When it comes to exploring the great outdoors, there is no better place to visit than Snowmass. This Colorado destination is typically known for exhilarating skiing conditions making for some of the best treks down the slopes. Snowmass also has an abundance of natural attractions that are simply a delight to see in person. Here are some of our favorite natural Snowmass attractions:
We highly recommend you bring your camera (or simply your phone nowadays) when visiting Snowmass and its many natural attractions. One of the most photographed attractions in the country is right here in Snowmass, the Maroon Bells. This natural attraction is the combination of Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, which make up the Elk Mountains found just outside of town. The scenery these two peaks provide is simply unreal. These mountains get their maroon color from the mudstone that hardened into the rock now found here. In fact, it took millions of years for this mudstone to appear the way it is now. Your typical terrain surrounds the Maroon Bells, but the drive up features a beautiful display of wildflowers.
Over the years the popularity of Maroon Bells has ballooned; we currently receive over 300,000 visitors to the Maroon Bells each summer. Outdoor adventurers can also enjoy the many trails that surround the area. Only experienced hikers are recommended, as many of the trails are steep and difficult. Do not pass up on visiting this highly popular natural attraction found just outside Snowmass!
Nestled in between the Maroon Bells is the natural beauty of Maroon Lake. This incredible lake is the end result of water building in the area for millions of years, leaving behind this crystal blue lake. Maroon Lake is classified as an alpine lake due to the water forming from snowmelt. The water is so clear that a mirror image of the Maroon Bells can be seen when visiting. The local pine trees and other flora will change color with the seasons, giving you a different view each time you visit. We highly recommend visiting this area during the autumn season as the golden hue of the leaves will reflect off the water.
There are plenty of hiking trails surrounding the lake. Maroon Lake Scenic Trail takes you on a mile-long trek around the lake that is easy to traverse. For a longer trail, check out Maroon Creek Trail, which is 3.2 miles in length. Rocky slopes and aspen forests can be seen all around you. These trails are a great way to observe the local wildlife that frequents the lake. Local wildlife includes red foxes, mule deer, bighorn sheep, porcupines, and a multitude of local birds. Between the twin peaks and lake, a visit to the Maroon Bells area is a must during your stay in Snowmass.
If you book a rental car during your stay in Snowmass, you will have access to the many incredible attractions found just outside the city limits. Independence Pass is one such place that actually encompasses several natural attractions for incredible sightseeing. Independence Pass is a part of the Rockies Colorado Scenic Byway and the Continental Divide. The windy roads will lead you to popular sights including the Grottos Ice Caves and Devil’s Punch Bowl.
The Grottos Ice Caves are exactly as they sound: a connection of long caverns that feature frozen pools of water. When traveling down Independence Pass, you will find a marked area for the Grottos Day Use Area. Visitors will see how millions of years of water have shaped these incredible caverns. Hikers can explore them too; just be careful during the winter. The Devil’s Punch Bowl is the complete opposite of the Grottos Ice Caves. Instead, you will find it to be a beautiful natural swimming hole that is best enjoyed during the summer. The Devil’s Punch Bowl can also be accessed from Grottos Day Use Area around mile marker 51. Expect a 20-foot plunge when jumping from the side of the “bowl” that all cliff jumpers will enjoy. The area is surrounded by large boulders and local flora such as pine trees and more. Please exercise caution when choosing to jump into the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
More Natural Snowmass Attractions
As you can see, there are a variety of natural attractions waiting for you when visiting Snowmass. Make the most of your journey by reserving one of our vacation rentals in the area. You will be closer than ever to these incredible natural attractions!
Right about now, you’re probably in need of some solitude, silence, and the peacefulness that spending time in a Rocky Mountain river or stream can provide. Aspen Snowmass is located in the Roaring Fork Valley, which is home to two stretches of “gold medal”-rated water. One of those streches is on the Roaring Fork River between Hallam Lake in Aspen and the Upper Woody Creek Bridge; the second is at the confluence of the Crystal River and Roarking Fork River. However, the entire valley and subsequent confluence river valleys: the Crystal River and Frying Pan River are a true haven for fly fishing aficionados.
If you’re new to fly fishing, the Roaring Fork River is an equally exellent spot to visit, with myriad outfitters available that can provide lessons and all your equipment needs. One of our favorites is Aspen Outfitting Co. located in Woody Creek. The concierge desk at the Timberline can help arrange all the details of your Aspen Snowmass fly fishing trip.
General Information about Fly Fishing
Fly fishing is a type of angling that requires both unique tackle and methods. An angler uses a long fly rod to cast a specially weighted opaque line that is tapered down to clear monofilament, to which an artificial lure known as a “fly” is affixed at the end. Flies are made of materials such as animal hair, feathers, string, and beads. They are “tied” in thousands of different patterns and sizes to represent insects and small batfish. An angler casts the fly line across the water, allowing the fly to fall and float with the current near a hungry fish. This sport is all about imitating nature, and when an angler matches the right fly with the proper presentation they will certainly be rewarded with a fish!
