Snowmass Ski Area

The Snowmass ski area, located just minutes from downtown Aspen and lying within the scenic sprawl of White River National Forest near Snowmass Village, promises to be the perfect alpine vacation. With its majestic landscape and crisp high country air, it is a dream destination come true. The friendly hospitality and international appeal, and endless on/off mountain events will attract you to its people as much as to its unprecedented outdoor recreation. Bring your special someone, bring your friends, or your family, or just treat yourself to an experience you will want to relive again and again.

A picture of the Snowmass ski area wouldn’t be complete without a few facts about the mountain resort. Snowmass skiing runs from November 2006, to mid-April, 2007. It boasts a base elevation of 8,104 ft./2,473 m. It’s glorious summits climbs to an elevation of 12,510 ft./3,813 m. Vertically Snowmass mountain tops out at 4,406 ft./1,343 m, and contains 90 glorious trails over a 3,128 acre sprawl of ski/snowboard terrain, and is serviced by 23 versatile, state of the art chairlifts.

With 147 miles of trail, covering 3,128 acres/1,266 hectares of terrain, you’ll never run out of solid ground to ski on. The longest journey down the slope will take you 5.3 miles/8.5 km, the steepest one being Gowdy’s and AMF
with a slope angle of 40 degrees.

From easy to expert, you’re sure to find the perfect comfort range for all ages and levels in your party. From easy – 6 percent, to intermediate at 50 percent, with difficult levels amounting to 12 percent of the slopes, and for the pro the Snowmass ski area promises to challenge at 32 percent.

The Snowmass ski area enjoys 300 inches/762 cm of fresh white precipitation each year, enhanced by 185 glorious acres/75 hectares of premium man-made snow.

The Snowmass ski resort contains a total of 23 lifts – 19 of them primary, including an 8-passenger gondola, a high-speed six passenger chair, a six-passenger pulse gondola, multiple high speed quads, three doubles, magic carpets, special ski and snowboard lifts, and 4 secondary lifts that include: Sheer Bliss (double), Naked Lady (triple) and two platter pulls – Cirque and Scooper. Lifts serve approximately 31,000 riders and hour. A huge plus about the Snowmass ski area, is its wide-open slope spaces, with an average of two skiers per acre/5 people per hectare.

If you’re considering a vacation in the Snowmass ski area, picture the beauty and the opportunities that only a world-class ski resort can offer.

Enjoy a day on the best slopes in North America, followed by a relaxed evening browsing the many specialty shops. Or letting one of its many fine chefs at any of the more than 100 area restaurants serve you up a tantalizing meal. Then retreat to a pub, or nightclub, or catch a flick, or take in a cultural event or a world-class competition. And there’s plenty of lodging in the Snowmass ski area for all budgets (call Stay Aspen Snowmass at 970-925-9000 or 888-649-5985 for details). On or off the mountain, winter or summer, there are so many family activities in the Snowmass ski area that you’ll never be short on entertainment and good family fun.

And if you haven’t heard what’s new, the Snowmass ski area is proud to announce $50 million worth of improvements to the resort this year. New to the resort is Elk Camp Gondola, which seats 8, and quickly transports skiers from the new base village to the peak of Elk Camp Meadows in just minutes. With that, and last year’s new Village Express 6-pack, plus the new Sky Cab, gondola, you’ll enjoy more of what you came to the Snowmass ski area for in
the first place – some of the greatest skiing in North America, with less of the ride time. And, in the last two years the Snowmass ski area opened more than 200 acres of in-bounds backcountry ski terrain just waiting to be explored.

And for the snowboarder on board, the Snowmass ski area maintains three terrain parks – Pipiline, Makaha and Scooper – a superpipe and a minipipe. You can access more information about the Snowmass “renaissance”, as well as lift ticket prices, lodging accommodations and season pass information by going to: www.aspensnowmass.com

Interested in ski or snowboard lessons for the kids? Ski and Snowboard Schools of Snowmass/Aspen has programs for children, aged infants to teens. Inquire at the ticket office.