Transplanted Coloradoans will tell you they first traveled to the mountain towns, like Snowmass Village, for the skiing, but it’s the summer that brings them back, and for many, the reason they moved to Colorado. I’m one of those transplants, and I love Colorado in the summer. My home base is the Denver metro area, but Snowmass Village is a 3 ½ hour road trip away, a scenic mountain drive, to the first Colorado mountain town I visited nearly 30 years ago. Aside from all the people watching, great shops, and farm-to-table restaurants, the charm of the mountain towns lies in its lodging, ranging from brand hotels, such as the Westin Snowmass Resort, to full service condos, such as the Timberline Lodge, where I stayed the last two summers.
Located just 10 miles from Aspen, the 14,000 mountain lies directly behind the Colorado ski town of Snowmass Village. Ski-in/ski-out access is available in many of the lodgings in Snowmass Village, from boutique hotels, slope side inns, to condos, with access to the quaint town’s shops, restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. Getting around is easy and free via the Village Shuttle.
Where to stay in Snowmass Village, Colorado?
Where you choose to stay in Snowmass Village depends upon your needs. Families often opt for the budget friendly full-service condo options, allowing their families to spread out and fend for themselves in the full kitchens, living rooms, and multiple bedrooms. While other travelers are all about the pampering, after a long day on the ski slope in the winter, or hiking the beautiful Rockies in the summer and fall. The good news is that no matter where you land in Snowmass Village, 98% of accommodations are right on the slope.
Looking to be pampered? Located in the heart of the Village with stunning Rocky Mountain views, the Westin Snowmass Resort is your luxury full-service experience at the base of the mountain. The Westin features renovated 254 luxurious rooms (17 suites) offer my favorite night’s sleep on the brand’s Heavenly Bed & Bath®.
Their lobby, public area and lounge are one of my favs, chic and inviting you to indulge in a cocktail. In addition, five new restaurants are located throughout the complex, a new Westin Spa, slope-side pool, hot tub & sun deck, a fitness center, private ski valet, and ski accessible suites. Located slope-side adjacent to the Snowmass Village Mall, Westin Snowmass offers easy access to the slopes, dining, shopping and nightlife.
Located slope-side adjacent to the Snowmass Village Mall and near the Westin is the Holiday Inn Express Snowmass Village Wildwood. I’ve not stayed here, but peeked inside to this hip mountain lodge with a fun vibe, casual friendly service and the village’s hottest pub. (Okay, maybe I’ve visited the pub a couple of times.) Lodge style exterior entrances offer convenient access to the pool, hot tubs and fitness center. Choose from 151 fully renovated and really fun rooms (6 suites).
Wildwood also features a Steven Alan designer clothing retail outlet and the newest hot spot in Snowmass. The Bar at Wildwood is a gorgeous beer hall and dining establishment where you’ll find plenty of New Belgium Brewery beer selections on tap. (Yes, I’ve been here, plenty of fun, and great people watching!) Double Black Noodle Bar, located on the second level, offers delicious and affordable Japanese-style noodle and rice bowls.
Another slope side luxury resort is the Viceroy Snowmass. This multi-season, full-service, luxury retreat offers 165 ski-in/ski-out residences. Lodging options range from studios to four bedrooms, select from fireplaces, kitchens, washers/dryers, and balconies. This is high end lodging at its best, starting with culinary experiences all 3 meals, 7,000 square foot holistic spa, slope-side heated pool or cabanas with fireplaces.
My last two summer visits have included a stay at Timberline Condominiums, a slope-side vacation rental property located on Snowmass Mountain and close to the Snowmass Village Mall, at the top of the hill. (The walk down to the Village is no problem, but the hike back up the “hill” will have even native Coloradoans huffing and puffing. These well-appointed ski-in/ski-out condominiums range in size from studios to 3 bedroom. Condominiums have fully equipped kitchens, balcony or deck, gas fireplace (except studios), and flat screen TV’s.
Amenities include a heated slope-side pool, hot tubs, fitness room and steam room. The on-site restaurant, the Edge Restaurant & Bar serves dishes made from fresh local ingredients. Gas barbeque grills and outdoor seating are located on the large Sundeck.
Their full service front desk staff are super accommodating, from answering questions to directing you to recommended restaurants or shops. Although Snowmass Village offers free public transportation, your stay at Timberline includes complimentary Aspen airport shuttle and, in my opinion the best service, complimentary and direct shuttles within Snowmass Village, especially important with all the special events hosted throughout the year, such as the recent Colorado Scottish Festival. Other services include daily housekeeping, complimentary wireless Internet (very strong!), laundry facilities and concierge service.
This is only a handful of the many lodging options in Snowmass Village, Colorado, but no matter when you decide to visit where you decide to call home during your stay, you’re going to love Snowmass!