October 17, 2018

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Snowmass, Colorado

Snow Like its neighbor Aspen, Snowmass Village has a rich history. The area started out as a Ute Indian village. Later it became known as Brush Creek Valley, a ranching town populated in the early 1880s by many Scandinavian settlers who brought their skis with them.  While cattle ranching, grain production and logging were the primary industries of the area, recreational skiing became a popular pastime.

In 1955, the County commercially zoned the area in order to accommodate recreational visitors.   Three years later, land developer and former ski racer William Janss purchased property at the base of Snowmass.  In December 1967, a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service led to the creation of Snowmass-at-Aspen. Later the name was changed to Snowmass Village.

Today, Snowmass Village is known as a family destination and offers numerous events and festivals as well as great hiking and biking, a host of other summer activities, and of course the world-class skiing it is known for during the winter. Snowmass Village recently underwent a huge revitalization with a new base village, addition of new lifts, spectacular lodging and fun restaurants.

Located just a few miles from Aspen, Snowmass has its own distinct village featuring restaurants, charming boutiques and a wide range of accommodations. More than 90 percent of the resort’s hotels and condos are located slopeside, which is why it is so popular with families.

Discover culinary events, free concerts, outdoor markets on the Snowmass Mall, the massive Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day multiday concert and more.

Enjoy outdoor activities from golfing, stunning hiking trails in the Snowmass/Maroon Bells Wilderness Area, rafting on the Roaring Fork River, hot air ballooning, sunset dinner tours, fly-fishing the Gold Medal Waters of the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers, jeep tours, and great road cycling up Maroon and Castle Creek valleys. Aspen/Snowmass is home to some of the most beautiful mountain scenery around.

The Maroon Bells are the most photographed peaks in all of North America.  Explore the glacial valley while looking up at the 14,000 ft. peaks. Surrounded by fields of wildflowers, Maroon Lake, showcases breathtaking mirror images of the Maroon Bells in its waters.

Find out why this is the Managing Director’s favorite bike ride and the inspiration for our logo.

The kids will enjoy Camp Aspen/Snowmass which features mountain boarding, skateboarding, paintball and many other activities.