well known for its glitzy nightlife, star spotting & world class hotels, but
just down the road is its neighbour, Snowmass, ideal for families with
Quieter and lower key than bustling Aspen, has everything
families could want in a resort & fantastic skiing to boot!
Ski in, ski out
There are a plethora of ski in, ski out places to stay in Snowmass, which is
so helpful for families with children, so mum and dad don't have to lug children
& gear around after a long day's skiing.
Children's ski school
Many accommodation options are based around Snowmass base village, where you
can also find the new "Treehouse" children's ski school, making it very easy for
families to drop the children off at ski school, close to their accommodation
& then ski off.
Privacy & safety
Apartments can be a good idea for families with children, as the children can
go to bed & the parents can be in the living room just like at home. Parents
get some privacy without having to worry about the children being in a separate
Less rush in the mornings!
Also it's often helpful to have a kitchen with a few simple items
for breakfast & snacks, to feed hungry little ones without needing to go out
to find a restaurant and you can get them things they like! Plus having
breakfast at home usually makes it quicker & easier to get to ski school on
for example is ski in, ski out and just down a few steps to the base area &
ski school."" is
even closer just across the road from the base area & ski school & a
good affordable option for families.
If the kids can already ski a little, there are great ski in, ski out options
at the top of Snowmass Village, including "which has washer / dryer in the condos, very handy for families
& pool, hot tub, sauna & exercise room to keep everyone entertained. "" has a
restaurant on site offering affordable meals with other dining options within
walking distance or of course you can cook in your apartment if you prefer. "" has
studio suites, perfect for the budget conscious small family.
Snowmass offers plenty of kids activities in case they need some time off
from skiing or need even more entertainment: Story telling at the Snowmass Ice
Age Discovery Centre in the mall, "Sing-a-long & S'mores" by the campfire
with a guitar strumming cowboy & a "Winter Wild Things" free interactive
On top of these children specific activities, there are also the traditional
winter wonderland things to do with all the family including Snow tubing, Snow
shoeing, snowboiling, sleigh & dog sled rides, giving plenty of
opportunities for family photos.
There is a selection of restaurants etc. in Snowmass, mostly based in the
village mall, so the accommodation generally doesn't incur too much noise,
perfect for getting those kiddos off to sleep.
Skiing for all
Snowmass is one of the big 4 mountains comprising the ski area of Aspen,
Snowmass, Buttermilk & Aspen Highlands. The largest of the 4 ski
mountains, many people can spend all their time skiing at Snowmass, although the
lift pass covers all 4 areas.
Snowmass has a huge variety of runs from the bunny hills of Fanny Hill, great
for beginners & children alike. For those intermediates in the family
there are cruisy blues on Elk Camp, Sams Knob, 2 Creeks & Alpine
Springs. The famous "Big burn" (which I skied last December) is 1 1/2 miles long
& a mile wide & certainly makes those thighs burn if you ski it top to
bottom! Black runs abound for advanced skiers off Sam's knob. For expert skiers
who want double black diamond terrain, the Cirque is a great place to go on
powder days & Hanging Valley Glades have steep chutes & headwalls.
Hassle free transport for people & ski gear
If you want to venture further afield, there is a wonderful complimentary bus
system providing quick & easy service between the 4 mountains. You can even
leave your ski gear at one mountain & ask for it to be delivered to
another ski area ready for the next morning!
Buttermilk is a great beginner mountain, whereas Aspen Highlands specialises
in more advanced terrain. Aspen mountain has some good intermediate skiing and
the slopes come right down into the world renowned town of Aspen.
World famous Aspen on your door step
Aspen is only about 15 mins on the bus from Snowmass and definitely worth a
day out to see the fur coats, boutique shops, galleries, coffee shops &
restaurants for which Aspen is famous. There is an ice rink and even a rugby
pitch in the centre of Aspen, perfect for the kids to let off some steam. And of
course if mum and dad do want a hip night out in Aspen, there are babysitting
services available in Snowmass.
Find out more:
Tel UK 01223 655642
Tel USA 303 482 1961