Snowmass (ski area)

Snowmass is a ski resort located in the town of Snowmass Village near Aspen, Colorado. The ski area is owned and operated by the Aspen Skiing Company as part of the Aspen/Snowmass complex. It was opened on December 17, 1967 .[1] Snowmass is the largest of the four Aspen/Snowmass mountains, comprising 3,362 acres (1,361 ha). The mountain is most notable for its wide cruiser runs, family-friendly atmosphere, and extensive ski-in/ski-out lodging. Despite its family reputation, the resort also contains several terrain parks, extensive extreme skiing terrain, mogul runs, and gladed terrain. Snowmass has undergone massive changes in the past few years, including a new gondola along with a new Base Village. Snowmass has also constructed a new restaurant near Elk Camp, replacing Cafe Suzanne with a large, brand new restaurant. Today, Snowmass continues its extensive improvements to on-mountain infrastructure as well as lift repairs.

Snowmass Ski Area
The base of Snowmass Mountain, including a view of Snowmass Village
The base of Snowmass Mountain, including a view of Snowmass Village
Snowmass Ski Area is located in Colorado
Snowmass Ski Area
Snowmass Ski Area
Location in Colorado
Snowmass Ski Area is located in the United States
Snowmass Ski Area
Snowmass Ski Area
Snowmass Ski Area (the United States)
LocationWithin the White River National Forest, adjacent to Snowmass Village and 9 miles (14 km) from downtown Aspen
Coordinates39°11′44″N 106°57′05″W / 39.1956°N 106.9513°W / 39.1956; -106.9513Coordinates: 39°11′44″N 106°57′05″W / 39.1956°N 106.9513°W / 39.1956; -106.9513
Vertical4,406 ft (1,343 m)
Top elevation12,510 ft (3,810 m)
Base elevation8,104 ft (2,470 m)
Skiable area3,362 acres (13.61 km2)
Runs94 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 6% beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 47% intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 17% advanced
Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg - 30% expert
Longest runLongshot - 5.3 mi (8.5 km)
Lift system16 total
- 2 gondolas
- 7 high-speed quad chairs
- 2 high-speed sixes
- 2 quad chairs
- 1 double chair
- 2 pull lifts
Best Known ForWide-open, groomed cruising and family-friendly activities. Snowmass has long been rated one of the best family ski areas in North America
Terrain Parks and Half Pipes3 terrain parks (Snowmass Park and Superpipe, Little Makaha and Lowdown Park), 1 superpipe and 1 minipipe
RestaurantsBase Camp Bar & Grille, Elk Camp, Gwyn"s High Alpine, Krabloonik, Lynn Britt Cabin (snowcat dinner rides), Burlingame Cabin (snowcat dinner rides), Two Creeks Mexican Café, Ullrhof, Up 4 Pizza, Sam's Smokehouse, Sneaky's Tavern.
Websitewww.aspensnowmass.com

Snowmass has the most vertical feet of skiing of any ski area in the United States, but only when the Cirque poma is running.[2] There are 17 lifts at Snowmass: 7 high-speed quads (Two Creeks, Elk Camp, Alpine Springs, Sheer Bliss, Coney Glade, Sam's Knob, High Alpine), 2 high-speed six packs (Village Express, Big Burn), 2 gondolas (the Sky Cab - better known as the "Skittles" and Elk Camp Gondola), 2 quads (Meadows and Assay Hill), 1 double (Campground) and 2 pull lifts (Scooper and The Cirque).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of Snowmass Mountain".
  2. ^ VerticalFeet.com-Accurate Ski Resort Ranking with monthly updates

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