September in Snowmass Village is all about fall foliage, hot air balloons, and wine tastings. Visit this Rocky Mountain destination this month, and check out the Snowmass Balloon Festival and the Snowmass Wine Festival.
Fun in the Air
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Participate in a Snowmass Village tradition, now in its 40th year―the Snowmass Balloon Festival. This annual event is a blast for everyone, from the hot air balloon pilots to the children gazing open-mouthed at the hot air balloons taking their shape on the ground, and then, lifting off into the blue skies.
On Friday, September 18, don’t miss the Carter Memorial Colorado Rat Race, a hot air balloon competition that involves 30 hot air balloons on a race course that spans the entire length of the Roaring Fork Valley!
Then, on Saturday, September 19, head to Fanny Hill for the Saturday Evening Glow Show. The hot air balloon pilots put on a fun, synchronized “glow show” using their balloon burners. The Glow Show will be from 7:45 – 9:00 pm.
Check out the hot air balloons at the Snowmass Balloon Festival from September 18 – 20, 2015.
Great Wines, Great Views
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At the annual Snowmass Wine Festival, attendees can mix and mingle with fellow wine connoisseurs; and for anyone wanting to learn more about how to select reds and whites for an upcoming dinner party, this mountain wine fest is the place to acquire some basic sommelier skills.
The fun beings on Friday, September 18 with the Wine Dinner at the Viceroy Snowmass Hotel. This year’s four-course feast will explore New Zealand wineries. Tickets are $135 each.
On Saturday, September 19, the Grand Tasting will be held at the Snowmass Town Park from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Walk around the Tasting grounds from vintner booth to vintner booth, and discover a new favorite vintage or two.
Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $95 at the door.
Turn your weekend into a longer stay, and experience more of Snowmass.
Why spend a weekend in the mountains when there’s so much to enjoy?
Extend your vacation to a week or longer, and stay in one of our Snowmass vacation rentals.* We offer a variety of Snowmass condos and vacation home rentals, and can accommodate any group size―small or large.
Contact Alpine Property today to book your Snowmass vacation rental. You can reach us by phone at 1-800-543-0839, or by email. We look forward to helping you plan your vacation in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
*We have a 7-night minimum for vacation rental reservations.
Like most people, we’ve been listening to music in our cars, on our way to and from work, and while running errands. But what makes our music listening different is we’ve only been jamming to 3 musicians of late.
If not, get them today. The Labor Day Experience is a popular Snowmass music festival, and you really don’t want to be the only one ticketless when your friends head to the Snowmass Town Park for all of the fun.
The JAS Labor Day Experience, formerly the Labor Day Festival, will also feature performances by Fitz and the Tantrums, Jimmy Cliff, and The Fray.
Here’s the full lineup.
Friday, September 4
Dragondeer will play two shows at the Outside Music Lounge, the first from 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm, and the second from 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm.
At the Snowmass Town Park (Main Stage)
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm – Fitz and the Tantrums
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm – Hozier
Saturday, September 5
The Drunken Hearts will play two shows at the Outside Music Lounge, the first from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and the second from
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
At the Snowmass Town Park (Main Stage)
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm – Grupo Fantasma
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Jimmy Cliff
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – No Doubt
Sunday, September 6
A. tom collins will play two shows at the Outside Music Lounge, the first from 4:00 pm – 4:55 pm, and the second from 6:30 pm – 7:25 pm.
At the Snowmass Town Park (Main Stage)
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm – Conrad Sewell
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – The Fray
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Lenny Kravitz
Need a place to stay? We can help.
Our speciality is what you’re looking for, luxury Snowmass vacation rentals. We offer a wide variety of Snowmass vacation rental homes, from cozy, two-bedroom residences to spacious, seven-bedroom mountain estates. If you have a smaller group, we also offer Snowmass vacation rental condos.
Give us a call, and we’ll help you find the right vacation rental for your Labor Day vacation. You can contact Alpine Property by phone at 1-800-543-0839, or by email. We look forward to helping you plan a fun weekend!
Please note that we have a 7-night minimum for our Snowmass vacation rentals. So, why not extend your stay by a week or two, so that you can enjoy two more popular Snowmass events―the Snowmass Balloon Festival and the Snowmass Wine Festival? These two Festivals will be held from September 18 – 20.
Plan your winter vacation, too!
Get a head start on your winter vacation plans. When you contact us about your fall getaway, we can also help you plan your winter vacation in Aspen Snowmass, too!
While it is true that up here in the mountains in the spring-time bikes come out of storage, they do not yet fully replace ski/snowboard and skinning gear. For May showers can easily turn into a foot of pristine powder and fresh tracks await those who are willing to hike to get their turns in. Come June though loafers, flip flops and espadrilles replace ski boots and all the spring moisture quickly transforms the surrounding wilderness into a vibrantly green playground crowned in creamy white snowcapped peaks.
