If you need a getaway with your sweetie that includes a breath of fresh mountain air, look no further than Snowmass. Whether the two of you come for some romance as well as winter sports, or you come for the many other romantic things to do in Snowmass Village the area has to offer, you’ll find something to keep you busy when you’re not snuggled up together in your accommodations.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Want to sail high above the snow-capped mountains? Consider a hot air balloon ride. Above It All Balloon Co. offers private flights that take you around the Aspen/Snowmass area, including the Snowmass Brush Creek Valley and over some lower more western mountains, but ultimately the decision lies with Mother Nature. Flights always take off at sunrise, but the beautiful Colorado landscape is worth the early start. There will also be a champagne toast to celebrate after landing. Flights last about three hours and will land at the original takeoff site.
Relax together with a soothing massage that releases stress and tension. The spa at Viceroy Snowmass has a special treatment room just for couples. Their massages come in 60- or 90-minute sessions, and include a basic healing massage, earth and hot stone ritual, and even a chakra balancing massage. Add enhancements like deep tissue, CBD, hot stone, or shea butter quench just to name a few. There’s also a 30-minute “Alpine Express” ski-in/ski-out massage – a soothing upper and lower body massage that relieves tension and stress while improving circulation to get you back out on the slopes in no time.
Toro Kitchen & Lounge
Stay a while longer at Viceroy and have a nice meal. The Toro Kitchen & Lounge offers Latin American food made from ingredients provided by local farmers, ranchers, and artisans when possible. Enjoy a cocktail as you wait for your meal of beef tenderloin, Colorado grass fed lamb chops, chipotle miso salmon, or whole fried Colorado striped bass. They even have vegan and gluten-free options.
There are four mountains to enjoy and keep your busy. Ride the chair lift together to the top of your favorite mountain and ski down together. If it’s been a while since you’ve been on the slopes, consider taking a lesson together. Private lessons are available, as well as small group lessons that offer skiing company. Before skiing lessons, you have to make sure that you have your ski gear and lift tickets.
Wheeler Opera House
Take in a show together! Opened in 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has been entertaining the area with opera, live theater, concerts, community events and more. It’s home to the Aspen Laugh Festival, Aspen Mountain Film Festival, and the Shining Mountains Film Festival. The Laugh Festival has played host to comedians like Jim Gaffigan, Trevor Noah, and Kathleen Madigan.
The Lewis Ice Arena is an indoor facility that is open year-round. They have scheduled public skate times, so you’ll want to check the schedule before you go. The facility offers skate rentals and skate sharpening if you have your own gear. You can leave your valuables in your vacation rental at Timberline or you can rent one of the arena’s lockers.
You can also go ice skating at the Snowmass Village Ice Rink, located at Snowmass Village Town Park. You can enjoy free public skating by reservation only, and they offer two types of time slots: Stick & Puck and Public Skate. No ice skate rentals are available here.
One final spot you can enjoy ice skating is at the Limelight Hotel Snowmass. During the winter they offer a spacious ice rink and skate rentals for you to enjoy this winter pastime with family!
Romantic Getaway to Snowmass
You came to the area for a romantic, private getaway with the one you love. Extend that privacy and romance to your accommodations by booking a vacation rental at Timberline Condominiums. Impress your sweetheart with a home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. You can take your beloved for a lovely dinner to our on-site restaurant the Edge. Snuggle together on the couch to warm up after a day of skiing or ice skating and watch a movie. For the most intimate experience, choose a studio with kitchenette. If you’d rather spread out a bit more, there are also three-bedroom units and many sizes between.
Contact us today to book and take the first step toward planning your romantic getaway! Check out our specials.
When the first snow of the year falls to the ground, some travelers find reasons to book a vacation to sunnier destinations. Others find every reason to run towards the fresh powder and look for getaways where even more snow can be enjoyed! If your idea of an amazing winter getaway comes with soaring mountain peaks, sweeping valley views, and a long list of options for outdoor fun, then Snowmass is the place to be this year.
