Longest Vertical Drop in the United States!
With 3,132 skiable acres, 91 trails and 21 chairlifts, this resort is known for its incredible 4,406 foot vertical drop.
This mountain also includes three terrain parks, including:
- Lowdown Park which is for beginning snowboarders and includes boxes and rails along with jumps that are from five to 15 feet in length. This park is a great place to start and to perfect your skills before you move on to the next level of difficulty terrain.
- That next level is Little Makaha Park which is located on Funnel Trail and is made up of about 25 intermediate features including jumps, jibs and boxes and rails. This is a great place to practice new skills and get ready to move on to the even more difficult level. To get to this Park, you can get off at the Elk Camp Gondola at mid station.
- Next, Snowmass Park is a wonderland of about 25 advanced and expert features. This includes jumps that range from 40 to about 65 feet long. When you add in the jib features, wall rides and the stair case this park becomes a serious challenge.
- Also found in this terrain park is the 22 foot high Snowmass Superpipe and a beginner pipe. Just picture yourself boarding on this huge pipe!
To get to Snowmass Park, you should take the Coney Glade Lift-Snowmass, which runs from the top to the bottom of the Park.
As for the mountain itself, Snowmass has a base elevation of 8,104 ft (2,473 m) and a summit of 12,510 ft (3,813 m). It has a mixture of trails ranging from 6% beginner, 50% intermediate, 12% advanced and 32% expert.
This large number of intermediate and difficult trails, along with the moguls and glades, make this mountain an amazing challenge for extreme skiers who are looking for a very family-friendly resort with lots of ski-in/ski-out lodging.
At the Snowmass Ski Resort, there are many restaurants on the mountain including Sneaky’s Tavern, Sam’s Smokehouse, Up 4 Pizza and Two Creeks Cafe. There are also the Lynn Britt Cabin and Burlingame Cabin, both of which offer snowcat dinner rides.
At Snowmass Ski Resort you will also find great cross-country skiing, ski/snowboard and snowshoe tours with a nature guide and spectacular fresh powder tours.
And if you like winter at Snowmass, you’ll love the summer!
Activities here range from gondola rides up the mountain to hiking and biking trails with drop-dead views of the Maroon Bells, the valley of the Roaring Fork River and the Elk Mountains.
There is also horseback riding, paragliding, ballooning, golf, tennis, rafting and kayaking.
But of all the reasons to go to Snowmass in the summer, my favorite is the free, live music that can be heard outdoors all season long. The mountains simply ring with the sounds of the music and there is no other experience quite like it.
Lodging at Snowmass Ski Resort is on-site at Snowmass Village, with a wide variety of hotels, inns and condominiums. Located just a short distance from downtown Aspen, this resort is a great place to stay while enjoying all of the activities Aspen has to offer… more information about lodging in Aspen.
If you’re looking for a restaurant in Snowmass Village, you will find delicious choices ranging from casual to elegant and prices from “easy on the budget” to “oh well, it’s our anniversary so let’s go all out!” You’ll find cafes and restaurants with some of the most pristine mountain views to be found anywhere.
All in all, Snowmass is a great family-oriented, challenging resort with a multitude of choices about where you will stay and what you will do.