A Mountain Getaway in Snowmass
Looking to hit the slopes this winter? Snowmass, Colorado beckons with some of the nation’s best skiing—and a friendly, laid-back vibe
Article by Skye Sherman – Stuart Magazine
Floridians have it made when it comes to sand, sea, and surf—but for snow, we have to travel (who’s complaining?). Aspen tops many a winter bucket list, but its chill little sister, Snowmass—elevation 8,209 feet—sits just around the corner.
The gold standard of ski mountains, Aspen and Snowmass share terrain in the Roaring Fork Valley, making the scenery just as picture- perfect as the skiing. In Snowmass, however, the vibe is more laid-back: Rather than a ritzy reservation to see and be seen, après-ski here looks like playing games on an ice-skating rink (skate rentals are free!) or swinging by the s’mores cart and finding a communal firepit at which to toast your treat. Despite the regularly single-digit temperatures of Colorado high country, the environment of Snowmass is warm and welcoming.
Breakfast is unarguably the most important meal of the day when your itinerary consists of high altitudes and heavy exertion. Pop into … The Crêpe Shack [by Mawa’s Kitchen] to load up on carbs, or Fuel to rub elbows with locals (and devour a truly memorable breakfast burrito). For lunch, grab grub on the slopes—there are seven on-mountain restaurants to choose from—then head back out there to work up an appetite for dinner.