Snowmass Village Voted No. 1 Ski Resort in America in 2023 by Conde Nast Traveler

Stephanie Kroll

In the frosty realm of snow-covered peaks and exhilarating slopes, Snowmass has emerged victorious, claiming the prestigious title of the No. 1 ski resort in the U.S. and Canada in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2023 Reader’s Choice Awards. This accolade not only marks a significant triumph for Snowmass but also reflects the evolving charm of this once-overlooked gem nestled in the heart of Colorado.

Snowmass Rises to the Top: “For our 36th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, voters weighed in on their favorite ski resorts in North America. Colorado resorts once again dominated the list of US ski resorts this year, with three of the four mountains at Aspen Snowmass making the top 10,” reported Jen Murphy on Nov. 7. This recognition is a testament to the transformation Snowmass has undergone in the past five to six years.

Sara Stookey Sanchez, the public relations manager at Snowmass Tourism, emphasizes the positive changes that have captivated visitors. The resort has evolved into a destination where skiing seamlessly blends with an enchanting evening atmosphere—a transformation that wasn't always evident in Snowmass's history.

Snowmass' Allure Beyond Skiing: The allure of Snowmass extends far beyond its slopes. A burgeoning and diverse restaurant scene has become a highlight, offering options ranging from beloved local spots like Il Poggio and The Artisan at Stonebridge Inn to newer establishments such as The Tavern Kitchen and Bar, Kenichi, and Mawita. The variety of activities, from the family-friendly ice rink to events at The Collective at Snowmass Base Village, ensures that every visitor finds something to enjoy.

One key factor contributing to Snowmass' appeal is the convenience of the village. With the ease of getting around on foot or hopping on a bus, guests can explore Aspen without the need for a car. According to Stookey Sanchez, Snowmass has transcended its previous limitations, becoming a place where guests not only want to ski but also stay and play.

While the village has undoubtedly played a role in Snowmass's success, the true star is the mountain itself. Boasting 4,406 vertical feet, 3,332 acres of terrain, 150 miles of runs, 94 trails, and 21 chairlifts, Snowmass caters to winter enthusiasts of all levels. The vast size and diverse runs ensure that even during peak times, the mountain never feels overwhelmingly crowded.

With runs ranging from easy to expert, Snowmass accommodates both seasoned skiers seeking a challenging experience on Cirque Headwall and casual skiers looking for a more leisurely day on the slopes. This inclusivity is a hallmark of Snowmass, ensuring everyone can have a memorable time on the mountain.

As Snowmass basks in the glory of its No. 1 ranking, exciting developments await winter enthusiasts for the 2023/24 season. Gorsuch will expand its Snowmass presence, introducing a Gorsuch Ski Café and Ski Lockers, providing a one-stop destination for rentals, boot fitting, and retail. The Collective Snowmass will continue to be the cultural hub in Base Village, offering a weekly lineup of events, from bingo nights to live music.

On the mountain, the Alpin Room will welcome Chef Emily Oyer, a Food Network-featured chef known for winning "Chopped" in 2021. Her expertise promises to reimagine the restaurant's menu and bring a fresh personality to the dining experience.

As the winter season approaches, Snowmass stands tall as the undisputed champion of ski resorts. Its journey from being overshadowed to claiming the top spot is a testament to the dedication of the community and the continuous efforts to enhance the overall experience. Whether you're a seasoned skier seeking a thrilling adventure or a casual visitor looking for a picturesque winter escape, Snowmass invites you to indulge in a season of excitement, discovery, and unparalleled skiing. Get ready to carve your path through the pristine powder of Snowmass, where the No. 1 ski resort in 2023 awaits your arrival.

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