About Snowmass Village
The Town of Snowmass Village is a home rule municipality located in Pitkin County, Colorado. The Town encompasses the Snowmass Ski Resort, part of the Aspen-Snowmass Resort. Snowmass Village offers many services to its citizens and guests.
Snowmass Village is governed by the Council-Manger form of government with a direct-elect Mayor. Members of Town Council serve alternating four-year terms and the Mayor is elected every two years.
The organization, which employs nearly 180 full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees, is comprised of 11 departments including Community Development, Finance, Housing, Human Resources, Parks, Recreation & Trails, Police, Public Works, Tourism, Transportation, Town Attorney’s Office, and Town Manager’s Office.
Snowmass Village History
50 Years of Mountain Spirit
When Snowmass director of skiing Stein Eriksen loaded the first chairlift on December 16, 1967, all eyes were on Snowmass-at-Aspen, then the country’s largest and most complete winter resort. Former Olympic ski racer Bill Janss had spent the previous nine years buying up ranches in the pastoral Brush Creek Valley for the project, spurred by a tip from his friend, a local ski instructor who had searched the state and realized that the slopes of Baldy Mountain were ideal for skiing. Public and private snowcat ski tours confirmed this, generating nationwide buzz for the deep powder and endless vertical.
Inspired by his years spent skiing in Europe, Janss planned Snowmass to emulate ski villages in the Alps, nestled against the slopes and with nature as their defining principle. After just nine months of construction, Snowmass opened in December 1967 with five chairlifts and 50 miles of trails during a festive and frenzied weekend of last-minute preparations and celebrations, with journalists on hand from nearly every major media outlet in the country. Lift tickets were $6.50 and rooms in the seven slopeside lodges were $20.
Over 50 years, Snowmass has grown into a year-round family resort and vibrant community, with a mountain whose possibilities continue to be explored. Ski-terrain expansions have included the powder fields and steeps of the Hanging Valley and the vast above-treeline bowl of the Cirque, as well as three impressive terrain parks. On-mountain investments including the Elk Camp Gondola and Meadows beginner area have topped $100 million in the last 12 years alone. Next summer, recreation opportunities increase with the new Lost Forest complex of new hiking and biking trails, an alpine coaster, canopy tour and more. And with construction continuing on the final phases of Snowmass Base Village — the largest ski resort development underway in North America — we look forward to what the next 50 years will bring.