Plan Your Summer Vacation With New Events in Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Snowmass kicks off summer 2023 operations Memorial Day Weekend, with the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain
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Aspen Snowmass kicks off summer 2023 operations Memorial Day Weekend, with the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain running from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. May 27-29. The gondola will continue to operate on weekends only until June 16, when daily operations will begin. Daily operations at Snowmass will commence June 21, with the Elk Camp Gondola, Elk Camp Chair and the Meadows chair running daily.

Summer events include live music, mountaintop yoga, sunset bike evenings, and a trail running and biking race series. The full details on operations and what’s new for Summer 2023 are outlined below. More information can be found at

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Summer Gondola and Lift Operations

Aspen Mountain begins weekend summer operations on the Silver Queen Gondola Memorial Day Weekend May 27-29, and will run on weekends June 3-4 and 10-11. Daily summer operations will officially kick off June 16 and run until Sept. 4, with operations continuing weekends only through Oct. 1. Silver Queen Gondola operating hours will be 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with the last ride down at 4:30 p.m.

Snowmass summer operations on both the Elk Camp Gondola and Elk Camp Chair will take place daily June 21 – Sept. 4 and then continue weekends only through Oct. 1.  Elk Camp Gondola operating hours will be 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with the last ride down at 5:00 p.m., and the Elk Camp chairlift will operate from 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with the last ride down at 4:00 p.m.

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Lost Forest

The Lost Forest is an immersive on-mountain activity center located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola in Snowmass. Its key features include:

  • The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, a 5,700-foot track that winds through the trees of Elk Camp at speeds of up to 28 miles per hour
  • The Canopy Run Zipline Tour, a three-hour experience featuring seven ziplines, four rappels and two skybridges
  • The Treeline Trial Challenge Course, which includes five ropes course paths (ranging from beginner to difficult) up to 40 feet in the air
  • The Rugged Ascent Climbing Wall, 40 feet tall with 14 auto belays and up to 50 routes designed by Eldorado Climbing Walls out of Boulder
  • Robin’s Nest, for the smallest adventurers (children 8 and under) offers a 4-level enclosed net play structure.
  • Ball Track, new this year is a 150-foot parallel wooden Ball Track, for guests of all ages to race balls through the tracks featuring obstacles and lots of exciting twists and turns.

The Lost Forest also features miles of hiking trails, a high-mountain fishing pond, and disc golf for adventurers of any age. Located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, the Lost Forest is immersive yet accessible.

Beginning on June 21, the Lost Forest will operate daily from 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Reservations are required for some activities. For more information and to make reservations, visit the website here.

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Snowmass Bike Park

The Snowmass Bike Park, which opens on June 21, features more than 25 miles of purpose-built, diverse gravity trails ranging from beginner-friendly and flowing single track to dynamic and challenging technical descents. The lift-access served bike park extends almost 3,000 vertical feet from the top of the Elk Camp Chairlift down to Snowmass Base Village. With the Snowmass Bike Park’s extensive range of trails, it provides an ideal on-mountain experience at Aspen Snowmass for families, first-timers and seasoned riders alike to enjoy the outdoors and explore some of the world’s best mountain biking terrain. A full guide to the Snowmass Bike Park can be found here.

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The Snowmass Bike Park also provides opportunities to learn from the industry’s best bike pros, with bike lessons, clinics and camps available to riders of all ability levels. Explore options here.

The Roaring Fork Valley, home to Aspen and Snowmass, is proud to be designated an IMBA Gold-Level Ride Center, one of only seven in the world and the only Gold-Level Ride Center in Colorado.

The Snowmass Bike Park Tickets are available for $57 for a single-day ticket, and a three-day ticket is offered at $142. Bike Park Season Passes are available for $358. A 50% discounted rate for winter passholders is offered for $179 (Premier, Mountain Collective, Ikon, Alpine, Valley) For more information about our tickets and packages, click here.

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Sunset Tuesdays at Elk Camp + Bonus Bike Nights

Sunset Tuesdays are back at Elk Camp this summer with Elk Camp Restaurant, Snowmass Bike Park and Lost Forest hosting extended hours on Tuesday evenings from June 27 through August 8, excluding July 4.  The experience includes a complimentary ride up the Elk Camp Gondola starting at 5:00 p.m. to the restaurant where guests can enjoy locally sourced ingredients in a farm-to-table inspired à la carte dinner with full cash bar, outdoor family activities and live music on the deck. More information can be found here.

In conjunction with Sunset Tuesdays at Elk Camp restaurant, the Snowmass Bike Park will host Bonus Bike Nights on Tuesdays, staying open until dusk every Tuesday from July 11-Aug. 8. Riders can purchase a late arrival ticket for just $44 that is valid from 3 p.m. until dusk.

During Sunset Tuesdays, reservations are required to access the Lost Forest activities, which include the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster and the Rugged Ascent Climbing Wall. Tickets are available for $54 and can be purchased here.

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