Snowmass is world-renowned for its world-class skiing and snowboarding resorts but what many don't realize is that there's so much more to this beautiful village. With plenty of trails available to bikers, hikers and equestrians, as well as a bevy of family-friendly activities such as shopping, dining and even gondola rides, Snowmass makes a fun destination for family vacations at any time of the year.
Activities for All Ages
The list of things to see and do and Snowmass is practically endless. From the classic skiing and snowboarding to summer sports such as fly-fishing and white water rafting, families are sure to enjoy plenty of time in the outdoors during their stay in Snowmass. In between, there's no shortage of activities to take in, sights to see and even incredible ways to relax.
Skiing and Snowboarding
If you're visiting Snowmass in the winter, skiing or snowboarding is a must. There are four mountains to choose from, each appealing to a different skill level. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are an excellent way to help amateur or intermediate skiers and snowboarders brush up their skills and are available for people of all ages, including the kids. Parents who prefer to hit the slopes alone can drop the little ones at Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center, which offers interactive and fun childcare for kids aged eight weeks through four years.
Elk Camp Gondola
During the summer months, visitors can take the Elk Camp Gondola, a fully enclosed eight-person gondola, to Elk Camp Meadows, which sits 8,475 feet above Snowmass Base Village. While in the gondola, riders can view trails and forests, zip lines, and cascading mountains. This relaxing ride and the sprawling views that accompany it offer a great way to unwind after taking in all the sights and activities that Snowmass has to offer.
The Collective Snowmass and Snowmass Base Village
At Snowmass Base Village, visitors gather to take part in family-friendly activities year-round. There's ice skating in the winter, an open lawn for summer games, community yoga glasses and The Collective Snowmass — a brand new, state-of-the-art community center featuring the Game Lounge, as well as mix6 and moxiBar — a healthy gourmet restaurant, and The Patio, which features fire pits and plenty of outdoor seating.
The Lost Forest
The Lost Forest is located in Elk Camp Meadows, which is only accessible via gondola. In the forest, visitors can find an abundance of fun activities for all ages, including fishing ponds, hiking and biking trails, zip lines and a climbing wall.
During the summer months, the Snowmass Rodeo provides old-fashioned Western-style entertainment that the whole family can enjoy every Wednesday evening. At the rodeo, entertainment includes barrel racing and bull riding. On the sidelines, kids can enjoy bounce houses, ride a mechanical bull and meet the horses.
Biking & Hiking
In Snowmass, there are more than 90 miles of downhill and cross-country biking trails, as well as a multitude of hiking trails to appeal to those of all ages and skill levels. The Snowmass Loop is a popular favorite among regular visitors to the area. This bike trail features more than 25 miles of track over 10 different trails. Those who prefer to hike can take advantage of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies' free guided hike or take time to explore trails that run along the scenic Roaring Fork River.
Fishing & Rafting
Snowmass features an abundance of rivers, ponds and lakes that offer opportunities for fly-fishing. Those who've never gone fishing can enjoy lessons from the area's guides. Snowmass is also home to Gold Medal fly-fishing waters, which offers great appeal for those who are avid fly-fishers.
The Roaring Fork River and Colorado River feature a variety of rafting spots with rapids ranging from Class I to Class IV. Blazing Adventures coordinates rafting adventures for families and groups of all sizes and experience levels. For those traveling with older children, rafting makes a great activity during their Snowmass vacation.
There are plenty of unique, family-friendly dining options in Snowmass and throughout its surrounding areas. Here are a few of our all-time favorites:
Elk Camp Restaurant
Located just above Elk Camp Meadows, Elk Camp Restaurant features market-style cuisine and grab-and-go breakfast options. This casual mountain-top restaurant offers breathtaking views and kid-friendly menus. During the summer, diners can enjoy Farm-to-Table Tuesdays, which includes an open-air meal enjoyed on the top of the mountain.
Krabloonik Dining & Dog Sledding
Nestled inside a cozy log cabin, Krabloonik Dining & Dog Sledding features a menu of wild game and fresh seafood, along with mouthwatering sides and appetizers. During the winter, this fine dining experience is accompanied by views of dog sled teams carrying guests throughout the area.
The Crepe Shack by Mawa's Kitchen
Families looking for a quick yet delicious breakfast or lunch can't lose when they visit The Crepe Shack by Mawa's Kitchen. The menu features a variety of sweet and savory crepes, all made to order with fresh, healthy ingredients. Crepe options include gluten-free and regular.
Plan Your Next Family Vacation in Snowmass
Whether you're looking to travel in spring, summer, winter or fall, Snowmass makes a great destination for your next family vacation. Start planning your trip today — contact Alpine Property's concierge now to learn more about family-friendly activities in Snowmass or to book a vacation rental that the whole family will love.