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Fall Activities in Snowmass Colorado

After a long summer and before the exciting winter season, fall makes a brief but beautiful appearance in Aspen and Snowmass. Even though it’s a short season, there’s still plenty to do before officially trading in your hiking poles for your ski poles. Get ready to pack in the fun!

Hike. For visitors who want to hit the trail without the high-pressure exertion of a crowded footrace, there’s no better time to hike in Aspen and Snowmass than in Autumn. More experienced hikers can hike between the two places, beginning on Fanny Hill in Snowmass Village and following Government Trail to Aspen. Hikers in search of a more moderate hike should head over to Hunter Creek and Smuggler Loop, which offers 6 miles of scenic trekking over flat terrain, through meadows and between mountains.

Fall Colors Maroon Bells, SnowmassAnother unforgettable hiking experience is found in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness just outside of Aspen. While all of the trails around Maroon Bells (Maroon Creek, Maroon Lake, and Crater Lake) offer unmatched beauty, the Crater Lake trail is exceptional during the Autumn months. You’ll pass through aspen forests blanketed with golden fall leaves, up in the direction of Maroon Bells, and past the pristine Crater Lake. When you turn around, you’ll have a full view of Maroon Lake behind you.  Remember to bring your camera, because with sights like these, you’ll know exactly why the Maroon Bells are one of the most photographed places in America.

Bike. There’s no better time to bike in Aspen: it’s never too hot or too cold, and bike traffic is at a minimum. While there are several places to ride (including a quick jaunt from downtown Aspen to Snowmass Village), most visitors prefer to follow the Rio Grande Trail from Aspen to Woody Creek.

Fall Color Photography Snowmass, Colorado

Although it’s a small area, Woody Creek is always fun to visit, including lunch or dinner at the Woody Creek Tavern or taking in an art exhibition at the Woody Creek Community Center.  Experiencing the changing fall colors that paint the valley shades of amber and gold, the powerful rush of the Roaring Fork River, and the crisp fall air make this destination well worth the ride. (If you’re not drawn by natural beauty, at least visit the town that was once home to Hunter S. Thompson).

With so many outdoor activities available in Aspen and Snowmass during the day, you may be too tuckered out to even consider a night out. Just kidding. For even more fun in the evening time, try catching a movie at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen or take a late dinner in Snowmass.

As always, when planning a trip to the area, remember to book your accommodations early – even during this “quieter” time of year, things have a way of selling out quickly in Snowmass.

Hot Air Balloons, Wine & More

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Voltaire famously said that wine is the divine fruit of September, and we couldn’t agree with him more. From September 13-14, you can pay homage to Voltaire by enjoying the food, wine, and festivities of the Snowmass Wine Festival. Here’s just a little bit of what you can expect.

On Friday, September 13, the festival opens with “Oregon Meets California” at the Viceroy Snowmass. This is sure to be an evening like no other. You’ll be treated to a gourmet, four-course dinner with featured wines from California’s amazing Alexander Valley Vineyards and Oregon’s renowned Left Coast Cellars. This popular event fills up quickly, so make sure you’re included in the fun: buy your individual or group tickets early, and get ready for one of the best food and wine events of the season.

On Saturday, September 14, be prepared for even more palate-pleasing events at the Grand Tasting at Town Park. Not only will there be a huge array of both local and international wines—over 300 different vintners, to be exact—but you’ll also find a huge selection of cuisines from the best restaurants in the area. That means you can enjoy yourself almost any way you want: sip on a glass Colorado’s own of Two Rivers Merlot while you sample the offerings from Big Hoss Grill, or taste the best of the Artisan’s award-winning cuisine and top it off with a glass of Moet and Chandon. The possibilities are endless. And with music by the Bo Hale Band, the event is sure to be hopping.

Great food and wine aren’t the only things happening at the Snowmass Wine Festival. When you’ve got some downtime during the Grand Tasting, take time to visit the silent auction from 2 to 4 PM. Auction items include everything from famous wines and one of a kind artwork to trips around the world. You never know what you might take home!

