Aspen Snowmass is always updating and improving its services, infrastructure and terrain offerings. Below, we've showcased all of the improvements we've done at all four mountains and as a company over the last five years.
2020 and 2022 U.S. Alpine Tech Championships
Aspen Snowmass — in collaboration with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (AVSC) — will host the 2020 and 2022 U.S. Alpine Tech Championships at Snowmass and Aspen Highlands. Tech Championships include the disciplines of men’s and women’s slalom, giant slalom and parallel slalom. The last time Aspen Snowmass hosted a U.S. Alpine Tech Championships was 60 years ago, but ski racing runs deep in the Roaring Fork Valley, as the resort not only hosted the first World Championships outside of Europe in 1950, but has been a continuous stop on the World Cup circuit for both the men and women. Aspen also hosted the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals.
The Aspen Snowmass App offers a convenient way for guests to access mountain conditions, tracked skier days, interactive mapping of a guest’s movement, year-over-year stats for vertical feet and Highland Bowl laps, and information about activities, lift tickets, lessons and more. New in 2019-20, the App will offer bigger rewards. Updated app benefits include a $15 food & beverage credit valid at on-mountain restaurants, $10 credit at Four Mountain Sports, $25 off Ski and Snowboard School lessons as well as exclusive access to all things Aspen Snowmass.
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The Mountain Collective Adds Big Sky & Niseko United
The Mountain Collective™ heads into the 2019-20 season adding Arapahoe Basin to its roster of resorts. With the addition of A-Basin, 2019-20 passholders will receive two days at each of the collective destinations, including Aspen Snowmass, bringing the total ski days available from full partners to 36 days at 18 unique destinations. In addition to being able to ski or ride at 18 leading destinations, extra benefits available to Mountain Collective passholders include exclusive lodging deals and a complimentary, one-year Protect Our Winters membership.
The Ikon Pass is the new standard in season passes, connecting skiers and riders to some of the most iconic mountains across the globe with access to more than 84,000 acres of terrain at 41 premier ski and ride destinations. Aspen Snowmass is pleased to be a part of the pass product with 7-day combined access when purchasing the Ikon Pass (no black-out dates), and 5-day combined access when purchasing the Ikon Base Pass (black-out dates included). New this year, the Ikon pass adds Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colo. and Zermatt, Switzerland to its list of ski resorts. Additionally, all 2019-2020 Premier Adult, Chamber, Senior, and Parent Passes include a complimentary Ikon Base Pass.
SAM'S SMOKEHOUSE UPDATE Sam's Smokehouse is no more, replaced by an elegant modern Italian restaurant on top of Sam's Knob on Snowmass. The revamped Sam's underwent a $2.5 million remodel including a live-action kitchen and stylish deck. Guests can remove their ski boots and put on a comfy pair of slippers in the slipper room before sitting down to antipasti platters including burrata and prosciutto di parma followed by pasta made in-house daily paired with a negroni spritz.
Located at the base of Snowmass Ski Area in the heart of Snowmass Village, Colo., Snowmass Base Village (SBV) is a $600 million mountain-resort development. This approximately 10-year project added lodging, residences and amenities to the world-class resort, including the Limelight Hotel Snowmass, ski-in/ski-out residences, a public events plaza with ice skating rink, and community building. This winter, The Collective, a new community center will open December 2019 with a new restaurant and bar as well as a community and game lounge. The new One Snowmass building will include additional retail and dining options such as JÜS Snowmass, King Yoga, Eye Pieces and Straight Line Studio.
The Limelight Snowmass
Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) unveiled the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass on December 15, 2018. The new hotel features 99 hotel rooms and 11 ownership condominiums, plus a new restaurant, a children’s game area as well as a five-story climbing wall that is open to the public (and the largest of its kind in the Colorado). Modeled after the company’s existing properties in Aspen, Colo. and Ketchum, Idaho, the hotel is located adjacent to Snowmass Mountain’s Elk Camp Gondola providing ski-in/ski-out access. The new hotel property remains consistent with the Limelight brand featuring amenities and extras such as an expanded continental breakfast, après ski deals in The Lounge, live music, adventure activities such as First Tracks and Inside Tracks, a ski concierge as well as pet-friendly rooms. Stonehill & Taylor, based out of New York City, designed the interior, with a continuation of the Limelight’s contemporary yet casual design theme. The hotel is pursuing a LEED certification.
We're excited to welcome a new year-round club to Snowmass. Located inside the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass, nestled in the heart of Snowmass Village, the Snowmass Mountain Club balances exclusivity with an approachable personality. Member benefits include private garage parking directly below the Club, ski-in access and access to the hotel’s fitness facilities and hot tubs. Steps away from Elk Camp Gondola, Snowmass mountain awaits you.
Snowmass Bike Park added 4 new trails during 2019, expanding our park to over 20 miles of purpose built, lift served downhill trails, with direct access to the surrounding Snowmass trail network with 70+ miles of singletrack ranging from high alpine tundra to desert sagebrush. New additions to the park include a freeride double black trail (Gonzo), an intermediate freeride trail (Trail 6), a technical black trail (Trail 9) and a technical blue trail (Trail 8).
Aspen Snowmass opened Lost Forest during summer of 2018, greatly enhancing Snowmass mountain’s summer operations with a canopy ziptour, a treeline challenge course, alpine coaster, a climbing wall, multi-use gathering sites as well as expanded hiking and biking trails. Tickets are available for purchase.
The Little Nell Remodel and 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Little Nell is Aspen’s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond, ski-in/ski-out hotel located just steps from Aspen Mountain. Recently, the illustrious hotel underwent an interior renovation of the living room, lobby and the après-ski bar called Chair 9. The renovation, which took place Spring of 2019, created a modern, art-centric aesthetic from international renowned design firm Champalimaud. Simultaneously, Ajax Tavern, a ski-in/ski-out restaurant located inside The Little Nell, was renovated by Rowland + Broughton, an architecture and interior design firm based out of Aspen/Denver, which resulted in brightening the bistro interior and upgrading the patio. In Thanksgiving 2019, The Little Nell will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Commemorative events and happenings will take place throughout the 2019/20 winter season in honor of the 30th anniversary.
The International Ski Federation awarded Aspen Mountain the 2017 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals (which were held March 15–19, 2017). The historic and successful event marked the first time it had been held in the U.S. in 20 years with men’s and women’s events in downhill, super G, giant slalom and slalom.
New Fort Frog Children’s Play Structure under Construction at Buttermilk
A new wooden, frontier-style fort is under construction in the woods of Buttermilk. The kid’s play structure will include lookout towers, a jail, a swinging bridge, a snowball launcher, a turbo twister slide and more. The fort was named after Greg Fortin, a long-time ski instructor at Buttermilk in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and is a memento to his legacy. The newly constructed fort will debut this winter.
Full Moon Dinners at the Cliffhouse
In winter 2017, Aspen Snowmass added a new evening activity to its roster with Full Moon Dinners at the Cliffhouse atop Buttermilk. Diners uphill skied (aka "skinning) or hiked up to the restaurant on full-moon nights for free hot chocolate, a roaring fire and à la carte dinner options, snacks and a cash bar. The Cliffhouse's signature Mongolian BBQ — as well as grilled trout, salmon and roasted duck with roasted potatoes and mixed vegetables — were well received month after month. Note: There is no lift or vehicular access for this event. The 2018-2019 schedule will be made available soon.