Species of fish can you find in our area include:
Rainbow Trout are primarily silver bodied with pink and green accents and irregular black spots. These fish can grow to be quite large, with local anglers reporting catches over 24″ long!
Brown Trout are known for their beautiful colors as well as aggressive nature. They have brown and gold bodies with bright pink spots and put up an extreme fight on the end of a line.
Brook Trout are a smaller variety of trout that are usually found in small high mountain streams. Averaging 2 lbs. or less, their unique markings along their back and head make them easy to spot in crystal clear water.
Cutthroat Trout are the prize of alpine lakes and offer a reward for an angler after a hike to higher altitudes. Their most identifying feature–and namesake–is a bright red band that runs along their gills. These fish can grow extremely large and are highly sought after by avid fly fishermen in the West.
Mountain Whitefish frequent lower sections of the Roaring Fork and Crystal Rivers and offer an exciting fight for an unsuspecting angler. They have long silver bodies, small mouths and can live up to 18 years!
Anglers young and old can enjoy this year-round sport, which serves as a relaxing pastime as well as an exciting opportunity to catch beautiful fish amongst a Rocky Mountain backdrop. The Roaring Fork Valley is home to several renowned fisheries and offer a fly-fishing experience like no other. Some sections of both the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers have even earned the Gold Medal Water” designation by the Colorado Wildlife Commission. These are designating areas for superior trout fisheries.
Here are some other areas where you can enjoy fly fishing:
Roaring Fork River
Is a wild freestone river flowing from its beginnings high up Independence Pass all the way down to its confluence with the Colorado River down in Glenwood Springs. The flows of this river change with the seasons based on snowmelt and rainfall, but its trout population thrives due to plenty of aquatic insects and cool water flowing in from its tributaries.
Is renowned across the United States for its ample fish populations, beautiful scenery, and sizable fish. Much of it is rated Gold Medal Water, where you can find various species, Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat Trout. The Fryingpan River is between Ruedi Reservoir and the confluence with Roaring Fork River and features some of the best dry fly fishing in the country.
Flows along HWY 133 into the town of Carbondale and can offer respite from busy rivers during the summer season. Fish here live more remote and thus more willing to take a fly when their neighbors on the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan are seeing more angling pressure.
Is located 15 minutes away from Snowmass in the surrounding of Maroon Bells. It is possible to catch a small rainbow and brook trout in a beautiful setting.
You must hike there by the Maroon-Snowmass trail. The views are amazing, especially in late summer. Cutthroat and rainbow trout may be found in the lake.
This lake is located a short drive up Independence Pass, features a short hike, and is stocked with rainbow trout.
Cathedral Lake and American Lake
The hikes to these lakes wind steeply through aspen groves and along with scree fields. Those willing to carry fishing tackle up to the lakes will be rewarded with some of the largest cutthroat trout in the area.
Located around 17 miles from Snowmass, at the Independence Pass (elevation 12.520 feet). At high elevation, there is a problem with food, so usually, fish gobble whatever you offer.
Aspen Snowmass is home to four large world-class ski resorts, but the towns have so much more to offer than just winter sports. Whether you are looking to relax with some fireside smores or the exhilarating rush of the alpine coaster, we have the perfect activity. Some experiences like events and concerts may not be available or look very different in 2021. However, there is still a laundry list of safe and enjoyable winter activities to be had.
1. Four Mountains – One Lift Ticket
One of the biggest perks of planning your Ski Trip to the Aspen / Snowmass area is that one lift ticket gets you access to all four of the areas World Class Mountains. All within a few miles of each other. Enjoy access to Snowmass, Aspen, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk.
Learn more about four mountains for the price of one lift ticket.
Get ready for one of the newest and most exciting attractions in the Aspen Snowmass ski area. The new Alpine Coaster, Breathtaker, is located in the Elk Camp area, where guests will now enjoy an exhilarating 7-9 minute ride reaching speeds of 28 mph / 45 km.
Learn More about the Alpine Coaster Breathtaker.
Offering 60 miles of free cross-country and Nordic skiing, the Roaring Fork Valley is a paradise for those who love to glide on perfectly groomed trails. Explore pristine beauty at the North Star Nature preserve or take a lap or two with your furry best friend at Aspen Golf Course’s Bernese Boulevard or Snowmass’ Labrador Lane. Every strip of xc skier can find something, including gear rentals and lessons. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even ski from Aspen to Basalt along the Rio Grande’s groomed path–depending on the season’s snowfall.
Learn more about the Aspen Snowmass Nordic System.
The Elk Camp Meadows has been home to multi-lane, lift-accessed snow tubing at Aspen Snowmass. Combine this exhilarating activity, and the whole family will love with a couple of laps on the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster.
Learn more about Snow Tubing at Elk Camp.
