Snowmass Village, Colorado

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Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. The population was 1,822 at the 2000 census. A popular winter resort location for skiing and snowboarding, the town is best known as the location of the Snowmass ski area, the largest of the four nearby ski areas operated collectively as Aspen/Snowmass; however, in 2010 the accidental discovery by a bulldozer operator of fossilized elements of a Pleistocene ecosystem in the ice age lakebed at the Ziegler Reservoir put Snowmass prominently on the paleontological map of North America.[5]

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Geography

Snowmass Village is located at 39°12′51″N 106°56′43″W / 39.21417°N 106.94528°W / 39.21417; -106.94528 (39.214104, -106.945288)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 25.6 square miles (66.2 km²), of which, 25.5 square miles (66.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.35%) is water.

Snowmass Village is to the north and at the base of the Snowmass Ski Area. It is on Brush Creek, not on Snowmass Creek, and takes its name from the ski area. Within the area of the town, Owl Creek and Brush Creek confluence then flow north into the Roaring Fork River. Visible from the village from east to west is: Burnt Mountain Ridge, Burnt Mountain, Baldy Mountain, Chapel Peak, Garret Peak, Clark Peak, Mount Daly, and Capitol Peak. Neither Snowmass Mountain nor Snowmass Peak, at the headwaters of Snowmass Creek, are visible from Snowmass Village. The rock of the Snowmass Village area is predominantly Mancos Shale. On south-facing slopes, this alkaline soil supports Gambel oak, Sagebrush, Serviceberry, and Chokecherry. The north-facing slopes feature Aspen, Subalpine fir, Douglas fir, Engelmann spruce, and Blue spruce. Snowmass Village and adjacent Wildcat have a huge population of black bears which feed on the acorns and berries of the south-facing slopes.

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