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Summer in Snowmass

Aspen shouldn’t get all of the love this season. From education to adventure, Snowmass has new experiences that will have the masses heading to town this summer.

The powder may be gone, but there is still plenty going on in Snowmass.

1. Aspen Stargazers at The Edge Restaurant and Bar
Spend a late evening dining, imbibing and stargazing. Start with a Mediterranean-influenced, farm-to-table, three-course meal by award-winning chef James Mazzio. After dinner, grab a drink and head to the upper deck where Aspen Stargazers' Billy Zukoff and Lance Ammerman will take you on an astronomical adventure with a state-of-the-art telescope and high-powered laser pointers. The tour provides a fun and engaging lesson on our night’s sky. This is a must-do for anyone who has ever questioned what lies above. $99 per adult, $59 per child, 690 Carriage Way, Snowmass Village, 970.923.4004

2. Snowmass Sunday Market
Freshen up this summer at the Snowmass Sunday Market. From July 13-Aug. 31, local vendors will post up at the base of the ski mountain once a week, offering fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, honey and olive oil. Jewelry and other pieces of art will also be available from local artists like Taylor and Tessier and David Nelson. After shopping, head into one of the four restaurants at the base for brunch and lunch specials. Base Village, Snowmass Village, 970.923.2000

3. Ice Age Discovery Updates and New Lecture Series
Go back to the ages when mammoths and mastodons roamed the earth with the lecture series at Ice Age Discovery Center hosted by Colorado Mountain College. Learn about the important discovery of 41 kinds of Ice Age animals and 60 species of plants at Ziegler Reservoir in Snowmass Village in 2010. Speakers take guests through the history and its significance with lectures and hikes every Wednesday until Aug. 13. Free, Snowmass Village Mall, Snowmass Village, 970.922.2277

4. Bike Snowmass
Shred the dirt this season with Aspen Ski Company and Gravity Logic’s newest trail additions in Snowmass. For beginners, get the basics down with the new full-size, beginner park and pump track as well as added features that re-route to easier trails. Plus, the Verde trail just opened and includes a 2.5-mile section mixed with other trails like the popular Easy Rider. Gondola is open until Sept. 1. Base Village, Snowmass Village, 970.923.1227

5. Rabbit Run Loop 
Take a moment to stop and smell the flowers with the Rabbit Run put on by Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). Meet at the top of Elk Camp Gondola on the hour from 11AM-3PM to take a guided hike through forests full of spruce and meadows covered in wildflowers. Try some edible plants like mountain parsley and wild strawberries and learn about the wildlife and ecology in the Elk Mountain Range. These walks run until Sept. 1. Free, Top of Elk Camp Gondola, Snowmass Village, 970.925.5756