Article by Marissa Kozma
If you’re getting a little tired of the crowds at Breck and Keystone, there’s a good reason to use your IKON Pass and head over to Aspen-Snowmass Ski Resort this season.
As of Saturday, December 15,  the Snowmass Base Village is officially open for business—just in time for the resort’s 51st anniversary, and had an opening ceremony complete with fireworks, performances by local talents and a skating demonstration by Olympic figure skater Paul Wylie, among other festivities.
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The resort, which is just over 3,000 acres, is completely the vision of the original Aspen-Snowmass architect of offering lots of family fun attractions and hangout spots for the resort. In June 2018, Snowmass opened The Lost Forest, at the top of Elk Camp Gondola. It includes a zip line, mountain coaster, mountain biking trails and ropes course for summer activities. Recently, it opened an outdoor ice skating rink, a five-story climbing wall, a community hub called The Collective Snowmass that hosts live music, films, yoga classes and other performances. Additionally, a delicious crêpe shop called The Crêpe Shack by Mawa’s Kitchen now calls it home along with a lounge area in the Limelight for visitors who want to enjoy tasty food and craft beer while they listen to live music five nights a week.