energizing meal. Clark’s Market Snowmass has convenient grab-and-go meals and snacks, Daly Bottle or Sundance have a large selection of wine & spirits to accompany your gourmet picnic or any local restaurant would be happy to pack you a meal to go.

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