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.

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Why now Viceroy Snowmass? Last December, Snowmass Base Village acquired the Viceroy Snowmass, per Trip Advisor Snowmass Village’s No. 1-rated hotel. They’re just completing $3.5 million in renovations in its public areas, including adding a new Pan-Latin restaurant from Richard Sandoval, a new coffee shop, and a new fitness center, too. In the spring, they’ll be upgrading the swimming pool and hot tubs, and reopening outdoor slope-side dining space.

Snowmass Village is celebrating  its 50th anniversary this year. The Colorado resort boasts 94 trails, the largest vertical descent of any resort in North America, and a new 5,700-foot, rider-controlled alpine coaster opening this December. Snowmass is operated by the Aspen Skiing Company. With one lift ticket, one can ski four mountains in the area: Snowmass, Aspen, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk.  Snowmass Village residents have ready access to the town of Aspen’s famed high-end restaurants and boutiques at a generally much more approachable price.  (Realtor Chris Klug of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty covers this topic extensively in the third quarter market report posted on his site.)

With that in mind, we’re taking a look at the premium private ownership option at the Residences of the Viceroy Snowmass Resort. Luxury, yes, but with unit sizes and pricing in a wide range: (more…)