Snowmass sneaks in its fair share of the powder days, views of the peaks, and Colorado bluebird skies, and bundles of lodging just steps from the lift.
Snowmass is part of the Aspen ski area with 3,300 acres (1,335ha) of terrain, three terrain parks and mellow runs for beginners, some reset by the grooming crew for fresh corduroy at noon. About 95 percent of lodging at Snowmass is ski-in, ski-out, leaving you to choose a room based on add-ons, such as locally sourced dining, overnight ski tuning services and ski valets. Many of the joys of Aspen, just 12mi (19km) away, but with a culture of its own.
Ski bums delight in the chic rooms at Pokolodi Lodge, affordably priced but still just a football field’s length from the slopes. Lift tickets booked in advance through the lodge will be ready for pick-up at the front desk, allowing you to speed towards that untracked snow. Conveniences include ski and snowboard storage areas on each floor to keep snowy gear out of the room, and wine and cheese happy hours.
This boutique hotel takes the post-ski pampering to new heights. Guests can book an in-room deep-tissue massage, private yoga class, or takeout fine dining from the Artisan restaurant, with customizable potato gnocchi, Colorado trout, and local beef on the menu. Schedule a beer pairing dinner to taste craft brews from Aspen Brewing Company alongside five courses. Skis can be tuned and waxed during overnight storage.
In the freshly renovated Viceroy Snowmass lobby, a 15ft-tall (4.6m) open-flame fireplace greets you, just the start of the epic-scale offerings at this luxury resort. Three restaurants, a 24-hour fitness center, a Ute Indian-inspired spa, and a ski valet to help lug gear and schedule lessons carry that ethos forward. In-room comforts extend to pillowtop mattresses with sateen linens, espresso machines, private sundecks, a personalized pantry, and a private chef available to prepare dinner at in-room kitchens.
Guests can step out of their skis and right onto Limelight’s balconies, which bump up against the snow. Modern designs make for crisply appointed rooms, while a welcoming vibe extends to adding a dog bed and bowl to the furnishings. Aprés menus cover margaritas and pizza. Add on to the adventure by booking a dog sledding trip with a team of Alaskan huskies or a two-hour test drive of an Audi all-electric SUV.
Wraparound windows with a view of the hill allow guests to size up the lift line from couches and cushy armchairs amid cabin-inspired décor. Roaring outdoor fires mean lunch is easily taken on the terrace, but guests can linger there for evening cocktails as the setting sun pinks the surrounding peaks. Alternatively, take a more casual turn at the New Belgium Ranger Station with beers from one of Colorado’s classic breweries.
Located just above the new base village, Snowmass Mountain Chalet offers spacious rooms for couples right up to large groups. Each room has a coffee machine for your morning brew, while some even allow you to bring pets along. Make the most of the grab-and-go breakfast, so you can catch first lifts, or swing by at lunchtime for complimentary soup. The hot tub will be waiting for you at the end of a long day.