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The identities of Aspen Mountain and the city of Aspen are intertwined. Both are rooted in a silver mining past, and both are forever moving forward in the pursuit of pleasure today. For visitors, joy can come in many forms here: excellent skiing and riding on the mountain, followed by world-class dining and shopping in town. When it comes to terrain, Aspen Mountain is unlike any other ski mountain in America, offering an abundance of options in a surprisingly compact space. A dash down the Face of Bell is a rite of passage for expert skiers the world over, while those in search of groomers can cruise down the same runs that hosted the 2017 Audi FIS World Cup Finals. When the day is done, watch the action on the mountain fade into town at Ajax Tavern, the iconic apres ski spot at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola.

  • 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: 5 total - Sundeck, Bonnie's; Ajax Tavern, Chair 9 and element 47 at The Little Nell at the base.


Situated in between Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk, you will find a true original - Aspen Highlands. Rising 3,635 feet (1,108 meters) from the base area, this narrow ridge presents a dramatic reveal as you ride the chairlift up -- blue and black runs dive down its flanks, while glimpses of the iconic Maroon Bells in the distance leave little doubt that you are on the one-and-only Aspen Highlands. Once you are at the top, you'll find the real reason why this mountain is adored by locals: the hike-in terrain of Highland Bowl, rising another 717 feet above the last lift. Over at the newly renovated Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro -- where the apres ski scene goes into overdrive around 2 pm -- rub elbows with an eclectic mix of locals, international skiers and the occasional celeb over pots of steaming fondue and glasses of champagne.

  • Base Elevation: 8,040 ft./2,451 m
  • Summit Elevation: 11,675 ft./3,559 m (top of Highland Bowl 12,392 ft/3777 meters)
  • Vertical Rise: 3,635 ft./1,108 m
  • Terrain: 1,040 acres/421 hectares
  • Number of trails: 144
  • 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: 121 acres/49 hectares
  • Lifts: 5
  • Uncrowded slopes: On average, 2 people per acre/ 5 people per hectare
  • Restaurants: 4 total - Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro (lunches and snowcat dinners), Highlands Alehouse, Merry-Go-Round and Willow Creek Bistro


Buttermilk represents the quieter side of Aspen Snowmass. Here you can enjoy excellent beginner terrain, the smooth but steep advanced runs of the Tiehack area, and the amazing scenery of nearby Pyramid Peak. Try some new tricks at the Ski and Snowboard Schools, Terrain Park or the Buttermilk Terrain Park, which despite its international fame (courtesy of the X Games Aspen) still has a mellow vibe to it. At Buttermilk, lift lines are a rare sight, allowing you to enjoy as many turns as you can squeeze into a day. At the base, the new Hideout -- an innovative learning center for children -- invites young kids to find their way into the sport of skiing through gentle slopes and interactive play areas.

  • 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 Ski & Snowboard School 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


Covering 3,339 Acres (1,351 Hectares), Snowmass presents skiers and riders with every type of terrain they could possibly want: steeps, glades, moguls, top-to-bottom groomers, terrain parks and even playful kids' trails through the trees. As a result, the mountain's variety and accessibility have made it an easy choice for families and groups. Spend your day connecting one blue cruiser to the next and enjoying the mountain's daily "noon groom." Seeking adventurous terrain with a backcountry feel? Scope out the double-black glades of Hanging Valley Wall and the Cirque on the mountain's upper reaches. Young children love how the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center mingles fun lessons outdoors with hands-on play indoors. Meanwhile, Elk Camp comes alive with four lanes of tubing, Breathtaker coaster, excellent apres ski and dinner options and lots of family fun every Friday at Ullr Nights.

  • Base Elevation: 8,104 ft./2,473 m
  • Summit Elevation: 12,510 ft./3,813 m
  • Vertical Rise: 4,406 ft./1,343 m - THE MOST VERTICAL IN U.S.A.
  • Terrain: 3,339 acres/1,351 hectares
  • Number of trails: 96
  • 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: 280 acres/113 hectares
  • Lifts: 20, 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 Cafe, Ullrhof and Up 4 Pizza.


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Ski School
(877) 282-7736
The Ski & Snowboard School of Aspen Snowmass offers lessons for adults and children beginning at 2 1/2 years old. There are private and group lessons available for all ability levels, with instruction available at all four local mountains: Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Highlands and Snowmass.