Colorado is one of the most popular destinations to visit in winter, given its snow-capped mountains and meadows, perfect for skiing and other winter activities. However, did you know that summer in Colorado is just as spectacular? We can attest to this fact! We set forth on a September adventure to the Rocky Mountains and had the coveted opportunity to experience the vibrant community of Snowmass Village in Summer. Snowmass Village is known for its incredible views of mountain vistas in addition to vast adjacent acres of wilderness. We were privileged to experience this firsthand. In this Travel Guide, we will be sharing Snowmass Village in summer travel tips and recommendations to inspire you to visit too!
Disclosure: We were hosted by Go Snowmass; however, all opinions shared herein are our own and are not influenced by any being or brand. Additionally, this post may contain affiliate links at no cost to you.
5 Facts About Snowmass Village, Colorado
- Founded in 1977 in central Colorado, Snowmass Village is a small mountain town located in the Roaring Fork Valley, and specifically in Pitkin County.
- Snowmass Village is situated at 8,100 feet in elevation and is approximately 9 miles from Aspen, Colorado.
- Snowmass Village is ranked as one of the best winter ski areas and summer mountain biking destinations in the world.
- Snowmass Village, Colorado is in the Mountain Time Zone.
- The sky cabs (gondolas) in Snowmass Village are also known as skittles due to their brightly colored exteriors.
What to Pack for a Trip to Snowmass Village
The following is by no means an exhaustive list, but merely a few suggestions to consider. Feel free to add to your packing list as you deem fit.
Clothing: Pack lightweight clothing that you can layer (and a light jacket) as summer weather in Snowmass can be unpredictable. From 60 degrees and rain one second to 80 degrees the next, it is best to be prepared for any weather. Additionally, consider packing bathing suits/swimming trunks, workout clothes, hiking clothes, etc, depending on the activities that you plan to engage in.
Tip: The dress code in Snowmass Village is pretty casual. Jeans and a nice shirt are great for even the fanciest of outings. Ladies, heels may be a tricky affair in Snowmass Village given the terrain and cobblestone in some places. Consider more comfortable shoes.
Footwear: At least one pair of sturdy shoes (suitable for hiking/outdoor activities), casual shoes, sandals.
Sun and skin protection: chapstick, moisturizing lotion, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray
Hydration: Water bottle (there are several filtered water filling stations throughout the village). Due to the high altitude of Snowmass Village, be sure to stay well hydrated.
Miscellaneous: Masks are required in indoor spaces in Snowmass Village (as of September 2021).
How to Get to Snowmass Village, Colorado
If you will be traveling to Snowmass Village from outside Colorado, flying would be the most convenient and fastest way to get there. The following are a few options to consider.
1.Fly to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE)
This airport is approximately 15 minutes from Snowmass Village. Airlines that service this route are American Airlines and United Airlines. Check out flight deals below:
Pros: Aspen/Pitkin is a small airport; therefore, you will be saved from dealing with large crowds or long security lines.
Cons: There are no jet bridges that connect the planes to the terminals; therefore, plan to board and deplane via the aircraft’s stairs. Additionally, the planes that fly to this airport may be smaller, so you may have to check in (at no additional cost) your larger carry-on items at the plane entrance.
Transport from Aspen/Pitkin County Airport to Snowmass Village
Depending on where you will be staying while you are in Snowmass Village, complimentary transportation (mostly shuttles) may be available. Confirm this information when booking your stay. For local transportation and other parking options around Snowmass, to Aspen, and around the Valley, see here.
2. Fly to Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE)
This airport is an approximate 90-minute drive from Snowmass Village. Airlines that service this route are American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Airlines. Check out flight deals below:
Upon arrival at the airport, you can choose to rent a car and drive to Snowmass Village.
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Alternatively, you can use a transportation service to ferry you to Snowmass Village.
