Snowmass Mountain

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Snowmass is the largest ski resort within Aspen Snowmass’ four mountain portfolio and one of the largest Colorado Ski resorts in general. It also offers the most varied terrain, ranging from a wonderful beginner experience, to wide groomed cruisers and expert choices of Burnt Mountain and the Cirque. Snowmass is the only mountain of the four that offers a “noon-groom” popular for those that may miss ripping down the corduroy on the groomers while getting their beauty rest.  

On mountain dining mirrors the mountain; the options are vast and varied. Options include Elk CampLynn Britt CabinUllrhofSam’s SmokehouseGwyn’s, Gwyn’s High AlpineUp 4 Pizza, and Two Creeks Café. There are also a multitude of dining options available on the Snowmass Mall, and Base Village. 

Historical Highlights - Courtesy Aspen Historical Society

  • Snowmass Mountain opened in 1967 with 5 chairlifts and celebrated its 50th anniversary season during the winter of 2017-2018.
  • Snowboarding was first allowed on Snowmass in 1988.
  • In 1997 The Snowmass Cirque Platter lift, became the first lift to be powered solely by wind power credits. 

In the know

  • First Tracks are available on Snowmass Mountain on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. This is free, but space is limited and is only available to upper-level intermediate skiers and snowboarders, ages 11 and older. Call for reservations 970-923-0560
  • Ambassadors lead free tours every day on Snowmass. 10:30am tour leaves from the top of the Village Express Lift. 1:30pm tour leaves from the top of the Elk Camp Gondola. 
  • Aspen Center for Environmental Studies offers a ski tour daily from the Wapiti Wildlife Center at 11am and 1pm. The Tours are free, but a lift ticket and ski/snowboard gear are required.  
  • ACES also offers a snowshoe tour daily at 10am and 1pm from the top of the Elk Camp Gondola. Tickets are available for purchase at any lift ticket office and prices are $61/adults, and $41 Youth (7-17) and Seniors (over 65). 
  • Snowmass Mountain History Ski Tour is offered at 11am and 1pm on Tuesdays only (12/8-4/8). The tour originates at the top of Sam's Knob. 
  • Snowmass Mountain Uphill Policy  allows uphillers throughout the day but requires all traffic to obey on-mountain signage.