What’s New in Snowmass this Summer
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2012 SUMMER SEASON
An Ice Age Discovery in Snowmass!
October 14, 2010 is a date that changed Snowmass forever. That is the day that a bulldozer operator made the startling discovery of the bones of a Columbian mammoth while working on the expansion of Ziegler Reservoir. Since then seven different species of ancient animals have been discovered such as mammoths, mastodons, gigantic bison, giant sloths, small deer like animals along with well-preserved plant matter and ancient insects revealing an exceptionally preserved Ice Age ecosystem in Snowmass. This is one of the most significant finds in Colorado and possibly in the country, so stay tuned for more details!
Go to www.snowmassiceage.com for more information on this exciting discovery!
Elk Camp Gondola and Lift Takes Guests Up More Than 11,000 feet
Snowmass will be running the Elk Camp Gondola and Elk Camp Lift taking guests up to more than 11,000 feet for breathtaking scenic mountain ridge views and an on-mountain restaurant. Mountain bikers and hikers will enjoy 25 miles of newly developed trails (totaling more than 45 miles of trails to explore) on the west side of Snowmass ski area all part of an overall summer activities plan that has been in the works since the mid-1990s. The new trails coupled with activities such as a climbing wall, children’s play area, bungee trampoline, fishing pond and an extensive disc golf course, will provide summer visitors and locals alike with a memorable experience. The gondola will operate daily from June 24 through Labor Day weekend.
The new Viceroy Snowmass opened Thanksgiving 2009 offering 173 guest rooms in a premier ski-in/ski-out location adjacent to Snowmass' Assay Hill Lift. Rooms range from stylish studios to expansive four-bedroom residences, with galley or full kitchens, stunning mountain views and contemporary alpine décor. Guests can enjoy slopeside ski valet services; a dramatically designed, fine-dining restaurant; an 87-foot-long, glass-topped, après-ski bar and plush lounge; a full-service 7,000-square foot spa; fitness room; and a Kelly Wearstler-designed pool café and slopeside pool experience.
Getting Here: Transportation
- Free Bus Service to Aspen. Aspen/Snowmass announced on February 14, 2008, that the Roaring Fork Transit Authority will run free buses between Aspen and Snowmass this summer and fall, and possibly next winter, making it easier than ever to get around the Aspen/Snowmass area.
- New Air Service. Frontier airlines began new service to Aspen/Snowmass starting May 15, 2008, with five daily departures from the Aspen/Snowmass airport. The airport is served by the 70-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop, which is quieter than other aircraft and burns 40 percent less fuel than comparable aircraft, in addition to being more reliable for such mountain destinations. Frontier flies to 63 destinations, including 53 U.S. cities, six cities in Mexico, two in Canada and one in Costa Rica.
- The award-winning and environmentally-friendly Snowmass Recreation Center more than doubles its state-of-the-art facilities. This completed 18,000-square-foot indoor facility now includes a state-of-the-art Matrix cardio and weight room, a gymnasium with a full-size basketball and volleyball court, a 1,000-square-foot aerobics room, and a climbing wall and bouldering cave. Outdoors, visitors will find four heated pools (with water features and slide), four new tennis courts, a basketball court, two sand volleyball courts, and a new 10,000-square-foot concrete skate park. For more information, CLICK HERE
- The Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center is the new home of Snowmass’ popular Camp Aspen/Snowmass and is like no other children’s center in the mountains. In addition to offering day programs such as mountainboarding and skateboarding, this unique 25,000-square-foot, nature-themed facility also offers childcare, afternoon and evening activities for the whole family and new drop-in programs for children ages three to eight in cooking, art, and science. For more information, CLICK HERE
- Anderson Ranch Arts Center offers over 140 summer classes for adults and children, free lectures, art auctions and a cozy cafe to dine with the artists. Its 2008 distinguished faculty included Enrique Martinez Celaya, Holly Roberts, Laura McPhee, Robin Lasser and Richard Notkin. The center is collaborating on new programs with the Aspen Institute, Aspen Music Festival, and Aspen Film. Look for a retrospective exhibit on Anderson Ranch at the Aspen Art Museum opening October, 2008.
- Environmental Stewardship. The Snowmass Club has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. The Snowmass Club is the 30th course in Colorado and the 665th in the world to receive the honor.