February 4, 2004
An offspring of Aspen’s early success as a ski resort, Snowmass Village grew out of ranch land in the early 1960s, catering to commercial interests centered around one of the greatest ski areas in Colorado. Built initially around a theme mimicking ski town ambiance, Snowmass has multiplied vastly with conference facilities, art centers, performance venues, hotels, shops, second homes and condominiums.
With a scenic backdrop of the largest of the four Aspen Skiing Company mountains, Snowmass Village thrives summer and winter on recreation, the arts, conventions and a huge ancillary service industry.
Once dependent on Aspen for its identity and commercial success, Snowmass has evolved into a dynamic, self-governed, highly motivated resort town that clearly stands on its own.
Among the offerings here are a world class golf course, some of the best mountain biking trails in the valley, the renowned Andersen Ranch Arts Center, top-notch cross-country and alpine skiing, Krabloonik dog sled kennels, an annual jazz and rock festival, hot air balloon events, classic car rallies and the vast Snowmass-Maroon Bells Wilderness area in the backyard.