5. Alpine Cuisine at The Edge
Chef Jason DeBacker’s German background influences an Alpine-Inspired menu that will delight your taste buds. We invite our guests to savor our fondue with cuts of baked bread, fresh green apples and sausage, homemade German-style wursts, and our signature schnitzel. The edge offers apres ski, with 2 for 1 offering on Cocktails, beer, and wine from 4 – 5:30 pm.
Note: Dine-in service might be limited, but we expect to offer take-out and possibly in-unit delivery for guests and owners at The Timberline.
Learn more about The Edge restaurant and bar.
6. Free S’mores in Snowmass
Relax by the campfire with delicious smores. Finish your epic day of winter activities at Base Village of Snowmass’s smore. Make a classic version of a delightful treat at carts located by the fire pits.
Enjoy Free Smores in Snowmass.
7. World-Class Shopping in Aspen Snowmass
Aspen and Snowmass offer a variety of creative and interesting shops. Many of these shops feature designers you know well, while others provide a unique shopping experience. So, whether you are shopping in Aspen / Snowmass for a memento of your visit or a unique item, you will not be disappointed.
Learn more about world-class Aspen / Snowmass shopping.
8. Enjoy World-Class Spa
9. Admire Maroon Bells covered with the snow
Get on the snowmobile and spend fabulous time on the tour, when you can admire amazing Maroon Bells.
10. Romantic Snowcat Dinners
For those looking for a romantic holiday experience, an on-mountain dinner at Snowmass’ Lynn Britt or Aspen Highlands’ Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro is a must. You and your special someone will be whisked via snowcat to these charming mountain dining cabins, where you’ll be treated to a five-star meal and a world-class wine list. En route to or from your dinner, you can enjoy stunning mountain sunsets and starlit winter skies. Advanced reservations are required, and availability is limited.
The Roaring Fork Valley, home to Aspen and Snowmass, is now designated an IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center, one of only 7 in the world and the only Gold-Level Ride Center in Colorado. Beginners to extreme-seeking experts can find their slice of mountain biking paradise in the Aspen Snomwass area.
Here are some of our favorites in each category.
Aspen Snowmass Beginner Mountain Biking
Verde Trail at Snowmass Bike Park
Snowmass Bike Park’s beginner skills areas and green trail, Verde, are excellent and fun options for first-timer’s and beginners. We recommend renting all the protective gear and taking a lesson before venturing into lift-accessed downhill mountain biking. Verde is a gentle, flowy beginner trail that starts from the Elk Camp Gondola and descends to the Base Village.
If you’re looking for non-lift assisted beginner mountain biking, Lincoln Creek Road is wide, easy, albeit bumpy, jeep road perfect for newbies looking to practice their skills and build confidence–not to mention the views from Grizzly Reservoir (11 miles from Highway 82) are amazing.
Aspen Snowmass Intermediate – Advanced Intermediate Mountain Biking
Sky Mountain Park
This 2,500-acre area, which can be accessed from Aspen or Snowmass, features an incredible and scenic network of flowy, purpose-built trails. From Aspen, you’ll want to connect to Airline Trail or ride Highway 82 or the Rio Grande to the Brush Creek Park & Ride to connect to Cozyline. From Snowmass, you can park in the Tom Blake parking lot or Rodeo parking lot to access High Line. Deadline, in particular, is a favorite among intermediates who like the option to get a little air and speed. This is an excellent wildlife spotting area, with elk, deer, grouse, and various birds of prey often within sight. The views are also spectacular, as you can see Mount Sopris, Basalt Mountain, Mt. Daily, Snowmass, and Independence Pass all in one ride.
Rim Trail is a singletrack trail with great flow making for a great ride. This ride has a smooth surface and well-rounded switchbacks. South to North is the recommended direction of travel for this ride. Park at the Rodeo Lot and Hop on the village bus with your bike (there are racks on the bus) and get off at Sinclair Road. You’ll see the trailhead from the parking lot.
Aspen Snowmass Advanced – Expert Mountain Biking
Smuggler-Hunter Creek Loop
This popular and long-time intermediate-to-advanced ride commences with a somewhat challenging 30-40-minute climb (depending on fitness) up the 1.5-mile Smuggler Mountain Road. From the trail sign, you have options to continue climbing BTS (Behind the Sign) to Lollipop or Tootsie Roll or you can take the more direct route to the main Hunter Creek Trail. As you descend, there are options to add on and customize your loop with Idaho Shaft (or the new Idaho Shaft cutoff) to the Hunter Creek Valley trails. For an even longer loop, you can ascend up Red Mountain Road to access Upper Plunge and Hummingbird. No matter which route you choose, you’ll cap off your ride with a smooth single track along the babbling (and sometimes rushing) Hunter Creek, through aspen groves and next to minging-era cabins.
A challenge-seeker’s haven, Government Trail provides one of the area’s top single-track experiences. This 6.5-mile trail begins from the eastern flanks of Snowmass ski resort to the eastern, or Tiehack, side of the Buttermilk ski resort. The trail roller-coasters through aspen groves and thrilling single-track, ending just outside of Aspen. Most riders prefer the Snowmass to Buttermilk, but it’s possible to ride the trail from Buttermilk to Snowmass, which is called Reverse Government and features a bit more climbing.
