50th Anniversary: In Honor of Snowmass History

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50th Anniversary: In Honor of Snowmass History2019-01-28T11:28:17-07:00

Happy 50th Anniversary, Snowmass!

Celebrating 50 Years of History and Fun

The 2017/2018 winter season marks the 50th anniversary of Snowmass Ski Area.

On December 16, 1967, when Stein Eriksen loaded the first chairlift at “Snowmass-at-Aspen,” Snowmass was the largest and most complete winter resort in the country.

Snowmass has what many call a “fascinating history,” from the mammoths to the homestead ranchers of the Brush Creek Valley. “The Story of Snowmass,” written by Paul Anderson (who conducted more than 100 interviews in his research for the book), exclusively covers the history of Snowmass Village. Snowmass Tourism commissioned local filmmaker Greg Poschman (who is also (Pitkin County Commissioner) to produce a 30-minute anniversary film – which will premiere on Saturday, December 16th at the Golden Gala at the Viceroy.

Snowmass Ski Area manager Steve Sewell said, “This mountain means so much to so many people and there are generations of families that have grown up here.”

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The Start of Snowmass

  • Snowmass was planned to emulate ski villages in the Alps.

  • Initial construction took nine months.

  • Opened with five chairlifts and 50 miles of trails.

  • Lift tickets were $6.50.

  • Seven slope side lodges offered rooms for just $20.

Snowmass Today

  • On-mountain investments topped $100 million in the last 12 years alone.

  • Expansions included the Hanging Valley and the Cirque.

  • Boasting three impressive terrain parks.

  • Introducing the new Lost Forest complex in 2017/2018.

Join the Celebration


Official Anniversary Weekend Bash, 12/15-12/17

  • Friday, December 15: $6.50 Lift Tickets, Anniversary Dine-Around, Champagne Toast, Après Ski Party, Kids Zone, Retro Party at Elk Camp, Fireworks over Fanny Hill… More Information
  • Saturday, December 16: Banana Days Scavenger Hunt, Anniversary Dine-Around, Après Ski Party, Kids Zone, Golden Gala [SOLD OUT]… More Information
  • Sunday, December 17:  Cabin Jump, Rail Jam, and Anniversary Picnic; Anniversary Dine-Around… More Information

Season-long Anniversary Celebration

  • Look for gold 50th Anniversary trail signs on-mountain to locate the original1967/1968 ski runs.
  • Daily historical mountain tours at 10:30am (top of Sam’s Knob) and 1:30pm (outside Elk Camp). Go back to the age of mammoths and mastodons, then learn about the native Ute Indians and early Snowmass settlers, and finally get an overview the development of the modern-day Snowmass resort.
  • Dining specials (for $19.67 or $50) at participating restaurants.
  • Weekly celebratory champagne toasts in Snowmass Base Village.
  • Retail deals for $19.67 and $50 deals at participating Snowmass shops.
  • Retro art installation and historical information all around Snowmass Base Village.