Hotel at a Glance: Snowmass Mountain Chalet
Snowmass Mountain Chalet, situated right on Snowmass Mountain, is a ski-in/ski-out property. During warmer months, Aspen/Snowmass becomes a playground for myriad activities, including fishing, kayaking, hot air ballooning, and hiking. After a day exploring the village, you can relax in the newly refurbished lobby; it boasts elegant furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Colorado Rockies.
- Guest rooms include coffeemakers, mini refrigerators, and daily housekeeping.
- Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool or hot tub.
- Things to do: Visit the Maroon Bells mountains (considered some of North America’s most-photographed mountains) or go horseback riding. Other popular activities in the area include mountain biking, fly fishing, paragliding, whitewater rafting, and hot air ballooning.
- Award winner: Snowmass Mountain Chalet received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014.
- Base Village in Snowmass is known for great shopping and dining.
Snowmass Village, Colorado: Mountain Resort near Aspen
At 14,000 feet tall, Snowmass Village feels massive. 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. But skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only things to do around Snowmass Village. 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.
Snowmass Village is only a 10-mile drive from Aspen, which boasts a historic downtown area lined with red-brick buildings housing upscale boutiques and fine-dining restaurants. You can find a number of art galleries and museums here, too, including the Aspen Art Museum. This gallery-like space hosts contemporary art exhibits, activities, and lectures from local and international artists. The Wheeler Opera House, situated in the middle of downtown Aspen, is also worth a visit. Built in 1889, it’s now used as a venue for movies and concerts.