For a quicker taste of Government, many local bikers will ride up a cat-track road from the Tiehack chairlift all the way to The Cliffhouse Lodge. From here, enjoy one of the best views of Pyramid Peak (a 14er) and flowy single track on Bandit Trail until it meets up with Government about 1/3 of the way down.
Snowmass Expert Mountain Biking Trails
Banzai, an expert only trail located on Snomwass ski resort, is “steep and rocky with tight, loose tuns and multiple drops,” according to MTB Project. Other pucker-worthy trails include Valhalla, Trail 9 and Gonzo, a double black jump trail.
When it comes to wildflower hikes, few places can compare with Aspen Snowmass. The snow-capped Elk Mountains combined with alpine meadows and streamsides awash in brillant color is truly stunning. Whether you’re a seasoned wildflower hunter or just starting out on your floriculture journey, the Aspen Snowmass area has a trail, route or tour that will help you get up close and personal to these beauties.
If you’re looking for a guided experience, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies offers a daily Wildflower Walk in Snowmass at 10 a.m. as well as a variety of guided hikes that can provide wildflower encounters. You can even hire a naturalist guide and let them know what sort of wildflower hiking experience you’re after. If you’re planning on finding wildflowers on your own, which is totally doable and fun, we recommend downloading the AllTrails smartphone app. This app shows all the nearby trails nearby, as well as trail maps, length, difficulty, time, accessibility and if pets are allowed or not.
#1 – Wild Geranium
Wild geranium grows from thick rhizomes that are close to the soil. A single plant can produce a clump of 2 to 3 feet (60 to 100 centimeters) in diameter. The plant is rose-purple and 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 to 4 centimeters). The best time to see wild geranium is between April and July. The best opportunity to see that lovely flower is by hiking the Vista Trail located by the Base Village in Snowmass, it is a 4.2 mile out and back and considered as a moderate trail. You will gain elevation of 1,345 feet, time to finish the trail should take around 2 hours.
#2 – Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush is also called a painted cup. The name Castilleja comes from Spanish botanist Domingo Castillejo and coccinea, which means red, referring to the red bracts that the flower has. The red color is hard to see for insects, but this one is adapted for pollination by hummingbirds. Hummingbirds have long bills that allow them to reach the nectar from the flower.
#3 – Bush Sunflowers
Bush sunflowers heads are from 1.0 to 2.5 inches in diameter. They like to be on dry hillsides. Sunflowers are blooming from June to August. The best area to see those species is on Sunnyside Trail (pictured below) in Aspen. It is 10.8-miles long, located near to Cemetery Lane in Aspen. It takes around 6 hours to complete the loop of the trail. Sunnyside trail is considered a hard trail. You gain 2,683 feet of elevation. The best time to explore this trail is between April and October, but you should start in the morning because there is no shade.
#4 – Colorado Columbine
Colorado Columbine is the state flower and a beauty to behold. This pretty flower can be white, violet, and lavender or blue petals. “The common name “columbine” is from the Latin word for dove and refers to a supposed resemblance of the buds or flowers to groups of doves.”
#5 – Fairy Slippers
Fairy Slipper is calypso orchid, which is typically from 3 to 5 inches (10-14 centimeters). They are pink flowers which you can find on mountain trails from late March until May or June. The flowers live no more than five years. The best area to see Colorado Columbine and Fairly Slipper is Hunter Creek Trail (pictured below) in Aspen. The trailhead is located in the north part of the city. The trail runs through the forest and the Hunter Creek river. As you go along, you will surely admire the beauty of nature. There are two options to hike this trail. First, Lower Hunter Creek, which is a 1.7-mile out and back, which will take you around 1.5 hours. You will gain 456 feet elevation over there, which makes it an easy hike. The other option is North Hunter Creek, an 8.9 mile. The elevation gain is 1,040 feet and it will take around 4 hours.
#6 – Early Meadow Rue
Early Meadow Rue rise from 8 to 28 inches (20-70 cm); flowers have four purple to greenish-white sepals that drop off before fruits are formed. You can find this flower in north-facing slopes or rocky areas. It blooms in early spring April-May, and fruits appear one month later. It stays green throughout the summer.
#7 – Green Gentian (Monument Plant)
Green Gentian is a tall flower stalk, and they’re special plants because they’re a monocarpic, i.e. grow for many years, flowers once, then dies. The Green Gentian attracts our attention because delicate beautiful white flowers erupt from a large basal rosette of leave. Usually they are found in clusters. If you look carefully around a flowering stalk, you can spot younger plants.
