Plan Your Next Vacation with this Guide to the Best Things to Do in Snowmass
Snowmass is a premier winter and spring destination thanks to the diverse skiing and snow sport options, but what many ignore is the plethora of amazing activities available in the summer and fall, before the snowfalls. Snowmass is located in the Colorado mountains which provide for amazing outdoor adventures. If you have never been to Snowmass before, the sheer number of activities and attractions available can be intimidating; we’ve put together this summer and fall guide to help you make the most of your trip to Snowmass. Here are some of our favorite things to do in the area:
When the snow melts in Snowmass, the beautiful foliage comes to life and provides for amazing sights. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy the scenery found around Snowmass.
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Colorado and the Rocky Mountains are well known for some of the best cycling trails in the entire country. These amazing trails provide three different ways to get on a bike and enjoy Snowmass. First, there is the adrenaline-pumping method of downhill mountain biking. Downhill bikes are built for stability and durability as the trails are mostly steep and rocky terrain. Downhill bikers will get on and grip for dear life as they speed down natural and manmade trails, banking through tight turns. If you want to try this out, make sure to check out the Snowmass Bike Park and take a downhill bike clinic to ensure you know what you are in for before hitting the natural trails.
If you want a similar experience but a slower, friendlier pace, check out regular mountain biking. There are many cross-country bike trails that display the natural beauty of Snowmass and Aspen without too many difficult passages. If you are feeling extremely confi
dent in your ability, try taking on some of the trails that make up the Colorado Trail. This nature trail travels over 500 miles through the entire state. Finally, there are cruiser biking paths. These are the calm trails that are usually paved and route visitors through historic Aspen and Snowmass. We suggest trying the Rio Grande Trail, which makes its way past several breweries and markets.
Whitewater is a form of river water that is characterized by fast, shallow stretches of water. These shallow stretches are known as rapids and come in different grades or levels of choppiness/difficulty of passage. There are many different local companies that run whitewater excursions, and we definitely recommend these for anyone but the most experienced rafters with the skill to journey out on their own. Whitewater rafting is extremely fun but can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. These excursions will include all of the equipment you need, plus an experienced guide to help you out. We recommend the Roaring Fork River or the Colorado River and Shoshone Rapids for great options to try out this amazing sport.
Lost Forest Adventure Center
Lost Forest Adventure Center is the perfect place to take a day to be a kid again. This adventure park features many different activities to enjoy. Two of their more popular attractions are the Treeline Trial Challenge Course and the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster.
The Treeline Trial Challenge Course combines rappels, zip lines, bridges, and ladders for a thrilling obstacle course up in the trees. This course puts you up in the air and challenges you to best its difficult layout. Guests who want to take the challenge should allow at least two hours to experience the course. Challengers will need to complete an orientation session prior to being allowed onto the course, but these run every half hour.
The crown jewel of the Lost Forest is the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster. Riders control the hand brakes as they fly down the gravity slide at their own speeds. The views from the coaster are breathtaking, so make sure that you go through at least twice: once to set your speed record and once to enjoy the views. These are only two of the amazing activities at the Lost Forest Adventure Center, so make sure that you set aside a whole day to get the most out of your tickets.
Disc Golf is a fast-growing sport across the nation, but especially so in Colorado. The natural beauty of Aspen and Snowmass combine with great trails to create some of the best disc golf courses in the world. One of the best disc golf courses in the area is in the Lost Forest. The course is called Aerial Approach, and it actually features two 18-hole courses. Guests looking to play Aerial Approach will travel to the top of the Elk Camp Gondola to Snowmass Base Village. After you disembark from the gondola, you will travel to the Elk Camp Meadows area. The first tee for the course is located near the top of the enclosed surface lift. You will follow the gravel path past the Lost Forest Headquarters to find the tee pad. The course weaves through the meadows and provides an easy to moderate level of difficulty. Another amazing course in the area is at Aspen Mountain. The course is listed as one of the world’s highest official disc golf courses. This course is a bit of a hike but provides an easy first nine holes followed by a more difficult back nine. No matter how you end up playing, this course is fun and beautiful.
