• Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Snowboarding Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

The mountains are calling … Aspen Snowmass here we come!

‘So, we need to book our next snow holiday.  Where do you want to go?’  Ian asks.

‘Don’t mind, as long as there’s not many people and there’s snow!’  I replied, chuckling away.  

We fell in love with snowboarding a few years ago, when we had our first lesson together, and have thoroughly enjoyed our time since staying in a log cabin and sampling fantastic food at Jackson Hole the previous year.  This time Ian thought it would be great to try snowboarding somewhere else.  I’m not the greatest at boarding, but I will damn well try my hardest to get down that mountain without falling over!  Ha ha!

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Try snowboarding between the trees


Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Just taking a little break

Aspen has mostly been known for the various celebrities visiting the mountains here, known as the ‘Hollywood of the Mountains!’ Aspen seems to be the perfect getaway for the rich and famous.  Well, we’re not rich or famous but we still booked two weeks to explore Aspen Snowmass!  

So here’s our mini guide of Aspen Snowmass …

Where to Stay

Villas at Snowmass Club

Ian chose the Villas at Snowmass Club for our stay as the recommendations were great, they are close to the mountains, integrated with Snowmass Club and are fully furnished, spacious apartments with a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and a cosy working real fireplace to keep you warm after a full day of snowboarding/skiing.  So we really could roast chestnuts over an open fire!

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Bedroom at the Villas

There’s even a decking area (ideal in the Summer for a BBQ) with a fabulous view of the snow capped mountains, like a winter wonderland and handy for keeping the boards safe – we were on the uppermost floor.

The fully equipped kitchen is great for those who want to stay in and save their pennies by cooking your own meals.  It certainly does help with not splurging out on restaurants every evening in town.  Ian did all the cooking and even made one of my favourite meals … steak and chips.  And I did help out by making the salad.  See, I’m not totally useless in the kitchen!

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Look what Ian made! Rib eye steak with triple cooked chips

Since the villas are linked to Snowmass Club, we had complimentary use of the gym, spa, outside heated swimming pool and hot tub at the club.  The outside hot tub was bliss and we took full advantage of this every evening after being on the slopes.  Why not!  By using the hot tub daily, it definitely eased our aches away after a full days snowboarding.   There was even complimentary hot chocolate and yummy cookies every evening at 5pm and free fruit at the gym reception area!

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

View from the outdoor hot tub

With the villa being only a one stop shuttle ride away from the nearest chair lift at Two Creeks, it’s ideal for those who want to be close to the ski area. There’s also a large parking area outside the villas if you decide on using your own car.

For great deals on Villas at Snowmass Club, check out Booking.com.

Snowmass Mountain

There are four mountains in Aspen; Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk.  Snowmass has it all really with buttermilk more for families, beginners, kids and freestyle riders who can try out the park and pipe.  Aspen Mountain, previously named Ajax, is where it all began and where you’ll find many of the locals and is really for the more advanced rider.  Aspen Highlands is again favoured by the locals and offers advanced/expert runs although there are some beginner/intermediate runs around the mid to lower half of the mountain and the highlands bowl which offers exhilarating rides which you can take a snowcat to or hike.

We spent the majority of out time at Snowmass which has 94 trails over 3,332 acres, offers a vertical rise of 4,406 ft and an elevation of 12,510 ft at it’s highest summit ‘The Cirque’.  Pretty impressive right.  The mountain is vast to say the least, making it ideal for intermediate and advanced snowboarders and skiers and anyone that likes a few long cruising runs.  The upper part of the mountain has the intermediate and advanced runs and you’ll find the lower part has the easy gentle runs for beginners.  Snowmass is more suited for intermediate/advanced boarders as there’s more options of blue runs and easy blacks.

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Blue run down Snowmass

Snowmass is the largest mountain out of the four and also has alot of varied terrain from off piste, powder, groomed or gladed runs.  There’s a free shuttle bus which runs between the mountains if you wanted to ride any of the others too.  We absolutely loved the gladed runs and the ungroomed runs which tested us!  If you fancy a challenge, then go down the mogel runs – you’ll get a proper work out!

The longest run is Long Shot at 5.3miles with a nice steep uphill trek to get there!  We definitely needed a break before we headed downhill … and the views are glorious!

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Tough walk to get here

There’s a number of lifts at Snowmass:

  • Elk Camp Gondola
  • 1 x 6 passenger chair lift
  • 1 x 6 passenger pulse gondola
  • 7 x high speed quads
  • 2 quads
  • 3 doubles
  • 4 x snowboard / ski school lifts
  • 2 x platter pulls
Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Gondolas at Snowmass

The Winter season usually runs from November to April, with an average annual snowfall of around 300 inches.

Snowmass hours of operation: 9am to 3.30pm

If you like your jumps and tricks, try the Snowmass Park and the 22 foot Zaugg cut superpipe!  There’s also a 12 foot beginner pipe to start you off.

You can spend your entire trip riding here without covering the same ground twice - Aspen Snowmass

Don’t forget to buy your ski pass.  The best thing with the ski pass is that it allows you to use it across all four mountains.  Try and purchase your ski pass in advance for a discount.

