Snowmass, Colorado Fall Foliage Ablaze with Color

View the vibrant color of Colorado aspens in Snowmass. Now’s the time for leaf peeping, and there’s actually much more to it than the yellow aspen trees. The scrub oak turns a burnt ochre. The soaring cottonwoods change to a bright yellow. And smaller plants take on a myriad of colors from a rich oxblood to a vivid vermillion. See the incredibly colorful fall landscape before the white of winter sets in.

7 Fun Ways to See the Fall Colors in Snowmass

  1. Hiking on Snowmass Mountain. Hiking only trails include Summit Trail, Sierra Club Loop, Rabbit Run Nature Trail, Snowmass Way, and Vista Trail.
  2. Fly fishing on the Roaring Fork River at Jaffee Park just outside of Woody Creek. After netting a few cutthroats, head to popular eatery Woody Creek Tavern for lunch, dinner, or cocktails.
  3. Horseback riding in the Maroon Creek Valley at T-Lazy 7 Ranch.
  4. Driving tour in the Independence Pass area.
  5. Lunch at Pine Creek Cookhouse in the Castle Creek Valley.
  6. Mountain biking on Snowmass Mountain. Lifts keep turning each weekend through October 2. Plus, Snowmass boasts trails for all levels, so anyone can explore the mountain by bike.
  7. Take a cruiser bike down the Rio Grande Trail between Aspen and Woody Creek. The Airport Open Space is a beautiful meadow filled with colorful plants in their fall finery. You’ll feel like you’re nowhere near Highway 82 or the airport.

Turnkey Hotel Residence at Residences Viceroy Snowmass

Residences Viceroy Snowmass

Owners at the Residences Viceroy Snowmass enjoy the convenience of returning to a turnkey hotel residence. This means that there’s no maintenance and no growing to-do lists. Our dedicated team manages every detail, so each time you return, you’re able to enjoy each and every moment of your stay in Snowmass.

Learn about whole ownership opportunities at the Residences Viceroy Snowmass. Call 855-923-4500.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience 2016

Image: Jazz Aspen Snowmass

Image: Jazz Aspen Snowmass

Labor Day weekend in Snowmass—it’s the only place to be for the holiday weekend. Here’s who you can expect to hear at this year’s Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day music festival.

Friday, September 2 Lineup

6:00PM — Andy Grammer
7:30PM — Pandas and the People
8:00PM — Train

The party doesn’t stop at this year’s Labor Day fest. After Friday and Saturday’s performances, head over to the JAS After Dark Silent Disco. Never heard of a silent disco? It’s exactly what it sounds like—everyone gettin’ down, albeit adorned with headphones blasting music into their ears. It’s a completely silent dance party...but only if you take your headphones off!

Saturday, September 3 Lineup

3:00PM — Black Pistol Fire
4:30PM — JD & The Straight Shot
5:00PM — Thievery Corporation
7:30PM — The Killers

Sunday, September 4 Lineup

3:00PM — Corinne Bailey Rae
4:00PM — Analog Son
4:00PM — Kat V
5:00PM — Duran Duran
7:30PM — Stevie Wonder

Your Fully Curated Vacation

Residences Viceroy Snowmass

Owners at the Residences Viceroy Snowmass enjoy leisurely, fully curated vacations. Our dedicated team manages every detail. Learn about whole ownership opportunities at the Residences Viceroy Snowmass. Call 855-923-4500.

Snowmass Events Roundup: 5 Summer Events

Free outdoor concerts. Eating local. Experiencing the Wild West. These and more are what Snowmass in the summer is all about. If you’re searching for fun things to do this summer, you need to check out these Snowmass events.

Snowmass Free Music Series

The Snowmass Free Music Series wraps up for the season with a performance by The Samples on August 11. The Samples is a jam band, whose most recent album, America, was named “Best Comeback Album” by the Westword. Head to Fanny Hill between 6:30-9PM to join the fun.

Snowmass Rodeo

Experience cowboy culture at the weekly Wednesday night Snowmass Rodeo. This rodeo show has been a summer tradition for over 40 years. Everyone enjoys the BBQ dinner andthe fast-paced competitions, like team roping and barrel racing. The last show of the summer is August 17.

Farm to Table Tuesdays

Farm to Table Tuesdays are your chance to eat “hyper-local”. Think fruits and veggies from local farms, meat from local ranches, and beverages from local breweries and distilleries. The last Farm to Table Tuesday of the summer is August 23.

Anderson Ranch Featured Artists & Conversations

The Haas Brothers make art that’s inspired by a variety of subjects, including nature, science fiction, and color theory. Hear The Haas Brothers discuss their art on August 11 at 12:30PM.

Zoppé Italian Family Circus

The circus is coming to town! Not your typical circus, the Zoppé Italian Family Circus is like an acrobatic play, since a single story weaves together each of the performances. Check out this unique circus in the Base Village from August 19 - 21.

