There’s no doubt about it; Snowmass is an adventurer’s playground. A destination that’s bursting at the seams with opportunities for exciting outdoor activities, if there’s one thing we can guarantee from a visit to Snowmass; it’s that you’ll never be bored. Winter sees the opening of some of the best ski runs in the United States, whilst the spring and summer months invite us outdoors to explore Snowmass’ lush greenery on foot, by bike, in a raft, via hot air balloon…yep, you get the picture. If you love the outdoors, you’ll love Snowmass. To give you a better taste of what this incredible place can offer, here’s a little run down of our favourite outdoor activities.
Skiing & Snowboarding
During the winter months, the Aspen Snowmass area becomes one of the world’s finest ski resorts. With your lift pass linking you to the largest ski area in the United States, all levels of skiers and boarders will be kept occupied for days. Boasting 329 runs with plenty of powder bowls, wide groomed trails, moguls, tree runs and backcountry skiing, rest assured there is something for every level of skier and boarder here. With family-friendly runs, mellow, beginner slopes, and wide open runs for intermediates, there are also mogul runs for advanced riders and several double-black runs that fall into the seriously scary category.
Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning
Waking before dawn to soar over the Roaring Fork Valley and the stunning expanses of Aspen and Snowmass is an experience you just can’t miss. With winds at their calmest at this time in the morning, launch from the Snowmass Recreation Centre shortly after sunrise and watch as the breath-taking wilderness stretches out before you. Balloon rides usually last for around an hour, and it’ll be an hour in which you’ll be bowled over by the majestic scenery below and, if you’re lucky, you’ll even get to spot some wildlife, including deer and elk, grazing calmly beneath you. Delicious breakfasts can be arranged for you to enjoy whilst you’re in the air or, if you prefer, when your feet are back on firm ground.
Making a trip to Snowmass over the summer? Then head for the refreshing white waters of Colorado’s best rivers and discover why Snowmass is one of the top ten areas for white-water rafting in Colorado. Once on board your raft, you’ll pass through exciting rapids whilst soaking in the Colorado sunshine. You can choose between full and half day trips, which are all lead by an expert guide, and a variety of difficulty levels. Whether you want to float down the river gently or hit the most radical waves around, this will be an adventure you will never forget.
In the warmer months, mountain biking replaces skiing as the area’s most popular downhill sport. Popular ski runs are turned into beginner, intermediate and expert biking descents. From beginner trails running through flat, open meadows to expert technical trails, the exciting and extensive biking routes surrounding the Snowmass village mean that anyone can go for a spin around the mountain. Snowmass is also well known for its world-class road biking. Take the Maroon Creek road up to Maroon Lake and the spectacular Maroon Bells for a particularly scenic journey.
A guided horse-back riding trip through the Snowmass and Aspen area will see you traverse through lush aspen groves, evergreen forests, and beautiful Alpine meadows. There are several ranches from which to set off from in the Snowmass area, so we’ll easily be able to find you a trusty steed and an expert guide. All saddled up? Then it’s time to explore the stunning mountain areas around the Snowmass Village before heading up towards the stunning Maroon Bells. Take a half day trip along Maroon Creek or, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, an overnight trip to the Crested Butte via East Maroon Pass.