Every Wednesday night the Rodeo rolls into Snowmass Village and delivers a fun evening for locals and visitors. In it’s 44th year, the Snowmass Rodeo is a summer staple that draws people to the rodeo grounds located at the entrance to Snowmass Village at the Snowmass Rodeo Lot right at the roundabout and offers free parking. The rodeo is held rain or shine every Wednesday from June 14th through August 23rd. The gates open at 5 PM with tasty BBQ plates available for purchase as well as cold beverages (including beer) and the rodeo events start at 7 PM. There are the 6 regular rodeo events (Bareback Riding, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Dally Ribbon Roping, Barrel Racing and of course Bull Riding) but it is usually the kid’s rodeo events (Calf Scramble & Mutton Busting) that steal the show. Mutton Busting is a personal favorite. As the rodeo puts it “Little buckaroos “cowboy up” and hold on to a woolly sheep for eight exciting seconds”. This is true unadulterated fun and gives eight kids (ages 4-7) the chance to ride a sheep like the big boys ride the bulls. This is a must see event while visiting Snowmass Village this summer, so add it to the long list of things to do in Snowmass during your next visit.

General Admission Tickets are available at the gate for $20 (Adults) and $15 (Youth: 11-15 Years Old) with kids 10 and under FREE.

For more info, visit snowmassrodeo.org.

The 41st Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival was held September 16-18, 2016 and the weather for this years event was about as perfect as the festival has ever seen. The Crestwood is the lodging sponsor for all of the balloon pilots and it obviously comes with some perks, like being able to take a hot air balloon ride. I have had to wait 8 years for the opportunity to finally check this experience off of the bucket list and it was well worth the wait.

There is just something special about these flying vessels. The hot air balloon was the first successful human carrying flight vessel in history and the first flight was launched in 1783 in Paris, France. It’s not only the technology that makes ballooning so special it’s the people and places that really make hot air ballooning so much fun. I was lucky enough to fly with new friends from Albuquerque, NM in the “Spirit in the Sky” balloon. The Pendelton’s have been ballooning for close to 40 years and now have three generations of pilots in the family. To say hot air balloons are in their DNA is an understatement. It was pretty incredible to fly with them and see the passion they have for the sport. What was even more impressive was their passion to share the experience with others. It is something I will never forget and hope to do again in the future!

Even if you don’t have the opportunity to take flight in an hot air balloon, the Snowmass Balloon Festival provides attendees with the opportunity to get up close and personal with these gravity defying vessels. There are some great events throughout the weekend like the Carter Memorial Colorado Rat Race (a down valley race to see who can make it the furthest in 3 hours), the X Marks the Spot competition (seeing who can drop a bean bag closest to the center of the X) and the popular Night Glow on Fanny Hill. It is one of the longest running events in Snowmass and we hope it continues to awe for many years to come.

August is here and summer in Colorado is far from over. Snowmass has continued to provide world class events for our guests here at The Crestwood and the fun continues in August. With festivals, adventure races, live music and even the circus headlining this months calendar. Below you will see each event outline with dates and details. Fee free to contact us for inquiries on lodging and tickets for any of these upcoming events.

Vida Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic: August 5-7

The Crestwood is the lodging sponsor for this great mountain bike event geared specifically for women. The VIDA coaches will assist in developing proper technique and help with providing the confidence needed to tackle on mountain challenges. www.vidamtb.com/clinics

Audi Power of Four Mountain Bike Race: August 6

The Audi Power of Four Race Series is a premier endurance race series utilizing the unique and amazing terrain of each of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains. Each race is designed to test the limits and skills of both elite and recreational athletes.

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Audi Power of Four Mountain Bike Race: August 6

The Audi Power of Four Race Series is a premier endurance race series utilizing the unique and amazing terrain of each of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains. Each race is designed to test the limits and skills of both elite and recreational athletes

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Colorado Scottish Festival: August 6-7

This year will be the festivals 53rd year and will be occurring right across the street from The Crestwood in the Snowmass Base Village. The festival features bagpipe bands, highland dancers & athletes, Scottish clans, dog breeds of the brittish isles, cars free music, whisky tastings and don’t forget the haggis! www.scottishgames.org

Ragnar Relay Colorado Race: August 12-13

Ragnar Relay is an overnight team relay race taking runners from Copper Mountain and finishing in Snowmass Village. This 194 mile race reached a top altitude of 10,00 ft and is dubbed one of the hardest events in the Ragnar Series. Come for the race and stay for the party! The Crestwood has lodging rates available for teams participating in this years race. www.runragnar.com/event-detail/relay/colorado

