Glade skiing on the Face of Bell. Fast, top-to-bottom laps on a freshly groomed Spar Gulch. Truffle fries at Ajax Tavern. And not-so-hidden powder stashes on the backside found by snowcat-served skiing and riding with Aspen Powder Tours. That’s what makes Aspen "local’s mountain."
Base Elevation: 7,945 ft./2,422 m
Summit Elevation: 11,212 ft./3,418 m
Vertical Rise: 3,267 ft./996 m
Terrain: 675 acres/273 hectares
Number of trails: 76
Miles/km of trails: 64 miles/103 km
Longest run: 3 miles/4.8 km
Steepest runs: Elevator Shaft section of the Silver Queen run – slope angle of 42 degrees
Snowmaking: 210 acres/85 hectares
Lifts: 8, including 1 six-passenger gondola
Uncrowded slopes: On average, 3 people per acre/ 9 people per hectare
Restaurants: 3 total: Ajax Tavern, Bonnie’s, and Sundeck.
Big days at Aspen Highlands always include the steep, big-mountain skiing in Highland Bowl, laps on Deep Temerity and a check for hidden powder stashes on Olympic Bowl. Top it all off with some intermediate cruisers such as Upper Robinson’s and Pyramid Park off the Cloud Nine lift.
Base Elevation: 8,040 ft./2,451 m
Summit Elevation: 11,675 ft./3,559 m (top of Highland Bowl 12,392 ft.)
Vertical Rise: 3,635 ft./1,108 m
Terrain: 1,028 acres/416 hectares
Number of trails: 118
Miles/km of trails: 84 miles/135 km
Longest run: 3.5 miles/5.6 km
Steepest runs: Go-Go Gully, Highland Bowl (description on Highlands’ Extreme Guide) - slope angle of 48 degrees
Snowmaking: 110 acres/44 hectares
Uncrowded slopes: On average, 2 people per acre/ 5 people per hectare
Restaurants: 4 total: Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, Highlands Alehouse, Merry-Go- Round and Willow Creek Bistro.
Aspen Snowmass introduces The Hideout: an innovative new children’s center at the base of Buttermilk. The 7,500-square-foot facility will foster the imagination of every child who visits, and seamlessly blend Buttermilk’s kid-friendly terrain with a variety of fun, indoor programs centered on mountain adventure.
Base Elevation: 7,870 ft./2,399 m
Summit Elevation: 9,900 ft./3,018 m
Vertical Rise: 2,030 ft./619 m
Terrain: 470 acres/190 hectares
Number of trails: 44
Miles/km of trails: 21 miles/34 km
Longest run: 3 miles/4.8 km
Snowmaking: 108 acres/44 hectares
Lifts: 8, 3 hi speed quads, 1 double, 4 S3 lifts
Uncrowded slopes: On average, 3.7 people per acre/ 8 people per hectare
Park & pipe: 2 terrain parks. Buttermilk Park has over 100 features including a 22-foot superpipe and an X Games slopestyle course. For the beginner, Ski & Snowboard Schools Park (S3 Park).
Restaurants: 2 total - Bumps at Buttermilk Mountain Lodge and The Cliffhouse.
Snowmass has long been rated one of the best family ski areas in North America because of its wide-open, groomed cruising and family-friendly activities. Don’t miss dash-through-the-woods fun for kids on the winding Prospector’s Trail off Adams Avenue or the brand new four lane tubing area at Elk Camp Meadows. Seeking adventurous terrain with a backcountry feel? Check out the double-black glades of Hanging Valley Wall and the Cirque for excitement beyond measure.
Base Elevation: 8,104 ft./2,473 m
Summit Elevation: 12,510 ft./3,813 m
Vertical Rise: 4,406 ft./1,343 m
Terrain: 3,132 acres/1,267 hectares
Number of trails: 94
Miles/km of trails: 147 miles/237 km
Longest run: 5.3 miles/8.5 km
Steepest runs: Gowdy’s and AMF - slope angle of 40 degrees
Snowmaking: 230 acres/93 hectares
Lifts: 21, including 1 eight-passenger gondola
Uncrowded slopes: On average 2 people per acre/5 people per hectare
Parks & pipes: 3 terrain parks - perfect for all levels of riding. Drop into the superpipe at the Snow Park Technologies - designed Snowmass Park; or practice in the quarterpipe at Makaha Park and try the easier rails to learn the basics in Lowdown Park.
Restaurants: 7 total -Elk Camp, Gwyn’s High Alpine, Lynn Britt Cabin (lunches and snowcat dinner rides), Sam’s Smokehouse, Two Creeks Café, Ullrhof and Up 4 Pizza.