It’s been 10 years in the making. The Grand Opening of Snowmass Base Village will kick off the holiday season on Saturday, December 15. With the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass, including a five-story indoor climbing wall, a village plaza with ice-skating rink, new retail, and The Collective – a building that will offer a collection of art, music, culture and activities, there is so much to celebrate! Bundle up and join us for the celebration in Snowmass on December 15.

The Grand Opening Celebration

December 15

The anticipation is palpable around the Roaring Fork Valley. After years of planning and months of construction, the unveiling of the Snowmass Base Village is just around the corner. The new features and attractions — plus the end of the long wait — makes December 15 a worthy day for celebration.

Whether it will snow or be a bluebird afternoon and evening, we can't tell just yet. But some things are for certain: there will be a lot of live music, a holiday pop-up market, lots of free food, discounted drinks and a spectacular fireworks display. Oh, and true to the new identity of the base: ice skating and rock climbing demonstrations!

Bring the whole family or your posse of friends. Here is the day's lineup:
Snowmass Base Village
Snowmass Base Village

Ooh and ah. Climb. Skate. Shop. Eat. Drink. Be merry! The grand opening celebration is your chance to see the new Snowmass Base Village.

It all begins with live music at 2:30pm, culminating with the Bud Light HiFi Concert featuring Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. This saxman and vocalist offers a unique mix of soul, rock funk, blues and jazz that will keep you moving to take away the winter chill.

By 5pm, the Grand Opening Celebration gets underway. The new Limelight Hotel Snowmass features a 54-foot rock climbing wall that mirrors popular climbs in the Aspen Snowmass area. Professional climbers will be on-hand scaling the enormous wall in a demonstration, and then you can take to the wall to challenge your own climbing skills. Nearby, the new ice skating rink will also feature a demonstration hosted by Olympic skater Paul Wylie as emcee. After the show you can take to the ice yourself. The ice skating rink is free and open to the public all winter long.
Also at 5pm, the all-new cultural center called The Collective will open its doors with a Pop-Up Holiday Market running until 8pm. Pick up holiday gifts and goodies from local and regional brands, retailers, and artisans including Woodland, Lululemon, Anderson Ranch, Hollyann, All Things Sweet, Gibson Collective and Scout & Cellar.

Next, satisfy your winter cravings with free food and discounted drinks at The Lounge inside the Limelight Hotel Snowmass. Try their iconic pizza popularized at the Limelight Hotel Aspen, or try mini-crepes from Crepe Shack or stop by the S’mass S’mores cart.

Finish the night in the plaza where the ever popular DJ Naka G will keep the celebratory vibe going throughout the evening, leading up to the fireworks finale.
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The New Limelight Hotel Snowmass

The much-anticipated opening of the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass will not disappoint. Chic, modern and approachable, the Limelight Snowmass will delight couples and families alike. The hotel includes 99 spacious guest rooms and 11 for-sale private residences. Located adjacent to the Elk Camp gondola, guests will have easy access to the slopes as well as Snowmass’ shops and attractions.

The Limelight Snowmass Lounge has a live music stage for shows five nights a week, and also claims the longest happy hour in Snowmass. It will also serve up the acclaimed wood-fired pizzas that have long been a local favorite at its sister property, the Limelight Hotel Aspen. There will also be a children's game room adjacent to the Lounge.

The Limelight Hotel Snowmass offers all the amenities and conveniences you would expect from a Limelight Hotel, but with a few new twists:


The five-story indoor climbing wall with three different lanes and six routes is visible from the outside of the hotel. Designated as Colorado’s largest indoor rock-realistic climbing wall, it is free for guests and includes climbing shoes and harness rental.


In the heart of the Snowmass Base Village Plaza, just outside the front door of the Limelight Snowmass is the ice-skating rink. Complimentary ice skating and rentals are available to hotel guests.


Fat biking is all the rage and the Limelight Hotel Snowmass has two fat bikes for complimentary use by guests. The tire design and air pressure enables you to enjoy a fun ride in otherwise difficult conditions. There are also two tricycles for the kids!


Taking a day off from the slopes? Explore the more than 60 miles 90 (kilometers) of snowshoe trails around Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt. Snowshoeing is a great way to see the alpine forest lands. The trails range from beginner to expert and the Limelight Snowmass offers guests complimentary snowshoes.
Limelight Hotel Snowmass First Tracks
Limelight Hotel Snowmass First Tracks

Limelight Excursions

Beginning January 7, 2019, two days a week up to 14 hotel guests will have the opportunity for an insider’s look at the slopes of Snowmass with Inside Tracks. These guests will ski/ride for the day with a top ski school pro to explore Snowmass Mountain’s spectacular, varied terrain and will be guided to the best spots on the mountain.

Or guests can ski or ride freshly groomed corduroy or powder before Snowmass Mountain opens with Fresh Tracks offered every Friday beginning January 4, 2019. This is a complimentary excursion available to the first six guests to register at the front desk.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the pros put the mountain to bed at night with Last Tracks with Snowmass Mountain Ski Patrol and Avalanche Dogs. Guests can join the Patrol’s safety effort which includes a “sweep” of the mountain every night to make sure everyone is safely down and all is in order. Last Tracks will be offered once a week from January through April 2019.

Limelight Hotel Unique Experiences

The kiddos can have their share of organized fun, too with the Very Important Kid Program. The Limelight Snowmass has partnered with Snowmass Tourism every Tuesday from 4-5:00pm for family-fun programming that ranges from story-telling to face painting. Activities are held in the children’s game room and are free for hotel guests.

About the Author

Susan Linden IAS
Susan Linden, writer


Susan Linden has been wordsmithing as an advertising copywriter, feature writer, and storyteller since her college days. She left the whirlwind corporate world to live in the mountains and spends as much time as she can hiking, biking, and skiing in them. Working, playing, and raising a family in the Roaring Fork Valley for the last 29 years gives Susan a unique insider’s perspective to share.

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