Snowmass to liven up on Fridays with Valhalla Nights |

Snowmass to liven up on Fridays with Valhalla Nights

Isabelle Chapman
Special to The Aspen Times

After the success of the Snowmass Ullr Nights this past winter, Aspen Skiing Co. is introducing a similar Friday night event for the summer.

During Valhalla Nights, the Elk Camp Gondola in Snowmass will continue to run after normal daytime hours so that attendees can wall climb, listen to live music and even mountain bike. There is also a children’s playground and fire pit, and the Elk Camp Restaurant will be open for business.

Peter Santini, director of business development for Aspen Skiing Co., is looking forward to providing residents with some Friday night entertainment in Snowmass.

“Snowmass does get quiet at night,” Santini said. “There are Thursday night concerts, and this is a Friday night option. We’re just looking to give families an option for staying in Snowmass.”

The gondola will run from 4 to 9 on Valhalla Nights, with bike-haul service until 7. However, on Friday, the Master of the Mass will coincide with Valhalla Nights from 3:45 to 5 , and the Easy Rider, Vapor and Valhalla trails will be closed to noncompetitors during that time. The gondola will open for bike-haul service after the race and run until 8 p.m. that night.

The Master of the Mass race is open to the public with a $110 registration fee.

Santini said he is excited about this summer’s first Valhalla Night and is hoping that it will become as popular as last winter’s Ullr Nights.

“The winter was very successful. A lot of energy up there,” Santini said. “It exceeded our expectations in terms of the number of people, … so we figured we’d give it a shot this summer.”

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Isabelle Chapman is a summer intern working for The Aspen Times through July.

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