If you’re hoping to mountain bike while visiting Aspen Snowmass, Snowmass Village is the place to be. Once the snow melts and the mud dries, the trails open up and the valleys and peaks transform into a mountain biking playground.
In 2020, the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen to Glenwood Springs (of which Aspen Snowmass is a part) was named Colorado’s very first IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center™. We are now among five Gold-Level Ride Centers™ in the country and among seven in the world.
If you’re ready for unmatched beauty and trails for all adventure levels (you’ll find over 300 miles of prime singletrack ready for exploring), you’ll leave Snowmass and the Roaring Fork Valley satisfied. Snowmass Village alone maintains over 90 miles of road and dirt trails, while providing lift access (no laborious climbing needed!) to more than 4,400 vertical feet of downhill.
Downhill Mountain Biking in Snowmass
Are you eager for the thrill but not keen to climb? Get your adrenaline rush at Snowmass Bike Park. From the top of Snowmass’ Elk Camp lift, you can cruise 2,893 vertical feet of trails back down to Base Village.
- Beginner? Try Verde, a flowing 3.5-mile trail which starts at the top of the Gondola and weaves through forests to the base of the mountain.
- A bit braver? Try riding Vapor and Viking over bridges and bumps, through trees and open spaces, over 6.2 miles of downhill.
- Consider yourself advanced? You’ll love freeriding Valhalla, navigating jumps, table tops and a wall over 3.2 miles and a 1,400 foot descent.
Last year, the Snowmass Bike Park opened three new downhill mountain biking trails. They also rebuilt the Vapor trail from the top of the Elk Camp Chairlift to the French Press junction.
Cross-Country MTB in Snowmass
If you like more varied and longer terrain, you’ll find over 40 miles of intermediate cross-country MTB trails in Snowmass.
- Are you a novice? Try the Ditch Trail, a comfortable and shady 2-mile round trip journey over mostly wide and flat terrain. You’ll get a spectacular view of the Maroon Bells and Snowmass Wilderness at the lookout point.
- Prefer rolling terrain? Try Sky Mountain Park. You’ll delight in the smooth single-track and rolling scrub oak.
- Craving some shade? Try the Tom Blake Trail.
- Ready for a longer ride? The new Snowmass Loop takes you on a tour of the Snowmass Valley over 24 miles of varied single-track mountain biking trails. (This ride can be split up if it’s too much for one day.)
Snowmass Guided Mountain Biking
For ages 13+, Blazing Adventures offers mountain biking tours for individuals or groups. Their guides will give you a taste of some of the best singletrack in Aspen Snowmass. From mellow trails to technical rides with grueling uphills and hair raising descents, the Blazing Adventures guides customize every ride based on the group's skills, technical ability, and preferences. Choose from 4, 6, or 8 hour day adventures.
Snowmass Mountain Biking Events (Participants and Spectators)
Snowmass hosts multiple annual mountain biking events during the summer months, such as Audi Power of Snowmass, Snowmass Demo Days, and the VIDA MTB Series Flagship Clinic. Other MTB events that have taken place in Snowmass are the Colorado Classic and Colorado High School Cycling League MTB Races. For the current status of Snowmass mountain biking events, check out the Bike Snowmass events page,
Getting to Snowmass to Mountain Bike
During the summer months, you’ll find plenty of free parking in Snowmass Village. You can also shuttle for free from parking lots to the Gondola/Snowmass Bike Park or trails. The valley-wide bus system, RFTA, offers subsidized fares and also allows you to bring your bike along.
As of Summer 2020, if you’re planning on renting a mountain bike at Snowmass Village, you can check out a WE-cycle bikeshare bike for free 30-minute rides.
Need Some Extra Tips?
Feel free to contact our Alpine Property concierge if you’d like some assistance arranging your mountain biking adventures. From bike shop recommendations to gear or transportation, we’ve got our guests covered!