Just when the Snowmass Wine Festival has you thinking that life can’t get any better, take a look up in the sky, where you’ll see vibrant colors peacefully floating amongst the majestic Colorado scenery. The Snowmass Wine Festival takes place the same weekend as the 38th Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival. While you’re enjoying great food and wine down on the ground, some of the world’s most beautiful hot air balloons will be decorating the sky above. You won’t want to miss the balloons in group flight over the Snowmass Valley, and the official hot air balloon races are quite a sight to see. Don’t forget to check out the balloons touching down on the ponds at the Snowmass Golf Club, and watch at dusk as the balloons illuminate and glow against the evening sky.

To enjoy the best of the Wine Festival and the Balloon Festival, we recommend that visitors make a weekend out of it and stay in Snowmass. There’s simply nothing like hot air balloons floating in the sky above you as you enjoy great food and amazing wine down on the ground. Voltaire would be proud.  Book Your Weekend Now!

2013-2014 Aspen Snowmass Ski Pass Program

ASPEN/SNOWMASS ANNOUNCES PASS PROGRAM FOR 2013-2014 SEASON 

  • ·         Premier Pass Loaded with More than $1,000 in Added Benefits
  • ·         Season Passes go on Sale August 12, 2013

 Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., August 8, 2013 – Aspen/Snowmass announces season pass structure and pricing for the 2013-2014 season.  Passes will go on sale Monday, August 12. The Premier Pass is loaded with more than $1,000 in added benefits including 50 percent off tickets at all Mountain Collective resorts.

“It’s hard to believe that another winter season is just around the corner, but the entire team at Aspen/Snowmass is already gearing up to welcome you back to the mountains,” says David Perry, senior vice president, mountain division, Aspen Skiing Company. “We are pleased to be able to offer more added value to the Premier Pass than ever before yet keep it priced lower that it was in 2007-08. We also hope you will be able to experience one or more of the Mountain Collective destinations at 50 percent off with your Premier Pass.”

The Premier Pass, providing unlimited skiing/riding on all four mountains with no blackout dates, is loaded with more than $1,000 in added benefits, and costs just $1,649 in the Super Early Season. The Premier Chamber Pass for area businesses is just $1,199 in the Super Early Season. The Premier Pass is also available at senior (65-69), youth (13-17), child (7-12) and silver (70+) rates. As always, children six and under ski for free.

The Double Flex Pass and Flex Pass cost $1,329 and $899 respectively in the Super Early Season (or $1,049 for the Double Flex Chamber and $779 for the Flex Chamber). The Double Flex offers two days of skiing/riding each week of the winter season (21 weeks) and the Flex Pass offers one day each week on all four mountains plus the flexibility to add days any time for 50 percent off the 1-day, in-resort rate. Direct-to-lift access is available for flex days. Double Flex and Flex Passholders also receive discounts on summer lifts. Weeks begin on Monday and end on Sunday and unused days may not be carried over.

The Escape Silver Pass for seniors 70 and over will return and is just $229, offering pay-as-you-go access with direct-to-lift options to all four Aspen/Snowmass mountains for just $24 per day and discounts on summer lift access.

Most Added Benefits Ever for Premier Passholders

The Premier Pass provides unlimited skiing and riding at all four mountains during the winter season as well as access on summer lifts at both Snowmass and Aspen Mountain plus discounts on summer Bike Snowmass tickets. Benefits include:

• Four (4) Friends and Family Discount Lift Ticket Vouchers - Good any time during the 2013-2014 winter season, each valid for 50 percent off a one-day in-resort ticket.

• Four (4) Friends and Family Discount Ski and Snowboard School Vouchers - Good any time during the 2013-2014 winter season, each valid for 50 percent off a one-day adult group lesson or performance coaching session, offering guests nearly $300 of savings.

• New this yearPassholder 20 percent off Restaurants Before Noon: Aspen Mountain-Sundeck; Aspen Highlands-Merry-Go-Round; Buttermilk-Bumps and The Cliffhouse; Snowmass-Elk Camp, Lynn Britt Cabin, Sam’s Smokehouse, Two Creeks Café, Ullrhof and Up 4 Pizza. Discount applies only for passholder on food purchases. Must be seated by 11:45 a.m. at Sam’s Smokehouse and Lynn Britt Cabin. Cloud Nine excluded. Onetime 20 percent discount at the following restaurants: Limelight Lounge, Ajax Tavern and element 47, Cloud 9, Gwyn’s High Alpine, and Bonnie’s (a onetime redemption at each restaurant for up to four people on food only).

