New changes coming to Aspen Snowmass in 2018

Earlier this summer Aspen Snowmass announced a large list of new plans and activities set for summer 2018. The new enhancements include an alpine coaster, canopy tour, challenge course, climbing wall, expanding hiking and biking trails and much more. 

Known as "The Lost Forest," these new attractions are designed to provide guests with the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in nature, offering something for everyone, no matter your age or activity level.

New Expert Trail

Snowmass Bike Park unveiled a new expert trail on Aug. 11 (name TBA), designed in collaboration with Gravity Logic and constructed under the leadership of Snowmass Trails Manager Yannick Rioux. This new trail has an instant pedigree as a gravity racing classic after debuting as part of State Four of the Big Mountain Enduro World Series in Snowmass. The trail runs 1.9 miles with nearly 1,400 feet of descent. Combing steep descents with hand-shaped berms, expansive alpine views and exposed rock faces leading into pine forests, this trail will challenge even the most seasoned riders. This new trail part of the recently announced 2018 summer expansion, where 15.1 miles of new trail will be designed by Gravity Logic.

Breathtaker Coaster

Slated to open December 2017, The Coaster will feature 5,700 feet of exhilarating track with a total ride time of seven to nine minutes. Visitors will zip through 410 vertical feet, with their speed controlled by a hand bar. The Coaster will be open for summer and winter operations, featuring lights for night rides. Anti-collision technology will also be in place for safety, and tandem option will be available for small children. The Coaster will wind through the trees of Gunner's View and Sandy Park, and will be the most accessibly activity in the Lost Forest.

Canopy Run Ziptour

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Guests to Aspen Snowmass with a high sense of adventure will love the new Canopy Run Ziptour. With a three hour duration, this long-lasting activity will be perfect to fill up a morning or afternoon! This guided tour will contain eight ziplines and two sky bridges that span tree-based and pole-based platforms, with the tree bases being a design unique to Colorado. Zipline speed is controlled by the rider and contains a safety system for backup. Not only will riders experience the thrilling sensation of gliding through the trees, but they will also have the opportunity to learn more about the mountain environment.

Treeline Trail Challenge Course

Located above the Meadows Carpet lift, a new challenging high ropes course is set to be built, which includes five separate paths of varying difficulty across several levels. Course levels include very easy (for children), easy, medium and difficult. Meant for testing strength, balance and coordination, ropes course participants will be on a constant belay system for safety as they take anywhere from  30 to 90 minutes to succeed.

Rugged Ascent Climbing Wall

A permanent climbing wall will be installed at Elk Camp to introduce guests to rock climbing in an approachable and safe way. The climbing wall will be approximately 40 feet tall and 60 feet wide. There will be 13-15 lanes equipped with auto belay devices and REALRock™ construction. The wall is accessible to people with all skill levels, and can last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes.

Multi-Purpose Activity Areas

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Two new multi-use gathering sites will be created at the top of Elk Camp chairlift: Rayburn's Pond and Maroon Vista. Rayburn's Pond will be a great viewpoint for smaller groups, taking photos and seeing naturalists talks. Both areas will be designed to fit in with its surrounding landscapes, featuring natural material, interpretive signage and ADA accessible paths.

Hiking and Biking Trails

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There will be expanded hiking and biking trails to improve guest experience and provide more mountain accessibility. There will be 1.4 miles of new hiking trails, Spruce Spar, along with 1 mile of hiking trail reroutes to Sierra Loop and Rabbit Run. These expansions will reduce the number of intersections with bike trails and other mountain activities to provide a more exclusive experience for hikers and bikers. There will be 15.1 miles of new bike trails designed by Gravity Logic, including a mix of flow and hybrid trails ranging from beginner to expert, set to be built over a 2-3 year period. These trails also include improvements to the Meadows Skills Park. Aspen Snowmass aims to create a world-class bike park with a variety of trails for guests to experience.