Summer Activities at Aspen Area Ski Resorts Go Into Full Swing

Aspen, CO – Summer activities get underway today at Colorado ski resorts Snowmass and Aspen Mountain, including lift-served mountain biking, hiking, family activities and more.

The Elk Camp Gondola at Snowmass (photo: Aspen/Snowmass)
The Elk Camp Gondola at Snowmass (photo: Aspen/Snowmass)

Snowmass’ Elk Camp Gondola will be open daily June 17 through Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last download at 4:15 p.m.  Starting on June 25, the Elk Camp chairlift will also run Friday through Sunday through Sept. 5. Open mountain biking trails for this weekend, accessed from the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, include Snowmass Way, Powerline to the Ridge of Tom Blake and Starks trail. Vista trail will be open for hiking.

The Eurobungy trampoline in Snowmass Base Village, climbing wall at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola and a few holes of disc golf are also open today.  Due to late-season snow, the disc golf course is still buried but several holes will be set up at the top and bottom of the gondola until the rest of the course is ready.  Paintball will open for the season on Saturday. Camp Aspen/Snowmass programming began on June 2 and continues throughout the summer. For on-mountain munchies, the Elk Camp Café located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola resumes daily service this morning, operating from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last ride down at 4:30 p.m.  This weekend marks the first Bluegrass Sundays concert as well as the kickoff for daily activities including the climbing wall, limited disc golf (due to the large amount of snow at the top of the mountain) and other family activities.

Bluegrass Sundays offer free performances by top bluegrass musicians from Colorado and around the country.  Concerts are held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays through Sept. 4:

  • June 19 – James Justin Burke & Co.
  • June 27 – Flying Dog Bluegrass Band
  • July 3 – Defiance Stringband
  • July 10 – Equestrian Quartet
  • July 17 – The Ackermans
  • July 24 – The Henhouse Prowlers
  • July 31 – The Hillbenders
  • August 7 – Stray Grass
  • August 14 – Frying Pan Bluegrass Band
  • August 21 – Waiting on Trail
  • August 28 – Buffalo Joe
  • September 4 – Roaring Fork Ramblers

The Sundeck on Aspen Mountain will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering a full lunch menu with grilled items, fresh sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, homemade pizza, salads, desserts and beverages.

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