Snowmass Village HotelsAlthough not as famous as the nearby resort of Aspen, Snowmass Village is a solid resort in its own right and one of the top 10 skiing destinations in the US. The rolling, snow-capped slopes and mountains are of course best visited in winter, where the variety of snowboarding trails and ski slopes will keep any avid winter sports fan engaged for weeks. There's plenty of facilities for families too, and a vibrant après ski scene for all ages. Things to seeFor family skiing, you really can't beat the powdered, expansive snowy slopes of the Snowmass Ski Area. The largest of the 4 Aspen ski areas, the Snowmass site has an accommodating family atmosphere, with plenty of beginner slopes. If you're looking for something more challenging and extreme, there are also plenty of winding extreme slopes for accomplished skiers. Continuing the family theme of the area, kids and adults alike will enjoy a visit to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, nestled among the evergreen pines, where you can attend workshops, see some of the local art, and even get stuck in yourself. Another fun packed day out can be had at the Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, which houses some blackened, fossilized remains of ancient ice age mammals that have been found in the area, as well as lots of information on the period and wildlife as a whole.Hotels in
Snowmass VillageSnowmass hotel rates tend to fall in the high to upper middle category, although one of the more popular options is to rent a holiday home or ski lodge for easy access to the slopes, and there's plenty to choose from here. A lodge can be great for families, and come with all mod cons such as internet, TV, and self-catering facilities. One of the advantages of staying in Snowmass hotels, is that even the slightly more moderately priced venues will offer free ski shuttles, crystal pools, and spas, so wherever you stay you'll never be far from the slopes.Where to stayFor the best access to the rolling white slopes of the mountains, you're best bet is to stay in or around Bush Creek, where the majority of hotels and luxury condos are located. The skycab is close by to ferry you up to the ski trails. Alternatively, the condos and resorts around Bush Road offer equally good access to the slopes. If you're planning a few other activities in addition to churning up clouds of powdered snow on the mountainside, then there's also slightly more secluded resort enclaves near Ridge Road, a little ways from the slopes themselves. How to get to Snowmass VillageThere's a number of domestic flights from within the US that head to a range of airports near both Aspen and Snowmass, such as Sardy Field Airport or Eagle County. International travelers will be best off heading to Denver International Airport. Getting to Snowmass itself will require a car, but luckily there are plenty of car hire and transport services in the area, along with fully winter proofed SUVs, to get you to the skiing haven of Snowmass with the minimum of fuss – you can even hire a limo service to pick you up if you're looking to splurge.