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Snowmass Mountain

Average Rating:    (4.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Snowmass has a dozen or so trails. Some are for gapers and some really rock. I have not ridden all, but East and West Government, Tresels (sp?)and Tom Blake trails are all good. I looped from the Village on the Flume trail to the Connector trail, to W. Gvrmt, all the way across to E. Gvrmt, and finished on the Tom Blake trail (amazing!)before taking some paved paths back to the Village. Would have done the Rim Trail if it was cooler. Great mountain
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Latitude
39.20565471434283
Longitude
-106.95362091064453
Trail Directions
Hwy 82 to the Snowmass Rd up to the Village.
Trail Length
15 mile loop
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Aspen
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 30, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: fcphun ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Snowmass has some nice trails that I rode in late July, 2012. First off, get the map at http://www.snowmassvillage.com/uploads/Upload/snowmass-mapfront2012.pdf

Most of the trails were smooth (other than some rocky sections in Government Trail) and not very technical. The challenge is more the altitude and some sustained climbs. There is a lot of fun, fast, curvy riding.

Recommended Route:
The Rim Trail is definitely worth riding... I'd suggest you ride it early or late during cooler parts of day. Access from just past Mountain View Apts. Great views of the ski mountain, valley and West Elks.

The first few days I screwed around climbing up on fire roads and paved trails. If you are staying in the base village, that's probably fine. I was staying at Snowmass Club, and found that climbing up single track Tom Blake trail was more fun.

Government trail east to Aspen is a good ride (but I think Rim was better). I rode up Tom Blake, then connected via Sequel, which was not such a fun climb. (Maybe Powerline is better?) Gov't trail definitely has some loose rocky sections, but they aren't too long. Also some great sections thru trees and meadows. When you reach the first gate, most of the climbing is done. When you reach the west edge of Buttermilk ski area, the trail forks... take the downhill fork to stay on the main trail for a long descent down to that ski area's base. I rode back to Snowmass via the Owl Creek paved trail (catch it near the airport).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Highline and Starks are short an fun single track rides that can be connected with Blake and Rim trails.
There are also some good rides near Carbondale if you come in that way to Aspen.



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Review Date
August 2, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: njaqua14 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
RIM TRAIL! Just rode it for my first time and it was a blast. Not technical at all, but just enough uphill to give you a good workout.

Recommended Route:
I suggest parking at the Rec center, riding up the paved Brush Creek Trail to the trailhed, and then heading back down (with plenty of uphill still left) to your car on the Rim Trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Forest Hollow to Boyscout (Glenwood Springs)
Red Hill (Carbondale)



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Review Date
July 13, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: MissingNW ,  Downhiller

Summary:
The last mtbr.com review of Snowmass Mountain was in '03,the first year that Norba brought National races to the Roaring Fork Valley. Now, with the replacement of the Fanny Hill lift with a high speed six pack, the future looks bright. Though this summer, lift access will be limited to a chopped down version of the old two seat Burlingame Lift, it's Free!!! and besides that, the trail crews at the 'mass are building some awsome stuff. Bridges and skinies in the trees and new steep runs are spreading out some of the traffic on the short mountain this year. I should have some pictures to post in a few days but I know that they won't do the currently short mountain justice.

Recommended Route:
It's pretty simple to get there; just drive up Highway 82 towards Aspen and turn right at the sight to Snowmass Village. Another four or five miles and your in the parking lot for the resort. Lift tickets are free for the summer of '05 but you must first sign a release. You can do this in the ticket pavilion or at the base of the Burlingame lift.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The trails on Snowmass Mountain are deffinatly progressing but with the shortened lift this summer, some are not so easly accessed on a DH bike. But if you feel up to it, climbing up the road from the current top of Burlingame lift, you can access the upper part of Luge trail, Burlingame trail, and even a nice DH part of West Government trail. Don't forget about the Bonzi DH eather. With a new six pack going in, there is alot of excitment around Snowmass these days. I believe that the future of the mountain will be outstanding but for a free summer, there's alot of fun stuff to ride.



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Review Date
July 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Jim ,  Weekend Warrior , from Golden

Summary:
I would have to agree - Snowmass Mtn is one of the best mountain trail networks around. It doesn't get as much use (or abuse) as the ski resorts closer to the front range. It's more of a XC riders mountain too. That I like.

Recommended Route:
Headed up access road to right - took some singletrack (can't recall name) - Gvmt. Trail - finished on Tom Blake Trail (amazing!)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sleep Hollow to Boy Scouts (Glenwood). Don't know what the hype about Sunnyside it. I hated it.



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Review Date
October 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: steppinwolf , from bonedale, CO

Summary:
Snowmass is a blast!! If you are a good rider, you can easily make 1 or 2 full days of it here. The lifts are open in the summer months and cost 10 dollars to ride. Great maps are available at the lifts and bike shops in the village. There is plenty of stuff here for riders of all abilities.
You can bomb runs all day off the lifts or op to do longer cross country runs on stuff like the Tom Blake trail, Government trail or The Rim trail. Utilizing the free shuttle bus system (comes every 1/2 hour) helps to maximize the day.

Recommended Route:
There are many options....Get the Snowmass biking map

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sunnyside-Hobbit Complex. Every good rider needs to experience this epic area near Aspen at least once!



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