Snowmass Ski Area
40 Carriage Way
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
Phone: (970) 925-1220
Reservations Number: (800) SNOWMASS
Snow Report Number: (800) 525-6200
Fax Number: (970) 925-2105
Resort Overview: Located only 12 miles from Aspen, the needs of individual family members can be accommodated with the wide variety of terrains available on all three mountains. And with facilities and services like the Panda House, Fort Frog and the "Max the Moose Express", these spots are excellent for families for children. The Panda House, a large house specially designed for pre-schoolers, offers its own ski hill, specialized ski instructors, and a varied daily program complete with hot lunches. Fort Frog, a children's learning and video center for kids 7-12, is also a fort complete with lookout towers, old wagons, a jail, and a Native American tepee village. With its award-winning ski school and easy-to-ski runs, Buttermilk is an excellent choice for beginners. Teen Ski Weeks are also available during spring holidays, including lift tickets, classes and social activities. Kids-only trails are offered just off the Lunchline catwalk at Snowmass. The other major advantage to Snowmass is most of the lodging is ski-in/ski-out. In addition to all the skiing options offered by Snowmass and Buttermilk, check out the activities off-slopes including sleigh rides, snowshoeing, swimming and hot tubs, and great dog sled rides.
What's New This Year: On Snowmass - In an effort to extend Snowmass’ family-friendly atmosphere, a new kid’s arena will be added on the mountain, off the Lower Scooper trail. It will include a picnic shelter, training gates, sculpted moguls, expanded kids’ trails and video analysis. The area will be accessed by a new platter pull lift. At the popular Elk Camp area, chairs are being added to the high-speed quad, increasing its capacity by 25 percent. In the Alpine Springs area, snowmaking capabilities are being increased on access/egress trails, which will allow the lift to open earlier in the season.
In Snowmass Village - Newly reincarnated as a Private Membership Resort, the Snowmass Club residences will be ready for occupancy December 2000. As part of the project, the athletic facility has been dramatically remodeled and expanded. By the start of the season, an employee housing project will provide approximately 150 "beds" for Aspen Skiing Company employees.
Base Elevation: 8,104
Vertical Drop: 4,406
Skiable Acres: 3,010
Average Annual Snowfall: 300
Season: Mid November - End of April
Snowmaking: 130 acres
Night Skiing: No
Ski-Only Areas: No
Snowboarding Offered: Yes
Snowboarding Trails: 78
Terrain Parks: 2
Cross Country Skiing Offered: Yes 45 miles of trails
Lifts: 20 total - 7 high-speed quads, 2 triple chairs, 6 double chairs, 1 off-piste lift, 2 platter pulls, 2 magic carpets
Lift Capacity/Hr: 24,840
Lift Hours: 9-4
Terrain: 7% Beginner; 55% Intermediate; 18% Advanced; 20% Expert
Longest Run: 4.16
Lift Ticket Prices: Not yet posted, check back on website.
Day Care: Kids Club is a state licensed child care program located in the Yellow Brick Schoolhouse in Aspen. Only two blocks from Main Street and a free city bus stop, the street address is 215 North Garmisch. (970)925-3136 Toll free 800-525-6200
· Children ages 8 weeks to 5 years can be enrolled on a daily, weekly or hourly basis. Infants are 8 weeks to 18 months, toddlers 18 months to 36 months, and preschoolers age 3 to 5. The ratio of children to teachers is infants 4:1, toddlers 5:1, and preschoolers 7:1.
· Hours of operation are 8:30-4:30 seven days a week. Morning drop-off is between 8:30-9:30 a.m. and pick-up is 3:30-4:30 p.m. Extended hours are available upon request. The daily rate is $89 per child per day (1-4 days) The 5 day rate is $399 with each additional day $80. Pagers are available to rent for $5 per day.
Children's Lessons: Big Burn Bears - 3˝ to 4 years (Snowmass) At Big Burn Bears pre-schoolers learn to ski under the guidance of specially trained pros. Their own beginner area, obstacle courses, Magic Carpet and immediate access to the rest of the mountain make skiing a fun experience. The Bear Den is their own indoor center and a great place for lunch or rest. Lunch is included. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Full Day 8:30am - 4:00pm AM Half Day 8:30am - 12:30pm PM Half Day 12:00 - 4:00pm (first time skiers only) Cost: Full Day $89, 5 Full-Days $399, Half-Day $57 or $99/1-hour private (equipment not included) Phone: 970-923-0570
Grizzlies - 5 - 6 years
The Grizzlies is a complete skiing program for children, taught in small groups by specially trained pros. The Grizzlies have their own beginner area and direct-to-lift access. Depending on skill level, lunch is served in the Kids' Kave or at one of the on-mountain restaurants. Special events include race day on Thursdays, a treasure hunt on Fridays and visits from Burnie the Bear. Grizzlies can also participate in a snowboard lesson one day! RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Full Day 8:30am - 4:00pm (ski time 9:15am to 3:00pm) AM Half Day 8:30am - 12:30pm PM Half Day 12:00 - 4:00pm (first time skiers only) Cost: Full Day $89, 5 Full Days $399, Half Day $57, $99/1-hour private (equipment not included) With one day of snowboarding instruction- $499. Phone: 970-923-0580
Bears On Boards - 5 to 7 years For adventuresome young Bears, this popular program uses the latest techniques in teaching snowboarding. Groups of three children learn safety and snowboarding skills with specially trained kids' pros. Lunch is included. Full Day 9:30am - 3:00pm Cost: $159/day, includes board and boot rental, lunch and a 5-hour semi-private lesson. Phone: 970-923-0580
Kids & Teen Programs: Children - 7 to 12 years-Skiing; 8 to 12 years-Snowboarding classes are divided according to age and ability. Full-day classes include a supervised lunch and the highlight of the week is race day and picnic day. Full Day 9:30am - 3:15pm Half Day 1:00pm - 3:30pm (first-timers only) Cost: 5 Full Days $299, Full Day $69, Half Day $55 (lift ticket not included)
* First Turn - For children who have never skied or snowboarded before we offer a three-day package that includes instruction, lift tickets, equipment and lunch for $219.