To spot these species, head up American or Cathedral Lake (pictured below). American Lake Trail is a 6.0-mile out and back hike, located near Aspen. The elevation gain is 2,020 feet. It is a steep hike which takes you around 4 hours round way. Cathedral Lake is a 5.3-mile out and back trail, where you gain 2,073 feet of elevation. It will take you around 4 hours both ways as well. Hikes are through the forest and open areas full of Aspen trees; you can enjoy the beauty of nature during the walk, and then on end, fantastic lakes are waiting for you. The views are priceless and worth it. Maybe it is not the best for beginners, but when you have already done some hikes in the Snowmass/ Aspen area, then you should explore this one! You need a car to get to the trailhead. It is a 20 minutes ride from downtown Aspen.
#8 – Lupine
Lupine is a pretty blooming flower with divided leaves. It can be from 1 to 3 feet tall. It has at least 11 varieties. You can see the lupine between May and September.
The best opportunity to see Lupine will be on Government Tail in Snowmass. The trailhead is located 2 min far away from the Timberline Condominiums. The trail is 3-mile-long both ways, elevation what you gain is 721 feet, and it takes around 1,5 hours to make a loop. It’s an easy hike.
- Carry at least two water bottles. High altitude and exercise can make you dehydrated quicker than usual.
- Put on sunscreen; the sun is bright and strong here.
- Bring some snacks; protein bars, fruits, and whatever you like. Some hikes can take longer than you expect to finish.
- Wear good hiking shoes. Hikes can often seem to be easy but gradually get harder as you climb in elevation.
- Take some extra layers. Often with hikes that gain a lot of elevation, it can get cold as you climb. Afternoon rain can come in very quickly as well.
- Bring sunglasses and a hat.
It’s almost summertime, and that means the return of many beautiful wild animals to the Aspen Snowmass area. The wildlife in Colorado includes so many species, such as: elk, deer, birds of prey, marmots, moose, and bear.
Here is a list of some native Aspen Snowmass animals you may see during your visit to our piece of paradise. Wildlife can be a hazard on some rare occasions, so we included some tips to keep you and our wildlife safe.
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Naturalist Tours provide guided hikes and walks in wildlife habitat. Consider booking a tour with them to learn more and increase the likeliness of seeing these animals in person.
They are the most popular wildlife in Colorado. Elk live in large herds, which sometimes number in the hundreds, and eat plants and grasses. Did you know that males only have antlers? On average, Elk weigh between 500 to 700lb. There are more than 280,000 elk in Colorado. They are typically found in mountain valley meadows. While taking photos, remember to keep a safe distance.
The Colorado Encyclopedia says that The Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep are one of four native species of North America. The average weight is between 100 to 300lb. Males use curled horns for defense and foraging, while females have smaller, thin horns. Bighorn Sheep are great climbers because of their rubber-like hooves. During the summer, you can find them in higher elevation when it becomes colder; they move towards a lower elevation.
Beavers are a Colorado native. They play a crucial role in the environment, as they are animal architects of dams, canals, and lodges. Their dams improve water quality, groundwater recharge, and slow the flow of water through a stream. According to the Adirondack Ecological Center, one beaver can remove about 140 chips of wood from a tree in one day. Beavers live in a colony and work together to build their dams and lodges. They eat trees and flowers; they don’t eat fish which is a common misconception! Beavers can live up to 20 years and weigh between 45 to 60lb.
This big beautiful bird of prey boasts a wing span of approximately 7 feet and they stand about 3 feet tall. Usually, females are larger than males. On average, females weigh 13lb, while males weigh 9lb. Eagles eat small and medium-size animals like hares, ground squirrels, and rabbits. The symbolic message of seeing the Golden Eagle is to expand your limits and to look at things from a different perspective. Eagles represent truth, strength, courage, and power.
These giant, social ground squirrels are active during the summer because they hibernate underground during winter. On average, they stand about 17 to 28 inches high and weigh between 4.4 to 24lb. Marmots live in burrows. Generally, they eat greens: grasses, roots, and flowers.
These large hawks have slender bodies with long, narrow wings and long legs. When you see them from below, their wings are shaped like the letter “M.” Osprey’s upper bodies are brown, while their under bellies are white. The head is white with a broad brown stripe through the eye. They subsist on a diet of fish namely, and hunt by circling high in the sky over relatively shallow water.
The Cutthroat is the Centennial state fish, as it is the only trout that is native to Colorado. Cutthroat trout can live up to 12 years and survive on insects, small fish, and fish eggs. The Aspen Snowmass’ area rivers, the Roaring Fork River, Frying Pan and Crystal River are veritable haven for Cutthroat trout fly fishing. Experience these beauties up close and personal and book a guided fly fishing tour this summer.
Generally, in Colorado, mule deer are present during from their calving month, June, to mid-to-late November. Usually, females produce twins. Just males grow antlers, which shed and re-grow annually and increase in size as the animal mature. During the summer, they habitate at higher elevation. As the season becomes colder and winter approaches, they descend to lower elevation.
