Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado

Aspen’s largest ski mountain: Snowmass

Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado
Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado
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The largest of Aspen Snowmass’ four mountains, Snowmass has 3,332 acres with 150 miles of trails ensuring there’s room enough to play.

And, with cruisers, glades, steeps, 3 terrain parks, a 22-foot superpipe and a beginner pipe, there’s something for everyone to do in all that snow.

Snowmass: Countless options

Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado
Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The wide-range of skiing, dining and hotel options make Snowmass very popular with riders and skiers of all ages and abilities.

For the kids and beginners, Fanny Hill is a good place to start, working your way up to Max Park & Scooper off the Village Express lift.

The AspenSnowmass Ski School at Snowmass is a great way to get some top-notch instruction and learn the mountain – it’s well worth the investment.

Advancing up the mountain a bit higher are four areas, from right to left: Sam’s Knob, Big Burn, High Alpine and Elk Camp.

Sam’s Knob is closest to Snowmass Village and has a good mix of greens, blue and blacks.

If you’re looking for some amazing blue cruisers with stunning views, head up to Big Burn to find a playground of long, wide intermediate trails. Served by the Big Burn and Sheer Bliss lifts, Big Burn also has access to black and double black runs.

High Alpine lives up to its name – the runs at the top are all black, with quite a few bumps. Mid-mountain down are blues.

The Elk Camp side of the mountain is home to a variety of blue runs, all with spectacular views.

Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado
Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Snowmass: Eats

Snowmass Base Village BarSnowmass is home to an abundance of dining options from simple to refined.

On mountain are Gwyn’s High Alpine, Lynn Britt Cabin, Sneaky’s Tavern, Sam’s Smokehouse, Up 4 Pizza, Two Creeks Cafe, Burlingame Cabin, Ullrhof and Elk Camp.

Only slightly off-mountain in the village are dozens more. A couple of our favorites: The Stew Pot, serving homemade soups, sandwiches and a pretty tasty chili dog, and Base Camp Bar & Grill, with a great patio, good food & happy hour specials.

Snowmass: The Facts

Snowmass starts at a base elevation of 8,104 ft.(2,473 m) and rises to a summit elevation of 12,510 ft. (3,813 m) and a vertical rise of 4,406 ft. (1,343 m).

Snowmass’ 3,332 acres (1,448 hectares) contain 94 trails, served by 19 primary lifts.

6% of Snowmass’ trails are green, 47% are blue, 17% are black & 30% are double black. The longest run is 5.3 miles (8.5 km) – yeah, that’s not a typo.

For a Snowmass trail map and more info, head over to the AspenSnowmass website.

 

Outside in Aspen, Aspen, Colorado

Mountain biking with a pro at Outside in Aspen

Outside in Aspen, Aspen, Colorado
Outside in Aspen, Aspen, Colorado
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Outside in Aspen is a unique event that offers a chance to…

  • Outside in Aspen, Aspen, ColoradoAttend one of 10 adventure clinics with elite athletes in rafting, kayaking, climbing a 14er, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, road biking, rock climbing, trail running, and fly-fishing
  • Win a $6000 bike, a $2000 camera and many more prizes
  • Hang out at The Sky Hotel for the welcome party and après pool party with DJ and prizes
  • Check out the demos, exhibitors, family adventure program, and get a free chair massage at Adventure Base Camp
  • Enjoy a beverage at the Saturday Beer Garden with live music from Jes Grew
  • Hear a panel of elite adventure athletes and Outside editors discuss outdoor-related issues and topics
Outside in Aspen, Aspen, Colorado
Outside in Aspen, Aspen, Colorado
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Kicking it off

Outside in Aspen welcome party at The Sky Hotel, Aspen, Colorado
Outside in Aspen welcome party at The Sky Hotel, Aspen, Colorado
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Outside in Aspen kicked off at the Sky Hotel on Friday night where guests were welcomed with music, appetizers and, thanks to Kru, the vodka flowed like wine.

Outside in Aspen, Aspen, Colorado
Outside in Aspen, Aspen, Colorado
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Mountain biking the Rim Trail in Snowmass

Outside in Aspen, Snowmass Rim Trail, Snowmass, Colorado
Outside in Aspen, Snowmass Rim Trail, Snowmass, Colorado
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We signed up for mountain biking at Outside in Aspen for a couple of reasons.

Outside in Aspen, Snowmass Rim Trail, Snowmass, Colorado
Outside in Aspen, Snowmass Rim Trail, Snowmass, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
  1. We had only mountain biked twice before. The first time was in Nevis. I got hit by a goat, it broke the bike and I had to walk all the way down. The second time was in Beaver Creek last year in August. We rode up Cinch, it was super hot and not exactly exciting.
  2. With Outside in Aspen, we had a chance to ride with Sari Anderson, and one thing I’ve learned over the years is to never pass up an opportunity to do anything with an expert.
Outside in Aspen, Snowmass Rim Trail, Snowmass, Colorado
Outside in Aspen, Snowmass Rim Trail, Snowmass, Colorado
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Johnny and Trevor of Blazing Adventures at Snowmass were our guides and took excellent care of us.

Outside in Aspen, Snowmass Rim Trail, Snowmass, Colorado
Greg, Outside in Aspen, Snowmass Rim Trail, Snowmass, Colorado
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We did the Rim Trail at Snowmass – 17 switchbacks up to the ridge and then a single track trail with great views.

Outside in Aspen, Snowmass Rim Trail, Snowmass, Colorado
Greg, Outside in Aspen, Snowmass Rim Trail, Snowmass, Colorado
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It was a great morning – not sure if I’m ready to give up my road bike, but learned a ton and had a lot of fun!

Outside in Aspen, , Snowmass Rim Trail, Snowmass, Colorado
Outside in Aspen, , Snowmass Rim Trail, Snowmass, Colorado
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