Just like with biking, whitewater rafting, and disc golf, the natural beauty in Snowmass and Aspen provides stunning views to take in from the back of a horse. If you are the type of person that loves to see nature and loves animals, we highly suggest booking a horseback riding trail package. There are many different companies that offer various horseback riding packages. Blazing Adventures is a local favorite when it comes to horseback riding in Snowmass; they are based out of Snowmass Village. You will get great views of Snowmass Creek Valley and Mount Daly with these Snowmass riding tours. Another great option is Snowmass Creek Outfitters. Snowmass Creek Outfitters offers hourly rides, horse pack trips, and drop camps to give guests a wide variety of different horseback riding experiences. The experts at Snowmass Creek Outfitters have the local knowledge to create a once and a lifetime experience. You can explore Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, travel to West Snowmass Creek, or even trek around Snowmass Lake.
Dining and Nightlife
While you can fill your days with amazing excursions, you also need to consider your dining and nightlife options as well. Here are some of our favorites.
Our on-site restaurant – The Edge Restaurnat& Bar
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’s bar compliments the traditional cuisine with local and German beer, fine wines, and craft cocktails.
Base Camp Bar and Grill
Base Camp Bar and Grill gets its name from its convenient location right next to the slopes in Snowmass. This is a winter staple for winter sports enthusiasts, but this is a gem in the summer and fall. The restaurant spans two floors with three fully stocked bars and a large outdoor patio with a 24-foot fire pit. The second story has a terrace that overlooks the slopes of Snowmass and provides an amazing view of the nature trails in the summer. Base Camp Bar and Grill also has a casual dining room downstairs where they serve amazing upscale quality dishes at an amazing price. At night, the second story is transformed into a dance club complete with hard wood dance floor, DJ booth, and extensive lighting set up. No matter if you are wanting great food or a venue to get your dance on, Base Camp Bar and Grill has something for you.
Snowmass Lanes and Lounge
Snowmass Lanes and Lounge is a bowling alley like you have never seen before. First, Snowmass Lanes and Lounge lies at 8,209 feet, which makes it the highest bowling alley in the country. Second, this is not your ordinary bowling alley. Snowmass Lanes and Lounge combines the fun of bowling with a luxury and upscale atmosphere. Their menu features upscale versions of classic bar food along with wood fire pizzas and classic American eats. This is the perfect place to grab a bite and enjoy a bit of indoor fun to complement your outdoor activities.
Cooking Your Own Meal
Surprisingly, many don’t consider cooking their own meals while on vacation. Although you are probably wanting to do less work and relax, cooking your own meals is a breeze with one of Timberline’s amazing vacation rentals. Rather than being stuck in a small hotel room, you can book an entire upgraded vacation rental complete with a fully equipped kitchen. You can visit one of the local markets to get fresh ingredients and have fun cooking with loved ones. This is an underrated way to enjoy yourself and save a bit of money in the process.
Choose the Perfect Place to Stay
There are many ways to stay on your summer and fall trip to Snowmass, but we highly recommend our vacation condos. Traditional accommodations such as hotels include few amenities and not a lot of square footage. Our vacation condos offer all the comforts of a full home and top-tier amenities, all at a competitive price when compared to a hotel stay. Our properties include fully equipped kitchens, bedrooms with fresh linens, spacious living room areas, and many extra amenities to improve your stay. The fully equipped kitchen is by far the best deal with this rental. The kitchen will have pots, pans, silverware, plates, and other dishes that you would need to cook your own meals. Although eating out at some of Snowmass’s amazing dining establishments is a part of the appeal of visiting, you can save money by cooking some of your own meals. Just cutting down one meal per day will save you a bunch of money over the duration of your vacation.
Along with the standard amenities, our Snowmass vacation rentals often have extra amenities that you can also take advantage of during your summer or fall stay. One of our favorite popular amenities is an outdoor deck. Snowmass has amazing weather during the fall and summer months, so getting out and enjoying the natural beauty is a must do. An outdoor deck, spa, or pool access will allow you to get the most of your vacation rental. There are also premium amenities that will enhance your trip as well. These include large flat screen TVs, upgraded modern kitchens, and more.