3. Fly to Denver International Airport (DEN)
Denver International Airport is served by over 20 domestic and international airlines. It is an approximate 4-hour drive from the airport to Snowmass Village. Once in Denver, the following are a few options to get to Snowmass Village:
There is a connecting flight from Denver International Airport to the Aspen/Pitkin Airport.
It takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour from Denver International Airport to Snowmass Village.
Travel Tip: Denver International airport is a larger airport with more traffic; therefore, plan accordingly and arrive at the airport way ahead of time in anticipation of larger crowds and therefore longer security lines.
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Do you need a car while in Snowmass Village?
The answer to whether you will need a car while in Snowmass Village is…
Yes or no depending on your unique circumstances.
If your plan is to embark on a self-guided exploration adventure beyond the confines of Snowmass Village, then yes you may find that renting a car will provide the flexibility and convenience that you seek.
You can rent a car from Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. Check out the following links for car rental deals that you can reserve and pay for at the airport.
Alternatively, you can use the FREE Village Shuttle to connect to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) regional bus service.
If however, your plan is to spend your time solely in Snowmass Village, you will find that renting a car is not necessary. The Transportation Department operates the Village Shuttle which provides FREE rides within Snowmass Village.
Additionally, most hotels and resorts also have complimentary shuttles for transportation within the village.
What is Snowmass Village Like?
Based on our brief (but jam-packed with activities) summer experience in Snowmass Village, we recommend it as a fun-filled destination, chock full of exciting outdoor activities. The vibe there is laid back and relaxed and the local residents are friendly and welcoming of out of towners.
Where to Stay in Snowmass Village, Colorado
There are a variety of accommodation options available in Snowmass Village, Everything from luxury resorts, vacation rentals, and hotel suites. The following are a few options to consider.
Vacation Rentals in Snowmass VIllage
We stayed at Timberline Condominiums— slopeside rentals that are located just steps away from a variety of festivals, events, and activities that keep Snowmass Village buzzing all year long. Timberline Condominium suites range from studios, 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms, with mountain side direct access, all the conveniences of home, and an on-site restaurant —The Edge Restaurant & Bar. There is a complimentary shuttle service available to the condominiums guests that will transport you anywhere within Snowmass Village. They are also available for airport pick-up and drop-off.
Laurelwood and Interlude Condominiums
The Laurelwood offers spacious, recently updated condominium studio suites. Each 540-square-foot studio can accommodate up to four people comfortably.
The Interlude is Laurelwood’s neighboring condominium complex made up of mountainside 2-bedroom & 3-bedroom units.
Choose from 1-7 bedroom luxury vacation rentals
Check out additional Vacation Rentals: VRBO Snowmass Village
Hotels in Snowmass VIllage
Stonebridge Inn is conveniently located slopeside in the center of Snowmass Village. It features 93 boutique guest rooms and suites.
Viceroy Snowmass is a luxury resort with spacious guestrooms — each of them a slice of modern luxury in the mountains.
Limelight has 99 hotel rooms and 11 residences. The hotel is close-to-the-gondola access in summer — all right in the heart of Snowmass Base Village.
Wildwood Snowmass has 145 cozy rooms and 6 unique suites. It is in an ideal location, just steps from the slopes and the finest shops, dining, and nightlife in Snowmass Village.
Find additional hotels below
Snowmass Village Restaurants
Snowmass Village is chock full of food and drink options, guaranteed to satisfy a wide array of palates and preferences. The following are a few top recommendations.
Fresh-pressed juices, milk, smoothies, and hand-crafted breakfast. Also available are lunch items and satisfying snacks.
A variety of gourmet take-out foods in a creative, ever-changing style. Featuring an eclectic menu of fresh ingredients, an array of options are available for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner.
Kickstart your day with coffee & pastries at this cafe located at Viceroy Snowmass hotel.
Primarily known for their sweet and savory crepes; however, also offer coffee, grilled cheese, soups, and fresh baked goods.
Local and fresh, all-natural ingredients breakfast and lunch options.
