SNOWMASS VILLAGE - As our winter season finally arrives with the first significant snow, the 45th anniversary of the Snowmass ski area will be celebrated Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Base Village.
Entertainment on the Base Village Plaza will include DJ Ronnie, Dance Progressions, Anderson Ranch family activities, a scavenger hunt, prize drawing and much more.
While you are there, stop by Rob Carney's new Snowmass Bakery location on the first floor of the Red Barn building. It is the bakery's second location in Snowmass Village. The other shop is in the Snowmass Center between Cleaner Express and the Aspen Sports outlet.
Carney opened his 850-square-foot Snowmass Bakery on the Base Village Plaza on Thanksgiving Day.
"We couldn't be in a better spot," said Carney, as he took a quick break to down his lunch. In addition to opening his second Snowmass Bakery in town, Carney is currently remodeling and expanding his Snowmass Bakery shop at the Snowmass Center.
"We're right at the base of the mountain," continued Carney. "It's 55 steps to the six-pack and 42 steps to the gondola. We have this great sunny patio and a lot more visibility."
Rob Carney has been baking muffins, cinnamon rolls, cookies and other bakery items in Snowmass Village for almost 20 years. He began in 1993 at Paradise Bakery on the Snowmass Mall. When Panera Bread purchased all 75 Paradise Bakery locations in 2009, the Patterson brothers who owned the Aspen and Snowmass bakeries kept the Aspen shop and sold the Snowmass business to Carney.
Instead of opening up another Paradise Bakery franchise, Carney changed the name to Snowmass Bakery in 2009.
"We have had many of the same items on the menu for years," said Carney. "We freshly bake all of our muffins, croissants, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and other bakery items the first thing every morning. We will be baking the items for both locations at our newly expanded shop in the Snowmass Center."
In addition to those items at breakfast, you can also pick up bagels, breakfast burritos, fruit bars and fruit croissants. A new breakfast item this winter at the Snowmass Bakery is a fresh-baked biscuit with either ham and cheese or bacon and cheese.
Snowmass Bakery also offers a full range of coffee drinks, tea, orange juice, hot cocoa, soft drinks and waters.
"Last weekend in the snow we must have sold a couple of hundred lattes," said Carney. "So we're going to be a big coffee place for skiers and riders to stop in and get warm."
Since he's steps away from the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center, Snowmass Bakery will also be a great place for parents to stop in before or after dropping their kids off.
At lunch, Snowmass Bakery offers sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups. Try the Mayflower, a sandwich with smoked turkey, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise on dark break or the Chicken Artichoke panini, which has sliced chicken breast, Swiss cheese and sun-dried tomatoes on ciabatta bread.
"You can always get a sandwich freshly made for your order at Snowmass Bakery," said Carney. "But new this winter are some "grab-and-go" sandwiches that are made each morning. You get potato chips or a cookie and can have lunch on your way up the mountain."
To expand into two locations, Rob Carney needed a partner, and he found one in his neighbor, former Snowmass policeman Brady Jax.
"There's no way I could have done this without Brady," said Carney. "He handles the construction and maintenance ends of the business, and he remodeled both the Base Village and the Snowmass Center shops."
Both Snowmass Bakery locations - Base Village and Snowmass Center - are currently open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Catering available for meetings, parties, holidays and special gatherings. Please call ahead for large orders. 970-923-4712.
Steve Alldredge is the former associate editor/reporter for the Snowmass Sun. He now runs a local communications company whose clients include Related Colorado. He can be reached at email@example.com.