Your Fully Curated Vacation


Owners at the Residences Viceroy Snowmass enjoy leisurely, fully curated vacations. Our dedicated team manages every detail. Learn about whole ownership opportunities—call 855-923-4500.

Q&A with Executive Chef Will Nolan

What is your favorite dish to cook?

Grilled Cheese!  My wife and I have a silent grilled cheese battle going whenever one of us cooks grilled cheese sandwiches.  There are many different judging categories; perfect golden- brown crust, proper melting of cheese, pairing of internal ingredients, dips, which mustard, what hot sauce, pepper jelly or sweet preserves.  The list goes on and on!

Our favorite right now is the Tillamook Extra Aged White Cheddar with almond butter, green apple, arugula and Northern California organic pita bread. Bomb!  We came up with this on a camping trip in the red woods.  This is the reason for the gourmet grilled cheese at Nest, truffled grilled cheese at EightK and the Croque at Ricard.

How long have you been in the business?

I have been in the business since I was 14 years old and now I am 42..... so, 28 years!  Wow, first time I have done the math.  I started as a dishwasher/vegetable prep cook & plucking feathers off game birds at hunting camp in upstate NY.  Since then I have worked in Portland, New Orleans, Singapore and Colorado.  All these years in the kitchen has lead me to where I am now....the Executive chef of Viceroy Snowmass with three restaurants, two banquet facilities, off-site catering and a staff of over 30 cooks/chefs and stewards.

Is there a particular type of cuisine that inspires you?

Being from New Orleans (a melting pot of French, Spanish, Italian, Caribbean, etc...), I am inspired by a few different styles of cuisine. French- Creole was the cuisine I was brought up with.  This translates to French techniques of cooking using local Louisiana ingredients and flavor profiles.  This is evident in the menus in our restaurants.  As of lately I have been inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine.  The clean flavors that come from this area of the world make eating exciting and remind me of the bold New Orleans spices.

What do you hope to achieve with your food at Eight K?

I hope to bring something different to the area.  I want to cook food that is bold and exciting.  I have been very fortunate to become involved with the local movement in the Roaring Fork Valley and reap the benefits from the farmers and ranchers.  We have introduced sustainable cooking classes to begin this summer that will be a very fun and educational.

What do you love about the Aspen Snowmass area?

I love Snowmass.  Snowmass is a growing area that offers a wide range of activities and an up and coming food scene.  One of the best things about Snowmass is the proximity to everything I love to do.  During the winter I can literally hop on the hill (thanks to Viceroy’s ski-in/out location) and take a snowboarding or uphill skinning break to clear my head during the busiest times of the year.  Snowmass also has one of the best skate parks in the valley and for an old school pool skater like me; we have the only pool in the area.  Snowmass is laid back and hosts lots of cool events, from Jazz Aspen, Tough Mudder, Wanderlust, Mammoth Fest, Balloon Fest, Wine Festival, Ragnar and of course.... Heritage Fire and the Grand Cochon!  

Do you have a particularly interesting/funny story from your years as a chef?

Oh yes.  One aspect of being a chef which I find amazing is the access you get to everything!  I am mainly speaking of high profile catering events such as concerts or anywhere special access is required.  When we are catering events such as these it blows my mind that we as chefs can have backstage access, skip lines, come and go as we please whenever we want.  I love it.  Maybe I shouldn't divulge trade secrets like this.....oh well.  We deserve it. haha

What’s different/unique about working at Eight K?

Well, I have a couple answers for this. 

-The first is the art of baking.  As the name of our restaurant is reflective of our altitude, EightK or 8000 feet, baking has been the most unique aspect of our cooking.  At this altitude our pastry chef, Ashley Jenkin, has had to perfect her high altitude baking skills.  From bread production to boiling water, altitude plays a heavy hand in our cooking techniques and recipes.

-The second is the diversity of menus I am allowed by having not only EightK but Ricard, catering and Nest.  All of this freedom has enabled me to source as local as possible from the farms in the valley.  For a "hotel chef" to not be bound by corporate mandated menus is a very unique thing and I thank Viceroy for being such a chef driven company.  

How has Aspen influenced your style of cooking?

Attention to local ingredients.  My awareness to the importance of sourcing local has been heavily influenced since I moved to the Aspen Snowmass area.  People like Brook LeVann from Sustainable settings he has taught me the importance of proper farming and treatment of farm animals.  The health benefits are astounding and the products are far superior!

Viceroy Snowmass Residences Give Buyers Forest Therapy

The residences viceroy snowmass, one of colorado’s most luxurious mountainside condo hotels with 152 wholly-owned units, is re-engaging owners and buyers this summer with a new treatment for the mind, body and soul -- forest therapy. The property’s developer, related colorado, is seizing the wave of “health as the new wealth” for affluent buyers, particularly millennials who seek distinct and eccentric features when purchasing a luxury second home. 

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