Snowmass Village, located about eight miles southwest of Aspen, offers a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of its glitzy neighbor. It’s an alternative to the expensive, outlandish prices and scene of Aspen as it’s more family friendly with locally owned stores and restaurants.
The village is situated at the base of Snowmass Ski Area, which is the largest and most diverse of the four mountains that comprise the Aspen/Snowmass resort.
The village includes the Snowmass Mall, Base Village and the Snowmass Center, which serve year-round residents and tourists alike. With the build-out of Base Village and hundreds of new condos added to the inventory, it’s become a hangout mecca with several shops and restaurants to bounce back and forth from.
The mall also has locally owned shops and restaurants that give more of a local vibe to the village, especially with live music and late-night menus.
The Snowmass Center is the hub of the village, where you’ll find the post office, grocery and liquor store, gas station and Town Hall.
The Snowmass Recreation Center, with two outdoor saline pools, a climbing wall, tennis courts, and fitness facilities, is also a community hub.
The village’s neighborhoods are varied, ranging from town-subsidized employee housing for locals to townhomes, condos, and posh estates that primarily attract part-time residents. Nevertheless, Snowmass Village has a strong local feel, with an influx of young families purchasing single-family in recent years.
In the summer, Snowmass Village comes alive with an on-mountain bike park, the Lost Forest, which includes a canopy tour, mountain coaster, ropes course, and climbing wall, and a growing slate of weekend festivals and events. The village also has 34.5 miles of hiking and biking trails, a free bus system, and the popular Thursday evening free summer concert series.
Located a few miles to the northwest is Old Snowmass. It’s a rural community that offers a quiet and tranquil lifestyle. The region is characterized by vast meadows that are interspersed with ranches, equestrian estates, and a few small subdivisions. About half of the 20,000-acre area is situated in the Snowmass Creek drainage, while the other half encompasses the Capitol Creek drainage, which is dominated by the imposing 14,131-foot peak bearing the same name.
Road cycling is a popular activity along the well-maintained roads that lead to destinations such as St. Benedict's Monastery. On the southern end of the Capitol Creek Valley, there are several hiking trails that venture into the national forest and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
While some part-time residents are drawn to the expansive equestrian estates and luxury mansions for a secluded retreat, many longtime locals have settled in Snowmass for its peaceful ambiance and scenic beauty. The Little Elk Creek and Gateway subdivisions are typically where local families reside.
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