Located on the upper level of the Snowmass Mall, Il Poggio offers handmade traditional and innovative foods from Italy and beyond. Favorites like sweet potato ravioli, veal/truffle gnocchi, and the pizzetta are complemented by an interesting selection of wines from Italy and California.
A creative menu of locally sourced entrées spun in internationally inspired ways. Both outdoor dining and indoor seating are available,
mix6 and Moxi Bar: mix6 offers a fresh take on healthy eating featuring nutrition-focused cuisine, vegetarian options, and tasty bites to keep you powering through your day in Snowmass. Moxi Bar is home to an extensive cocktail, wine, and beer list. Enjoy your beverage with a treat from mix6.
Slow Groovin’ Chophouse
Popular, casual outpost featuring hearty BBQ plates, craft brews & cocktails, plus outdoor seating.
The Stew Pot
The Stew Pot is the oldest restaurant in Snowmass. On offer are a variety of comfort food menu options including homemade soups, stews, and chilis.
The Artisan Restaurant
Seasonal American cuisine & cocktails served in a relaxed setting with rustic accents and a patio.
Best known for local organic selections featured at various stations including rotisserie, panini, salad bar, soul-warming soups, bakery, and artisan hand-tossed pizzas from scratch.
Renowned for serving the most delicious, authentic traditional Thai cuisine.
The Edge Restaurant and Bar
Located at Timberline Condominiums, this restaurant has an exciting and diverse menu featuring Alpine Cuisine. Flavors from different cuisines are carefully crafted to create hearty plates for the Colorado style of living.
Big Hoss BBQ
Casual American grill with a patio serving BBQ, sandwiches & breakfast.
Little Mammoth Steakhouse
Steakhouse offering chops, seafood & global wines plus Rocky Mountain views.
Outdoor counter-serve featuring window service with tables outside on the Snowmass Mall. The menu features pizza, calzones & Italian hoagies, plus Philly cheesesteaks and much more!
Located slopeside on the Snowmass Mall, the Ranger Station has a full bar with locally sourced spirits, hot drinks (Rock Canyon coffee and house-made hot chocolate), & beer-focused food pairings.
Venga Venga Cantina and Tequila Bar
Authentic Mexican food is served alongside a collection of 75+ tequilas and mezcals, in a trendy contemporary place.
Zane’s Tavern: Sports Bar and Light dining
Local restaurant with a wide variety of traditional American favorites. Zane’s also makes authentic Philly Cheesesteaks and serves up the best wings in the valley!
New American cuisine, coupled with over 30 craft beers and a wide selection of fine wines, in a relaxed and eclectic dining environment, including a great outdoor patio.
Slice of Italy
Signature pizzas & classic Italian entrees in a warm, casual space with a full bar & upbeat vibe.
Specialty & build-your-own pizzas, plus salads, pasta & hot subs.
Toro Kitchen and Lounge at Viceroy Hotel
An upscale-rustic outlet for contemporary Latin American cuisine & cocktails in the Viceroy Snowmass.
Artisan Ice Cream
Small-batch artisan ice cream made from scratch on-site. Vegan options are available.
Grocery/Convenience Stores in Snowmass Village
Clarks Market Grocery Store
36 Fun Things To Do in Snowmass Village in Summer
1. Experience the Snowmass Balloon Festival
The Snowmass Balloon Festival is a highly anticipated 3-day event held at the tail end of summer. It is the highest altitude balloon event in the country. Walk around a forest of glowing hot air balloons by night, or take in the sights of pops of hot air balloon color in the sky by day. We greatly enjoyed our inaugural Snowmass Balloon Festival! Needless to say, we will be back!
