Earlier this winter, I visited Snowmass to experience some of the many changes that continue to happen in the base village area and to enjoy some amazing powder skiing. On my must-visit list has been seeing the major overhauls at Westin Snowmass and Wildwood Snowmass that were unveiled last ski season. I love how the lobbies and lounges turned out at both properties, with the Westin being more mountain chic and the Wildwood mountain whimsical. It’s handy to have two very different and totally renovated properties both right by the Snowmass Convention Center.
A few private dining spots that I ran across are two options at Snowmass Kitchen at the Westin, two adjacent rooms at Viceroy Snowmass’s Eight K, and one at the new Ricard Brasserie and Liquor Bar. All of these spaces are attractive, and the culinary creations definitely won’t disappoint. Serving French cuisine, Ricard is one of two restaurants opened this season by Chef Tim Goodell, a Food & Wine "Best New Chef" who has partnered with Related Colorado to also introduce Bia Hoi Southeast Asian Street Food.
When the skiing is good, I’m not one to stop long for lunch but the leisurely gourmet lunches at the mid-mountain Lynn Britt Cabin and the cozy space made the break a treat. It’s also fun to attend an Ullr Night held Friday evenings at the attractive and fairly new Elk Camp, where families and groups were enjoying live music, tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating, fire throwing, s’mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire and more. Not many ski areas have bowling at the base, but Snowmass now has eight lanes of bowling, wood-fired pizza and tasty bar food at Slow Your Roll Slopeside Lanes.
The suites with fireplaces, amazing bathrooms and well-stocked kitchenettes are a highlight when staying at Viceroy Snowmass, along with the Viceroy Spa, which offers one of the best atmospheres and personalized experiences I’ve encountered. Plans are underway to build a second tower at the Viceroy to expand lodging capacity.
A big priority of Snowmass Tourism is to build summer and fall business, so groups can expect to hear more about this as warmer months draw near.