Acres: 3,362 | Vertical: 4,406’ | Snowfall: 300” | aspensnowmass.com
Snowmass’s High Alpine area has received a lot of love over the last year. On-mountain improvements include a new High Alpine chairlift, trail and glading work, and new snowmaking equipment. Elk Camp is the place to be every Friday for Ullr Nights, a family friendly shindig with live music, à la carte vittles, and activities like tubing and ice-skating. Plus, they’ve got s’mores, man.
Can’t-Miss Run: A 10-minute, mellow hike from the top of the Elk Camp lift will put you on Longshot, a wide-open intermediate-pitched run with low-angle glades you can hippie wiggle through to the bottom. But if you’re feeling adventurous, bang a hard right at the top of Longshot and traverse into A-Line for some Aspen extreme. Remember, skiing’s the easy part, Karl.
Resort Bite: Sit down at Gwyn’s for four-star dining or head upstairs for more casual cuisine. Not many places can run both white linen and cafeteria tray dining successfully. Gwyn’s has been doing it for more the 30-years. Plus, it just received a $5.9-million facelift.
Local Advice: Roaring Fork Valley radio personality Barn Darlington says, “Snowmass is the most straightforward of the four Aspen mountains. The whole frontside has everything a family is looking for, but leave the crowds at the Village Express and head for the Hanging Wall. It’s gnarly fun.” —Paddy O’Connell
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.