2. Spa, Swim, and Lunch Day at Viceroy
Enjoy a massage at the 7,000 square-foot Viceroy Snowmass spa and fitness center. The spa will wrap you in a world of holistic wellness experiences, from Ute Indian-inspired therapies to contemporary beauty rituals. This sanctuary provides six luxurious treatment rooms, a meditative relaxation lounge surrounded by the soothing sound of falling water from an infinity pool, and a waterfall that centers the spa. Services provided include massages, thermal wraps, and exfoliation, facials, grooming and hair removal, and more.
We enjoyed a relaxing couples massage, followed by more rejuvenation at the spa’s relaxation lounge.
Following your spa treatment, relax poolside at the Viceroy’s Snowmass all-season outdoor heated pool and cabanas. For lunch, NEST’s light, healthy lunch fare won’t disappoint. Dine al fresco and enjoy a fresh take on classics including the NEST burger, lobster roll, lemongrass coconut ribs, cobb salad, shakes, and more.
3. Embark on a Hiking Adventure
Directly accessed from Snowmass Village, you can explore over 80 miles of trails. You can choose from a selection of easy, moderate, and challenging hikes. Expect to see aspen groves, wildflowers, and grassy meadows during your summer hike.
Get detailed hiking information here.
4. Go Mountain or Road Biking
There are over 300 miles of high-quality singletrack to explore in Snowmass Village. There are options for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders for mountain trails and road rides.
You can rent bikes at the following locations:
SNOWMASS BASE VILLAGE RENTAL
61 Wood Rd., Snowmass Village, CO 81615
SNOWMASS VILLAGE MALL
45 Village Square, Snowmass Village, CO 81615
Top of Elk Camp Gondola at Snowmass
Aspen Sports – Snowmass Mall
105 Village Square,
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
5. Venture Out on a Scenic E-bike Cruise
Ride the Brush Creek Trail starting in Lot 4, adjacent to the Snowmass Village Mall, and runs parallel to Brush Creek Road. This smooth ride has great views with a scenic setting next to a river.
Tip: E-bikes are only allowed on paved trails. They are NOT allowed on dirt trails.
6. Enjoy a Horseback Riding Session
Snowmass has over 23 miles of equestrian trails. Explore forests and lush meadows on your own, or on a guided trip. One to five hour, full-day and overnight trips are available. Ride options range from the first-time rider to the advanced.
Guided horseback rides are available through the following:
Snowmass Creek Outfitters
7. Experience the Snowmass Rodeo
A Snowmass tradition for almost 5 decades, the Snowmass Rodeo is on every Wednesday in the summer at 7 pm at the Townpark Station. Enjoy country music, livestock, and overall family fun.
8. Jam With Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Attend a concert or festival hosted by Jazz Aspen Snowmass
9. Go on a Mountain Climbing Adventure
You have the option of independent rock climbing, or with a local guide.
10. Explore the Snowmass Art Walk
The Snowmass Art Walk showcases art installations, murals, and sculptures of local artists, and can be found around the Snowmass Mall, Snowmass Base Village, the Brush Creek Trail, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. This is a map of the locations.
11. Try Out Mountain Disc Golfing
There are two 18 hole mountain disc golf courses in Snowmass Village. This activity is FREE, but a lift ticket is required for the Elk Camp Gondola. Golf discs are available for rent at Four-Mountain Sports in Snowmass Base Village. Course maps are available from the summer rangers at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola.
Tip: Note that disc golf is available daily, only from mid-June through Labor Day.
12. Sightsee on a Summer Gondola Ride
Fly above forests and trails aboard an 8-seater Elk Camp gondola. Enjoy stunning views as you ascend the mountain. Note that lift tickets are required to ride the Elk Camp Gondola.
13. Ride the Alpine Coaster
Ride the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster through the forest above Elk Camp. It is a 7-9 minute adrenaline rush ride that will allow you to explore the mountain in a unique way.
14. Experience a Ziplining and Treelining Adrenaline Rush
Take in spectacular aerial views of Snowmass, and top it off with an adrenaline rush when you zipline in Snowmass. There are seven different ziplines of various lengths and heights. Snowmass boasts the only diagonal rappel in the nation!
