Something for Everyone in Snowmass

The mountain range in Snowmass, Colorado

The mountain range in Snowmass, Colorado

Can you imagine waking up to more than 3,000 skiable acres of terrain just outside your door? Snowmass, Colorado, stands at 12,150 feet with more than 150 miles of trails, totaling 21 chair lifts—a double thumbs up. I found vast terrain consisting of powder, beautiful groomers, pipes, parks, and more. It is definitely a place that offers something for everyone.

Snowmass impressed me right off the bat with its sense of community and size. Located 220 miles from Denver, there are five airports that service access to Snowmass along with popular route I-70.

A plethora of powder on the mountain in Snowmass

There were so many highlights during my first trip to Snowmass, one of which was being treated to a wonderful dining experience at the Edge Restaurant & Bar located at my place of accommodation, the ski-in/ski-out Timberline Condominiums. The Mediterranean-style restaurant has all the offerings you could ever ask for, no matter your pallet. Its award-winning chef, James Mazzio, chooses to believe in farm-to-table focus, seeking out organic and local Colorado meat, poultry, dairy, and cheese. The Edge has a great variety of fresh fish, seafood, homemade pastas, soups, salads, and desserts.

View of the amazing powder from the Cirque lift chair

When it came to getting up the mountain, I preferred the Cirque lift, which gave me access to some of the greatest steeps in North America. Everything in Snowmass seemed to have a magical nature about it on the mountain. Even with the wild buzz of the village not too far below, everything up above had an exceptional calm to it.

I happened to be there in early March, which I timed perfectly for Mardi Gras celebrations—complete with street performers, a parade, bead toss, a race, fireworks, and a concert. What a blast! Snowmass knows how to put on a party. I haven’t been to New Orleans, but I think this could give the city a run for its money.

Mardi Gras celebrations in Snowmass include a bead toss and a parade

After a couple great days skiing at the massive resort, another highlight of the trip for me was getting off the hill daily and just relaxing in the incredible hot tubs at the Timberline. I’d look up into the night sky, catch some lightly falling snowflakes on my arms and eyelashes, and just smile to myself. What an incredible place. Life is good in Snowmass.

My trip was truly world class, from the social opportunities and great food to the beautiful mountains. Snowmass will be on my list annually. And, to top it off, I learned there are a full range of summer activities at Snowmass, too, complete with mountain biking, hiking, camping, trail running, kayaking, and more. It’s an ideal place to visit for any season.