• Discounts on lift tickets at Mountain Collective resorts, five of the Best Destinations in the World – Passholder receives unlimited lift tickets at 50 percent off the one-day in-resort rate for their own use during the 2013-14 winter season at Alta/Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Mammoth, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler Blackcomb.

Additional benefits include:

• Locals Clinics Pass – $111 (a $68 savings) – Unlimited Access to Ski/Snowboard locals clinics.

 Four (4) Friends and Family Discounts on equipment rentals– Four vouchers each valid for 50 percent off a one-day premium/demo ski/snowboard rental during the 2013-2014 winter season (not valid 12/20/13 – 1/5/14 and 2/14/14 – 2/23/14).

• Rental/Tuning discounts for passholder at all Four-Mountain Sports/D&E Ski & Snowboard Shop locations – 30 percent off premium/demo ski & snowboard rentals, 20 percent off ski & snowboard tunes.

• Retail discounts for passholder at all Four-Mountain Sports/D&E Ski & Snowboard Shop

locations – 20 percent off official Aspen/Snowmass merchandise.

• Special pricing on a full-season transferable parking pass – $309 (a $50 savings).

• Discounts on lodging – 25 percent off stay at The Limelight Hotel for the 2013-2014 winter season (valid for a Sunday-Thursday stay, blackout dates apply, subject to availability). Call The Limelight Hotel at 1-877-893-5303 to book your reservation.

•Summer food and beverage discounts.

Offers apply to Premier Adult, Senior, Silver and Parent Passes only. A mailer and letter outlining season pass options and rates was sent to 2012-2013 season passholders. Purchasers are also encouraged to find more information at www.aspensnowmass.com/seasonpass.

All Aspen/Snowmass season pass products will go on sale Monday, August 12, 2013. Passes will be on sale at the Aspen Mountain Ticket Office (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and the Snowmass Gondola Ticket Office (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.), online at www.aspensnowmass.com and by phone at 970-923-1227 or 877-282-7736. Chamber pass vouchers must be purchased in person and a voucher from the appropriate Chamber of Commerce must be presented at time of purchase as proof of eligibility.  There are three deadlines for individual and Chamber member Premier, Double Flex and Flex pass purchases:

¨       Super Earlywhich offers the best rates on all season passes, for passes purchased through September 13, 2013. 

¨       Early, for passes purchased through November 8, 2013.

¨       Regular, for passes purchased after November 8, 2013 (see attached pricing grid).

All season passes are good for early-and late-season openings. Season passes are nontransferable and nonrefundable. Fraudulent use is subject to fine.

Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass Locals Clinics Pass is available for only $179 by Nov. 8 (just $111 for Premier Passholders with no deadline). This pass allows participation in unlimited locals clinics throughout the season. Dates and locations for locals clinics are available at the Aspen Mountain Ticket Office, the Snowmass Gondola Ticket Office, by calling the Advance Sales & Reservations office at 970-923-1227, or online at www.aspensnowmass.com/localsclinics.  NASTAR Season Passes are also available, valid for unlimited runs on both NASTAR courses throughout the season, for just $129.

Classic Passes – Save Big with One of the Most Coveted Ski Passes in North America – 4 and 7-Day Passes Available

4-day and 7-day Classic Passes are back.  Classic Passholders can ski or ride for a highly discounted rate and receive discounts on extension days and summer lift access. The Classic Pass cannot be combined with any other pass. Early purchase pricing for all Classic passes is valid through October 13, 2013.

Classic Passes are picture passes and all new passes must be purchased in person. Classic Passes will ONLY be available at select sales in Colorado beginning August 22, 2013. Visitwww.aspensnowmass.com/classicpass, call the Classic Pass Hotline 800-525-6200 x4475 or ask at any ticket office for sale dates and locations. 2012-2013 Classic Passholders can renew their Classic Pass online or by phone from August 12 – November 10, 2013.

