THE IN­SID­ERS SNOW­MASS, COLORADO

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - HUGH TEM­PLE­MAN

GO: Snow­mass is a charm­ing vil­lage nes­tled in a spec­tac­u­lar val­ley of Colorado’s Rocky Moun­tains. Renowned as a ski re­sort, it’s also the ideal base for a sum­mer get­away. Av­er­age tem­per­a­tures hover around 24C and there are more than 300 days of sun­shine a year, which al­ways de­lights vis­i­tors. Fes­ti­vals, spe­cial events, mu­sic and more take place through­out sum­mer and there is a real buzz; gos­now­mass.com.

EAT: Eight K is my favourite dining op­tion. Chef Will Nolan has cre­ated a high-moun­tain cui­sine laced with his south­ern Amer­i­can roots. Lamb and trout dishes are spe­cial­i­ties and pro­duce is lo­cally sourced. Eight K also fea­tures cock­tails us­ing Colorado spir­its, served at a glam­orous bar de­signed by Jean-Michel Gathy; viceroy­ho­tel­san­dresorts.com.

EX­ER­CISE: With more than 80km of hik­ing and bik­ing trails, Snow­mass is a moun­tain biker’s heaven, whether you’re look­ing for the rush of the Grav­ity Trail or the more gen­tle Verde trails. There is also sub­lime cy­cling, in­clud­ing a favourite ride of mine from Snow­mass to the Ma­roon Bells, which is a road not open to ve­hi­cles in the sum­mer months. An eas­ier loop is from Snow­mass to Woody Creek and back on the scenic McLain Flats and Owl Creek roads. The Woody Creek Tav­ern is a great pit stop for mar­gar­i­tas. The ac­tive trav­eller can try fly fish­ing, golf and white­wa­ter raft­ing; woody­creek­tav­ern.com.

EN­JOY: Snow­mass Rodeo takes place ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening in the sum­mer and fam­i­lies, in par­tic­u­lar, love the bar­be­cue din­ner, rop­ing demon­stra­tions, camp­fire sing-a-long and marsh­mal­low roast; snow­mass­rodeo.org. For some great mu­sic, grab your blan­ket and pic­nic bas­ket and head to one of Snow­mass’s free sum­mer con­certs. Dance the evening away to blue­grass, ca­jun, coun­try mu­sic or just good old rock’n’roll; gos­now­mass.com/events/.

BUY: At An­der­son Ranch Art Cen­tre, housed in his­toric ranch build­ings, you can watch artists at work and buy a unique piece or en­rol in an arts work­shop; an­der­son­ranch.org.

STAY: Of course I am par­tial to Viceroy Snow­mass, our luxury ho­tel with great ac­com­mo­da­tion, dining and spa. But one of the best things about Snow­mass is that prac­ti­cally all places to stay are on the moun­tain, which means you have adventure on the doorstep; viceroy­ho­tel­san­dresorts.com/snow­mass.

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