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Biking Snowmass: On the Trails

Snowmass Trail System

Getting there: There are a number of ways to access the Snowmass Trail system, including the gondola. For the loop, start at the Snowmass Recreation Center and ride on the Brush Creek Bike Path until you cross Brush Creek Road. There you will hit the Ditch Trail.

Trail Talk: Snowmass is full of rides with beautiful scenery, including aspen trees, wildflowers and meadows.

 

Snowmass Trails To Aspen Shuttle Ride

Distance: 17.6 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

The dirt: Start at the small, dirt parking lot on Owl Creek Road, then ride the Owl Creek Bike Path for about 50 yards to Tom Blake Trail. Don't be confused by the brief paved interruption on Tom Blake Trail (the uphill on Faraway Road), which eventually leads to Hidden Lane (also paved). Make a right and descend Wood Road. Make a left and a short singletrack leads you to Fanny Hill Ski Slope.

This is one way to ride from Snowmass ski area to the base at Buttermilk. Connect along Sleigh Ride, The Ditch, Connector and West Government. You can make a complete loop by riding the Owl Creek Trail paved bike path or venturing through Sky Mountain Park singletrack. Riders will enjoy miles of singletrack through aspen groves and forest. Technical rocky areas and roots offer a challenge for even the experienced.

 

The Snowmass Loop

Distance:  24.1 miles

Difficulty: Intermediate

The dirt:  Snowmass has one of the best singletrack riding systems in Colorado and it continues to expand. Riders experience rolling jump lines on Deadline Trail, forests and flowers on Tom Blake Trail, rocks and grassy meadows on Cross Mountain Trail and epic mountain views on the fast, smooth descent of Rim Trail. Ride the loop clockwise, and try to make it to Rim Trail, the most beautiful portion. Make sure to grab a bike trail map before you head out to explore; there's a lot to see.

 

Rim Trail Loop

Distance: 10.5 miles

Difficulty: Intermediate

The dirt: Park at the Rodeo Lot in Snowmass Village. Ride up Brush Creek Bike Path to just below the ski area. Cross Brush Creek Road before the final turn to the ski area and ride Divide Road to the Rim Trail trailhead.

This singletrack loop includes a lot of climbing on a bike path to 7 miles of singletrack. There's about 1,800 feet of elevation change, so it's a challenging ride. You'll start off with a quick climb. Check out the incredible 360 degree views at the top before descending on some fun and fast singletrack. From here, it's pure descent to the parking lot.

 

Sky Mountain Snowmass 

Getting there: Park at Buttermilk Ski Area and hit the Buttermilk Connector Trail, which leads to Owl Creek Trail. As the path veers away from the airport runway and starts to climb, make a right on Airline Trail to begin your ascent.

Trail Talk: Note that the sections of the ride within Sky Mountain Park will be affected by the annual wildlife closure from Dec. 1 to May 15. Dogs are not allowed within the park.

 

Sky Mountain Park Loop

Distance: 18.6 miles

Difficulty: Intermediate

The dirt: Sky Mountain Park includes the ridgeline between Brush and Owl Creeks, with amazing views of Aspen, Snowmass, Independence Pass, the Elk Mountain Range and downvalley. From Airline Trail, turn left onto Skyline Ridge Trail. Take it to Deadline Trail. At the end of Deadline, make a hard left onto Highline Trail. Follow it until you make a right to join Lowline Trail, which loops back to Highline. You'll end up near the base of Viewline Trail and a kiosk, where you can take Ditchline Trail to the Brush Creek Bike Path to finish your ride.

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RIDE ON: 2018 Snowmass Bike Events

Snowmass Demo Days, June 23-24

Demo Days provides bike enthusiasts the chance to demo the season’s hottest bikes, with vendors including Specialized, Kona, Cima, Why Cycles and many more. The free two-day event takes place in Snowmass Base Village and occurs in conjunction with the opening weekend of the Elk Camp Gondola and the Snowmass Bike Park.

 

Audi Power of Four Bike & Trail Run, July 28-29

The Audi Power of Four MTB Race is a yearly mountain bike race over the four mountains that make up Aspen-Snowmass. The race starts at the base of Aspen Mountain and finishes in Snowmass. The race covers an estimated 9,000 feet of vertical gain and 9,000 feet of vertical drop over 36 miles on top-rated single- and double-track routes.

 

Yeti Tribe Gathering, July 28-29

Yeti Tribe is a gathering of Yeti bike owners and enthusiasts coming together for a weekend of camping, singletrack trail riding, and community in Snowmass Village. *By invitation only.

 

VIDA MTB Series, August 3-5

The Yeti Cycles VIDA MTB Series is a three-day event, including a
two-day women’s-only mountain bike clinic. The clinic provides women with the opportunity to increase their mountain biking confidence, learn new skill and to connect with VIDA coaches on proper biking technique. The weekend includes a welcome reception, healthy meals, yoga, bike maintenance classes, happy-hour events and tons of riding.

 

Big Mountain Enduro Finals, August 4-5

The Big Mountain Enduro, a two-day professional singletrack event, finishes its tour in Snowmass this summer. Snowmass is the only U.S. stop on the tour, which combines high-altitude riding and big descents over the course of six stages and thousands of feet of climbing and descents.

 

Snowmass Loop MTB Fondo, August 18

Returning for its third year, the Snowmass Loop MTB Fondo showcases “The Snowmass Loop,” 28 miles of singletrack including over 4,000 feet of climbing and descending. The event supports the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association.

 

For more information on biking and biking events in Snowmass, visit http://www.bikesnowmass.com