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!
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!