Complete with plenty of snow, an incredible ski culture, and options for exploration that are sure to thrill, Snowmass Colorado winter brings the best right to you. No matter when in the season you make your way this direction, a trip to Snowmass promises to have a little something for everyone on the adventure front.
Explore the Base Village
Year-round, time spent in the Snowmass Base Village is bound to please, but there’s something particularly exciting about this area during the winter months. The village has a way of exuding mountain-town charm this time of year and taking a stroll through the area offers up plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow travelers as well as check out unique shops. During winter, this area hosts a fun ice skating rink as well where friends and families can gather to test their balance and enjoy memories made on the ice!
Check Out Incredible Dining Stops
While many visitors come to Snowmass to make the most of the great outdoors during a winter getaway, all of the activities here have a way of leading towards a robust appetite eventually! Fortunately, Snowmass is an oasis of flavorful fun when it comes to picking and choosing between local dining stops to enjoy. Our restaurant on-site with alpine cuisine, in winter 20/21 is open every day for dinner from 4 pm to 9 pm, and on weekends we offer lunch from 11 am and then dinner to 9 pm. Check our menu on www.theedgesnowmass.com.
While you don’t have to look far to find local fare, Snowmass also hosts a variety of restaurants that feature the best of global cuisine selections. Whether you’re in the mood for German favorites or mouthwatering Sushi, Southern BBQ, or traditional American traditions, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for in one of the 40+ restaurants this area calls its own.
Take a Ride on Alpine Coaster
Take a break from the skis or snowboard, make a reservation for Alpine Coaster and take a ride. Alpine Coaster is located by the Gondola in Snowmass. It’s over a mile track where you can get a speed up to 28mph.
Ski Your Way to Snowmass Colorado Winter Fun
No planned Snowmass Colorado winter getaway would be entirely complete without time spent and savored on the stunning slopes. Snowmass and Aspen combine to create a world-class ski area featuring over 5,500 acres of land to be explored and enjoyed. Whether you’re new to the sport or seeking out double black diamond terrain, The Snowmass and Aspen ski areas are not to be missed. Lessons are readily available for newcomers while gear can be rented with ease. Daily, weekly, and seasonal passes make accessing the summits easier than ever—allowing the adventure to continue for as long as you’d like!
Explore on Two Wheels
The many exciting mountain trails that make Snowmass such a delight in the summer months continued to be maintained throughout the winter, opening up a world of possibilities for those that are excited about exploring on two wheels. Fat tire biking is a popular activity across Snowmass and rentals aren’t hard to find in this area. Feel like trying something unique and new?
Plan Your Own Winter Photography Tour
Of course, sometimes the best winter getaways to Snowmass happen at a slower pace. When you’re excited to be escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life and are hoping to relax in the great outdoors, planning your very own photography tour can be an ideal solution. Grab your camera, bundle up, and hit the trails at a leisurely pace, snapping special moments as you go. Wildlife spotters won’t be disappointed when they plan this type of excursion while winter bird spotting can be incorporated into the journey as well!
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
When you can’t wait to get a new perspective on your winter getaway to Snowmass, a hot air balloon ride is sure to do the trick. Local businesses like Above It All Balloon Co. offer year-round excursions that offer up sweeping views of the terrain and are sure to be as breathtaking as they are beautiful.
Book Your Snowmass Adventure Today
Taking time to explore Snowmass is worth it any time of year, but having the right accommodations in place for the adventure can elevate your experience even further! Contact the Timberline today to learn more about our many area rental properties that can take your next Snowmass adventure to the next level of excellence.
Every winter, tourists flock to winter sports destinations like Snowmass and Aspen. After a day on the slopes or trying your hand at other winter activities like snowshoeing or snowmobiling, you’ll want to warm up with a hot meal. There are plenty of places to eat in Aspen and Snowmass to warm you up and fill you up before heading out, or for any meal of the day.
