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Snowmass

+Ideal family vacation spot. Treehouse Center rocks. - Limited dining options. Have to hit Aspen for good après.

Snowmass can teach us all a lesson in resort development: You needn’t turn your base into Wally World to attract families. There’s a refreshing absence of bungee trampolines and alpine coasters; Snowmass caters to the younger set with 3,132 acres of kid-friendly greens and blues, three terrain parks (no. 7), world-class grooming (no. 3), high-speed lifts (no. 4), ski-in, ski-out lodging (no. 4) and its innovative Treehouse Adventure Center, which is surely to thank for the resort’s consistently high ranking in Family Programs for the fourth straight year. The 25,000-square-foot facility boasts a climbing gym, teen activities, kids’ retail and a host of themed rooms for ages eight weeks to four years, all right at the base of the slopes. The center also brings Snowmass’s ski-school check-in, rentals and family après under one roof. But to land in the overall Top 5, a resort needs to lure more than just families, and Snowmass’s high-quality snow and varied mountain layout please the masses. “As good as it gets,” exclaims one reader. “Wonderful variety of terrain.” The whole package in one convenient place. —Tess Weaver

On-Hill Lunch » The rustic Lynn Britt cabin offers panoramic views of the Snowmass Valley and high peaks beyond, plus a tasty menu of Colorado’s seasonal best.

Must Ski » Whichever run is the recipient of the daily Noon Groom, a fresh combing that reopens the trail at 12 o’clock.

Family Activity » Kids Adventure Maps point out myriad on-slope Fun Zones, with rollers, moguls and natural obstacles.

2002 Number 7 Resort In North America: Snowmass, Colo.

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From the beginning in 1967, Snowmass has set the bar for American resorts in several categories: "fall-out-of-bed skiing," meticulous grooming, great family programs and "Let-me-die-here-please!" levels of service.

2001 Number 9 Resort in North America: Snowmass, Colo.

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After years of playing Spock to Aspen's Capt. Kirk, Snowmass has earned its own starship command. The resort's reputation was first built on the Big Burn, where skiers are magically transformed into budding Killys as they watch their own shadows for sty

Season Pass Bonanza 2004: Rockies Region

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Season pass deals throughout the rockies.

Roemer's Weekly Weather Report - Jan. 27, 2003

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Skiing to improve western Canada/Freezing levels falling
Big East coast weekend storm--close for rain vs. snow
Important snows to fall this weekend Utah/Colorado

Lake Louise, Calgary Olympic Park open

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Nov. 4: Keystone to open this Friday, Snowmass Saturday; Vail, Aspen move up opening day to Nov. 16.

The Graying of the American Skier

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As the skiing public gets older, ski resorts across the country are seeking to take a piece of their retirement pie.

Looking for Value: Aspen Versus Crested Butte

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Aspen ranked 71, and Crested Butte, ranked 9 in SKI Magazine's latest reader survey are radically different. Each offers a unique ski experience.

Who's Next For Snowboarding?

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Aspen now did it - but Alta, Deer Valley, Taos, and Mad River Glen still don't. Which ski resort will be the next to allow snowboarding?

Aspen Spring Scene Heats Up

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The best few weeks of the ski season may arguably be just around the corner. To make the most of it, Aspen, CO has a slew of events and discounts planned that are sure to heat up the slope-side action.

Summer Resorts 2002: Aspen, Colo.

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An Aspen/Snowmass summer is so overflowing with recreational and cultural opportunities it?s a virtual ode to hyperactivity.

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