This summer, I was able to visit the wonderful resort of Snowmass in Colorado. While I was already a big fan of the resort in the winter, I was thrilled to learn of all the activities and fun things for my family to do during warm, balmy days including hiking, mountain biking, mountain boarding, rafting, kid’s camp and more!
I decided to try out the Mountain Biking on one of the classic, cross-country rides at Snowmass – The Rim Trail.
I left from my conveniently located 3 bedroom vacation rental right on the slopes at Snowmass. This unit at Woodrun Place had everything my family of 6 needed for a great summer home base – a pool and hot tub, bike locker room and, of course, the best slope-side location. I pedaled out from Woodrun Place and across the Fanny Hill run and through the Village mall to the base of the Rim Trail. From the trail head it is a steady climb up the switchbacks to the crest of the mountain. It took me about 20 minutes to get to the top, where there is a beautiful view of Snowmass resort and a nice resting spot with a memorial.
From there, the Rim trail starts to resemble its name. The ride is nice and flowy, up and down across the mountain ridge with beautiful mountain and valley views on both sides. The trails here are as luxuriously smooth as the expensive leather coats worn by the Aspen glitterati in town. I don’t think I saw an out-of-place root or rock the entire ride! After another climb to the next peak, it was a nice long and smooth downhill to the bus station at the base of Snowmass resort.
From there, I followed the bike path along the golf course back to the base village and my condo.
All in all, it was a terrific ride, and one that I would recommend to any cross-country mountain bike rider. The climbs are tough but predictable and well spaced. The entire ride of 11 miles took me 2 hours and 15 minutes, but stronger riders could easily do it in 2 hours. I managed to burn over 1300 of the calories I had consumed the night before at the outstanding seafood restaurant Pacifica in downtown Aspen. (Try the Seafood Risotto, and the Butterscotch Pudding – Incredible!)
If you’d like to explore Snowmass in summer or winter, let the Destination Experts at Mountain Reservations help you reserve the perfect vacation condo for your trip! Visit www.mountainreservations.com, or call 1-800-754-9378.