Pizza is a must during any vacation, and if you can get other Italian favorites like meat lasagna, linguini, penne, and more, you’ll enjoy the warmup you get at Taster’s Pizza in Snowmass. Choose your pasta –penne or linguini –and add marinara, meat, or alfredo sauce. You might add some of their meatballs, too. Try the pesto chicken with sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and artichokes, or choose chicken or eggplant parmesan over pasta. For something different, order a mozzarella, parmesan, or ricotta calzone stuffed with your choice of pizza toppings, baked and served with marinara. If you came for the pizza, try traditional toppings like pepperoni, Canadian bacon, green peppers, or pineapple. If you’re looking for something different on your pie, try specialty toppings like sun-dried tomatoes, diced meatballs, or spinach. Open for takeout and delivery only, 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
If you’re looking for a warm breakfast to keep you going throughout the day, look no further than Poppycock’s Cafe in Aspen. Their location –just steps from the gondola –makes it the perfect breakfast stop before hitting the slopes. Fill up with old-fashioned oatmeal pancakes, blueberry granola pancakes, or traditional buttermilk pancakes. French toast sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon will help keep you warm. For something, a little lighter to keep you warm, choose their various egg combos, egg sandwiches, eggs benedict, or a breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, black beans, and cheese and smothered with homemade pork chili Verde or vegetable salsa and served with country potatoes. What breakfast joint doesn’t have omelets? Enjoy a western omelet with onion, green pepper, ham, and cheese, a vegetarian omelet with onion, spinach, mushroom, and cheese, or build your own with toppings like tomatoes, broccoli, jalapeno, three types of cheese, bacon, sausage, or turkey. Pick up or delivery available.
The Stew Pot
Located in Snowmass Village, the stew pot has you covered with soups and stews to warm the soul and make your mouth water at the same time. Their homemade offerings change regularly, including a daily special. Try classics like chicken noodle, along with specialties like Mediterranean lamb stew –a hearty stew made with potatoes, veggies, and lamb.
Venga Venga Cantina & Tequila Bar
For a warm meal with the flavors of Mexico, head to Venga Venga Cantina & Tequila Bar. They offer grilled chicken or grilled steak tacos, along with their Baja taco –grilled Mahi-Mahi, citrus chipotle aioli, avocado, tomatoes, and corn. Choose from chicken, shrimp, steak, or a combo fajita served with onions, bell peppers, guacamole, Mexican rice, refried beans, crema, and tortillas. Go for something a little different and choose their chicken zarape. You’ll taste the bacon, panela, pico, chipotle sauce, crema, avocado, refried black beans, and Mexican rice.
Try some barbecue favorites to warm you up. The Aspen location of Hickory House has plenty of palate-pleasing options, including imported the best Danish baby back ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, their house-made mac & cheese and more. If you’d rather warm up without the mess, opt for their cowboy ribeye, filet, or center cut New York strip.
One of the many advantages of staying with Timberline Condominiums is our onsite restaurant, The Edge! Chef Jason DeBacker has put together an exciting menu of alpine-inspired creations you are sure to love. Enjoy the best après ski in town from 4 PM to 5:30 PM; options include meat and cheese boards and a great selection of wines. Main courses such as the Swiss Plate with bacon, pork chop, wurst, sausage, sauerkraut, potatoes, green beans, and mustard will warm your belly, while chocolate fondue or an apple strudel will round out your meal with a sweet finish.
Soul-Warming Places to Eat in Aspen and Snowmass
With winter weather that reaches as low as eleven degrees at its coldest, you’ll be glad there are so many great places for a warm winter meal. You’ll also need a warm place to settle down after a day on the slopes or a good meal at any one of the area’s restaurants. Home chefs may still not be able to resist the urge to cook, and they’ll find everything they need in the fully equipped kitchens in our vacation rentals at Timberline Condominiums. Choose from a studio with a kitchenette for a more intimate atmosphere, all the way up to a three-bedroom unit to accommodate your larger group.
