Hotel at a Glance: Snowmass Mountain Chalet
You can easily hit the slopes from Snowmass Mountain Chalet, which has ski-in/ski-out access to Snowmass. The property is just across the way from the Village Express ski lift. Ride to the top of it and you can zip down a dozen beginning, intermediate, and expert trails. After a day on the slopes, the lobby is a nice place to relax. It boasts a wood-burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Colorado Rockies.
- Kid-friendly activities are available at the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center
- Eat up: The lodge serves a free hot breakfast and soup for lunch during the winter.
- Cozy guest rooms include coffeemakers, mini refrigerators, and daily housekeeping.
- Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool or hot tub.
- Award winner: Snowmass Mountain Chalet received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014.
Snowmass Village, Colorado: Ski-in/Ski-out Village in the Rockies
At 14,000 feet tall, Snowmass feels massive. And its ski resort takes advantage of that size: a whopping 94 trails crisscross its snowy peaks—the longest stretches more than 5 miles—and its three terrain parks speckled with boxes, rails, and halfpipes cater to snowboarders of all levels. The mountain lies directly behind Snowmass Village, and there is ski-in/ski-out access to many of the town’s shops, restaurants, and hotels. Snowmass is one of four ski resorts within a 10-mile radius, along with Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Aspen. The best part: you can access all four with a single lift ticket.
Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only things to do around Snowmass Village. You can also go ice skating, snowmobiling, and dog sledding nearby. The village itself is chockfull of art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that serve up farm-to-table cuisine and cocktails. Also worth a visit is the Ice Age Discovery Center. It has fossilized mammoths and mastodons, which were unearthed during a construction project in 2010.