Our Snowmass vacation rentals are centrally located next to all of the amazing things you want to do. If you need a lot of rooms for a large group or something smaller and more luxurious for a romantic trip for two, we have the right vacation rental for you. Check out these amazing vacation rentals for your next trip to Snowmass to make sure you take your vacation to the next level!
For those travelers with a taste for outdoor adventure and just as much passion for amazing scenery, there’s no better vacation destination than Snowmass, Colorado. As mountainous as it is mesmerizing, Snowmass is a great place to travel year-round. While winter offers up ski fun and fall is fantastic for foliage, there’s something great about an early summer getaway this direction when you’re looking to savor milder temperatures and just as many activities to enjoy. If your travel plans bring you this way in the early summer months, be sure to consider adding the following Snowmass summer activities to your itinerary to make the moment even more memorable.
Try the Snowmass Bike Park
The combination of mountainous terrain and sweeping valleys that make up the greater Snowmass/Aspen area provides the perfect setting for those who love mountain biking. Visitors who can’t wait to explore on two wheels will find plenty of off-road and trail-based fun waiting in the great outdoors and in the Snowmass Bike Park as well. Situated within the Elk Camp section of Snowmass, the Snowmass Bike Park is a great place for beginner riders and mountain biking enthusiasts alike! This destination offers up an entire collection of downhill trails that prove to be irresistible. Winding through scenic forests and meadows, the Snowmass Bike Park Trails encompass a variety of difficulty levels making them just as well suited for family adventures as they are for the professionals.
Take a Ride on a Gondola for Great Views
When the weather is beautiful in the early summer months and capturing scenic views sounds like a great idea, enjoy time mountaintop without facing the climb by booking a trip up the Elk Camp gondola while you’re in the area. A ride on the Silver Queen Gondola is just as effective as both provide results in the way of unsurpassed vistas from above. The gondolas run between June and September, providing plenty of time for exploring the mountain-top dining stops, trailhead, and nature-based adventures that await. Don’t forget your camera for this early summer excursion that promises to thrill.
Explore the Lost Forest
Adults and kids alike will love exploring Snowmass’s Lost Forest which is integrated into Elk Camp. Surrounded by forested and rocky terrain, the Lost Forest is very much an adventure park complete with climbing walls, beautiful bike trails, and rope courses that provide challenge and fun in equal measure. While you’re here, be sure to check out the ziplines and alpine coaster if you’re the type of traveler that values adrenaline-pumping fun. A disc golf course is perfect for those up for some friendly competition. Looking to slow things down? Take time to cast a line in one of the many on-site ponds and see what bites back!
Hike the Maroon Bells
Early summer in Snowmass is a great time to hit the hiking trails in pursuit of adventure. Milder temperatures and blooming wildflowers provide a beautiful and inspiring backdrop to enjoy, especially if you set your sights on the iconic Maroon Bells. Snuggled between the Elk Mountains, the Maroon Bells have long held the title as one of the most breathtaking destinations the Snowmass/Aspen area has to offer. As a result, they’re also one of the most photographed destinations in the area as well! Grab your camera when this activity is on your itinerary and feel free to capture the scenery from a variety of angles. Between the lakes, waterways, snow-capped mountains, and seasonal color, you’re sure to snap a few shots that will have you longing to return when you look at them later on!
Enjoy Timber Territory Paintball
If your getaway plans include time at the Lost Forest, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy a round of paintball at Timber Territory. This fun stop is a great way to put your tactical skills to the test on the field as you battle it out with friends and family alike! All the gear you’ll need to enjoy a safe and exciting round of paintball is included in the cost of the game. Outdoor courses are scenic and challenging. Not to worry, courses are always supervised providing visitors with the peace of mind they deserve as well.
Make the Most of Your Snowmass Adventure
When you’re looking forward to time relaxing, unwinding, and rejuvenating the mind and body, is an amazing place to do exactly that. The scenery, mountain-town fun, and winding trails also make it a haven of opportunity for those who love outdoor adventure! No matter what your travel plans may entail, the team at Timberline Condominiums has a vacation rental waiting to greet you in style. Let our team handle your accommodation details so when you arrive in Snowmass, you can settle in and focus exclusively on the fun. Contact us today to learn more and to begin planning your next Colorado-bound adventure.