RF Card – The Smartest Pass Around

The Aspen/Snowmass radio frequency card (RF Card) is more than just a season pass. Here’s a list of all the card’s convenient features:

• Resort Charge: Guest never need to carry cash or credit cards on the mountain again if they securely attach a credit card to their RF card. This card can be used for payment at mountain restaurants*, Four-Mountain Sports/D&E stores and ticket offices. Sign up at any ticket office or online at www.aspensnowmass.com/store*Snowmass – Elk Camp, Gwyn’s High Alpine, Lynn Britt Cabin, Sam’s Smokehouse, Two Creeks Café, Ullrhof & Up 4 Pizza – Aspen Mountain – Ajax Tavern, Aspen Mountain Club, Bonnie’s, Limelight, element 47 & Terrace Bar at The Little Nell & Sundeck -  Aspen Highlands – Cloud Nine & Merry-Go-Round – Buttermilk – Bumps & The Cliffhouse.

• Track Your Stats: Guests can find out the number of days they’ve skied/snowboarded, number of runs skied and vertical descent by logging into the Aspen/Snowmass app called LivePass.

• Direct-To-Lift Access: Double Flex, Flex, Escape Silver and Classic passholders can skip the ticket office and go straight to the lift when using a flex, validation or an extension day.

Pass Insurance

Season and Classic passes are nontransferable and nonrefundable for any reason. For information on how to cover your season pass investment, go to www.travelguard.com/aspenskiingcompany or contact Travel Guard Customer Service at 877-828-6720.

Operating dates for the 2013-2014 winter ski season are: Snowmass and Aspen Mountain, Nov. 28, 2013 – April 20, 2014, Aspen Highlands, Dec. 14, 2013 – April 13, 2014 and Buttermilk, Dec. 14, 2013 – April 6, 2014.

*Chamber passes may only be purchased by local businesses that belong to a Roaring Fork Valley Chamber of Commerce. **Must be 24 years of age or younger and enrolled in an accredited four-year college to purchase.

2013-2014 Pass Rates
PREMIER PASSES

Super Early   

Purchase by Fri. 9/13/13

Early   

Purchase by  Fri. 11/8/13

Regular

Purchase After Fri. 11/8/13

 

Pass Price

Insurance

Pass Price

Insurance

Pass Price

Insurance

Premier

$1,649

$109

$1,939

$128

$1,999

$132

Premier Chamber*

$1,199

$80

$1,579

$105

$1,749

$116

Premier Senior (65-69)

$1,199

$80

$1,579

$105

$1,749

$116

Premier Youth (13-17)

$899

$60

$899

$60

$899

$60

Premier College

$899

$60

$899

$60

$899

$60

Premier Child (7-12)

$579

$39

$579

$39

$579

$39

Premier Silver (70+)

$429

$29

$429

$29

$429

$29

Parent Pass

$1,649

$109

$1,939

$128

$1,999

$132

FLEX PASSES

Super Early           Purchase by Fri. 9/13/13

Early                    Purchase by                 Fri. 11/8/13

Regular             Purchase After             Fri. 11/8/13

Flex Days

Pass Price

Insurance

Pass Price

Insurance

Pass Price

Insurance

Double Flex

$1,329

$88

$1,619

$107

$1,759

$117

50% Off 1-day

Double Flex Chamber*

$1,049

$70

$1,359

$90

$1,559

$103

50% Off 1-day

Flex

$899

$60

$999

$66

$1,049

$70

50% Off 1-day

Flex Chamber

$779

$52

$839

$56

$889

$59

50% Off 1-day

ESCAPE PASS

Pass Price

Insurance

Daily Validation

Escape Silver (70+)

$229

$16

$24

OTHER PASSES

Pass Price

Insurance

Lower Lift Pass

$71

$5

4 Mountain Foot Pass

$225

$15

Child 6 & Under

$23

$2

CLASSIC PASSES

Early Renewal Deadline                    Sun. 10/13/13       

Regular Renewal Deadline                           Sun. 11/10/13 

Pass Price

Pass Price

Adult 4-Day

$219

$229

Adult 7-Day

$349

$359

Child/Youth 4-Day

$174

$184

Child/Youth 7-Day

$264

$274

College 4-Day**

$174

$184

College 7-Day**

$264

$274

US Pro Cycling Challenge – Aspen Snowmass

The 2013 US Pro Cycling Challenge is coming to Aspen – and with it comes a whole host of activities and fun. Festivities begin on August 14 and go all the way through August 20, and if you’re staying in Snowmass, you’ll have the perfect vantage point for all of the best events.

Here are a few highlights of upcoming activities that are sure to get you geared up for the 2013 US Pro Cycling Challenge.

