Snowmass

Skiing Snowmass

Best known for: Wide-open, groomed cruising and family-friendly activities. Snowmass has long been rated one of the best family ski areas in North America.

Best-kept secret: Dine for lunch at the rustic Lynn Britt Cabin located mid-mountain. The daily "Noon Groom," a freshly groomed run that reopens at noon. Take the short hike to the Long Shot trail where intermediate skiers and snowboarders can get a backcountry experience while in-bounds.

What's new: Already one of North America’s premier resorts, Snowmass continues to undergo a host of on-mountain improvements that will greet skiers and riders for the 2008-2009 season: a new Sheer Bliss lift; Sam’s Smokehouse restaurant and Sneaky’s Tavern; additional commercial, residential and restaurant space in base village; the new Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center; the Elk Camp Meadows learning area accessible by the eight-passenger Elk Camp Gondola. In addition, the Snow Park Technologies-designed Snowmass Park now includes a 22-foot superpipe! Plus, thanks to the latest in radio frequency technology, guests will speed through select gates at access lifts without requiring a scan or check.

Long Shot 
Take the Elk Camp chairlift up to Burnt Mountain to access the 8.3km-long Long Shot trail down to Two Creeks. This intermediate run winds through forests, giving skiers a real backcountry experience, and is invariably free of other skiers.

Hanging Valley and the Cirque 
These are probably two of the most underrated off-piste ski areas in the world. A vast winter wonderland, together they provide expert skiers and boarders with opportunities to play on a high altitude plateau (3,815m), negotiate cliff drops and narrow gullies and ride through open glades, steep woods and wide powder fields.

The Cirque on Snowmass
From the 12,510 foot summit of Snowmass, The Cirque drops precipitously through cliffs, rockbands and steep headwalls. Try AMF or Gowdy's or make your way across to the Cirque Headwall and pick a line between the rocks, or find a launch pad.

Ski Rental, Aspen Snowmass

Four-Mountain Sports D&E on the Village Mall.
Four-Mountain Sports at Two Creeks, Four-Mountain Sports Base Village,
Beginner's Magic at the top of the Elk Camp gondola
Four-Mountain Kids at the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center.

Mountain Restaurants

Elk Camp

Sneaky's Tavern

Sam's Smokehouse

Up 4 Pizza

Two Creeks Cafe

Lynn Britt Cabin

Burlingame Cabin

Ullrhof

Gwyn's High Alpine