Zoppe’ Italian Family Circus: August 18-21

Yep, Snowmass will be hosting one of the longest running family circus events in the Base Village under a larger than life circus tent. The Zoppe’ Circus has been running for over 160 years and invites guests into the intimate 500 seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. www.zoppecolorado.com

Chalk It Up: August 20

Get in touch with your inner artist and create your own one of a kind sidewalk art masterpiece or peruse the chalk art created by other artists and vote for your favorite!  Kids’ competition held in Base Village with the adults’ and High School competition up on the Snowmass Village Mall.  Registration is FREE and chalk is provided. Over $1,000 in prizes awarded! gosnowmass.com/event/chalk

Snowmass has been known as a winter destination since its inception back in the late 1960’s and has continued to gain popularity among skiers around the world. Ask any local here in Snowmass and they will tell you that winter is what brought them here, but summer is what keeps them from leaving. It was a matter of time until summers here in our mountain town started to gain popularity with the tourists that visit Colorado. The good news is that the cherished Snowmass summers still deliver the escape from the hustle and bustle of city life (and the busy streets of our neighboring metropolis of Aspen). Much like winter, the natural beauty of the mountains is the main attraction. The mountains surrounding Snowmass provide guests multiple outdoor activities that include hiking, biking, fishing, music festivals and many more. Aspen Skiing Company now sees Snowmass as the next opportunity to grow its business and expand on mountain operations into summer. This expansion is scheduled to take place once approval is received (expected in late 2017) and would most likely start in 2018. The list of on mountain improvements submitted to the US Forest Service for approval include:

  • Ten new mountain bike trails that would add 13 miles to an existing 50 miles of trails that exist in Snowmass. In addition they also want to add a 1.5 mile skills park on mountain.
  • An ever popular mountain coaster that would offer a rush inducing 3,300 descent in summer and winter. The coaster is proposed to be built among the trees between ski runs Gunner’s View and Sandy Park on the Elk Camp portion of Snowmass Mountain.
  • A guided canopy tour with nine zip lines connecting platforms built into the canopy of tree.
  • A 3,000 foot long high-speed zip line.
  • A challenge course offering over 30 various acrophobia (fear of heights) inducing challenges for guests to overcome.
  • Large climbing wall close to 40 feet tall.

These attractions would bring a whole new level of activities set to draw more families to the area in the summer and will continue to help Snowmass grow the tourism industry year round.

It is time to add Snowmass and The Crestwood to the top of your list as a Colorado summer destination. Summer is much more affordable to guests than winter travel tends to be. For example a 2 Bedroom/2 Bath condominium that would cost $500-$600 per night in the winter would be only $200 per night in the summer here at The Crestwood. The location offered at The Crestwood in both summer and winter is a major selling point and allows you easy access out your door to the hiking and biking and would be a short 5 minute walk to the Elk Camp Gondola, which would access the new improvements on mountain once completed. Contact our reservations department at 800-356-5949 or res@thecrestwood.com to learn more about the various summer events and activities in Snowmass this summer and get pricing on your next stay at The Crestwood.

Many skiers and snowboarders know that Snowmass Mountain in Snowmass Village, CO provides the best variety of mountain terrain in North America. The large variety that makes up the 3,332 acres of skiable terrain will appeal to all levels of skiers and snowboards in your family. Intermediate Terrain comprises 48% of the mountain with an additional 47% Black & Double-Black Terrain offered. The 5% Beginner Terrain is highlighted by the new concept at Elk Camp Meadows, which takes beginner skiers up the Elk Camp Gondola to 9,805 feet and provides them with their own chair lift and private area to hone their skills without the crowds. The convenience of The Crestwood’s ski in ski out location to Snowmass and the slope side ski concierge provide a hassle free experience. All Crestwood guests are able to store their equipment (skis/snowboards and boots) on the slope free of charge. There are also discounted rentals, tunes and retail items available on property via the Incline Ski/Snowboard satellite shop. A quick ski or walk down to the Snowmass Base Village allows Crestwood guests to meet for their ski lesson or drop the kids off for their unforgettable day at the Treehouse Children’s Adventure Center. It all adds up to the ultimate family ski vacation and most convenient Snowmass lodging option on your family’s next trip to the mountains.

 

Contact our Reservations Department at 800-356-5949 or res@thecerstwood.com to learn more.

This past weekend Snowmass Village was the finish line for another Ragnar Relay Colorado. The Ragnar Relay Series is an overnight running relay race that will test your limits. Teams of 12 or 6, pile into two vans and tag team run 200 miles, day and night. Each participant runs three times, with each leg between 3-8 miles with varying difficulty. So, it’s the perfect race for runners of all types.

