Snowmass Village – Town Guide | summer guide

Don’t let the name fool you. Snowmass Village has plenty to do even when there is no snow. From the free Thursday night concert series on Fanny Hill (there’s something particularly magical about a rainbow on a mountain stage) to the comedy and improv troupes performing at The Collective to the fossils at the Ice Age Discovery Center – including the skull replica of the “Snowmastodon” (the affectionate nickname for the Ice Age juggernaut that was discovered here) – there’s something for everyone.

Perhaps one of the most iconic weekly events of the summer in Snowmass takes place on Wednesdays: the rodeo. Eight seconds has never been so exciting. Watch riders try their hand at classic saddle or bull riding. The action starts at 7 p.m. every Wednesday between June 22 and August 17, but head there as early as 5 p.m. for pre-show barbecues and demonstrations, petting zoos, and mechanical bull rides. If your little one really wants a challenge, registration for Mutton Bustin’ is at 5:30 p.m.

Outside of the rodeo grounds, you’ll find that most of your wanderlust will take you between the Snowmass Mall and Base Village areas – although you’re certainly welcome to go up and down the hill, you can do a ride via the Skittles (the brightly colored mini gondola). There’s no wrong way to go, just make sure you go! The restaurants and shops that make up each area have their own vibe. If you’re looking for comfort food, head to the Stew Pot and enjoy the live music that often performs on the mall in the afternoons. Or head to the end of the mall, to Fanny Hill, for tableside margaritas and guac at Venga Venga. In the base village, there are many people watching from the base camp terrace. If you need a kid-friendly venue, The Collective games lounge, complete with a 130,000-ball pool replicating the Ziegler Reservoir, or The Limelight’s five-story rock climbing wall, will get you there. fun afternoons. The Collective also offers plenty of entertainment for adults – ask your concierge or online at

calendar of events to organize a perfect evening.

Of course, there’s no way to venture to Snowmass Village without being completely captivated by the natural beauty of the place. If you’re visiting in September, take in the bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon. The Snowmass Balloon Festival (September 16-18) is truly spectacular, whether you choose to jump into a basket and launch your own balloon or enjoy the spectacle from the ground, the views are breathtaking. Pro tip: While the main event is a morning match, Night Glow takes place on Fridays from 7-9 p.m. and

is not to be missed.

There are many ways to enjoy the natural wonders of Snowmass during the rest of the summer season. Blazing Adventures offers guided jeep tours that access some of the region’s most pristine backcountry with the creature comforts of four wheels. If you prefer the hoof, Snowmass Creek Outfitters and Capitol Peak Outfitters each have stables full of expert trail horses to help you tap into your inner riding. Hiking enthusiasts won’t be disappointed with Rim Trail, the 7.6-mile one-way trail divided into north and south sections. For those who want to get their postcard (or Instagram) moment without devoting an entire day to a hike, you can start at the South Rim trailhead and hike the 2.1km to Spiral Point, known locally as of yin-yang. Trust us, you’ll know when you see it. Pro tip: Take inspiration from the poetry of Stark King, carved into a rock on the yin-yang platform. Dear mountain bikers, you will also like Rim Trail. The singletrack isn’t particularly technical for advanced riders, but the aerobic challenge of tackling the vertical challenge on two wheels will make even the most accomplished adrenaline junkie feel like they’ve earned their ride.

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