Snowmass is an outstanding ski area for dozens of reasons. From the variety of terrain to the stunning setting and amenities, it’s hard to go wrong when skiing or riding there. However, there is a bit of local knowledge that might make your next trip to Snowmass a bit more enjoyable. Here are nine need-to-know tips for skiing/riding Snowmass this winter.
1. Don’t Get Lost
Snowmass is HUGE! It’s the biggest ski area in Colorado. That means if you take a lift to the top and start skiing without a plan, there’s a good chance you will get separated from whoever you are skiing with. Grab a map, make a plan and set up rendezvous points and times in case your phone dies from the cold or doesn’t have service.
2. Explore Elk Camp
Did you know there is an Alpine Coaster and tubing hill mid-mountain at Elk Camp on Snowmass Mountain? Take a break from your skiing or riding and get a different kind of adrenaline rush while zipping down the mountain in a tube or taking a ride on the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster.
3. Attend a Ullr Night
Every Friday throughout the winter, you can ride the gondola from Snowmass Base Village up to Elk Camp and partake in a Ullr Night. When you arrive at Elk Camp you can listen to live music, enjoy delectable food, indulge in smores and hot chocolate by a bonfire, go tubing and more.
4. Bring the Family
Snowmass is one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in Colorado. From ski lessons to daycare and the Very Important Kids program, you can find everything you need to make a day on the slopes enjoyable for every member of your family.
5. Launch in Multiple Terrain Parks
If you aren’t familiar with the Snowmass, you might think it only has one terrain park. As it turns out, what might look like one is actually comprised of three terrain parks. The Lowdown, Makaha, and Snowmass terrain parks cater to skiers and riders of all different skill levels. Don’t get discouraged and find the park that is the best fit for your skills.
6. Explore Gourmet On-Mountain Dining
There is exemplary on-mountain dining all over Snowmass. Try out Elk Camp, Sam’s Smokehouse, or Gwyn’s High Alpine for a ski-day lunch you won’t soon forget. If you’re looking for a quick bite, grab a slice at Up 4 Pizza or The Sled Mobile Kitchen and jump back on the slopes.
7. Park for Free in Snowmass
Town Park Station (formerly the Rodeo Lot) is the place to park for free in Snowmass. From there, you can take the 10 minute shuttle ride up to Snowmass ski area. Alternatively, you can park at Two Creeks for $13 on weekdays and $25 on weekends & holidays. Or, you can park at Snowmass Base Village where the first hour of parking is free and every hour after that is $5.00.
8. Stay Slopeside
There’s no better way to experience a ski vacation than staying in ski-in ski-out accommodations. Fortunately, Snowmass has some of the best slopeside vacation rentals in Colorado. And, you are sure to be the first person on the lift for a big powder day when you’re sleeping right next to it. Treat yourself and book one for your next trip.
9. Soak in the Views
Take the Elk Camp or Big Burn lifts to the top of Snowmass on a clear day and enjoy some some of the most stunning views in Colorado.
There are dozens of great reasons to ski or ride Snowmass. Take note of these nine need-to-know tips and make the most out of your next Snowmass ski vacation. When you are ready to book your trip, find the Snowmass vacation rental that’s a perfect fit.