Activities

Things to Do in Aspen & Snowmass

From skiing, snowboarding and ice skating in the winter to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in the summer, there are limitless things to do in Aspen and Snowmass. Whether you’re after a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon ride or a ski trip with the family (our intergenerational resort is the perfect place to progress from the bunny slopes to the double black diamond runs), Viceroy Snowmass is your mountain destination.

Summer at Snowmass

Snowmass Mountain has plenty of tempting activities to offer during the warmer months. Between the lush greenery, fresh mountain air, and endless alpine vistas, this is the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventure.

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Winter at Snowmass

Best known for its slopes and family-friendly activities, Snowmass has long been rated one of the best ski areas in North America. At 4,406 vertical feet (14,098' elevation) Snowmass has 3,332 acres of terrain, 94 trails, 20 chairlifts, and access to your choice of cruisers, glades, steeps, terrain parks, and halfpipes. This is winter on Snowmass mountain.

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Local Attractions

No matter the season, the local attractions in Aspen and Snowmass offer unexpected adventures. Hot air balloon rides are one of the most amazing ways to see the Rocky Mountains, and a tour with one of the guides from Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is the best way to experience the wildlife around you. Or head to the Snowmass Rodeo during the summer for fun with the family. There are also wine tours through Paonia, home to some of the highest vineyards in the world.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Hot Air Balloon rides are an amazing way to see the Rocky Mountains from a bird’s eye view. You will fly over mountains for approximately one hour, before landing among the pastures and concluding with a champagne breakfast. You will return to Viceroy at approximately 8:30-9:00am, which leaves you the entire day to participate in other activities.

Tour With A Naturalist Guide

Looking to explore Aspen/Snowmass on your own schedule? Hire a guide from Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), available by the hour, to lead you on all sorts of adventures. ACES can provide transportation and will even pick up snacks and lunch. Adventures range from educational wildlife tours to challenging hikes.

Snowmass Rodeo

The Snowmass Rodeo, held on Wednesday nights, is a must if you are visiting Snowmass during the summer!  The grounds open at 5pm, with Hickory House serving BBQ at 5pm and the Rodeo starting at 7pm.  Here you will see great events such as Bareback Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding and, of course, the Calf Scrambling and Mutton Busting for kids!  Children between the ages of 4 years and 10 years can enter the Calf Scramble. This is a really fun evening for the entire family.

Wine Tours

A fantastic way to see another gem of Colorado is to visit the great wineries of Paonia, home to some of the highest wineries in the world. Ask our concierge about organizing a full-day private tour, which showcases the best of the West Elks AVA, an area home to an eclectic mix of skilled winemakers. Spend the day tasting with a knowledgeable and attentive guide in a breathtaking setting, visit a world class gallery, tour a family-run farm, and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the U.S.A. The scenic 90-minute drive over McClure Pass to Paonia is incredible, and the tour departs directly from Viceroy Snowmass. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Enjoy a horse-drawn-carriage ride through the beautiful, lit up, snowy streets of Aspen. Learn as you go while the coachman educates you on the history of the Roaring Fork Valley. From carriage rides to sleigh rides, Aspen Carriage and Sleigh is perfect for both.

Family & Children

Every season, Snowmass is filled with fun and adventure. Allow our expert concierges to plan a perfect experience for your family to make the most of the great outdoors. Take a gondola ride up to Elk Camp for fun winter activities such as tubing, ice skating, snow biking, and more. Or visit the Ice Age Discovery Center to listen to some of the tallest tales in the West, recounted by master storytellers.

The Ice Age Discovery Center

Gather at the Ice Age Discovery Center to hear some of the tallest tales in the West recounted by master storytellers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Apsen Recreation Center

This inviting community center is a dream for parents and kids alike. Swim at the indoor pool and ride the two-story water slide for hours, or try out 32-foot climbing tower — beginners welcome! With an on-site snack bar, locker room, ice rink and work-out facility, the center will keep the whole family entertained.

Ullr Nights On Snowmass Mountain

Every Friday night during the peak of winter season, we honor of the Norse God of Snow — Ullr — with Ullr Nights, a nighttime winter wonderland party at Elk Camp on Snowmass.

Friends and family take an evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp for outdoor winter activities such as tubing, ice skating, snow biking, as well as making s'mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire. Dance to live music and enjoy an à la carte culinary celebration sure to please any palate. After playing in the snow, kids can warm up inside with fun activities and entertainment downstairs in The Tent.