Mention Snowmass, Colorado and it’s likely that visions of soaring mountain peaks and spectacular slopes covered in fresh powder spring to mind. While this is certainly a world-class destination for skiing adventures, it’s also a romantic locale where couples looking to rekindle the flame will find plenty of things to do in Snowmass for making the absolute most of their date night plans. Whether you’re a couple that prefers to be in the great outdoors together or a pair with a passion for great food and restorative moments, Snowmass has a little something for everyone. When you’re putting together that date night itinerary, don’t leave the following hotspots off the list.
Enjoy Time Hiking Together
For the outdoor adventurer, a date night in Snowmass should definitely revolve around time spent on the trails together, and the Maroon Lake Scenic Trail is a fantastic place to begin. This particular trail leads hikers towards what is often referred to as one of the most photographed destinations in all of Colorado! Amazing views are yours for the enjoying as you conquer this 1-mile loop hand-in-hand. The pathway sweeps around the lake and provides an unsurpassed vantage point over the water. Couples that enjoy wildlife spotting will want to bring their binoculars as this area is often a hotspot of activity.
Slow Your Roll at the Bowling Alley
Sometimes, a little friendly competition and a relaxed atmosphere are all it takes to make date night memorable. When you and your loved one find your stride in this environment, head over to the Snowmass Lanes & Lounge for a night of bowling and beer! Conveniently located on Daly Lane in Snowmass Village, this bowling alley is proud to hold the title of the highest elevated bowling alley in all of America. While you’re here, you can take your date night beyond the first frame and enjoy time playing pool, trying your hand at foosball, or even competing at the electronic dartboards!
Team Up with Blazing Adventures
When adventure calls your name on date night, but you could use a little guidance along the way to make the most of the experience, teaming up with the professionals at Blazing Adventures is always the way to go. This premier provider of outdoor recreation opportunities is headquartered in the center of Snowmass Village and can help couples set up an amazing rafting tour in the summer, or a snowshoe hike if your date night falls during the winter months. They specialize in custom adventures, so nothing is really out of reach. Pick and choose your fun as you create a one-of-a-kind date night experience you won’t soon forget!
Visit Penny Hot Springs
When you’re looking to enjoy a date night together that focuses more on restoration and relaxation over adrenaline-pumping fun, a trip to the hot springs is well-deserved. While there are plenty of options to choose from in the Snowmass area and surrounding communities, Penny Hot Springs is always a good place to add to the list of must-visit destinations. This naturally-fed mineral water pool is situated between Carbondale and Aspen just along the border of the Crystal River. Thrilling mountain peaks and captivating canyons dot the surrounding terrain, making your time in the hot springs that much more inspiring. Penny Hot Springs is approximately 20 feet across, providing plenty of space for exploring the water. While many people make their way here in the summer and spring, winter is a spectacular time to plan a hot springs date night when you’re looking to contrast the cold with a steam-filled experience.
Order a Romantic Meal
There’s nothing more romantic than a delicious meal enjoyed next to the one you love most. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a date night without a savory moment or two woven into the experience! When you’re looking for a fantastic fare to celebrate your time together, ordering up a meal from The Artisan and enjoying it in the comfort of your vacation rental is the way to go. The Artisan is located within The Stonebridge Inn and provides guests with seasonal, gourmet dining options to delight in. Dinner service is available Thursday through Monday from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm and guests can enjoy selections that include everything from grilled artichoke hearts and BBQ chicken flatbread to glazed Colorado trout and potato gnocchi. Whatever you order up, don’t forget to pair it with a bottle of wine from this restaurant’s extensive and impressive list.
Another great spot for a romantic meal is our very own on-site restaurant, The Edge! Be sure to visit during your stay for incredible cuisine in a comfortable environment.