Wednesday, August 14: If you’re staying in Snowmass Village, you won’t want to miss the Snowmass Village Western Wednesdays 40th Year Celebration. Although the rodeo starts at 7 P.M., pre-rodeo events—including a bouncy house, mechanical bull rides, a petting zoo, and an authentic cowboy dinner—begin at 5 P.M. See the official Snowmass Rodeo page for more information.

Thursday, August 15: Thursday nights in Snowmass Village are about singing under the stars with the Free Thursday Night Concert Series. Head over to Fanny Hill on August 15 for Robert Walters 20th Congress from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

Friday, August 16: For the perfect outdoor evening to welcome the weekend, enjoy Valhalla Nights at the top of Snowmass Mountain. From 5:30 to 9:00 P.M., visitors can catch a gondola ride up to the Elk Camp restaurant, and enjoy a full evening of outdoor food and fun. Kick up your heels to the live music and down some delicious BBQ before heading up the climbing wall or leaping to some exciting lawn games.  Taking the gondola back down at the end of the night makes returning to your accommodations easy and fun.

Saturday, August 17: Saturday marks the opening ceremonies of the 2013 US Pro Cycling Challenge, so make sure you arrive early to Snowmass Village to get in on the action. Events include the New Belgium Home Brew Sampling Showcase, the Best Bike Legs Competition, and Autograph Kiosks (Snowmass Village Mall, 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.) and the official opening ceremonies (Base Village, 6:15 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.) The team introduction celebration alone makes the opening ceremonies well worth attending.

Sunday, August 18: Staying in Snowmass gives you easy access to Aspen, which is where you’ll want to be on Sunday for the Aspen Finish Line Festival. The festival grounds open at 11:00 A.M. in Paepke Park in downtown Aspen, and there will be events all day long. Amateur racers and teams won’t want to miss the Aspen Sprint Challenge and the moonlight cruise ride!

Monday, August 19: Monday’s big event will be the Stage 1 circuit race start, right on Main Street in Aspen at 1:05 P.M. The cyclists will race a circuit between Aspen and Snowmass Village three times. Whether you bike or drive over from Snowmass to watch the race opening, make sure you get there early so you have plenty of time to secure yourself a good spot for watching the official sendoff!

Tuesday, August 20: Tuesday is the Stage 2 start of the race, and the riders will leave Aspen via Independence Pass. Start time is 10:10 A.M. at Main and Garmisch in Aspen, so if you’re traveling from Snowmass by car, bear in mind that vehicles will face detours.

Staying in Snowmass will place you right at the center of the action during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The event schedule is jam packed well before (and after) the cyclists’ official arrival in Aspen on August 19, so make sure you check out the official calendar for a full list of events.

 

 

G4 Weekend at Snowmass Base Village

If you’re the kind of traveler whose definition of fun includes live music, outdoor sports, and days packed full of unique local events, then you’ve got to get to the G4 Weekend at Snowmass Base Village from June 20-23. Booking your lodging in Snowmass during the G4 Weekend will put you right in the center of the action: from the second you set foot outside of your hotel room, you’ll be met with a whole host of exciting activities.G4 Weekend at Snowmass Base Village from June 20-23

What exactly is G4? It stands for the Gravity, Guitars, Gondolas, and Games—the four pillars of G4 Weekend. Whether you’re heading up on a gondola for hiking and sightseeing or you’re taking your bike to the top of Elk Camp to clock your best time in the Goldsprint Series, you’ll enjoy half-price lift tickets all weekend.

If you’re a biker who lacks a competitive streak, you need not worry—you won’t feel left out during the G4 Weekend. Snowmass is home to over 50 miles of mountain biking trails that cover over 4,000 feet of elevation. When you’re not out riding and enjoying the natural wonders of the Snowmass trails, you’ll find plenty of other mountain biking events at the festival, such as free bike checks and free mountain biking clinics.

The G4 Weekend includes the very best elements of a Colorado summer festival: live music, hopping beer gardens, and tons of fun and games for the kids. You’ll be rocking out to tunes from artists like DJ Ronnie and David Jacobs-Strain while you knock back a pint at the beer garden after a hard day’s ride. And kids will delight in the Kids Zone, which has everything from wild face painting and super-cool bounces houses to gravity-defying Eurobungy jumping.  (Warning: after all the fun the little ones have at Kid Zone, it may not be easy to get them back to the hotel at the end of the day).