Teens - 13 to 19 years - Skiing and Snowboarding
Our Teens' "too cool for school" program is one of the only programs like it in the country which operates each and every day of the season. Groups are formed by age, skill and personality. Activities include races, mountain picnics and competitions with optional evening activities like ice skating, dancing and pizza parties. Full Day 9:30am - 3:15pm Cost: 5 Full Days $269, Full Day $64, Half Day $55 * First Turn - For teens who have never skied or snowboarded before we offer a three-day package that includes instruction, lift tickets, and equipment for $219.
Teen Extreme Camps These four-day Extreme/Free Ride Camps are for level 8 and up skiers (ages 10-19) and are designed to teach kids and teens how to ski North America's toughest black and double-black diamond terrain in a fun, safe environment. Small groups stay together with the same pro for the week and are joined by some of the top extreme and free ski competitors. Space is limited, reservations are recommended.
Babysitting: Night Hawks - 3 to 10 years Evening childcare is offered in Snowmass at the Big Burn Bears center. Children can play games, do arts and crafts and watch movies with fun, qualified adults. During busy times, reservations are recommended. Nightly 4:00pm - 11:00pm Cost: $12 per hour ($6 for each additional child in family) Phone: 970-923-0570.
Kid's Club - (1 to 4 years) Full Day: $89
Half Day: $57: 5 Full Days: $399. Aspen's only drop-in childcare offers indoor and outdoor activities for toddlers through four-year-olds. Ski instruction not available. Children need a change of clothing, diapers, bottles and their special nap friend. Lunch is included.
Family Recreational Activities: There are great kid-friendly restaurants, tours, library story hours, movies, museums, even ghost towns to visit.
Kids Rental Items: Baby's Away (800) 948-9030
Lodging: Aspenwood Condominiums-Steps from the slopes and the heart of Snowmass Village, features fully equipped condominiums. Chamonix Condominiums-Premier 2 and 3 bedroom condominiums featuring slopeside solariums, many with fantastic views. Crestwood Condominiums- Enclave Condominiums-Contemporary complex located directly on Assay Hill featuring Arrival Center with state of the art conference facilities with Deluxe 2 and 3 bedroom condominiums. Interlude Condominiums Laurelwood Condominiums Lichenhearth Condominiums. Mountain Chalet-64 room bed and breakfast hotel, located directly on the slopes of Snowmass Mountain adjacent to the Village Mall. Owl Creek Homes-Luxury slopeside 4000 sq. ft. duplex townhomes offer 4 bedrooms and 4˝ baths, heated decks, 2 car garages, whirlpool baths, steam showers, gourmet kitchens, fireplaces. Pokolodi Lodge-Just steps from the ski slopes and adjacent to the Snowmass Village Mall and Snowmass Ski School. Outstanding rates and friendly service, the best deal in Snowmass. Private Home Rentals Seasons Four Condominiums Shadowbrook Condominiums Silvertree Hotel-Ultimate in convenience and comfort: ski-in/ski-out, room service, restaurant Brother's Grille on-site, whirlpool, fully equipped health club. Snowmass Club Villas The Snowmass Lodge and Club Condominiums Snowmass Inn-Family owned and operated, complimentary continental breakfast, outstanding location and outstanding rates; just steps from the ski slopes, mall and ski school. Snowmass Mountain Condos-Sonnenblick Condominiums Condominiums -1, 2, 2+Den & 4 bedroom condominiums with equipped kitchens, stone fireplaces, balconies, private parking, year-round heated pool with whirlpool spa, saunas. Stonebridge Inn-50 yards from the ski slopes and two blocks from the Snowmass Village Mall, offers all the amenities and intimate setting you would expect from a Colorado lodge. Cozy Rocky Mountain Lodge in the heart of Snowmass Village: few steps away from the slopes and a short stroll from 50 shops and restaurants. Wodrun V Townhomes-Ultimate slopeside townhome complex: multi-story 2 and 3 bedroom units with spacious living rooms, separate dining areas, large whirlpool baths, washer/dryers.
Transportation Available: Free shuttle buses begin at 8 a.m. and run every 15 minutes between Snowmass Village and downtown Aspen. All shuttle services after 4:45 p.m. cost $3 per person. Snowmass Village also has its own free internal shuttle service which offers frequent and timely service around the village.
Awards: Top Resort by Ski Magazine.