The good news for you is that there is no bad time of year to visit Snowmass. The Rocky Mountain reprieve shines year-round and each season is going to offer its own unique experience, with winter and summer being the local favorites. The best time to visit Snowmass is going to depend on what kind of activities you love and what you are trying to get out of your trip.
To help you figure out which season is going to best suit you, we’re going to dive into the merits and drawbacks of each.
Winter in Snowmass
Best for ski vacations.
Snowmass is best known as a winter destination for good reason. It’s one of the most exceptional places in the United States to take a ski vacation, especially if you have kids.
Snowmass is the largest of the four ski mountains that make up Aspen Snowmass. This means there is plenty of terrain to be explored by skiers of all skills levels. Because families love Snowmass so much, the town of Snowmass and the Aspen Skiing Company have gone to great lengths to make the area as family-friendly as possible. From restaurant options to apres ski activities, families will feel right at home in Snowmass during the winter.
Even if you don’t have kids Snowmass is a great place to spend your ski vacation. There’s exceptional dining, shopping, and lodging prices are often more affordable than they are in Aspen.
Spring in Snowmass
Best for spring skiing and great deals on lodging.
Early spring in Snowmass is what many might consider the end of winter. Some also argue that it’s the best time of year for skiing in Snowmass thanks to an abundance of sunny days regularly punctuated with big late-season storms.
This is also the most kid-friendly time of year for skiing because temps don’t drop to the same uncomfortable lows that they do in the middle of winter. And, the crowds aren’t as big.
If you like to earn your turns there is still good skiing to be had and if you just want a crowd-free mountain escape with the fam, this is a great time of year to visit.
During late spring many of the shops, restaurants, and activities are closed from mid-April through early June. And, many of the trails still aren’t open for hiking and biking because they are too muddy from snowmelt. With that said, be sure to book a trip early spring and enjoy everything that Snowmass has to offer: great skiing, bluebird days, delicious dining and great shopping.
Summer in Snowmass
Best for participating in an array of Rocky Mountain events and activities.
Snowmass shines in the Summer. Especially if you and your family are looking for endless activities to fill the warm Rocky Mountain days.
There is tons of fun to be had on Snowmass mountain between the Lost Forest and all the mountain biking and hiking trails. There are also all sorts of adventure companies that will help you explore the Roaring Fork Valley and Elk Mountains surrounding Snowmass by trail, boat, horse, hot air balloon, jeep, bike and more.
During the summer you also have access to all the fun events that take place. There are on-mountain concerts every week, festivals of all sorts, endurance races, obstacle course competitions, and much more. Check out the Snowmass calendar to find some you might enjoy.
When it comes to the downsides of visiting Snowmass in the Summer, we can’t really think of any.
Summing it up
As you can tell, there is no bad time of year to visit Snowmass. Winter is known for the superlative skiing and plentiful family-friendly events. Spring is all about great lodging deals and sunny ski days. Summer is flush with activities and lawn concerts. When you are ready to book your next Snowmass vacation, find the perfect slope-side condo or contact us with any questions you have.