What’s not to love about the expansive ski resort of Snowmass, Colorado? Its varied terrain caters to all skill levels – from novice to expert. Colorado’s winter weather is typically marvelous: bright, blue-sky days in between terrific dumps of champagne powder. Snowmass lodging options include ski-in/ski-out vacation rentals that offer loads of space for families or groups of friends. And with these new amenities, a Snowmass vacation is more attractive than ever.
Check out the top ten new features at Snowmass ski resort this ski season:
Sheer Bliss Chairlift
The new quad lift servicing the Big Burn area of the ski mountain can carry up to 2,000 passengers an hour, and is 100 feet longer than the old lift.
Sam’s Knob Restaurant
Sam’s Smokehouse replaces the old Sam’s Knob eatery – to the tune of $9 million – and serves up a barbecue-style menu. This “dining with a view” restaurant is on the mountain, at the top of the Village Express six-pack lift.
Sneaky’s Tavern Restaurant and Bar
This new gathering spot adjacent to the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center will likely be the place to see and be seen for apres ski. It offers American bistro-style dining for lunch, afternoon munchies, and dinner.
The Sweet Life Diner and Candy/Ice Cream Shop
A 1950s-style diner features family-friendly fare, plus an ice-cream shop and candy store on the lower level. This restaurant is part of the new Base Village development – a multi-year, $1 billion “renaissance” for Snowmass.
Junk Restaurant and Liquid Sky Nightclub
Another two-level eatery and bar, Junk is technically the “fast food” restaurant (but not your average fast food; think tuna burgers and sushi rolls), and Liquid Sky is the sophisticated and hip cocktail lounge.
Buchi Japanese Restaurant
Another Base Village restaurant that is scheduled to open for Christmas, Buchi focuses on Japanese “comfort food,” with noodle dishes, sushi and Kobe steaks.
The Office at the Cirque
The same owner as Buchi (Jeffrey Klein, founder of Matsuhisa restaurant) transforms the beloved Cirque restaurant on the Snowmass Village Mall into a pub-like atmosphere with Wii interactive games.
Nardi’s Italian Restaurant
This family-friendly Italian restaurant on the Snowmass Village Mall is named after owner Peter Nardi, whose grandparents provide the “secret sauce” recipe found in many of the restaurant’s dishes.
Capitol Peak Lodge and Hayden Peak Lodge
These Base Village properties are the first new accommodations built in Snowmass in 20 years. They are comprised of 91ski-in/ski-out residences that are available as vacation rentals.
Aspen Sports, Performance Ski and The North Face Concept Store
These three new outdoor-sports stores give visitors a plethora of options for shopping for the latest in skiwear and winter-sports equipment.
Although it’s technically not new for the current ski season, the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center is indeed a must-see highlight for any families who didn’t make it to Snowmass last year. It’s home to the Ski & Snowboard Schools, and also features several different age-appropriate rooms, where kids can climb and play with like-minded new friends. Every afternoon during the week, family-friendly apres-ski activities – such as sing-alongs, storytelling and ski movies – are held at the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center.