Book Your Getaway Today
Snowmass is a spectacular place to set your travel sights whether you can’t wait to ski, explore the mountains, or make the most of a romantic getaway complete with date night plans! No matter what your reasons for heading this way may be, the team at Timberline Condominiums has the rental accommodations to match. Contact us today for more information on our many properties and how we can get you settled in a luxurious and convenient home away from home that keeps you close to the fun while surrounding you with spectacular scenery too. We can’t wait to see you in Snowmass!
If you need a getaway that includes a breath of fresh mountain air, as well as touches of style, elegance, and luxury, Snowmass is the place for you. No matter what time of year your thirst for luxury vacation hits, you’ll find many Snowmass activities to keep you busy and pampered in luxury.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Want to sail high above the snow-capped mountains? Consider the luxury of a private hot air balloon ride. Above It All Balloon Co. offers private flights that take you around the Aspen/Snowmass area, including locations like the Snowmass Brush Creek Valley and over some lower and more western mountains. The pilot may plan for this but reminds you that 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 luxurious champagne toast to celebrate after landing. Flights last about three hours and will land at the original takeoff site.
Relax with a day of luxurious pampering. The Heaven On Earth high altitude day spa offers an array of luxury services that will leave you feeling rested, relaxed, and de-stressed so you can enjoy the rest of your vacation in Snowmass. Enjoy several types of oxygen facial or choose from a menu of massages. The spa’s signature massage includes Oriental Bar Therapy, which applies pressure from bars that hang from the ceiling as the masseur walks on your back. Choose laser hair removal or microdermabrasion to smooth your skin to age-defying softness. The staff can also help you put together a customized luxury spa package created just for you and not chosen from a menu!
Indulge in a luxurious meal from Il Poggio. They offer delicious Italian favorites, including antipasti like burrata –mozzarella & cultured cream, smoked cherries, bruschetta, and extra virgin olive oil –or roasted beets with arugula and sweet mustard sauce. They offer pizza as well as pasta such as penne and ravioli. If you’re looking for something more filling, try any of their “secondi” dishes like seared duck breast or beef tenderloin. Finish the meal with a decadent dessert like tiramisu, olive oil cake, or a selection of gelatos and sorbets. Due to the current COVID-19 regulations of Pitkin County, the restaurant is only offering take-out service, so you’ll have to enjoy these delicious and luxurious dishes in the comfort of your luxury vacation rental.
Snowmass is home to several ski resorts and slopes to keep you busy during the winter months. If it’s been a while since you’ve been on the slopes, consider taking a lesson. Private lessons are available to help you find your footing on the mountain. If you left your gear at home, you can also rent all the necessary gear and pick uplift tickets.
Wheeler Opera House
Take in a live performance. Opened in 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has been entertaining the area with opera, live theater, concerts, community events and more in its historic facilities. Enjoy the beauty and luxury of the restored theater which is home to the Aspen Laugh Festival, Aspen Mountain Film Festival, and the Shining Mountains Film Festival. The Laugh Festival has been host to comedians like Jim Gaffigan, Trevor Noah, and Kathleen Madigan.
There are several companies in the Snowmass area that offer horseback ride experiences for riders of every age and skill level. Enjoy the luxury of a private ride through the breathtaking Colorado landscape. Trail rides can be one to four hours. Ask about lunch or dinner time trail rides and enjoy a cowboy-style meal before heading home. Book an afternoon or evening ride for a view of the sunset over the mountains. For added luxuries like fishing or multi-day overnight camp adventures into the backcountry, inquire at booking.
Luxury in Snowmass
You came to the area for a luxurious, private getaway. Extend that privacy and luxury to your accommodations by booking a luxurious vacation rental from Timberline Condominiums. Prepare a luxurious home-cooked meal or warm your meal from Il Poggio in the fully equipped kitchen; you can also dine at our on-site restaurant, The Edge! Relax on the plush couch and warm up after a day of skiing or and watch a movie with some popcorn. For the most intimate luxury experience, choose a studio with a kitchenette. If you’d rather spread out a bit more, or have a larger group seeking a luxury vacation spot, there are three-bedroom units and many sizes in between to fit your needs. Choose a premium unit for upgrades like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs, high-end finishes and more!
Contact us to book and take the first step toward planning your luxury getaway!