While there’s plenty at G4 to fill your entire weekend in Snowmass, there are still tons of ways to enjoy some downtime away from the festival: try hiking the trails, taking in a few rounds of golf, or amping up your serve in a friendly game of sand volleyball. The possibilities are endless.

With so much happening at the G4 Weekend, you won’t want to miss a second of it, so book your Snowmass accommodations early and get the most out of the G4 Weekend.

You’re bound to have a blast.

Valhalla – Gravity Logic – Snowmass, Colo. from Aspen/Snowmass on Vimeo.

Food and Wine Classic in Aspen: What to Do Around Town

With exclusive wine tastings and star-studded parties with gourmet food and delectable drinks, it’s no wonder that the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen is a sold out event every year. Whether you booked your reservations early or you’re scrolling the Internet to search for extra tickets, don’t forget that there’s plenty to do around town this time of year: Aspen is bustling with action all weekend.

Here are a few of our favorite places to visit in and around Aspen when we’re not tied up at the festival.

If you couldn’t get tickets to your preferred event, or if you just need a break from the crowds, head over for a day of hiking and sightseeing at Maroon Bells. Located just 12 miles outside of Aspen, Maroon Bells offers expansive fields of wildflowers, majestic lakes, and peaks stretching up to 14,000 feet. Cars aren’t allowed in the area, so bike in or reserve a spot on the Maroon Bells Guided Bus Tour.

It’s not enough to tell your friends back home about your Colorado vacation. Nor will photos, postcards, or Facebook posts suffice. Real travelers take home a piece of their Colorado visit, and they do it in style with Kemo Sabe, Aspen’s number one outfitter for unique western gear. When you’re not busy at the Food and Wine Classic, pay a visit to Kemo Sabe where you’ll find hand-crafted belt-buckles, serious cowboy boots, and a whole set of hats that mean business. Kemo Sabe is the perfect place to pick up an authentic Colorado souvenir for yourself or someone back home. Kemo Sabe, 434 East Cooper Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611. (970)925–7878.

If all of that eating and drinking at the Food and Wine Classic has you needing a breather, try taking a gondola ride and literally rise above it all. The Silver Queen Gondola will sweep you high above Aspen Mountain for some out of this world sightseeing, while the Elk Camp Gondola and Elk Camp Chairlift in Snowmass will take you (and your mountain bike!) up to 11,000 feet for hiking, biking, and exploring. You’ll find more information on schedules and pricing here.

Does the wining and dining have you wanting to add a little more culture to your day? Try the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, where you’ll find a lot more happening than Carmen and La Traviata: comedy shows, live music, and film festivals take place here all year round, so be sure to check the schedule to see what’s happening during your visit. Wheeler Opera House, 320 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611. (970)920–5770.

Whether you can’t wake up without your morning jo, or you need an extra jolt to counteract the gourmet wine from the festival, ink! Coffee Company is sure to set you right. This is the perfect place to snag an espresso before the Food and Wine Classic, or to grab a post-festival pick me up. There’s more than just fantastic caffeine at ink! Coffee. Don’t miss out on their fresh smoothies, the huge selection of teas, and the delicious salads and sandwiches. ink! Coffee Company, 520 East Durant Ave., Aspen, CO 81611. (970) 544–0588.

With so much happening in Aspen and Snowmass, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do. Just remember to make reservations well in advance: during the Food and Wine Classic weekend, restaurants, hotels, and tours fill up quickly.
(970) 544-0588

 

Snowmass Summer Of Free Music and more…

There is a still a lot of snow on the ground in Snowmass. Skiing is not quite finished yet but we are already getting excited about summer in Snowmass, particularly the free Thursday Night Concerts on Fanny Hill. Check out this great lineup for the popular Summer of Free Music Series for the 2013 Summer season starting on Thursday, June 20.  The free concerts produced by Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS), will run on Thursday evenings through August 15 on Fanny Hill, with one Friday show on July 5.  Shows start at 6:15 p.m.   The popular Family Fun Zone will return for the kids with free face painting, clowns, a bouncy house and hula hoops.   So dust off those picnic baskets, pull out your summer blankets  and get ready for a great summer of mountain music in Snowmass!


