Local's Guide on Things to Do in Snowmass Village

Engel Lansburgh Team July 12, 2022

Local's Guide on Things to Do in Snowmass Village
Snowmass lies about eight miles northwest of Aspen, Colorado, and is one of the state's popular ski areas in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountain range. It is a ski resort located in the town of Snowmass Village. It occupies an area of 3,362 acres, making it the largest of the four ski areas within the Aspen area: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk. The base elevation is 8,104 feet, with a top elevation of 12,510 feet.

Snowmass Village is rich with year-round outdoor activities ranging from hiking, biking, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, paragliding, rock climbing, fly fishing, and horseback riding. Snowmass Village sits at the base of Snowmass at an elevation of 8,209 feet. Its nearly 2,800 residents live in an area of about 28 square miles.

The Base Village has new luxury residences including the Limelight, One Snowmass, The Havens, & Electric Pass Lodge. The brand-new Aura residences are the latest slopeside residences available for purchase.

Once you’ve found your preference amongst Snowmass properties for sale, it’s time to get acquainted with the town and its mountain.

Indoor and outdoor activities galore

Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, Snowmass VillagePhoto Courtesy of Uncover Colorado, Breathtaker Alpine Coaster
The Snowmass Recreation Center is an 18,000-square-foot venue for visitors of all ages who love exercise, swimming, and activities that include tennis, basketball, pickleball, ice skating, and fitness classes. After all that activity, you can either return to your Snowmass single-family home or wind down in the hot tub before settling in by the fireplace to look out onto the majestic mountain ranges just outside your doors.

The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster is a treat for kids and adults alike, featuring rider-controlled cars for an exhilarating ride time of about nine minutes up the mountain and three minutes down over the one-mile-plus length of the forest track. If you'd instead like to "feel the snow," you can go inner-tubing down the mountain slope or go for some good, old-fashioned ice skating.

In the winter season, why not indulge in a dog sled ride and a fantastic meal in one location? Krabloonik dog sledding offers both. You can visit the log cabin restaurant and start your meal with baked brie served with poached pears, sliced almonds, and lingonberry jam with garlic toast and crackers. If you’ve got room for a full meal, try the roasted Colorado rack of lamb dressed with a pomegranate demi-glace, mashed sweet potatoes, and braised greens; and end your meal with a decadent slice of turtle pecan cheesecake. The dog sled rides carry two adults and a child, and 8-10 Alaskan huskies pull the sleds over the rivers and through the woods of Snowmass backcountry. The tours last about one hour, and post-ride offers a relaxing time at the campfire with a hot cider or hot chocolate.

Snowmass Club is a private country club that offers golf, tennis, pickleball, aquatics, spa, and residences. Boasting superb natural beauty, outstanding facilities, and a congenial community, it’s a wonderful place to connect with locals and relax.

Live performances, art, and culture

Anderson Ranch and Arts Center, Snowmass VillagePhoto Courtesy of Anderson Ranch and Arts Center
The free Summer Concert Series is celebrating its 30th year, and the party is sure to be epic. The series runs from June 16 through August 25, and there’s no better way to enjoy the warm summer evenings with live performances by notable bands and artists on Fanny Hill while you chill with delectable food and refreshing drinks. The venue was upgraded with a new concert stage roof, a dance floor, and shipping container bars.

The Anderson Ranch and Arts Center offers visitors lectures, rotating art exhibitions, a sculpture garden, and workshops in painting, textiles, photography, ceramics, and more. The center also presents an annual summer picnic where art pieces are auctioned for sale. It’s a perfect venue for budding artists and art enthusiasts of all ages, especially as a creative break once you’ve tired of unpacking in your new Snowmass home.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass FestivalPhoto Courtesy of Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival
Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival is now in its 31st year and takes place over the Labor Day weekend. The three-day event happens at Snowmass Town Park and hosts jazz and rock artists from all over the country. This year, singer-songwriters Chris Stapleton, Patrick Droney, Zach Bryan, Leon Bridges, vocal group Little Big Town, Marc Broussard, rock icon Stevie Nicks, and psychedelic soul band the Black Pumas round out the talent-packed ticket. The festival is like attending eight concerts in one!

Snack break

The Crepe Shack doesn’t just offer hungry customers strawberry crepes with a dollop of fake whipped cream. You can choose savory or sweet breakfast crepes with various flavors, including matcha and organic, gluten-free buckwheat flour stuffed with avocado, spinach, basil pesto, and mozzarella cheese. Or choose the black forest ham with gruyere cheese, Swiss cheese, scrambled eggs, and honey Dijon mustard. The “Plain Jane” is slathered with butter, cinnamon, and maple syrup, making an excellent option for a sweet treat. Top off your meal with a specialty coffee or tea, and you're ready to hop back onto the slopes!

For a taste of world-class sushi, visit Kenichi. The menu features house favorites like Torched Salmon and Yellowtail. As for trusted classics, cooked rolls like the California roll and Spicy Tuna are available, along with numerous sashimi options. Not in the mood for sushi? Check out their salads and small plates.

One of the local favorite Italian eateries is Il Poggio. Having recently celebrated 30 years, the restaurant is well-loved by the community. Serving up sensational dishes like Seared Duck Breast, Ravioli, and Funghi Pizza, it’s the perfect place for a night out. Don’t forget to try the Tiramisu and Olive Oil Cake!

Other favored restaurants include Taster’s for delicious pizza, Venga Venga for Mexican fare, and Stonebridge Inn which features an artisan restaurant.
Base Camp Bar and GrillPhoto Courtesy of  Base Camp Bar and Grill
The Base Camp Bar and Grill has a glorious fire pit for al fresco dining and imbibing its craft cocktails, snacks, and entrees, including quesadillas, hearty pork chili, and a turkey-avocado sandwich with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on sourdough.

Retail and spa therapy

After hitting the slopes, it’s time for some retail therapy. Head to the Snowmass Mall, where you'll find everything from clothing, jewelry, shoes, and home décor to outdoor, ski wear, and sports equipment. Finally, stop at the Viceroy for a much-needed spa treatment to round out your day.

Local agents are Snowmass area experts and know much more about the real estate market than just the latest homes available. If you’re ready to start looking for your next Snowmass home for sale, reach out to the experienced Engel Lansburgh Team for expert advice.

*Header photo courtesy of Southern Bride

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