Snowmass Village is part of the Aspen/Snowmass resort, one of the world’s most renowned ski destinations. Contrary to its name, Snowmass Mountain isn’t always topped with snow—when the ice does eventually melt, the mountain complex turns into a vernal playground with scenic gondola rides, tranquil fishing rivers, and a 40-mile trail system. Many of these hiking and biking trails run right by the Top of the Village Condominiums, which are built into the side of the mountain near the top of the resort.
These family-friendly rentals offer convenient access to a range of summer activities and local events. Elk Camp Gondolas bring visitors to a mid-mountain plateau nearly 10,000 feet high. From here, both beginner and expert cyclists can cruise down the single tracks that wind through the subalpine forest. This drop-off spot also offers access to a climbing wall, frisbee-golf courses, and dazzling views of the Maroon Bells, one of Colorado’s most-photographed peaks. Three miles from the resort, the Snowmass Club maintains a semiprivate 18-hole course, voted Best New Course by Colorado Golf Magazine in 2004.
Families and large groups will find plenty of room in the spacious condos, which are equipped with full-size kitchens and dining areas. The three-bedroom unit LF 502 offers a large living room with a fireplace and a flat-screen TV built into a massive stone hearth. Prepare meals in the stainless-steel kitchen or on the balcony's barbecue grill in the two-bedroom unit SU 107. The resort also hosts several dining options, including The Artisan Restaurant, where you can sample slow-roasted Maple Leaf Farms duck and hazelnut-crusted ruby red trout.Snowmass Village, Colorado: Small Town Amid Mountain Peaks and National Forests
Located in western Colorado in the White River National Forest, Snowmass Village is known primarily as a premier ski destination. With its collection of 14,000-foot peaks, Snowmass Mountain is the second-largest ski resort in the state. In addition to the mountainside golf courses and the hiking trails, fly-fishing for trout helps make the resort an outdoor recreation spot year-round. Backcountry roads and bike trails traverse the area, including Government Trail, a 9-mile stretch that runs from Snowmass to Aspen. Visitors can also take a kayaking or rafting trip down the Roaring Fork River and Arkansas River.
For a relaxing night on the town, head to downtown Aspen about 10 miles east. This historical red brick village draws high-profile celebrities with posh boutiques, more than 100 bars and restaurants, and summer events, including the Jazz Aspen Snowmass concert series (June 28–August 16) and the Food & Wine Classic (June 15–17).
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