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Bluebird day


Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Stunning views

Here’s a few activities to get involved in:

First Tracks

Every Wednesday and Friday, be the first to do the first run of the day with the staff.  Experience riding the groomed runs with fresh powder.

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Mountain views

Nature Tours

These free tours run daily from 11am and 1pm from mid-December.  Why not join a nature tour and learn more about the high alpine environment with a naturalist.

Snowshoeing

Have you tried snowshoeing? Snowshoeing tours run daily at 10am and 1pm from Elk Camp Gondola and the price includes snowshoes, snack and lift.

Price:  Adult $65, Youth/Seniors $45

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Snowshoeing

Lessons

If you’re a beginner and would love to snowboard (or ski), you can book lessons at the school, either a group class or private.  Lessons are not only for beginners as we tend to book lessons to help us improve our skills.  It’s all a learning experience and there’s always room for improvement they say.  There’s even classes for mastering moguls … I remember my first time trying snowboarding where I spent the majority of my time falling over and landing on my backside.   But hey, everyone falls at one time or another …

Price: Adult group $179 for a full day (10am-3pm)

           Adult private $845 for a full day (9am – 3pm) / $665 for a half day (3 hours)

Where to Eat

There are countless restaurants in Aspen, with cuisines to suit all palates.  If you fancy Italian, French or BBQ …. Aspen has it all.  However, on a personal note, we found many of the restaurants to be overpriced and the food somewhat bland … especially compared to many other places we have eaten in the USA.

Here are a few restaurants we did enjoy and suggest you try:

La Creperie du Village

If like us you adore French food, then you must try the savoury crêpes here.  A lively and cosy French bistro with a relaxed ambiance, which can get fairly busy.  Best to book a table or head over there early.

Hickory Rib House

For the meat lovers, you need to try the baby back ribs and the barbeque sauce.  Hickory Rib House is open all day serving ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket with a variety of sides.  We suggest you try ‘The Feast’.  You won’t be leaving the restaurant hungry! They even do delivery if you’d rather take a rest from going out.

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

BBQ ribs

Steakhouse No. 316

If it’s steaks you’re looking for, then this is your place.  Ian and I munched our way through a 20 oz rib eye steak EACH!  The question you’re probably asking is did we finish it?  Of course!  Great service, friendly and courteous staff with a warm atmosphere.

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

20oz rib eye steak at Steakhouse No 316


Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Side of fries at Steakhouse No 316

The Wild Fig

An intimate, European brasserie offering Mediterranean cuisine.  After a few nights of steaks and BBQ, a lighter meal was welcomed.  The Wild Fig is a cosy and charming restaurant and each dish was packed full of flavour.  Great for an evening meal out.

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Chicken moroccan rub, baby carrots, jus and asparagus at The Wild Fig

On-mountain dining

There’s also an option to enjoy a Western meal high up in the mountains in a cabin.  Once the lifts close, a snowcat will pick you up and you will enjoy a 4 course meal with live music.  An experience not to forget!

Price:  Tuesdays and Thursday.  Adult: $125 / Children $85

Après – Ski

Winter X – Games

During our trip , we had the chance to see the X-Games in Aspen.  The X-Games is an annual extreme sports event, which is usually held in January on Buttermilk mountain.  Here you can watch snowboarders ride the U-shaped pipe with spins and jumps, skiers compete with each other with jumps and tricks or snowmobilers doing crazy things…

Ullr Nights

A winter wonderland held at Elk Base Camp, where there’s live music, tubing, snow biking, snow slides and bonfires.  Warm yourself up at the bonfire and sip on hot chocolate and nibble on S’mores.  A fantastic family evening out – there’s even snow bikes for the kids too!  This is held every Friday.

Price: $10

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Bonfire

Tubing

During Ullr nights, the lanes carved into The Meadow are lit up for tubing.  This is great fun, fueled with adrenaline and offering a thrilling experience sliding down on the snow.  Why not race your friends!

Price: $49 for two hours with tubing and alpine coaster

Breathtaker Alpine Coaster

This is a new attraction which opened this year, so unfortunately we haven’t experienced it.  Enjoy a ride of speeds of up to 28mph, winding through the forest; 5,800 feet long and 400 vertical feet drop.  The ride lasts between 7-9 minutes and the coaster is controlled by the rider.  This we would have loved to try!

Price: $49 unlimited access of the tubing and the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster for 2 hours.

Snowmobiling

Join a snowmobile tour and ride to the base of Maroon Bells, through meadows and and thick aspen groves and take in the magnificent scenery.  Or how about riding past frozen waterfalls to the Independence Pass and stop at a cabin for an all-you-can-eat cheese burger meal.  Yum yum!

Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!

Snowmobiling

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We had a fun time snowboarding Snowmass mountain, so many trails to suit all levels, especially intermediate and advanced.  The mountain area is huge and so you needn’t do the same trails each day.  There’s numerous activities if you fancy a break from snowboarding – from snowmobiling to tubing or trying out the new attraction.  The only thing we noticed compared to snowboarding in Jackson Hole, is the price of food and accommodation was more expensive and some of the runs at Jackson can be more challenging.  You definitely get ‘more bang for your buck’ at Jackson Hole.