June 20

Freddy Jones Band/Chicago Rock

June 27

The Dunwells/British Folk Rock

July 5 (Friday Show) 

C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band/Zydeco

July 11

The Revivalists/New Orleans Soul Rock

July 18

Mountain Standard Time/Bluegrass

July 25

J. Boog/Jamaican Reggae

August 1

Tab Benoit/Cajun Blues

August 8

Nigel Hall/Soul Jazz Funk

August 15

Robert Walters 20th Congress/Soul Jazz

Master of the Mass July 12-14 2013

Come stay with us for the Master of the Mass, 2013!  Even if you’re not racing, this event is not to be missed.

MASTER OF THE MASS Bike Race Set for JULY 12-14, 2013 Registration is Now Open for the Race

Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., April 18 , 2013 – Registration for Master of theMass, July 12-14 is now open online at www.aspensnowmass.com/master. This Enduro Mountain Bike Race is comprised of four stages over three days that
test the all-around skills of racers as they face the challenge of using only one bike for all stages which include a chainless downhill,
cross-country, downhill and super-downhill categories.

New this year, final results will be based on cumulative scoring and not cumulative times in racing divisions of pro men/women and amateur men/women. A Junior division for ages 13-17 has also been added to the race this year. The pro division will have a $3,000 prize purse. Parties and events will surround the weekend of mountain biking in one of the most beautiful settings in the Rockies.

Race Course (subject to change):
Friday, July 12 – 4 p.m. – Super-Downhill (Time Trial) The crown jewel of the race is the first stage with a drop of more than 3,500 feet over 8.5 miles from the top of Elk Camp Chair all the way to the rodeo parking lot. The course will feature Vapor, Government, Anaerobic Nightmare and Highline trails.

Saturday, July 13 – 9 a.m. – Cross-Country Race (Mass Start) Beginning at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola this ride will incorporate the best cross-country trails Snowmass has to offer. The cross-country course has approximately 1,000 feet of vertical climbing and 2,300 feet of descent over nine miles and will finish in Snowmass Base Village

Saturday, July 13 – 4 p.m. – Chainless Downhill (Time Trial) Begin at the top of Elk Camp Gondola and descend down the Valhalla Trail and finish in Base Village. A DJ, drinks and party will continue in Snowmass Base Village.

Sunday, July 14 – 11 a.m. – Downhill (Time Trial) Each racer will have one run down Snowmass’ famed Pro Downhill course accessed from the top of the Village Express chairlift and finish in Base Village. Practice for the downhill will start at 9 a.m.

Award ceremony and closing party will be at 1 p.m. in Snowmass Base Village.

To check out the action of the Master of the Mass last year visit:  www.flickr.com/

Aspen/Snowmass would like to thank the Aspen/Snowmass Master of the Mass sponsors: Muscle Milk, Clif Bar, Helly HansenGoPro and Shocktop Belgian White.

Snowmass Business Open for Offseason

Aspen Sports

  • 970-923-6111
  • Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday through Friday until mid-May

Daly Bottle Shop, Grain Fine Foods

  • 970-923-4100
  • Open 3 to 9 p.m. seven days a week

Erica Berens Yoga

Gene Taylor’s Sports

  • 970-923-4336
  • Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays

North Face

  • 970-923-0673
  • Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week

Patagonia

  • 970-315-3364
  • Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week

Snowmass Kitchen

  • 970-923-8200
  • Open seven days a week
  • Breakfast: 7 to 10 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dinner: (Vue Lounge) 4 to 9 p.m.

Starbucks

  • 970-923-8306
  • Open 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week

 

End of Snowmass’ 45th Season

The 45th ski season at Snowmass ended Sunday April 14th in a flurry of fresh powder and great parties.  The parties began at Spider Sabich Picnic Palace with Schneetag, a party and competition  where teams build a float and attempt to ride it out across a man made pond.  Prizes included a GoPro Camera and Smith Goggles.

The party continued in Base Village with the closing party on the plaza.  Base Camp, Slice and Sneaky’s were all rocking and rolling, and the common-consumption area in the plaza made it easy to move within the bars and restaurants.

Maybe the best part of closing day was the dunk tank, with luminaries such as Dwayne Romero, Sue Way and Rev. Robert deWetter.  What a great time!