Choose a premium unit for upgrades like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs and more!
Contact us today to book and take the first step toward planning an unforgettable vacation!
For people across the U.S. and globe, the year 2020 is one we’re all more than ready to be leaving behind. This unprecedented time has left the vast majority looking forward to something fresh and new, far from the fear and worries that have consumed the past 12 months.
When you’re looking for a place to celebrate a new calendar year where there’s plenty of space to enjoy yourself, a trip to Snowmass in Colorado is definitely in order.
A Delightful New Year’s Destination
Snowmass is a sensational option for those travelers looking for a destination that offers up the best of nature, stunning views, mountain peaks, and endless options for outdoor fun that allow for social distancing in the fresh air. In 2021, time in nature could be a balm. When you’re in Snowmass, you’re invited to swap out that time hidden away in homes and makeshift offices for moments breathing in deep on the slopes and trails. When you’re looking to create an itinerary for New Year’s fun, the following are just a few holiday activities that are sure to keep the endorphins flowing.
Ski Your Way into the New Year
Options for downhill fun are always a highlight when you find yourself in Snowmass, and a New Year’s adventure this way is no exception to the rule. You don’t have to be a pro on the slopes to enjoy time learning and living it up when the fresh powder falls. Snowmass is in fact one of four combined Snowmass and Aspen ski areas. It provides outdoor adventurers with upwards of 3,362 acres of land to enjoy! Beginners can take advantage of private or small group lessons when they arrive while more experienced skiers will find the versatile lineup of slopes waiting to be discovered easily match to skill level and desirable challenges!
When you’re hoping to slow down your New Year’s pace and truly savor your surroundings, consider strapping on a pair of snowshoes and hitting those trails that offer up so much hiking fun in the summer months. Many of the Snowmass trails are meticulously maintained year-round, encouraging visitors to get out and explore without hesitation.
Take a Sleigh Ride
When you prefer to sit back, relax, and enjoy your mountainous surroundings in Snowmass with a touch of romance too this New Year’s, booking an excursion with Snowmass Sleigh Rides is bound to please. This company leads the way to one of a kind adventure, framing the backcountry from a vantage point in a luxurious sleigh. Book a private tour with hot chocolate included or up the elegance factor and make it a sleigh ride followed by dinner. No matter what option you select, it’s bound to be a great start to your 2021.
Create a Winter Photography Tour on the Trails
Aspiring and professional photographers alike love time in Snowmass for the many angles and views on scenery that present themselves around every corner. If you find yourself in the area over New Year’s, consider taking time out of your day to explore with camera in hand and capture those snowy shots from a one of a kind perspective.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
If a land-based perspective just isn’t enough, begin your New Year’s with a sky-high experience by booking a tour with Snowmass Hot Air Balloons. Those looking for a thrilling and nearly magical moment can leave 2020 behind with a bird’s eye view of the world below.
Check Out the Stores and Restaurants in the Village
Those that are more inclined to find their getaway stride in a more bustling atmosphere will find spent in Snowmass nature can be balanced out with time spent exploring the village. Here, our restaurant on-site The Edge and other shops, and vendor stands are yours for the enjoying. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect souvenir or just want to browse the goods that make up this mountain town.
Settle into Snowmass Style
When you’re ready to enjoy the fun and excitement of a holiday away in Snowmass, the team at Timberline is here to help. Let us get you settled into just the right accommodations that keep you close to the fun and bring the comfort and style you deserve too. Contact us today for more information.
There’s something inspiring about the Christmas holiday that has people making plans well before December ever arrives. Whether you’re one for those savory meals around the table, can’t wait to decorate the tree, or have a heart for caroling and holiday films, it’s a time of year that brings loved ones together and often includes a lineup of highly-anticipated traditions.
