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Snowmass launches nighttime programming

Staff report

Snowmass Tourism on Tuesday announced the launch of Snowmass After Dark, a new winter marketing program redefining nightlife in and around Snowmass Village.

Snowmass After Dark is promoting everything from specials at the village's 37 restaurants to on-mountain nighttime activities and entertainment in the village.

"Snowmass After Dark is a fantastic way to merchandise all the nighttime experiences and activities that complement a fun-filled day of skiing and riding," said Rose Abello, director of Snowmass Tourism. "Around the village or on the mountain, inside or in the great outdoors, people of all ages and families, as well, are sure to find options that give new meaning to Snowmass nightlife."

On-mountain activities

Ullr Nights at Elk Camp: Every Friday through April 1 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Elk Camp Restaurant at Snowmass is transformed into a winter playground named after Ullr, the Norse god of snow. Classic winter activities the whole family can enjoy include ice skating, sledding, guided snowshoe tours with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, snowbiking, tubing, a visit to Ullr's ghost ship and, best of all, s'mores and hot chocolate by the campfire. Live music and an à la carte dinner round out the festivities.

Lynn Britt Cabin Snowcat Dinner Rides: This authentic Western-style log cabin offers snowcat-accessed dining three nights a week. Tuesday and Thursday nights, diners can enjoy four courses of New American cuisine and live music by local musician Rich Ganson. Wednesday nights, families can enjoy a three-course Chuckwagon Dinner (kids' menus are available), followed by family-friendly live entertainment and singalongs.

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Moonlit Snowshoe Tours at Ullr Nights: Snowshoeing at night is a unique experience, especially with naturalists from ACES to lead the way on gentle Rabbit Run, and share info about the night sky and local wildlife. ACES offers nighttime snowshoeing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday during Ullr Nights.

In the Great Outdoors

Twilight Dogsled Rides and Dinner at Krabloonik: Nestled in Snowmass Village, ride along the stillness of backcountry trails amid the Alpenglow. Dogsled rides begin at 4 p.m. and go until approximately 6 p.m., with a hearty, wild-game-centric dinner to follow in the 100-year-old, gas-lit log cabin. Rides are offered for adults and children 3 and older.

Moonlit Treks and Dinners: On Jan. 23, Feb. 20 and March 19, start from the Snowmass Cross Country Center, slide or step around groomed trails then follow it up with a three-course dinner, including soup, salad and an entree at the Black Saddle Bar and Grille for $15 a person. Snowshoes and skis can be rented at the Cross Country Center for $10.

All Around Town

Dining: Snowmass has a total of 37 restaurants, offering just about every type of cuisine, and 20 of them offer special menus for kids (starting as low as $6).

Pick Up A Pint: Colorado is beer country. Enjoy some top-notch craft brews — on tap or in bottles or cans — at a number of restaurants, bars and pubs around Snowmass. Look for AMF Amber Lager, brewed especially for Snowmass by Roaring Fork Beer Co. (be sure to ask what inspired the AMF name). To pick up a six-pack or two to go, stop in Daly Bottle Shop on the Snowmass Mall or Sundance Liquor and Gifts at the Snowmass Business Center.

Bowling at Slopeside Lanes: This boutique, eight-lane bowling alley features 300-inch projection TVs and a wood-fired Mugnaini pizza oven from Italy. Bowlers can catch a game or munch hand-tossed pizzas or specialty burgers while they roll. On Sundays from 4 p.m. to close, families can receive 10 percent off with VIK Snowmass lanyards.

The Magic of Doc Eason: Every Tuesday and Thursday (beginning in January), amazing feats of prestidigitation by Academy of Magical Arts, two-time Close-Up Magician of the Year Doc Eason are performed from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Artisan restaurant at the Stonebridge Inn.