Snowmass (ski area)
|Snowmass Ski Area|
The base of Snowmass Mountain, including a view of Snowmass Village
|Vertical||4,406 ft (1,343 m)|
|Top elevation||12,510 ft (3,813 m)|
|Base elevation||8,104 ft (2,473 m)|
|Skiable area||3,128 acres (12.66 km²)|
5.3 Miles (8.5 km)
|Types of Trails||easiest: 6%, more difficult: 50%, most difficult: 12%, expert: 32%|
|Best Known For||Wide-open, groomed cruising and family-friendly activities. Snowmass has long been rated one of the best family ski areas in North America|
|Location||Within the White River National Forest, adjacent to Snowmass Village and 9 miles (14 km) from downtown Aspen|
|Terrain Parks and Half Pipes||3 terrain parks (Snowmass Park and Superpipe, Little Makaha and Lowdown Park), 1 superpipe and 1 minipipe|
|Restaurants||Base Camp Bar & Grille, Café Suzanne, Elk Camp, Gwyn"s High Alpine, Krabloonik, Lynn Britt Cabin (snowcat dinner rides), Burlingame Cabin (snowcat dinner rides), Two Creeks Mexican Café, Ullrhof, Up 4 Pizza, Sam's Smokehouse, Sneaky's Tavern.|
Snowmass is a part of the Aspen/Snowmass ski resort complex located in Snowmass Village near the town of Aspen, Colorado. It is owned and operated by the Aspen Skiing Company. It was opened on December 17, 1967 . Snowmass is the largest of the four Aspen/Snowmass mountains, comprising 3,128 acres (1,266 ha). The mountain is most notable for its wide cruiser runs, family-friendly atmosphere, and extensive ski-in/ski-out lodging. Despite its family reputation, the resort also contains several terrain parks, extensive extreme skiing terrain, mogul runs, and gladed terrain. Snowmass has undergone massive changes in the past few years, including a new gondola along with a new Base Village Snowmass has also constructed a new restaurant near Elk Camp, replacing Cafe Suzanne with a large, brand new restaurant. Today, Snowmass continues its extensive improvements to on-mountain infrastructure as well as lift repairs.
Snowmass Village is currently involved in a contentious debate over charges of animal cruelty regarding the Krabloonik dog sled business. Krabloonik, which leases its land from the Village, is under indictment for 8 counts of animal abuse and cruelty. To date the Village Council has refused to regulate Krabloonik in a way to avoid future cruelty to its dogs.
Snowmass has the most vertical feet of skiing of any ski area in the United States, but only when the Cirque poma is running. There are 17 lifts at Snowmass: 7 high-speed quads (Two Creeks, Elk Camp, Alpine Springs, Sheer Bliss, Big Burn, Coney Glade, Sam's Knob), 1 high-speed six pack (Village Express), 2 gondolas (the Sky Cab - better known as the "Skittles" and Elk Camp Gondola), 2 quads (Meadows and Assay Hill), 3 doubles (High Alpine, Campground, and Burlingame) and 2 pull lifts (Scooper and The Cirque).