SNOWMASS COLORADO SKI REVIEW
Nestled in one of the most prestigious and beautiful communities in the world is Snowmass, Colorado. The area, a culture all its own, is reckoned among top ski resorts on the planet and is host to world class, year-round fun drawing vacationers from abroad. Its international appeal in a very private, small village atmosphere, offers an assortment of genuinely classy winter recreation, and exciting summer activities for the whole family. Including river rafting, kayaking, hiking, camping, golfing, tennis, kids' camps, biking and more. With dozens of first-class restaurants, shops and an array of lodging choices, from hotels to condominiums, for every taste imaginable, you'll find just what you want in Snowmass, Colorado.
Located five miles off Colorado 82 via Brush Creek Road, and its neighboring Aspen, just five miles past Brush Creek road via Colorado 82, Snowmass is well within reach of three other major resorts: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. And Snowmass, Colorado is one of the most accessible resorts in the Rockies. With close to 150 nonstop and connecting flights a week into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, whether coming in from the west or the east coasts, you could be settling into the village in about a half a day. With the airport located only three miles from Aspen and six miles from Snowmass Village, you can book convenient connections from cities throughout North America and Europe via three major airlines. Scheduled chartered services to and from airports are available.
And as Colorado's Aspen/Snowmass area is in the company of first-class proactive environmental programs, you'll be indulging your lungs with some of the cleanest air in the country. The ideal break from the major, polluted cities while at the same time restoring your health and reveling in your favorite outdoor recreation.
Aspen/Snowmass sits 220 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado, and can be easily arrived at via two mountain airports: Aspen Pitkin County Airport (3 miles from Aspen) and Vail Eagle County Airport (70 miles from Aspen). From the Denver International Airport 220 miles northeast of Snowmass Village, take I-70 and Colorado Hwy 82. Or from Grand Junction's Walker Field, which is 125 miles east, via I-70 and Hwy 82, or from Eagle County Regional Airport 70 miles west via I-70 and Hwy 82.
And with plenty of transportation options, getting around in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley, which is where Aspen/Snowmass is located, is a breeze. In Snowmass, Colorado you'll enjoy free ski shuttle services available between the four mountains, plus the Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) that provides free, wide ranging services within the Aspen Snowmass villages. For more information about services call 970-925-8484, or 970-923-2543.
Quick facts about Snowmass, Colorado
Elevation of Snowmass Village: 8,104 feet (2,422 meters)
Average temps: summer (highs between 70-75 degrees, lows 30-40) winter (30 degrees, lows around 0) humidity is low.
Average snowfall: 300 inches (762 meters)
Tips for winter dress: With all the sun beaming down, and the reflective snow, despite high altitude temperatures it can get pretty warm on the slopes and sunburns are likely. The solution? Dress in layers, wear protective sunglasses, and bring plenty of sunscreen!
For Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado lodging information, or to plan your next ski vacation package log on to: www.ski.com.
Vail Colorado is the next review in a series by Bob the ski bum.