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!