1) Après ski, quick snack, cold beer and a great menu….all of that is available at the New Belgium Ranger Station, right next to the Westin Hotel in Snowmass, Colorado. This slope side location with incredible craft beer just might take the cake for the most refreshing pit stop in Snowmass Village. Be sure to sample one of the unique craft beers they have on tap that are not available in bottles. An incredible blend of flavors that I will never forget is the Coconut Curry Ale: a light but spicy ale with a sweet coconut after taste. Tasty brew with a soft pretzel pizza after skiing fresh powder all day really hit the spot.
2) Ular nights- The whole family will enjoy a night on the mountain where the medieval theme welcomes Ular, the great god of snow. Employees are dressed in festive costumes acting as gracious and playful hosts. The event starts at 5 pm and the Elk Camp restaurant and bar are open for dinner with a great kids menu. The outdoor activities are plentiful but not too overwhelming. There are options for the little ones to ride snow bikes just their size on the bunny slopes while the big kids slide through a dark snow cave. The highlight of the evening for most is the well-groomed tube sledding hills that vary in length and pitch making it a hoot for all ages. Top off the night with an incredible fire dancing show and s’mores at the fire.
As a father of 3, I can say first hand that the atmosphere invites one to get out there and be a kid. The banked turns of the groomed tubing hill glide so freely under the dark night sky that the thrill will delight parents and little ones alike. I recommend dressing the children in pajamas under their snowsuits because chances are they will quickly fall asleep to the soothing sounds and dark night of the gondola ride home. Reap the silent reward of this night to be remembered while you gaze out at the distant lights of the village.