The Colorado series, starts at Copper Mountain Ski Resort and then heads toward Breckenridge. Runners then run over the mountains of Breckenridge, Vail, and Aspen/Snowmass. The race ends with an unforgettable finish line party across the street from The Crestwood in Base Village. This Ragnar series has the highest elevations of all courses- over 10,000 ft. at its highest. The Crestwood’s close proximity to Base Village made it easy for finished teammates to join their team and cross the finish line together, celebrate quickly, and then head back to the Crestwood for some much needed sleep. For information on next year’s Ragnar Relays: Click Here

Interested in trail running? Ragnar Trail Series will be back in Snowmass Village in June 2015. To find out more information or to register for the Ragnar Trail Snowmass, CO: Click Here

Base Village Farmers Market

As a way to increase the vitality in Base Village, Snowmass Village put together a farmers market that will start on July 13th and runs through August 31st. The Snowmass Sunday Market is looking to attract Snowmass residents and guests. While construction is still going on at Clark’s Market at the Snowmass Center, this farmers market will provide these residents and guests with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and eggs in Base Village.

The Sunday Market will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Base Village Plaza, across the street from The Crestwood. The four restaurants in Base Village- Bia Hoi, Ricard, Base Camp and Slice- will be offering brunch and lunch specials during the market.

Guests staying at The Crestwood will enjoy the close proximity to Base Village and now the Snowmass Sunday Market.

Finish your weekend or start your week by checking out some amazing Colorado farm fresh produce and creative pieces by local artists!

Some of the vendors that will be attending include:

Okagawa Farms– Vegetables and fruits

Farmer Jack– Meat, poultry, and eggs

Taylor & Tessier– Clothing and jewelry

David Nelson Studio– Bronze sculptures

Cold Mountain Craft– Leather goods

Wild Carrats– Jewelry

Upper Crust– Bagels, cookies and coffee

Ita Ruma– Pao de Queijo

Francesca’s Pasta– Empanadas

Olive It Organic– Olive oil

One of the biggest spectator events during the winter here in Aspen/Snowmass area is ESPN’s Winter X Games. The X Games is a 3 day action packed event that is free to the public. The X Games brings the best skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers from around the world to the area to compete.

This year’s X Games were practice for a lot of athletes about to head to Sochi for the XXII Olympic Winter Games. This is the first year that the Olympics will include events like men and women’s ski half pipe, ski slope style, and snowboard slope style, all events featured at the X Games.

While Shaun White did pull out of the X Games to prepare more for the Olympics, that didn’t stop the crowds. The crowd at Buttermilk on Saturday was record breaking, with an attendance of 48,000.

It was announced this past week, that ESPN and Aspen Skiing Company signed a contract that will keep the X Games here at Buttermilk through 2019.  It was said that the availability of Buttermilk to host the event, the appeal of Aspen/Snowmass, and the quality of the course-which many athlete’s at last Wednesday’s press conference describe as the best in the world- were all contributing factors that won the bid.

For the first time EVER Aspen/Snowmass has more airline seats than any other ski resort airport in North America. With three major airlines flying in and out of Aspen/Pitkin County Airport from eight major markets, it is now easier than ever to access the world class skiing and snowboarding of Aspen/Snowmass. United Airlines is providing service from Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Houston. American Airlines has direct flights from both Los Angeles and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Delta Airlines is now serving Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul. This means there are over 100 non-stop and connecting flights each week into Aspen.

Once you land at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, The Crestwood will provide you with complimentary transportation to/from your condominium. Our close proximity (7  miles from the airport) could have you skiing the same day you arrive.

Take advantage of this increase in airline service to Aspen/Snowmass and stay at Snowmass Village, CO’s premier ski-in/ski-out condominium property.

Reserve your accommodations at The Crestwood today: www.thecrestwood.com

Independence Pass is one of the most exhilarating mountain pass drives that everyone should experience when visiting Colorado. For guests that select The Crestwood as their Snowmass Lodging choice in the summer, they will be delighted to know that this route will cut some time off of their drive from Denver and provide remarkable scenery along the way, but should be aware that the road is closed to traffic during the winter months.

Independence Pass is not only a scenic byway, it that also presents abundant recreational opportunities to passersby and visitors to the Aspen/Snowmass area. There are numerous hikes for all levels. Enjoy a quick walk thru the Grottos area or spend an entire day hiking Lost Man Loop or summit one of the numerous mountains in the area. Other attractions include camping, fishing, rock climbing, biking and ample opportunities to photograph the beautiful landscape of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. This local recreational area should not be missed.

Want more details? Our staff has plenty of information and recommendations for activities on Independence pass.