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Celebrate Winter on the Picture-Perfect Slopes of Snowmass Village, Colorado

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November 13, 2019

Snowmass Village, Colorado is a winter playground where families are invited to indulge in endless outdoor activities, 30+ restaurants, 95% slopeside lodging, shopping, unique special events and music—with picture-perfect, snowcapped mountains always serving as the inspiring backdrop.

Located just nine miles from Aspen, Snowmass consistently ranks as one of the best ski areas in the world, offering incredible mountain vistas, 2.8 million adjacent acres of wilderness, and so much more. In the wintertime, Snowmass shines with activities both on and off the slopes. Here’s a list of everything you’ll want to see and do this winter season in Snowmass.

Snowmass Opening Day – November 28: Get ready for a season on the snowy slopes! Snowmass Ski Area celebrates Opening Day on Thanksgiving Day with plenty of on-the-slopes fun, followed by Thanksgiving menus at participating restaurants around Snowmass Village. 

Thanksjibbing – November 29: Plan on celebrating Turkey Day on the slopes, where everyone is grateful for the fluffy, white snow that surrounds. Spectators are invited to watch talented skiers and snowboarders throw down for their piece of a cash prize (and season-long bragging rights) on an urban-inspired terrain park on Fanny Hill from 2:00-3:00pm.

Snowmassive Celebration & Passapalooza – December 13-15: Snowmassive Celebration takes places concurrently with Passapalooza, December 13-15, and if you’re looking to save money on the slopes, you won’t want to miss this weekend of fun: Passapalooza grants access to all four Aspen Snowmass mountains for only $59 per day for skiers and riders who have a valid 2019/2020 pass from any ski resort in the world. Passapalooza also offers $99 clinics from the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass as well as $56 demo packages available at all Four Mountain Sports locations. Snowmass Village literally lights up on Friday and Saturday nights for the Snowmassive Celebration, featuring unique, immersive and interactive art and light-based installations including multi-media video mapping, designed to transform natural surroundings, as well as illuminated ice sculptures on the Snowmass Mall and in Snowmass Base Village. On Saturday evening, guests can enjoy an ice-skating exhibition on The Rink in Snowmass Base Village, complete with fire dancers and the Aspen Skating Club; free rock climbing at the Limelight Hotel Snowmass on the hotel’s five-story, indoor climbing wall; and music by DJ Naka G. And all weekend long guests can enjoy restaurant specials throughout the Village.  

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks – December 31, 2019: Ring in 2020 in Snowmass! Close out 2019 with a traditional torchlight parade on Fanny Hill. Skiers and snowboarders ages 8 and up are invited to join in the fun. Later in the evening, take in the sight of fireworks illuminating the sky and slopes. The Viceroy Snowmass features two parties, a New Year’s Eve Gala in Toro Kitchen & Lounge and a Community New Year’s Eve Party in the Viceroy ballroom, while Snowmass Base Village kicks off the new year with a 21+ Roaring ’20s themed party. Look for a variety of additional prix fixe and à la carte specials and parties at restaurants and bars around Snowmass Village.

Torah Bright MiniShred – January 10, 2020: Olympic and X Game medalist and Aspen Snowmass ambassador Torah Bright hosts her Mini Shred event in Snowmass on January 10 in Makaha Park. This park jam event is free to join for both riders and skiers ages 7-17 with a valid lift ticket. Participants must be an intermediate level rider or skier to participate, helmets are required.

37th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration & Fireworks – February 25, 2020: A 37-year tradition in Snowmass, Mardi Gras kicks off with the early morning Mother of All Ascensions uphill race, followed by an afternoon of revelry with a traditional bead toss, a free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert in Snowmass Base Village, and fireworks. Look for food and drink specials at restaurants and bars around Snowmass Village.

U.S. Alpine Tech Championships – March 28-31, 2020: Aspen Snowmass, in collaboration with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club, hosts the 2020 U.S. Alpine Tech Championships March 28-31 at Snowmass and Aspen Highlands. The Tech Championships kick off at Snowmass with the parallel slalom, before moving over to Aspen Highlands for the men’s and women’s slalom and giant slalom events.

Snowmass S’mores – Back for its third year, starting on opening day, guests of all ages can enjoy Snowmass S’mores, free from 3:30 – 4:30 pm every day throughout the winter season, presented by Snowmass Tourism. Guests can find branded s’mores carts (which resemble oversized marshmallows and include step by step s’moring instructions) at the fire pits in Snowmass Base Village and on the Snowmass Mall, each serving up the classic s’more combination of graham crackers, chocolate, and roasted marshmallows. Over the holiday season, guests can delight in a special holiday s’more flavor, the Candy Cane, complete with graham cracker, marshmallow, and white chocolate peppermint bark, in addition to The Classic.

The Rink – The Rink in Snowmass Base Village is open daily from noon to 9:00 pm this winter. The Rink and skate rentals are free all season long. New for the 2019/2020 winter season, The Rink features daily programming and themed skating nights, such as disco night. Game of Stones, last year’s highly successful curling series, returns December 13, 20, and 27, as well as February 7, 14, 21, and 28. Also new this year, Ice Bumper Cars debut as a pop up this holiday season, daily from December 16 to January 2.

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