SNOWMASS VILLAGE TRAVEL GUIDE

January 17, 2017

 

 

 

Where it all began

On Christmas day my boyfriend, Jono and I talked about going somewhere for New Years, possibly snowboarding or just going somewhere different for the long weekend. Colorado was mentioned but in reality we knew that was unrealistic. The drive was too long to travel there and back in such a short period of time. Then we talked somewhere much closer but that night it rained so hard leaving the ground with no snow. That definitely had an effect on our plans since they required snow. It was actually really depressing. So the thought of going anywhere just kind of faded after that.

 

Back at work Tuesday, I was sitting at my desk working when Jono called and said his boss basically booked tickets to Colorado for New Years. Like what!? How did this all happen so fast! Here I am at work and I get a call saying they are leaving in just a few days. Let me tell you how much of a nervous wreck I was trying to work up the courage to ask off a few days. It was seriously the worst time to ask for time off at work. Being the end of the month plus the end of the year is such a crazy time for our offices. But they actually let me!

 

I had never been to Colorado before so I was super stoked. Jono talks about it all the time. He shows me pictures but I know places like that, images never do them justice.

 

I loved my time in Colorado and hope this guide will help with any questions you may have about where to stay or what to do in Snowmass Village if you ever decide to experience it for yourself.

 

Flying to Snowmass

We flew into Denver on American, rented a vehicle through Budget and drove to Snowmass Village ourselves.

 

You can fly into Denver via American, Southwest, Spirit, United, and Frontier.

Snowmass Village was about a 3 hour drive from Denver International Airport (DIA).

You can also fly into Aspen Snowmass Airport (ASE) via United, Delta and American.

Snowmass is about 6 miles from ASE.

 

Ground Transportation

Bus Service- A free shuttle service is provided for the town of Snowmass Village. It will take you to just about any location in the Village.

The Roaring Fort Transit Agency (RFTA)- They can take you to Snowmass, Aspen, Highlands, and Buttermilk for free all year-round. We used the RFTA on New Years to get from Snowmass to Aspen and back.

 

Limo or van services-

Colorado Mountain Express

Aspen Limo Services

High Mountain Taxi/Limousine

Smiddy Limo

Snow Limo

Corporate Transportation Specialists/CTS Aspen

 

Vehicle rentals-

Denver International Airport- Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, E-Z, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty

Aspen Snowmass Airport- Ace, Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Economy, Enterprise, Europcar, E-Z, Firefly, and Fox

 

Where to Stay

We stayed at a ski in/ski resort. That’s exactly what we did the majority of our time there. We skied right out to the hills and right in from them. It was very convenient. We stayed at the Stonebridge Inn. Super cute and cozy place to stay, our room was one bedroom, two baths and had a loft with two beds.

 

Stonebridge Inn-

300 Carriage Way

Snowmass Village, CO 81615

970-923-7077

 

What to do

Whenever I go somewhere I like to do research of things to do while I’m there but since it was such a spontaneous trip, I had no time to research. I was very pleased with what things I seen and did during my time in Snowmass.

 

Hit the slops-

That’s the reason we came to Colorado in the first place. It was very fun, once I got the hang of it.

 

Lift tickets-

They offer tickets for a day, half day, season, or multi-day. I bought a two day plus a half day ticket.

 

Rentals-

Rentals are available throughout the village at local shops. I rented my skis through Christy Sports. They were very friendly and helpful.

 

Dogsledding-

The New Krabloonik Mountain Dining & Dogsledding-

As you pull up you are welcomed by the huge Krabloonik sign located at the top of the hill. As you walk down you can see all the dogs lined up in large cages. There each dog have their own little section. Don't be alarmed by how small the dogs look. They are well fed and loved. They are always running that they burn off a lot of energy. You can also try out the restaurant as well as go for a dog sledding ride. The ride is on my list for next time. Check out their website for prices and more info.

 

The New Krabloonik Mountain Dining & Dogsledding

4250 Divide Rd

Snowmass Village, CO 81615

970-923-3953

 

Shopping-

Snowmass Village has tons of shops from art to clothing to chocolates to flower shops. I would recommend traveling downtown Aspen to check out those stores as well. Colorado does have one kind of item that is not sold openly where I am from and that is Cannabis. Cannabis is legal in the state of Colorado. I was surprised when I wandered in there to see all the types of different products Cannabis can be made into. They were made in mint, gummy, chocolate, lotion and even lube form. There are some rules you must follow when purchasing anything from those shops. Make sure you are aware of them before you make any purchases.

 

Silverpeak

520 East Cooper Ave

Aspen Co, 81611

970-925-4372

 

Green Dragon Cannabis CO.

409 E Hyman Ave

Aspen, CO 81611

970-429-4365

 

Stash

710 E Durant Ave

Aspen, CO 81611

970-925-6468

 

Native Roots Dispensary Aspen.

308 South Hunter St

Aspen, CO 81611

970-429-4443

 

Bowling-

One night after a full day of playing on the slopes we went bowling at Slopeside Lanes. It was located in the Snowmass Mall which was a short walk from our resort. We did call in advance for reservations just to make sure they had an available lane for us. They have 8 lanes, a game area, full bar and service food. Being a bit early, we sat at the bar and had ourselves some drinks and enjoyed one of there delicious wood-fired pizzas. It was definitely a great time and fun atmosphere. 

 

Daly Lane-Snowmass Mall

Snowmass Village, CO 81615

970-429-8839

 

 

Dinning-

We didn’t go out to eat much while we were there just because we bought a whole bunch of food at the local grocery store to save money and make it easier on ourselves. But we did go out for ice cream and had Sushi on our last night downtown Aspen. The ice cream was so good at Paradise Bakery. I am a huge fan of peanut butter and chocolate ice cream so that’s exactly the one I had. And it was terrific! Kenichi was also a great last night food choice. We all love sushi and they had a great staff that made the meal experience there even more enjoyable.

 

Paradise Bakery

320 S Galena St

Aspen, CO 81611

 

Kenichi

533 E Hopkins Ave

Aspen, CO 81611

970-920-2212

 

New Year Experience in Aspen-

On New Years we ate a kick butt meal in our condo and played a few drinking games before we set off downtown. We took the bus transportation just being safe. We didn’t want to drink and drive. We then went straight to Belly Up, Aspen to see Chromeo. Chromeo is a Canadian electro-funk duo, which I have never heard of before. His music was interesting. Just before midnight we went to the field downtown to do the countdown to midnight which lead up to fireworks going off at 12. It was so beautiful! Cold, but beautiful. They luckily had a huge bonfire located there so everyone could gather around keep warm during the fireworks. It was such an amazing and different way to bring in the New Year.

 

Belly up, Aspen

450 S Galena St

Aspen, CO 81611

970-544-9800

 

Check out the video below of Jono and his buddies snowboarding in Snowmass. This was taken all from our New Years trip. Jono does such a great job filming and editing videos. Check out his Youtube site to see more of his work. @jonogross

 

 

My time in Colorado was great! It was such a great way to start the New Year. I can not wait to go back and experience Colorado in the summer, though. If you have been to Snowmass Village before I would love to hear about your experience. Please fill free to comment below!

 

-Kelsey

 

 

 

 

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