Bears live 20-25 years in the wild. On average, they are 3 feet tall on all fours. Their average weight is up to 275 pounds, but some males can weigh over 600 lbs. Bears eat berries, grasses, fruit, nuts, as well as whatever animal-based protein they come across. They quickly climb trees and are fast runners on the ground. Bears can be found mostly in oak areas and aspen groves in the valleys and in the mountains, but typically below treeline. They hibernate from November to May.
- Never feed bears.
- You should put your garbage in bear-proof containers.
- Always lock dumpster lids.
- Turn off and clean BBQ grills after use.
- Keep pet food inside.
- Clean up all fallen food after your picnic.
Weighing 800 to 1,200lbs, Moose are very large. Bull moose can have up to 5-foot-wide antler span, which they shed in early winter and re-grown each year. The size of antlers increases each year, and they often live up to 20 years. Moose can be found in mountainous and pine, as well as aspen grove habitats.
- Don’t come close to moose, admire them from a significant distance.
- Don’t let your dog get close to a moose.
Mountain Lions are the Colorado species that require very cautious behavior if you run into them in the wild. These large felines are the largest in North America, and also known as a puma, cougar or panther. Their large, wide paws and camouflage-like coloring allow them to sneak up on their prey. Males can be eight feet long and weigh around 150 pounds.
- Don’t leave any food outside.
- Supervise children and pets when they are outside.
- If you see one, make a lot of noise and make yourself look as big as possible.
Weighing 30 to 40 lbs, these canine-like creatures look like small wolves. Coyotes are grayish to reddish-brown and live about 20 years. They eat plants and meat. They are hunters looking for birds, eggs, rabbits, and even livestock and domestic pets.
- Keep your dogs on a leash; don’t let them interact with coyotes.
- Use extra caution at dusk or dawn.
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The Timberline’s spacious condominiums feature fully equipped kitchens, and many more home-away-from comforts. In addition, our concierge service can arrange grocery delivery service. Learn more about our extensive cleaning standards, as well as our flexible 24-hour summer & fall cancellation policy.
Are you planning a summer vacation or a getaway weekend to relaxing destinations? Perfect! The Timberline Condominiums, located in Snowmass Village, Colorado, has a lot to offer to make your trip a memorable experience for you and the family.
Four mountains around Aspen/ Snowmass Village have a lot of fabulous hiking and biking trails. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or advanced biker/hiker. The Rockies offer various levels of trails.
Our property is located on the slop side of the Snowmass mountain. The location is lovely to admire the beauty of the Rockies. You are in the mountains, and you will be able to experience looking at gorgeous sunrise and sunset with a mountain view.
We have 83 beautiful condominiums that each one has an original design due to different ownership. Our condominiums are all beautiful and vary in size. We offer a studio condo, one, two- and three-bedroom condos. We also have units that feature a large loft. All condos are spacious, and most feature a large living room and sofa bed, please contact us for details.
There is also a fully equipped kitchen for you to cook your meals. However, you must try having dinner at our restaurant, The Edge, featuring Alpine cuisine. Our goal is to make sure that we provide the best customer service and that you enjoy your trip to Snowmass, Colorado.
The Timberline Condominiums offers a free airport shuttle and will give you a ride anywhere in Snowmass Village. Our guests always comment that this service is so convenient. You can get here also by car; it is about three and a half hours from Downtown Denver (around 200 miles). During the summer, you can drive through Highway I-70 or by Independence Pass.
If you need more assistant, please contact us at 970.923.4000, and we will be happy to answer all your questions. Our goal is to make sure that we provide the best customer service and that you enjoy your trip to Snowmass, Colorado.
Enjoy one of our signature dishes from Snowmass, Colorado’s Edge restaurant at home.
Unfortunately, the 2020 ski season skiing season ended sooner than we expected and everyone misses the alpine environment. Nonetheless, our restaurant will be opening for the summer. Once we open we can all enjoy delicious meals prepared by chef Jason with fantastic views of the Rocky Mountains. In the meantime, you can make and enjoy some of our featured dishes at home.
One of our most popular dishes at the Edge is Cheese Fondue.
The way our chef prepares the Cheese Fondue at the Edge Restaurant is easy and fun. The best part of cooking Cheese Fondue is that everyone around can join, cook, and have fun. It could be a socializing event that brings a great atmosphere of being together.
This dish originally comes from Switzerland, and preparing this at home gives you the chance to explore a part of Swiss culture with family, friends, and roommates.
Here are some tips from our chef for your fondue at home:
- Use good quality cheese.
- For original Swiss fondue use a mix of traditional, firm mountain-style cheese.
- Make the fondue mix like butter.
- Grate the cheese for quicker melting.
- Toss the cheese with cornstarch. This helps the fondue cheese from clumping.
- Use good white wine like Sauvignon Blanc. It will help to keep the cheese smooth.
What is the best for cheese fondue skewers?