Do you hear the mountains calling? Rev up your summer adventures by planning a vacation around these upcoming events and combine health and wellness with peace, serenity and just a wee bit of wildlife (both outdoors and in).
SNOWMASS MAMMOTH FEST (June 12th – 14th)
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Once known as The Snowmass Chili Pepper and Brew Fest, this quickly growing sister festival to Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is now dubbed Snowmass Mammoth Fest in celebration of the juvenile Columbian mammoth bones that were discovered when bulldozer operator Jesse Steele was working on the expansion of Ziegler Reservoir in October, 2010.
But never fear, you can still expect to expand your palate dimensions to new horizons as
savory chili and premium microbrews remain the mainstay of the weekend, along with indie folk and bluegrass with a pinch of rock music. If you are with the family, be sure to bring your kids for there is plenty of fun to be had for all with inflatable bouncy castles, hula hoops and games throughout the festival weekend. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult but the fun can continue even after the kiddies are asleep, the gondolas run until 2:00am.
As reported by 9 News, “ A festival that’s very Colorado has announced the most Colorado lineup ever. The Tedeschi Trucks Band will headline the Snowmass Mammoth Fest, along with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Doyle Bramhall II, Greensky Bluegrass (who play pretty much every Colorado outdoor concert), the Cave Singers, Jamestown Revival and more.”
This event takes place at the Snowmass Town Park in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Click here to purchase tickets and follow. Follow #MammothFest and @SnowmassFest on Twitter and Instagram. While in Snowmass be sure to visit the Ice Age Discovery Center with your kids and touch mastodon and mammoth teeth and bones.
COCHON HERITAGE FIRE & GRAND COCHON (June 19th – 20th)
Visit Aspen/Snowmass for this season’s finale spotlight of 10 Chefs competing in a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all culinary showdown. The “Tour Finale” Grand Cochon culminates a 10-city culinary tour in Snowmass at The Viceroy Snowmass.
The event includes more than 1200 pounds of heritage breed pork showcased by the best 30 dishes that won regional competition and passage to Aspen. Guests will also enjoy premium brews, reserve wines, artisan spirits, a butcher demo, tartare bar, oysters, cheese tastings, jars of bacon, an ice cream social, and an award ceremony to announce the winner. The top toque will be chosen by the audience and a panel of 20 expert judges.
As reported in the L.A. Times, “Cochon is a competition as well as a pork-intensive party, an event where vases on each table hold crisp rashers of bacon instead of flowers, and it is possible to drink German riesling as well as beer and boozy punch served by men wearing fake mustachios. ” Click here to purchase tickets. Follow #GrandCochon and #HeritageFire on social media channels and @Cochon555 on twitter.
Click here to view properties on Wood Road, the same road that The Viceroy is located.
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Big Mountain Enduro (June 27th – June 28th)
Catering to all types of riders in an entertaining atmosphere the Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro Series presented by Shimano, is an authentic multi-stage, multi-day annual Enduro series showcasing some of the best trails in North America, while hosting many of the top all-around mountain bikers from across the globe.
The 2015 Big Mountain Enduro Series encompasses over 50,000 vertical feet of descending world-class single track and bike park terrain. Each course specially designed to give participants a unique riding experience, including high altitude trails and big descents that test athlete’s pure strength, endurance and bike handling skills. Click here for more information and to enter. Follow @BigMtnEnduro on twitter. Click here to discover over 50 miles of Snowmass mountain biking trails, primarily accessed via the Elk Camp Gondola and Elk Camp lift.
Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass (July 2nd – July 5th)
Needing a mind, body and soul spiritual getaway in a natural resort with a magnificent mountain backdrop? Wanderlust Aspen Snowmass is a four day celebration of mindful living bringing together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists, and chefs for a transformational retreat.
As reported in the Chicago Tribune, “If you were going to pick a place to be transformed, this would be a pleasant one. In Aspen and Snowmass in midsummer, everything living is glowing green, wildflowers dot the slopes, and rows of violet mountains fade in the distance come dusk. Many of Wanderlust’s yoga classrooms are open-air with gorgeous views of the Rockies, and everywhere, people partake in wholesome activities like hiking and biking.” Click here for more information and to purchase festival tickets. Follow #Wanderlust2015 on social media channels and @WanderLustFest on Twitter.
Ragnar Relay Colorado (August 7th – 8th)
Are you a runner? If so, sign up for this Copper Mountain Ski Resort to Aspen/Snowmass race and take your running to new heights. This challenging run climbs up to 10,000 feet and traverses over 200 miles of bike paths, single-track trails and backwoods roads as well as through four world-famous Colorado ski towns.
Discover the Colorado Rocky Mountain Range and White River National Forest on foot and find your inner wild among sweeping vistas, glittering waterways and larger than life mountains. Medal lust, craft beer, and a party will pull you towards the finish line at Snowmass Resort where you’ll celebrate together and share stories of a lifetime.