Snowmass Village Gearing Up for Brand New, $600 Million Base Village Opening This Winter

School just started, but it’s already time to start thinking about what we are going to do this winter. We love to offer you many options here on SecondShelters.com.

One of those surely has to be Snowmass Village, Colorado. The renowned but homey winter playground and vibrant mountain community is just 8 miles from downtown Aspen. Proving more of a family-oriented vacation,  Snowmass Ski Area consistently ranks as one of the best ski and snowboard hills in the world. In addition to unmatched natural beauty and more than 300 sunny days a year, Snowmass Ski Area offers guests 3,332 acres of multi-level terrain and boasts the second largest vertical drop in the United States. A full 95% of the lodging is ski-in/ski-out, with 37 wonderful restaurants, numerous shops and boutiques, a bounty of activities, and a friendly, small town feel. The area is bursting with activity year ’round.

And now, lots of new stuff coming up: the new Limelight Hotel and Residences, a new Plaza, Ice Rink, and several new eateries are set to open. The transformation that has occurred over the past year in Snowmass Base Village is pretty dramatic. From an unfinished concrete foundation to a completed Base Village at the foot of Snowmass Ski Area, the development has taken shape since construction was re-started in June 2017.

This project, a partnership of Colorado-based East West Partners, Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) and KSL Capital, is a $600 million, 10-year venture that represents the largest ski resort development project currently underway in North America. To celebrate, Snowmass Base Village will host a community-wide grand opening on Sat., Dec. 15, 2018.

“Every iconic destination needs a central place that connects people with fun activities and amenities to foster memorable moments,” says Harry Frampton, East West Partners founder and chairman. “Base Village is destined to be that place for Snowmass.

The new 99-room Limelight Hotel is casual elegance with a lot of energy, as well as home ownership options. It will feature an indoor/outdoor lounge serving food, a rock-realistic, five-story climbing wall open to the public –the tallest of its kind in the state – a fitness center, kids’ room and outdoor spas and deck. Owned by ASC, the Limelight Snowmass is the brand’s third location, with sister properties in Aspen, Colo., and Ketchum, Idaho. The hotel will also serve as the site for Snowmass Mountain Club, a private club, offering members parking, ski valet, lockers and a lounge area for convenient ski access, and social programming to enjoy all of Snowmass’ mountain activities. Reservations are currently being accepted for January 2019.

The home options: the Limelight Hotel also includes 11 residences, of which only five remain for sale, featuring both two-and three-bedroom floor plans. All offer amazing views of the slopes or plaza and place owners in the center of all the action happening in the Limelight Hotel and Base Village.

In addition to the Limelight Hotel, Lumin will also open this winter, featuring three showpiece penthouse residences with incredible access to Elk Camp Gondola and offering stunning views of the slopes and Snowmass’ Mt. Daly. The ground floor of this building will feature ASC’s rental and retail shop Four Mountain Sports and the new Crepe Shack.

Located just outside the front door of the Limelight and Lumin, the new public plaza will serve as the activity hub and gathering spot for Snowmass Base Village and the entire community, with an ice-skating rink that will convert into an events lawn for summer, all with views of the glass-enclosed, year-round climbing wall. Concerts and outdoor events will be held in this area, which also features fire pits and pop-up fountains. This winter, new dining options in addition to the Crepe Shack include a pop-up bar and a pizza lounge at the Limelight.

“Snowmass consistently ranks as one of the best ski areas in the world, and we are excited and proud to add a new base village to the visitor experience this winter,” said Mike Kaplan, CEO of ASC. “The addition of the Limelight Hotel and the public plaza, as well as new on-mountain projects like the Lost Forest is going to be transformational to Snowmass as a destination. I believe the hub of local mountain culture is shifting to Snowmass.” The new plaza and Limelight Hotel will complement existing amenities including ASC’s adjacent Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center and the Snowmass Village Mall.

The Limelight Hotel, designed by OZ Architecture, with interior design by Stonehill and Taylor is pursuing LEED certification. OZ Architecture also designed the public plaza with StudioINSITE, which adds to the village’s pursuit of a LEED Neighborhood Development certification.

“Snowmass Base Village has so many architectural opportunities as it’s surrounded with an amazing mountain landscape, with broad views on every side,” said Becky Stone, managing principal of OZ Architecture and the lead architect on the Limelight Hotel. “Snowmass is a resort where both visitors and locals gather and we wanted to create an inviting space where people will celebrate.

Next year, One Snowmass will open with 41 residences plus a restaurant and commercial space, and a medical center spread across two buildings.

Stay tuned for more on Snowmass Village after we make a site visit this weekend!