15. Go on a Fishing Adventure
Snowmass is known for its stunning rivers, streams, and lakes. Indulge your fishing habit in the Roaring Fork Valley.
16. Play Games at Elk Camp Meadows
Ride the Elk Camp Gondola to the top of the mountain and enjoy a relaxed grass lawn with yard games, a large deck at Elk Camp Meadows.
17. Go on a Guided Jeep Tour
Explore hidden gems within Snowmass on a guided jeep tour. Expect to see the area’s local wildlife, scenic mountain views, and meadows on your tour.
Book your tour through Blazing Adventures.
18. Get Centered with Yoga
Sign up for yoga classes that combine healing practices with music to help you find a balance between body and mind.
19. Attend a Free Summer Concert Series
Snowmass Village has a free summer concert series every Thursday evening from June 10th to August 26th. Held on Fanny Hill, enjoy tunes from live bands.
20. Go on a Guided Walk
Choose between a Snowmass Wildflower Walk or a Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Walk (or both), for an opportunity to learn about the local environment,
21. Check Out The Snowmass Village Recreation Center
The rec center has the only outdoor, heated saline pools in Aspen Snowmass, along with state-of-the-art cardio machines, a weight room, a group exercise studio, a gymnasium, a climbing wall, a basketball court, and a bouldering cave. Take a fitness class like Pilates or yoga, enjoy a personal training session, play indoor basketball, or a soak in the hot tub with stunning mountain views.
22. Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Sign up for a morning sunrise hot air balloon ride and take in expansive views of Mount Daly, Capitol Peak, and the Elk Mountains. Wildlife like elk, deer, and fox are often visible from the balloon as well. Float with a knowledgeable FAA-licensed commercial balloon pilot up to breathtaking heights for about an hour before returning to the ground for a champagne brunch.
23. Explore and Purchase Art at Anderson Ranch Center
Nestled among the pristine peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center campus comprises 14 ranch buildings on five beautifully kept acres. Meet the artists on campus and browse the ArtWorks Store, which offers an excellent selection of unique gifts and art supplies. Take a self-guided tour and catch a glimpse of the Ranch’s historic past, while visiting its state-of-the-art studios.
24. Play Games at Collective Snowmass Game Lounge
The Game Lounge is a public play space to enjoy a variety of games including foosball, tube table tennis, interactive wall mural, intriguing games, board games, full-size pin art, air hockey, the selfied den, lounge area to chill, and more.
25. Bowl at Snowmass Lanes and Lounge
Snowmass Lanes and Lounge bowling alley has 6 bowling lanes, professional billiard and Foosball tables, dartboard, 300-inch projection screens surrounded with cushy leather couches, delicious food and drinks as well as the best wood-fired pizza!
26. Golf at Snowmass Club
Snowmass Club is a private entity; however, the golf course is open to the public during select tee times. Call 970.923.5700 (summer only) or 970.923.5600 at all other times for reservations.
27. Climb Walls in Snowmass
The Limelight Hotel Snowmass has a five-story climbing wall with three self-belay routes—a lower one for beginners, and two that will scale the entire wall. Staff will be on hand to give pointers, ensure safety, and help with harnesses and climbing shoes.
Open daily from 5pm- 8pm. Free for Limelight Hotel guests. For visitors, climbing is $10 per person for up to 30 minutes. Call 970-924-5130 to make a required reservation.
Alternatively, check out the wall climbing at Snowmass Village Recreation Center.
28. Experience the Snowmass Craft Beer Rendezvous
The Snowmass Craft Beer Rendezvous is an annual 3-day event held every summer in Snowmass. Enjoy 3 days of action including Live bands and DJs, pop-up bars featuring cold craft beverages, outdoor games, etc.
29. Unwind at the Snowmass Wine Festival
The Snowmass Wine Festival is an annual event that is hosted by the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village. It features incredible food, flavors, sights, and sounds from local providers and wine vendors.