Arts & Culture

Whether you’re here to ski or take in the stunning natural surroundings, don’t miss the chance to get immersed in the cultural side of Aspen and Snowmass. Artists and community are celebrated at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, in Snowmass Village. The annual Aspen Musical Festival brings more than 400 classical music events, and the Aspen Historical Society enriches the community through preserving its remarkable history. Choose from ski tours on Aspen Mountain, coach, walking, mining tours and more.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Located in Snowmass Village, Anderson Ranch Arts Center celebrates artists, art-making, critical dialogue and community. The center promotes personal and professional development of artists of all levels of expertise through year-round workshops in ceramics, sculpture, photography, new media, painting and drawing, printmaking, woodworking, furniture design, and more.

Aspen Music Festival

The annual Aspen Music Festival brings more than 400 classical music events, including orchestras, solo and chamber-music performances, fully staged opera productions, children’s programs, and more.

Historical Tours

Aspen Historical Society enriches the community through preserving and communicating our remarkable history.  Choose from ski tours on Aspen Mountain, coach, walking, mining tours and more.

Shopping Guide

Some people head to Snowmass just to shop. It’s no wonder considering the wide array of options, International luxury boutiques, sports equipment shops, craft boutiques and more make this one of the most diverse retail areas of the country. Make Snowmass Village and Aspen your main destinations. Snowmass Village has a high concentration of ski and board shops, some specialized just for kids. Aspen appeals to style lovers, with its designer boutiques like Club Monaco and Ermenegildo Zegna.

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Events

Ragnar Trail Snowmass

June 7, 2019 - June 8, 2019

Ragnar Trail Snowmass, the race you’ve been waiting for, is back on June 7-8, 2019.

Snowmass Rendezvous Craft Beer Festival

June 8, 2019

Enjoy a weekend of craft beers, paired cuisine, and live music in a beautiful setting.

Ride the Rockies

June 11, 2019 - June 12, 2019

The 34th Annual Ride The Rockies wheels through Snowmass June 11-12.

Rustic Grind

June 13, 2019

Rustic Grind returns to Snowmass featuring wood-fired grills loaded up with heritage-breed proteins from animals raised with safe, honest me

Heritage Fire

June 15, 2019

Heritage Fire is an annual wood-fired, meat-laden feast that spotlights traditional outdoor cooking techniques.

Aspen Ideas: Health

June 20, 2019 - June 23, 2019

Join us June 20-23 at Aspen Ideas: Health to explore big ideas and join conversations about the most compelling issues in health today.

Snowmass Demo Days

June 29, 2019 - June 30, 2019

Demo the season’s hottest bikes at Snowmass Bike Park and Snowmass Village.

July 4th Community Celebration

July 4, 2019

Celebrate Fourth of July evening in Snowmass Base Village with complimentary lawn games, music, sweet treats & more.

Audi Power of Four Trail Run

July 13, 2019

Choose from a 50K or 25K endurance challenge covering all four Aspen Snowmass mountains utilizing a mix of singletrack and dirt road.

Yoga on the Mountain

July 19, 2019 - July 21, 2019

Yoga on the Mountain, presented by Power Yoga Retreats, returns to Snowmass July 19-21, 2019.

5k on the Mountain Part of the Colorado Brewery Running Series

July 20, 2019

The Colorado Brewery Running Series returns to Snowmass with its fun-filled 5K.

Snowmass Doubles Volleyball Tournament

July 25, 2019 - July 28, 2019

Volleyball of the Rockies brings this boutique mountain tournament to Snowmass Village.

Big Mountain Enduro

August 15, 2019 - August 18, 2019

Aspen Snowmass will host the BME Finals for 2019.

Vida MTB Series Women's Skills Clinic

August 17, 2019 - August 18, 2019

The VIDA MTB Series is an informative, hands-on event that focuses on making you a better rider.

Audi Power of Four MTB Race

August 17, 2019

In 2019, Aspen Snowmass presents the 9th annual Audi Power of Four Mountain Bike race.

JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience

August 30, 2019 - September 1, 2019

The JAS Labor Day Experience is a three-day music festival featuring world-class bands.

Snowmass Balloon Festival

September 6, 2019 - September 8, 2019

The Snowmass Balloon Festival fills the sky with one of the highest-altitude hot air balloon events in the country.

Snowmass Wine Festival

September 14, 2019 - September 15, 2019

Experience a weekend of incredible food, flavors, sights and sounds at the Snowmass Wine Festival.

Golden Leaf Half Marathon

September 28, 2019

The Golden Leaf is one of the most beautiful foot races in the Rockies.