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Everything You Need to Know About Skiing Aspen Snowmass This Winter

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Posted: 25 Sep 2020

Aspen Snowmass has honed their winter operations plan throughout the ski season, and we have enjoyed continuous access to skiing this winter.

See how we have adapted our Guest Safety protocols for our Aspen vacation rentals, and read on to learn what we know about the upcoming Aspen Snowmass ski season.

Watch Aspen Snowmass's COVID-19 Operations Plan

Aspen Snowmass COVID-19 Operations Plan

Guest Safety

With safety protocols across every aspect of their business, Aspen Snowmass strictly adheres to distancing protocols, face-covering requirements, capacity limits in buildings, and all recommended health and safety measures this winter. In addition, they have redesigned operating proceedings in ski school, lift lines, on-mountain dining, and in rental and retail stores. New technology allows for "digital distancing" with many of the processes that formerly took place in person.

Season Dates

  • Aspen Mountain: Nov. 26, 2020 - April 18, 2021
  • Snowmass: Nov. 26, 2020 - April 25, 2021 (extended!)
  • Aspen Highlands: Dec. 18, 2020 - April 4, 2021
  • Buttermilk: Dec. 18, 2020 - April 4, 2021

Lift Tickets

Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase lift tickets as soon as they have secured lodging and travel arrangements. Advanced ticket purchases ensure access to all four mountains and will assist the resort in managing guest capacity and safety as required by state and local health authorities. Volume may be limited at any time and those who have already secured their tickets will be given priority access. For more information, visit our guide to purchasing lift tickets.

On-Mountain Dining

Aspen Snowmass offers a wide range of on-mountain dining options, but, with guest safety as a top priority, seating capacity is reduced. To spread out diners, Aspen Snowmass has added outdoor, heated tents with seating outside several of the main restaurants, including The Sundeck, Merry-Go-Round, Elk Camp, and the new High Alpine at Snowmass (formerly Gwyn's High Alpine).

Grab-and-go service and market-style takeaway items will be expanded, and the updated Aspen Snowmass App will also offer skiers the option to order food to-go from a mobile device.

Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro is open for lunch, offering a sit-down, fine-dining experience with the same incredible views and delicious menu, including fondue, raclette, and apple strudel. The vibe is more relaxed without the apres-ski parties.

Ruthie's on Aspen Mountain is open as a warming hut and bathroom station but will not offer food service.

Bonnie's on Aspen Mountain has installed igloos that are available to reserve for breakfast and lunch ($50).

Each mountain features expanded picnic areas, ideal lunch spots on sunny days!

Riding the Lifts & Gondolas

Safety has taken precedence this season. Lift lines are spaced at distanced intervals with face coverings required when loading and unloading. When riding a chairlift or gondola, lift operators also ask that you keep face coverings on.

Gondolas and chairlifts load with families and groups that are comfortable together. You are not required to board a gondola or a chairlift with someone you are not comfortable riding with. Aspen Snowmass teams work with you on your preference and comfort level. Windows are kept open in all gondola cabins, and cabins are sanitized at least twice a day.

At Aspen Highlands, the Highland Bowl snowcat is not operating this winter.

Ikon Passholder Information

Updated! Aspen Snowmass no loger requires reservations for Ikon Passholders through the end of the ski season. If anything changes, Ikon Passholders will be notified directly.

Join us for a spring ski vacation!

There's still time for one more ski trip! Receive your 4th Night Free this spring. Start planning your stay by searching for vacation rentals online, or contact us for personalized recommendations.