Meet MP’s 2021 Snowmass Staycation host
Mother of two
Colorado Real Estate Broker Associate
YOUR BEST COLLEGE FRIENDS
BRING THEIR KIDS FOR A WEEKEND
Allow me to take the pressure off when your bestie calls to say she and her family are coming to visit. Welcome to the 81615.
A great mountain escape begins with checking in at Viceroy Snowmass. This luxury mountain modern slope-side hotel offers great space in a relaxing environment. Delicious options to eat at Toro, or Nest Bar & Grill. Hint: You might even plan a Snowmass Staycation weekend getaway for you and your spouse here.
Grab your girl and start off with a cup of joe. Parking is free at Lot 6 off Carriage Way. Fuel Café offers organic espresso, smoothies, breakfast, and lunch with outdoor seating. Or, If you are an avid Starbucks fan, head down the mall to Starbucks Snowmass and say hello to Emmerson and crew. Don’t forget to refill your water bottle, as hydration is key.
Next up on our Snowmass Staycation itinerary, get ready to zen out with King Yoga at the Rink in the heart of Base Village. Aaron King is known for his outdoor jam sessions. Bring your mat, water bottle, and friend to vibe out. Parking is free in the Base Village parking garage.
After your beautiful practice, get ready for a hike up the mountain. The Vista Trail starts just past the second station of the Elk Camp Gondola, on your left. This hiking trail received a new layout in 2020, winding up through aspen groves and wildflower meadows towards the top of the gondola at Elk Camp.
(photo: Daniel Bayer)
Dads and kids ride the gondola to Elk Camp (Aspen Snowmass allows free gondi rides in the summer). Tip: Dads in need of a bike, helmet, or pad rentals can start their day atFour Mountain Sports in Base Village.
Now it’s time for the switch-off with the kids so the guys can ride lift-served award-winning trails. Most recently, in 2020: the Gold Medal from the International Mountain Bike Association, which celebrates the world’s best trail destinations for all skill levels. My husband’s favorite Snowmass Mountain ride is French Press. (photo: Matt Powers)
until 4:00 PM
There are plenty of things to do in the Lost Forest at Elk Camp. This wooded wonderland offers activities such as a rock-climbing tower, an alpine coaster, and my kiddo’s favorite – hiking the Rabbit Run Loop. This is a short hike with little elevation gain. Good thing your husband is amazing since he packed water bottles, sunscreen, snacks, and bug spray, which you will need when you complete the trail loop on the backside of the Elk Camp pond. If your kiddos are really into casting, bring a fishing rod. My five-year-old daughter caught a fish last year! The restaurant at Elk Camp offers a variety of choices for lunch or snacks. (photo: Jeremy Swanson)
Head back to the Rink after downloading the gondola. Kids can play in the splash pad or with yard games, while the Mamas pop into my new favorite, JUS. I am a creature of habit and always get the Chilly Willy smoothie or the Sweet Greens juice. My kids love coconut peanut butter balls or granola for a treat.
Hint: Need a blow out before your evening out? Alux Spalon is the place for all of your beauty needs.
You deserve a delicious meal after a jam-packed day.
First, line up a sitter with Aspen Babysitting Service, which offers childcare in your home or hotel provided by vetted, fully-trained sitters.
Next, make a reservation.
An old-time favorite is Il Poggio. Ask for the corner table next to the window off of the bar. You can never go wrong with the house red and burrata salad.
Opening in August, Kenichi will bring it’s must-have Aspen sushi to Snowmass.
Snowmass is stellar at offering programming for the whole family. So an alternative to the “double-date for the grown-ups” is an evening everyone can enjoy. Pick up take-out pizza from Tasters, and bring it to the Rink. Yes, this is your third trip to the heart of Base Village today. This time head there for Saturday night
Movie under the stars. This series of family favorites is screened in partnership with Aspen Film.
Take heed: The evenings in Snowmass can cool down a quite a bit, so bring layers, blankets and low camp chairs.
Need a nightcap to warm up under the stars? Try Lift Vodka, a local brand that marries 100% Aspen water with corn distillate in small batches to produce a premium, crisp, fresh vodka. I have also learned that keeping it clean with Casamigos and Topo Chico with some lime goes down really well. My one-stop-shop is Sundance Liquor and Gifts in the Snowmass Center.
The best slope-side pool happens to be at the Viceroy where your friends are staying. After your big Saturday, everyone is happy to chill by the pool and order food from NEST.
Carlie Umbarger, “Snowmass Carlie”
Colorado Real Estate Broker Associate
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