Have you visited Aspen during Winter?  Where’s your favourite place to snowboard?

 

 

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Snowboarding Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado – WhodoIdo: Snowmass is one of four mountains in Aspen and has 94 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles! Perfect for intermediate and advanced riders. For those who are adventurous, show off your tricks at the Snowmass Park. Need a break from snowboarding? Then have a go at snowmobiling!
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  • La French Connection 21/01/2018 (15:49)

    Being French, I know about Aspen probably like an American person would know about Sait Tropez. It’s quite a dream destination for me although I’m not sure i will ever get to go. It looks fantastic! Have you even been skiing in Europe?

    • Lana
      Lana 21/01/2018 (15:57)

      We’ve been snowboarding in Austria, Norway and Andorra. Would love to go to France one year! 🙂

  • Sheri 21/01/2018 (15:42)

    Snowmass looks just fantastic. I mean who wouldn’t want to spend a holiday there? We have gone snowboarding a few times, and I find it to e much easier to do that skiing. After falling flat on my face about 20 times. Snowmobiling is the absolute best part of a winter holiday! Your pics are fantastic Lana!

    • Lana
      Lana 21/01/2018 (15:47)

      I’ve never tried skiing and I keep saying to Ian I should try on the next winter holiday. The first time when I tried snowboarding, I kept falling on my bum! Snowmobiling is so much fun right! Thanks Sheri! 🙂

  • Renita 29/12/2017 (16:08)

    Reading this make me feels like I need to travel more. Beautiful scenery and good looking food

    • Lana
      Lana 30/12/2017 (13:07)

      Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂

  • Aditi Mathur Kumar 28/12/2017 (08:47)

    Love this post! Snowboarding sounds like fun, because I haven’t done it yet. And the food looks amazing, another reason to head here, haha.

    • Lana
      Lana 28/12/2017 (13:41)

      Thanks Aditi! You’ll love snowboarding … you must try it! 🙂

  • Ritika 25/12/2017 (09:04)

    wow!..this scenery, this food, this stay..omg i really want to visit it now…and i luv nature so much….USA has so much to offer..a lifetime is not enough to explore everything..luv all the pictures

    • Lana
      Lana 25/12/2017 (12:44)

      Thank you so much it was great fun and you would love it so much visiting here…

  • Jas 24/12/2017 (08:38)

    Oh gosh those ribs look to die for! And Steakhouse No. 316!? I defs need to add Aspen Snowmass to my bucket list just so I can come here to eat (and well ahem snowboard too hahaa). If you guys like snow and don’t want crowds, I think you’ll quite enjoy Big White in BC, Canada! The snow is super powdery there and it’s not as crowded as compared to the other bigger snow resorts 🙂

    • Lana
      Lana 24/12/2017 (13:31)

      We would love to go snowboarding in Canada one day! I’ll definitely add the Big White on our list! Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  • Bekah 23/12/2017 (22:33)

    I’m not much of a snowboarder but this place sounds quite nice! It seems like it is worth the visit to take a slow pace and enjoy yourself. The lodging looks homey and comfortable as well, I can imagine snuggling up by the fire with warm cocoa.

    • Lana
      Lana 24/12/2017 (13:27)

      The villas at Snowmass Club are so cosy and great that they offer complimentary access to the club. We thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor hot tub! 🙂

  • amit 23/12/2017 (18:30)

    I love hitting the slopes and I would love to experience Aspen some day, some of my snowboarding friends have actually been there before and had an amazing time. I’ve never actually done Snow-shoeing before but would love to give it a go but it sounds exhausting haha.

    • Lana
      Lana 23/12/2017 (18:41)

      For us, Aspen was one of the places to tick off the list for snowboarding. Snowmass is huge – great for us boarders! 🙂

  • Melanie 22/12/2017 (19:13)

    Nothing beats really great food after a long day on the slopes. This is how I want to spend my winter!

    • Lana
      Lana 23/12/2017 (12:38)

      We’re usually tired after a day on the slopes and always look forward to a good tasty meal! 🙂

  • Followingtherivera 21/12/2017 (18:00)

    I am salivating right now after reading this post!! All the food options look incredible, I can’t choose which one is my favourite. So great the place is called Snowmass (!), it really fits in with the wintry theme and snow sports. It’s a good thing you had all these excellent slopes to snowboard and work off the food. It makes you less guilty about all the complimentary hot chocolate and cookies at 5!

    • Lana
      Lana 21/12/2017 (19:05)

      By the time it got to 5pm, I was there for the cookies! You feel like as if you deserve it after a day on the mountain! 😉

  • Stefanie 20/12/2017 (21:19)

    Snowmass Mountain looks gorgeous! I never did manage to learn how to snowboard. My one attempt did not go very well! 🙂 Maybe I should give it another try — or just stick with the snowshoe option! 🙂 This looks like a beautiful and cozy place for a winter holiday! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lana
      Lana 21/12/2017 (13:24)

      The first time when we tried snowboarding … we spent most of our time falling over! 😉 Thanks for the comment 🙂

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