Try a Ski Resort for a Budget Summer Vacation

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Snowmass may have a reputation for great skiing and snowboarding in the winter, but there’s much more to it than just ripping up the winter slopes. Nestled away in the Elk Mountains, just nine miles from Aspen, Snowmass offers over 45 miles of hiking and biking trails, whitewater rafting, world-class fly fishing, mountainboarding, disc golf, paragliding, jeep tours and horseback riding along with tons of free summer concerts and festivals.

Fridays start on Thursday in Snowmass with free Thursday night concerts.

"Snowmass Village offers unbelievable summer lodging specials, free concerts and free activities," said Susan Hamley, Director of Snowmass Tourism. "Visitors love the discounts they get at local businesses with the popular Snowmass Summer Pass."

It may have a reputation for great skiing and snowboarding in the winter, but there’s much more to Snowmass than just ripping up the winter slopes. Nestled away in the Elk Mountains, just nine miles from Aspen, Snowmass offers over 45 miles of hiking and biking trails, whitewater rafting, world-class fly fishing, golf, mountainboarding, disc golf, paragliding, jeep tours and horseback riding along with tons of free summer concerts and festivals.

So, why spend summer in a ski resort? Snowmass offers unbelievable summer lodging specials (50 to 75 percent less expensive than winter rates) and tremendous discounts at local businesses with the Snowmass Summer Pass allowing visitors to build it around one of the fantastic summer festivals or for a mountain escape or adventure. The pass gives significant deals not only in Snowmass but along with neighboring Aspen, on arts and cultural events, outdoor adventures, family fun, dining and nightlife which also includes the world class shopping in Aspen. Summer lodging specials start at an incredible $65 a night and lodges offer golf packages and adventure packages all for one easy price. The majority of the lodges are on-mountain condos equipped with full kitchens, dining rooms and separate bedrooms. With the Aspen Airport only six miles away, Snowmass is easy to get to and there are free shuttles throughout the village and to and from Aspen.

Fridays Start on Thursday in Snowmass! Start your weekend a bit early and book a Thursday through Sunday package. Kick back while enjoying a free concert, all part of the free Thursday Night Summer Concert Series featuring bands such as Firefall, Pure Prairie League, Tab Benoit and Carrie Rodriguez. Lodges offer buy two nights get one free, perfect for those who want to enjoy a three-day weekend in Snowmass.

New this summer, Snowmass will be running its Elk Camp Gondola taking guests up to more than 11,000 feet for breathtaking scenic mountain ridge views and an on-mountain restaurant. Mountain bikers and hikers alike will enjoy 45 miles of on-mountain trails to explore. The new trails coupled with activities such as a climbing wall, children's play area, bungee trampoline, fishing pond and an extensive disc golf course, will provide summer visitors with a memorable experience and magnificent photo opportunities.

Snowmass offers fantastic summer festivals like the Snowmass Chili and Brew Fest June 4 & 5, Yoga Rocks the Mountains July 16-18, to the 35th Annual Balloon Festival, September 17-19, just to name a few. New events like the Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival, August 13-15, brings foodies, wine connoisseurs, and art lovers alike together in a premiere visual and delectable feast featuring celebrity chefs, a juried art exhibits, food and presentation expert panels, and a Palette of Pairings featuring specialty foods with wines & spirits.

Stay at the brand new Viceroy Snowmass hotel which offers spectacular guest rooms in a premier mountain location at reduced summer rates. Rooms range from stylish studios to expansive four-bedroom residences, with galley or full kitchens, stunning mountain views and contemporary alpine décor.

For information on summer events and incredible lodging deals in Snowmass visit http://www.snowmasstourism.com or call 1-800-SNOWMASS.

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