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What’s New in Aspen and Snowmass in 2018?

The 2017/2018 ski and snowboard season is almost here, and there are some exciting new things to see and do in Aspen Snowmass this year!

If you’re just thinking about visiting us this winter, or even if you’ve already booked your stay, you’ll want to know how you can make the most of your vacation in our beautiful mountain resorts. From fun and exhilarating on-mountain improvements and activities to new restaurants and retail stores, and expanded local airline service, we have more to offer than ever before.

Here’s a sampling of what’s new in Aspen and Snowmass in 2018:

Aspen Skiing Company Additions and Activities

Snowmass Breathtaker Alpine Coaster
(Snowmass Breathtaker Alpine Coaster – photo courtesy of AspenSnowmass)

Breathtaker Alpine Coaster

Opening in late December, Aspen Snowmass’s newest attraction, the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, takes riders on a twisty, elevated track adventure through more than a mile of forest adjacent to the Elk Camp Restaurant in Snowmass.
The coaster spans 410 vertical feet and features rider-controlled speed (up to 28mph), anti-collision safety technology, and a tandem option to accommodate small children.






50th anniversary of the Snowmass Ski Area

The Aspen Skiing Company, Snowmass Tourism, and other local entities will highlight the 50th anniversary of the Snowmass Ski Area with a season-long celebration, beginning on the weekend of December 15–17 with such activities as:

  • The return of Banana Days, a festive on-mountain celebration at the Spider Sabich Picnic arena
  • Retro party at the Elk Camp Restaurant
  • Anniversary Après Ski
  • 50th Anniversary Dine Around
  • Cabin Jump
  • And More!

The anniversary celebration will continue for the rest of the season with monthly fireworks displays over Fanny Hill, a new Base Village mural commemorating the ski area’s history, and new gold signs marking the original ski trails.

Expanded Airline Service

It will be even easier to get to Aspen and Snowmass this winter season with expanded airline service from American, Delta, and United airlines.

According to the Aspen Chamber Resort Association:

​“Visitors have expanded options of new choices for flights with Aspen Pitkin County Airport’s news on the expanded flight service for this approaching winter season.

  • American Airlines:  Up to eight flights daily from four hubs (Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Chicago (ORD), Phoenix (PHX) & Los Angeles (LAX) over the holidays and on peak weekends for the balance of the winter. Service from Phoenix Sky International Airport (PHX) is new for this winter with daily nonstop service (with the exception of Tuesdays and Wednesdays in January) beginning Dec 15.
  • Delta Air Lines:  A total of six flights daily plus an extra flight on Saturdays from four hubs (Salt Lake City (SLC), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL) & Minneapolis (MSP) over the holidays, then one daily flight for each city for the balance of the winter.
  • United Airlines:  There are between 20-25x flights daily from five hubs (Denver (DEN), Chicago (ORD), Houston(IAH), Los Angeles (LAX) & San Francisco (SFO). More information with detailed flight schedules can be found here. “

New Restaurants

The new ski season also features several new dining choices in Aspen and Snowmass. Although some of our old favorites, like Peach’s Corner Café and Upper Crust are gone (and sadly, so is Starbucks), several exciting new restaurants have arisen to take their place.

Just to whet your appetite:

Tiki Mana Aspen
(Tiki Mana Island Grill Coming Soon – photo credit: Richard B. Pearce)

Tiki Mana Island Grill

Coming soon from the owners of Bangkok Bowl, already a favorite among locals and visitors alike, Tiki Mana Island Grill, promises a unique Polynesian Island addition to the Aspen Snowmass culinary fare.
Located in the former Upper Crust space, adjacent to Bangkok Bowl, and featuring décor imported from Fiji and other Polynesian Islands, the restaurant will offer “a large selection of popular island dishes such as fresh fish, chicken, specialty noodles and a build your own poke bowl bar.”





TORO Kitchen & Lounge

Savor the creative Pan-Latin fare from celebrated chef-restaurateur, Richard Sandoval, at the innovative TORO Kitchen & Lounge in the newly remodeled Viceroy Snowmass.
Opened this fall, this innovative restaurant offers inspired cuisine from Mexico, Peru, and other Latin- American locales, as well as hand-crafted cocktails and barrel-aged spirits.

From grilled steaks to fish, all dishes contain the finest and freshest ingredients available, including locally-sourced products and ingredients from the mountains of Colorado whenever possible.

Private dining rooms are available upon request.

New Retail Stores and Art Galleries

Although several established businesses have gone through the annual “Aspen New Location Shuffle”, several new establishments have been added to the mix as well.

Here are just a few:

Boesky West Aspen
(Boesky West Outside Sculpture – photo credit: Richard B. Pearce)


Boesky West, a branch of Marianne Boesky Gallery, opened in Aspen in March 2017, one block from the Aspen Art Museum.
Established in 1996, in Soho, New York City, the Marianne Boesky Gallery supports the work of critically recognized emerging international artists of all media.











D’Angelico Guitars produces exceptional guitars of remarkable quality and tone, and has been endorsed by Bob Weir, Susan Tedeschi, Brad Whitford and other well-known and respected performers.
From its humble beginnings in Little Italy in the 1930’s, the business has grown from a small three-person shop to an American guitar manufacturing icon, with showrooms in New York and Los Angeles. This month, they will open a new store at 240 S. Mill St. in Aspen.


Sweat Betty began in Notting Hill, London in 1998, with the mission to “…empower women through fitness and beyond…”
The prestigious brand features fashionable women’s actionware, including reversible yoga pants, statement prints, bum-sculpting leggings, technical fabrics, and other, seasonal, attire inspired by founder Tamara Hill-Norton’s travels.

More about what’s new in Aspen in 2018

For more information about what to look forward to this winter season, please visit:

Planning a spring vacation? Check out our updated post, “Your Awesome Aspen Spring Break Vacation Starts Today!”

And, if you haven’t yet booked your Aspen or Snowmass accommodations, or if you want the full scoop about what to do while you’re here, contact our Guest Services agents today!