Snowmass Ski Area and Snowmass Village, Colorado
Snowmass Ski Area is the big one. As large as the other three mountains combined, Snowmass is the second largest ski mountain in Colorado and reigns as the queen of the Aspen/Snowmass resort region. Developed in 1967 as perhaps the ultimate ski-in, ski-out resort, Snowmass offers guests an almost endless variety of terrain for all levels. With over 3,300 skiable acres and the longest top to bottom vertical, Snowmass doesn't just have a ton of terrain, it also tends to pick up the lion's share of the snow out here each winter. It is best known as a family-friendly resort and with three terrain parks boasting features for all levels, Snowmass stands ready to appeal to a wide variety of snow enthusiasts for years to come.
Located only nine miles away from downtown Aspen, the town of Snowmass Village at the base of Snowmass Ski Area is a true resort dedicated to hosting guests during the height of winter and summer. Snowmass Village underwent a transformation in 2006 with the development of Base Village, featuring new lifts, facilities, restaurants and retail spaces all at the base of the mountain. A reported 70% of all the lodging at the resort is ski-in, ski-out and the mountain offers guests everything from Starbucks coffee to fine dining to a bowling alley all within walking distance of the slopes.
Luxury Snowmass Village Homes
Snowmass Village offers families some of the finest luxury resort residences in Colorado, including many with ski-in, ski-out access to Snowmass Ski Area.
- Under $1,500,000
- $1,500,000 to $3,000,000
- $3,000,000 to $5,000,000
- $5,000,000 to $10,000,000
- Over $10,000,000
Dining and Shopping
While unable to rival the sheer quantity of dining options in Aspen, Snowmass still offers guests a wide variety of cuisine. Guests can choose from Southeast Asian, Mexican, French, Italian, Mountain Pub Fare and Continental restaurants all within walking distance of each other or a quick gondola ride away. Favorite guest experiences include on-mountain dining at the remodeled Elk Camp (via the Snowmass Gondola) or the rustic Lynn Britt Cabin (via Snowcat at night). Snowmass has plenty to satisfy the hungry.
Entertainment and Nightlife
One of the reasons Snowmass is considered a family-friendly mountain is the relative lack of noteworthy nightlife options at the resort. There are several bars in Snowmass and even a bowling alley but guests who are looking to make the most of their nights are advised to take the free shuttle buses to Aspen only nine miles away. Of course, those who prefer to entertain back at their hotels or condominiums can find both a fully-stocked grocery store in the Snowmass Center as well as a few liquor stores nearby.
Snowmass Village offers free live concerts on the mountain every Thursday evening in the Summertime as well as the always popular JazzAspen Labor Day concerts featuring some of the most popular artists in the world!
Are you a nordic (cross-country) ski enthusiast? Snowmass has you covered with over 10km of groomed nordic ski trails at the Snowmass Cross Country Center. In fact, people can actually ski between Snowmass Village and Aspen via the Owl Creek Trail. Guests can also hike or uphill ski up Snowmass mountain in the winter at select times and Krabloonik offers dog-sledding for families looking for a unique adventure!
Summertime means hiking miles of trails up Snowmass Creek to spectacular Mount Daly, lift-served mountain biking on Snowmass Mountain, and so much more.
How to Get Here
The Aspen Airport (ASE) is just over 6 miles away from Snowmass Village and the Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) offers regular bus service both to the Airport and to and from downtown Aspen year-round. During the winter the bus service from Aspen to Snowmass Village is entirely free. Guests arriving by car from Denver should drive West on I-70 to Glenwood Springs, then follow Highway 82 south-east from Glenwood Springs for 35 miles to the Brush Creek intersection. Please note to follow the signs for Snowmass Village (not Snowmass or Old Snowmass). Turn right on Brush Creek Road and following the road three miles to the resort. Buses run pretty much non-stop between the two towns making it easy to move from one area to the other.