- Cherry tomatoes
- Roasted potatoes
Choosing the proper pot for fondue provides better testing. Here are options of pots for fondue:
Here is the recipe with all ingredients and the steps for preparing
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You’ve missed your annual Spring Break ski trip to Snowmass, and we know how you’re feeling. You’re craving the crisp mountain air in your face, the soft, light snow under your skis and that warm Colorado sunshine while you enjoy a beer at Ranger Station or on Venga Venga’s deck. Staying indoors right now is not all bad, though. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the good times and be present with your family and fellow isolation mates. Here are some ideas, compiled by your fellow skiers and riders at The Timberline, to stay inspired.
1. Organize your Aspen Snowmass ski vacation photos
Whether you’re looking for a printed album or book or a digital option, there are some great providers out there. A great way to commemorate your collection of Aspen Snowmass memories is with a coffee table photo book. We like Shutterfly.com, and right now they’re offering 50% off all of their photo printing services, including photo books. You can also opt to simply print out all the digital photos you took on your phone and make your own DIY album with materials from your favorite arts & crafts providers. This could be a great project to do with the kids, and make for a lovely Mother’s Day (May 10) gift. Hobby Lobby and Amazon.com have some great scrapbooking kits that could make your DIY project pop.
Alternatively, if you’re more techy, a digital frame like Aura Frames is a great way to organize your ski vacation photos. For $199, which includes the frame and network access, you can send 100 000+ photos from your phone to any digital picture frame in your Aura network with unlimited cloud storage at zero additional cost.
2. Watch Your Favorite Ski Movies
Get excited for the 2020-21 Aspen Snowmass Ski Season by watching classic ski and snowboard movies. Here are some of our favorites:
- Dumb and Dumber (Aspen Classic)
- Aspen Extreme
- Hot Dog
- Eddy the Eagle
- The Spy Who Loved Me
- Ski Patrol
- Ski School
- Out Cold
- Warren Miller Films
3. Connect with your friends virtually + use Snowmass-themed backgrounds
We can’t meet in person, but nowadays with developing technology, we can virtually meet. Zoom meetings and the House Party app are good ways to do this! Right click on each image and then click “Save Image As.”
How to save these photos as a Zoom background:
- Click on a photo (which will launch the high-resolution version in a new tab)
- Right-click and select Save Image As.
How to add to Zoom (via Zoom Help Center):
- Go to Zoom Preferences
- Virtual Background
- Next to ‘Choose a virtual background’ click on the +
- Upload one of the below images.
Note: To use a Zoom virtual background without a green screen, your Mac OS version needs to be 10.13 or higher and your processor must be an Intel Core i7 with a quad-core or better.
4. Stretch Those Ski Muscles and Relax Your Mind with Yoga & Meditation
Yoga and meditation will help you to decrease anxiety and stress levels during these uncertain times, retain strength and fitness for mountain adventures, and prep you for Snowmass’ upcoming summer yoga event: Drishti Fest Yoga & Music. If you’re new to meditation, try the Headspace smartphone app. You can earn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with their free Basics course. For online yoga classes and recordings, check out Gaia, available on Amazon Prime, or check out the YouTube Channel of your local studio. Many are offering free recordings and access to live streams.
5. Explore a New Hobby
Perhaps you’ve been harboring a desire to learn a new hobby. You may find yourself with extra time right now to take advantage. With hundreds of DIY videos and online delivery services, you can tackle a crocheted winter sweater, scarf or hat or a needle point pillow of your favorite Aspen Snowmass mountainscape.
6. Play Ski-Themed Games
If you have other people in the house, play games with them. If, there are many websites to play games online with others!
7. Read a Book
Now is the time to dust off those books on the shelves and read them. There is some inspiration for books on mountains: “Double Take a Memoir”- Kevin Michael Connolly or “To the Summit” – Margo Chisholm and Ray Bruce.
8. Learn to Cook Your Favorite Alpine Fare
Develop your cooking skills, spend time with your roommates or family and enjoy delicious homemade food. You can get inspired by our restaurant, The Edge where we have dishes of Alpine Cuisine and influenced by German taste.
- German recipes –https://www.brit.co/traditional-german-foods/
- Alpine recipes – https://throneandvine.com/alpine-recipes-cookbook/
Aspen Snowmass is truly a top destination for families looking to spend their Spring Break skiing and enjoying the snowy Colorado mountains. In addition to the slopes, Aspen Snowmass offers families a laundry list of adventurous, fun activities and signature events. Because Spring Break falls on different weeks throughout the month of March, Aspen Snowmass, the city of Aspen and Snowmass Village schedule a multitude of events to keep everyone in your clan grinning from ear-to-ear.
Let’s dive in.
Aspen Snowmass Snowsports School for Kids
March at Aspen Snowmass is an exceptional time to teach your little ones to ski or snowboard. The days are warmer and the sun shines brightly. Just don’t forget the sunscreen! Aspen Snowmass offers an award-winning snowsports school for children, with home bases at The Treehouse at Snowmass and The Hideout at Buttermilk.