30. Take Photos at Notable Spots
Easily hire a local photographer to capture special moments in Snowmass Village’s scenic sights and by landmarks. (Snowmass chair, Snowmass mural)
31. Catch Happy Hour at Limelight Lounge
The Lounge at The Limelight Hotel is known for Snowmass’ longest happy hour (3p-7p), Also available are a mix of small plates, entrees, and pizzas to fill any appetite. The Limelight Hotel and Lounge features a wide-open community-style living room with comfortable couches, cozy fireplaces, flatscreen televisions, table & board games, and plenty of room to just hang out.
32. Take an Art Class at Straight Line Studio
Straight Line Studio is an experimental art gallery and studio space located in Snowmass Base Village. They offer rotating artist exhibitions and tailored art classes. www.straightlinestudiosllc.com
33. Go on a Shopping Spree
Indulge in a shopping experience at Snowmass Village Mall. There are a variety of shopping options for clothing, souvenirs, gifts, etc.
34. Embark on an Art Walk Journey
The Snowmass Art Walk showcases the unique galleries, majestic murals, and off-the-beaten-path sculptures around Snowmass Village, up the mountain, and on the trails.
35. Discover the Ice Age
The Snowmass paleontological site is the richest Ice Age ecosystem found at a high altitude. In 2010, a construction crew unearthed a single tusk of a young female mammoth while digging at Ziegler Reservoir. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science took over the site and went on to find 6,000 bones of 10 mammals and over 30,000 small bones from small vertebrate animals– 42 species in all. Mammoths, mastodons, camels, horses, sloths, and other species, as well as insects, and plant life were found.
36. Play the Snowmass Mountain Mission
The Snowmass Mountain Mission is an app-based, village-wide scavenger hunt designed to challenge creativity and test Snowmass knowledge. Download the Eventzee app from the App Store, enter an email, username and password, and the event code: Snowmass.
5 Quick Snowmass Village Tips
1,Vibe: The overall vibe is casual and laid back, You can dress up if you want to, but our observation was that comfortable chic, athleisure wear would be the way to go.
2. Altitude: Snowmass is a high-altitude location. Be aware of the health effects of diminished oxygen levels. Remember to drink plenty of water as your body will be more dehydrated. Be careful when drinking alcohol as the combination of altitude and dehydration can cause alcohol to act faster.
3. Weather: Weather conditions can change rapidly. Keep tabs on the weather forecast and plan and dress accordingly.
4. Rules and Regulations:
Camping is prohibited in the town of Snowmass Village.
No open fires are allowed.
Dogs must be leashed on all trails
Ebikes are only allowed on paved paths within the Town of Snowmass Village. They are prohibited on ALL natural surface trails.
5. Medical: In case of emergency, the local healthcare facility is The Snowmass Medical Care Clinic, a walk-in facility located at Base Village.
FInal Thoughts about Snowmass Village
As always, when we venture out to a new destination, we do so without any preconceived notions. Our goal is always for the destination in question to reveal itself to us. Snowmass Village did not disappoint— it is one place that we will be talking about for years to come!
As residents of a sunbelt state (Texas) known for its blistering heat, a less blazing version of summer was a welcome change for us. We loved that we could actively engage in tons of outdoor Snowmass Village activities (while staying well hydrated of course). If you are a lover of the great outdoors, Snowmass Village will most definitely satisfy your desire to be one with nature. Scenic mountain vistas, meadows, Colorado’s wildlife (like the deer outside our condo one evening that we named Bambi), and nature at its absolute finest await you!
So, whether you had no knowledge whatsoever about Snowmass Village prior to reading this travel guide…
Or, you had never considered Snowmass Village as a summer vacation destination…
Whatever your reasons are, it is our hope that we have provided value and inspired you to add and/or push Snowmass Village high on your travel bucket list.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Now, go forth and explore!