About Snowmass Village
Elevation & Climate
Located at 8,209 feet, Snowmass is about 300 feet higher, and cooler, than Aspen. Snowmass Village gets 138 inches a year and 19 inches of rain per year, making it very comfortable and a great place for winter sports. Snowmass Village enjoys an average of 245 sunny days per year, and the July high is around 80 degrees. The January low is 7 degrees.
Despite its name and reputation as a world-class ski resort, Snowmass Village is not just a one-season wonder. With slightly less than 3,000 residents and more than 3,000 acres of terrain parks and halfpipes, Snowmass Village is a skiing and snowboarding paradise.
Ranked #1 overall resort by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, the sheer volume of Snowmass's slopes prompt many to opt for a condo or a second home in the area.
In summer, 40 miles of hiking and biking trails provide access to some of the prettiest mountain terrain in Colorado. You can enjoy the view from a raft on the rapids of the Roaring Fork River, on horseback or from the banks while fishing the river's Gold Medal waters.
Snowmass Village -- not to be confused with "Old Snowmass" about eight miles away in a different valley -- offers delightful boutique and restaurants, as well as festivals, free music events and a summer rodeo.
In Snowmass Village, you can choose from over 30 restaurants offering an international perspective: European, Cajun, Japanese, Italian, Pan Asian, and Mexican flavors grace the menu.
Events & Attractions
Ride the rapids of the Roaring Fork River or enjoy the legendary fishing from its banks. Nearby, several of the nation's premiere wildness areas call you to hike and enjoy jaw-dropping beauty. Snowmass Village is the perfect launching spot to explore the Maroon Bells.
Snowmass Village/Aspen Links
Snowmass Educational Resources
Snowmass Village offers a year-round calendar of fun events, ranging range from world-class jazz to rock and reggae. You can take in the Winter X Games just minutes away at Buttermilk, or watch some of the country's toughest cycling and running races. Snowmass celebrates 32 years of Fat Tuesday revelry with the biggest Mardi Gras bash in the mountains, offering everything from free mask-making at the Treehouse to a madcap parade to a free concert.
Now 40 years in the making, the Snowmass Rodeo is Colorado's longest-running rodeo in Colorado. It takes place every Wednesday evening throughout the summer. Snowmass Village's intimate arena gives you an up-close view of bronco and bull riding, roping and barrel racing. Kids can try riding a sheep at the mutton-busting event. After the rodeo, you can enjoy a BBQ dinner, a campfire, a sing-a-long and a marshmallow roast.
Award-winning architect Jim Engh's unique design of the Snowmass Club Golf Course pays tribute to the rugged heritage of ranching families that rooted here over the last century.
In 2010, a bulldozer operator accidently unearthed fossilized elements of a Pleistocene ecosystem in the ice age lake bed at the Ziegler Reservoir that is now fondly referred to as the Snowmastadon site. Snowmass Village celebrates the discovery or "Snowy" with its own Ice Age Discovery Museum.
Snowmass Village Schools
Children who live in Snowmass Village attend schools in nearby Aspen. Snowmass does offer schools and daycare for younger kids:
- Aspen Sprouts (Private, Preschool
- Little Red Schoolhouse (Private, Preschool)
To see more detail about local schools and daycare facilities, visit this Aspen page at GreatSchools.org
Aspen also hosts a wealth of institutions devoted to environmental, cultural and scientific education for adults. To learn more about these, explore the links to the right and also visit the Aspen page on this website.