While some think Aspen and Snowmass are synonymous, Snowmass is actually its own separate village. This family-friendly destination offers a wealth of outdoor adventures, from winter sports that range from tubing to downhill skiing and summers that include hiking, biking, and unique festivals. Whether you plan to hit the slopes in winter or laze the summer days away beside an alpine lake, here are some top tips for Snowmass travel.
Peak tourism seasons in Snowmass are from December to April, and then again for the summer season from June to August. If your Snowmass getaway will fall during peak tourism time, booking ahead will ensure you get the best deals and avoid disappointment.
Avoid the Crowds
If you’d prefer to visit Snowmass during a time when you’ll find more solitude, consider traveling to Snowmass during the shoulder season. The ski season tends to run from Thanksgiving to mid-April, so planning an early or late ski trip will result in fewer crowds. Snowmass is also beautiful during the fall, with mid-September to mid-October seeing beautiful fall foliage and warm enough weather to still hit the hiking and biking trails.
Plan Your Route
Skiing and snowboarding in Snowmass are epic not only for the pristine conditions but because one lift ticket gives you access to four different mountains. Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Mountain, and Aspen Highlands all offer terrain that can be explored when you ski in Snowmass. But with this much terrain to cover, planning your route ahead of time will ensure you end up on runs right for your skill level. Snowmass and Buttermilk are considered the most family-friendly and beginner-friendly, with almost half of the trails rated as blue (intermediate) runs and plenty of green (beginner) runs as well. In contrast, Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands do not offer beginner runs and are better suited for more experienced skiers and snowboarders.
Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) is the closest airport serving the Snowmass community, with a complimentary Timberline airport shuttle. RFTA buses offer free transportation between Snowmass and Aspen, and the Village Shuttle also operates within Snowmass Village for free.
Where to Stay During Snowmass Travel
Mountain condos in Snowmass offer the ideal location near ski lifts and trails, along with all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. Timberline Condominiums are a comfortable home base for your Snowmass getaway. Contact our friendly team for more tips on traveling to Snowmass or book your condo online today!