That being said, the year 2020 has brought along its own lineup of unexpected circumstances and changes—some of which could very well derail those plans you count on year after year. If hosting the holidays at home isn’t the right move this time around, consider taking your holiday celebrations on the road! Heading to the mountains is a must during a time when distance and health protocols have woven themselves into the holidays. When you’re looking for a place that speaks to scenic beauty, options for safe and thrilling fun, as well as plenty of holiday spirit, a Christmas spent in Snowmass is bound to be a delight.
Things to Do in Snowmass at Christmas
A true highlight of any trip to Snowmass is the opportunity to take advantage of Colorado’s impressive peaks and valleys! Skiing is an important pastime in this area that continues to call to visitors today. Whether you’re a lifelong downhill enthusiast or have just decided to pick up the sport, Snowmass is a great place to learn, enjoy skiing and grow your skills on the slopes.
Chutes, glades, drops, and cliffs are all readily available thanks to Mother Nature’s work in Snowmass—making it an ideal destination to get out and ski your way through a holiday. Four mountains make up the Aspen Snowmass area, providing plenty of opportunities for Christmas ski travelers to enjoy endless adventures. While the vast majority of Snowmass slopes are dedicated to intermediate and family-friendly experiences, those headed this way with a challenge in mind will find that 30% of the slopes are dedicated to expert-level athletes!
Of course, when you’re not racing the downhill slopes at a thrilling pace this holiday season, Christmas visitors can always slow things down and enjoy the many trails that wind through this area at a more leisurely pace. Both cross country skiing and snowshoeing are well-loved activities to enjoy in Snowmass and if you happen to be here around Christmas, you’ll get the added benefit of twinkling lights added to the surrounding scenery.
For those Christmas Snowmass travelers that are looking for a more romantic moment, booking a sleigh ride with Aspen Carriage and Sleigh is sure to be one of the best holiday experiences you could have. Aspen Carriage and Sleigh provide 15- to 20-minute public sleigh rides that travel across the open snowfields of nearby Stillwater Ranch. Those looking to book a private ride will find options available that provide for time spent exploring forested slopes paired with stops for hot chocolate and Christmas photos!
Book into Holiday Comfort and Style
While the Christmas activity list is long, booking into a holiday stay that keeps comfort and style top of mind can truly elevate your holiday experience to a new level. Booking into a holiday home away from home at Timberline Condominiums keeps Christmas visitors close to the slopes and cozied up in a space dedicated to elegance and convenience. Whether you’re settled in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa or cooking up a more traditional holiday meal in the fully equipped kitchen, our properties provide the options you’re looking for when you’re hoping to enjoy a customized Christmas away. Many holiday travelers that book at Timberline also appreciate the fact that our properties include access to Wi-Fi and large televisions. This provides the ultimate combination when you’re in the mood to snuggle up and watch a beloved holiday movie surrounded by those you love most.
In addition to the home-inspired furnishings in the mountains, guests at Timberline can enjoy an array of community features and services during their holiday stay as an added convenience. The on-site restaurant, The Edge, has alpine-inspired cuisine. The influence of various cuisines brings incredible taste to the dishes on the menu. You can choose between homemade bratwurst, cheese fondue, traditional schnitzel, and many more and finish with apple strudel.
There is also the complimentary shuttle service in Snowmass available when you’re ready to get out and explore, our guests will enjoy an attention to detail that makes it simple to personalize your holiday away. When you’re just hoping to relax within your snowy and scenic surroundings, Timberline also hosts access to hot tubs and slopeside heated pool that are sure to please and rejuvenate.
When you’re ready to book your Christmas in Snowmass, the team at Timberline Condominiums has the home away from home you deserve waiting for you. Enjoy a holiday that you’re sure to remember for years to come, and do it all in style when you book with us. Contact our team today for more information and to start planning! We can’t wait to welcome you to beautiful Colorado this year.
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.