The learning program at The Hideout is designed for ages two to four and five to six. When it’s time to come inside and take a break, the fun doesn’t stop at The Hideout, which features an indoor interactive jungle gym, kid-friendly cafeteria, rentals and ski school check-in. The Treehouse at Snowmass provides a similar facility in Snowmass Base Village, but maybe the preferred option if you’re looking for childcare for children not enrolled in the snowsports school or too young to enter the program. The Treehouse offers state-licensed childcare for infants, toddlers, and children up to age four.
Non-Skiing Activities for the Whole Family
Snow Tubing + Breathtaker Coaster at Snowmass Elk Camp
The young and young at heart can curb their need for speed on one or both of Elk Camp’s winter attractions. Zoom down one of the many, well-lit lanes at Snowmass snow tubing hill. This thrilling activity will have you clamoring for your next joy ride. The one caveat? Kiddos must be 38” tall to ride. One person per tube, please.
Feel the wind in your face and watch the snow-covered trees wiz by on the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster. We mean wind, too. This zippy two-person alpine coaster reaches exciting speeds of 28 MPH, but a hand brake allows you to temper the speeds to your and your kiddos preference.
Krabloonik Dog Sled Experience at Snowmass
If you’re taking a day off the slopes and looking for an exhilarating and unique Snowmass experience, look no further than Krabloonik. For over an hour, dog-powered sleds twist and wind through Snowmass backcountry, not far from the Village of Snowmass. Each sled, which can carry two adults and a small child, is towed by 8-10 Alaskan husky-mix sled dogs and guided by an experienced musher. Krabloonik dogs are born, bred, and trained to run. They love the adventure just as much as you will. Options include a 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 4 p.m. twilight ride.
Ice Skating at Snowmass Base Village
Daily, from noon to 9 p.m., treat the whole brood to FREE ice skating at Snowmass’ Ice Rink, located adjacent to The Collective, which is also worth a pop-in. Both skating and rentals are free, again, that’s free. When it’s time for a break, hot chocolate and other tasty treats are within reach at the nearby vendor cart.
Top Family-Friendly Spring Events in Aspen Snowmass
Ullr Nights’ at Snowmass’ Elk Camp
Every Friday through the end of March, Snowmass’ Elk Camp is aglo in wintery celebrations designed for the whole family. Children will appreciate the s’mores bonfire, activities, including the aforementioned snow tubing and Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, and a climbing wall. Meanwhile, the adults in the family will revel in the awesome live music, specialty drinks, and incredible farm-to-table meal. The starlit (or moonlit) gondola ride to and from Ullr Nights completes this magical evening.
If you have an aspiring terrain park skier or rider in the mix and happen to be in town March 21, 2020, then a visit to downtown Aspen to watch the KickAspen big air competition is a must. Pro- and semi-pro big air and slopestyle skiers and snowboarders descend on Aspen Snowmass for their shot at glory. Typically, this event is held on Little Annie’s run at the base of Aspen Mountain (next to the Silver Queen Gondola Plaza), but the location is TBD at the moment;
Family-Friendly Dining at Aspen Snowmass
Kid’s Menu at The Edge
Offering ski in ski out access and an awesome, not-your-standard kid’s menu, The Edge, an Alpine restaurant, will please parents and youngsters alike. German mac n’ cheese, kid’s sausage, kid’s schnitzel, chicken tenders and a cheeseburger are a few of The Edge’s kid-approved items.
Happy Hour at Limelight Aspen or Limelight Snowmass
Daily from 3:00-7:00 p.m. enjoy live music and happy hour specials the whole gang will love. At both the Limelight Aspen and Limelight Snowmass dig into discounts like buy one wood-fired pizza, get one half off, free cookies, $4 draft beers and much more.
Ryno’s Pizza & Arcade in Downtown Aspen
Everyone will love dining at Aspen’s only arcade for entertainment with shuffleboard, pinball, foosball, and video games. When it’s time to refuel, Ryno’s famed pies will hit the spot without hurting the wallet. From 3:30-5:30 p.m., deals include $20 large one topping pizza with pitcher of Miller High Life or $25 specialty pizza with a pitcher of Miller High Life. A list of 45 beers, 10 on draft, ensures adults will leave happy, too. A great reason to take advantage of the free skier shuttle bus system that connects the downtown Aspen core with all four ski areas.
CP Burger, Shakes & Skates in Downtown Aspen
Serving specialty burgers, fries, and homemade shakes (also boozy concoctions for the parents), CP Burger is a great spot for classic American comfort food. It’s also a top locale for adding a side of ice skating to your order, as the restaurant abuts the in-town, outdoor ice rink. Rentals are available onsite.
Start Planning Your Spring Break Family Ski Trip
The Timberline offers incredible ski in ski out access in our spacious condominiums, perfect for families seeking home-away-from comforts. In addition, The Timberline provides onsite resort amenities like the award-winning Edge restaurant and a slopeside pool and hot tub which make your Spring Break family ski trip a cinch.