Snowmass Rentals & Lessons

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Snowmass Rentals & Lessons

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Snowmass Ski Resort Facilities

The Snowmass ski resort facilities are mainly located at two main hubs. The mall houses customer service, lift ticket sales, various Snowmass ski rental shops, equipment storage, and eateries. A little further down the hill is the Base Village which has a ticket office, the children’s center, equipment storage, and a few ski and snowboard shops.

Snowmass Ski Rentals

There are lots of options for Snowmass ski rentals. The resort owned shop, Four Mountain Sports, has various locations at Snowmass (mall, Two Creeks, base village and the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center). One advantage of renting with Four Mountain Sports is that you get free slopeside equipment storage (see below). However prices are a little more expensive than other Snowmass ski rental shops.

The mall has at least six other shops that provide ski and snowboard rentals. Examples include Christy Sports, Aspen Sports and Sunset Ski Rentals. The base village also has another Aspen Sports.

Equipment Repairs

If you damage your skis or snowboard on those rocky Rocky Mountains, or you’re in need of a wax or tune, all the Snowmass ski rental shops provide equipment tuning and repairs. Gene Taylor’s in the mall has the best reputation.

Equipment Storage & Transfer

Aspen Snowmass has a great system where you can store your equipment overnight at the Snowmass base village or mall, and if you want to ski at one of the other Aspen Snowmass ski resorts the next day, they’ll transfer the equipment to a slope-side location at that resort. You can jump on the bus without the added hassle of having to lug your equipment around.

If you rent your equipment from Four Mountain Sports, the overnight storage and transfer is free, as it is if you take private ski or snowboard lessons. If you have rented equipment from elsewhere or have your own skis or snowboard, the storage and transfer attracts a small fee.

Facilities for Children

The Treehouse Kid’s Adventure Center in the Base Village is the hub of action for all things child related.

Child care is provided for ages 8 weeks to 4 years, either in a half day or full day format. The center is a state-licensed childcare facility and they even have a registered nurse on staff. It has separate age appropriate rooms, and lunch and snacks are provided. This is the ducks nuts of ski resort child care, so perhaps it’s not surprising that the rates are the most expensive in the country.

In addition to the massive ski school for kids (see below), the Treehouse also houses equipment rentals and a kids’ cafeteria.

Snowmass also has child friendly ski terrain such as a pint sized terrain park and cartoon type features dotted around the slopes. There is even a specific trail map just for kids! Snowmass also has lots of family events including ski racing, storytelling by the campfire, sing-a-longs, kids crafts, and there’s tubing 7 days a week.

Snowmass Ski School

Snowmass has a massive ski school for kids and most of their programs are for a half day or full day. For ages 2.5 to 4, ski lessons are combined with child care. For ages 5 and 6, lessons are held for skiers and snowboarders, but snowboarders have to do a full day program. They also have ski and snowboard lessons for ages 7 to 12 for all abilities. Kids’ lessons are reasonably priced relative to other high profile USA ski resorts.

Adult group lessons are only held in a full day format (10am-3pm). Private snowboard and ski lessons are also only held for the full day.

Eating On Mountain

Snowmass has nine on-mountain eateries that cater to a variety of tastes and budgets. Gwyn’s High Alpine at the top of the Alpine Springs lift is a large establishment that provides self-service cafeteria food, and is renowned for having the best sundeck at Snowmass. Gwyn’s also has an elegant table service restaurant that’s open for breakfast and lunch.

Sam’s Smokehouse at the top of the Sam’s Knob lift has a small café selling basic snacks and the most horrible coffee in Colorado! Sam’s also has a table service restaurant with superb views that make up for the coffee.

It’s also reasonably easy to ski or snowboard down to the mall for lunch (or breakfast) where there are a few inexpensive take-away establishments and a bakery. Alternatively you can have lunch down at the Base Village at Sneaky’s Tavern or the Base Camp Bar and Grill.
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