Ski Snowmass Colorado

Ski Snowmass Colorado

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Snowmass Ski Resort and Village

The Snowmass Ski Resort is up there as one of the best ski resorts in Colorado. The ski area is large and diverse, the extensive ski-in ski-out lodging is a huge bonus, and Snowmass Colorado is incredibly family friendly.

As a stand-alone ski resort, Snowmass is very impressive. However Snowmass isn’t an isolated ski resort. As part of Aspen Snowmass, it packs the Power of Four whereby one lift ticket provides access to three other nearby ski resorts: Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands. With Aspen nearby, it’s also easy to catch a bus into town to enjoy all the nightlife and buzz that Aspen has to offer.

Snowmass Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Snowmass Ski Resort is the largest of the four Aspen Snowmass ski areas at 3,332 acres (1,348 hectares), and it’s one of the largest of the Colorado ski resorts. It’s not called Snowmass for nothing! And if you want to attempt a top to bottom run, undertake an intensive pre-season fitness regime, as the vertical descent is the longest in the United States at 4,406 feet (1,343 metres). Most of the ski resort is below the tree-line, but there’s also a smidgeon of alpine terrain.

Many ski resorts claim that they have terrain for all ability levels, but in reality many don’t cater for all segments of the riding fraternity, especially real experts. However Snowmass Colorado truly does have the goods for all abilities. There are family friendly runs, mellow beginner slopes, and wide open groomed cruisers for intermediates. Snowmass also has mogul runs and gladed terrain for advanced riders, and an abundance of double black runs, some which fall into the seriously scary category. Snowmass is also shredder heaven with three terrain parks and two pipes.

Snowmass doesn’t receive snow en masse. The 300 inches (7.6 metres) of fluffy white stuff each season is pretty average for a Colorado ski resort. And typical for Colorado, fresh tracks don’t last for days, but at least powder hounds can play undisturbed for a while because Snowmass doesn’t get the weekend day trippers from Denver. Thankfully any crowds that do exist are usually not noticeable because the lift infrastructure is very well developed. The fleet of 20 lifts includes the new Elk Camp gondola as well as multiple other high speed lifts.

Where is Snowmass Village & Resort?

Snowmass Village sits at the base of the Snowmass ski resort, only 12 miles northeast of the town of Aspen Colorado (a 20 minute drive). The Snowmass Village sits alongside Brush Creek in Pitkin County, 197 miles southwest of Denver and 219 miles from Denver International Airport. The closest airport is Aspen-Pitkin County (Sardy Field) which is only 6.5 miles from Snowmass. See the Snowmass travel page for more information.

Snowmass Lodging

Snowmass has a village at the base of the mountain that has been well planned such that the majority of the lodging is conveniently ski-in ski-out. Snowmass accommodations are mainly upscale hotels and condominiums, although you’ll generally find better value for money than with Aspen hotels. See our Snowmass lodging page for more information on where to stay.

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Snowmass Facilities and Family Friendliness

A significant amount of money has been invested at Snowmass to upgrade the facilities. The new base village area has restaurants, drinking holes, shops and the celebrated Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center which houses the child care center, kids’ ski school, equipment rental and cafeteria. In some areas of this child-centric center, there are no adults allowed!

Even beyond the kids’ center, Snowmass is incredibly family oriented. The ski area and village have lots of facilities for the little tackers such as interactive kids’ trails, a specific terrain park, tubing, and other kids’ activities.

Just because Snowmass is exceptionally child friendly doesn’t mean that it isn’t adult friendly too. Snowmass has various activities on offer, and there are a range of restaurants and bars. Or if the nightlife at Snowmass is too quiet for your liking, you can easily pop into Aspen for the nightlife.

More On Skiing & Snowboarding at Snowmass

Just accept that a Snowmass ski vacation will not be an inexpensive affair, but thankfully it’s generally a little more affordable than staying in Aspen itself. Snowmass is more laid back than Aspen without losing anything in the flair and style stakes.

Snowmass is an all round great destination ski resort. Snowmass has something for everyone and also has some amazing strengths. Snowmass gets full marks from us for its family friendliness, the intermediate terrain, and the ski-in ski-out accommodation.
Tours In / Near Snowmass

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Powder Hunt Trips
6 Nights | 5 Ski Days | 1-3 Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
So if you are looking to only ski or ride powder in North America this season, this tour could be your ticket to powder happiness! Lock in a date for your tour & Ski Ride Tours will choose the best destination just before your arrival based on the best possible snow conditions.
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USD 2,800
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

15 Night Aspen Instructional Tour
16 Days | 15 Nights | 14 Skiing Days | 4 Resorts
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Get the best out of Aspen and improve your skiing with a company that has been giving people the time of their lives since 1995. Resorts including Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass.
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USD 5,913
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Heli Skiing Tours

Telluride Helitrax - Day Heli Skiing
6 Runs of Powder Heaven!
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Solo skiers/boarders, small groups & larger groups can enjoy an epic day of heliskiing at Telluride Helitrax. And if you’re skiing at Vail or Aspen, they can organise a same-day charter flight (fixed wing aircraft) to get you to Telluride. Have an awesome day heli-skiing & be home in time for dinner with the family!
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USD 1,395
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