From family-oriented mountains to the proving grounds for the annual X Games, Aspen offers a kaleidoscopic array of ski tracks and terrain parks that are bound to deliver the experience you expected.
Due to the versatility of its terrain, Aspen is one of the most popular skiing destinations for ski enthusiasts and tourists from America and around the world.
It is not just the skiing that makes this Winter Resort beautiful, but also the range of activities and amenities you get to enjoy during your visit. After a day of skiing, you can indulge in fine dining, surreal nightlife and shopping.
Aspen Snowmass boasts four massive mountains, each offering a unique experience for skiers. A free shuttle service connects all four skiable areas, namely Aspen, Snowmass, Highlands and Buttermilk.
Overall, Aspen Snowmass offers an impressive 5517 acres of total skiable terrain suitable for skiers of all ages and levels of expertise. From a beginner who needs lessons or a master skier looking to show off his mad skills, everyone will find their perfect slopes and run here.
Overlooking the town of Aspen, the Aspen Mountain is a perfect example of “Size doesn’t matter.” With the steepest angle sitting at 42 degrees, it is not the most prominent mountain in the skiing complex but has a lot to offer.
The Aspen Mountain is mostly a calm mountain with an average of three skiers every acre. You can, therefore, enjoy the freedom and not risk running into other people too frequently. That makes it perfect for those who are here for the sake of skiing and want to avoid unnecessary social interactions.
The mountain is equipped with eight lifts and a gondola that will take you to the peak of the hill so you can spread your wings and ski your heart out!
By the numbers, Snowmass is the largest mountain of the Aspen Snowmass resort. Equipped with twenty-one chairlifts and ninety-four trails, it offers the ideal terrain for beginners and experts alike.
Snowmass is a family friendly area that lets the kids and beginners ski without facing the dangers of steep slopes while parents and pros can have their fun at the steeper sides of the mountain. Snowmass is also home to popular restaurants that are operating in Aspen, each having their specialty. No wonder you will come across more people here as compared to the other three mountains.
The Aspen Highlands
Aspen Highlands is probably the most underrated mountain of the four. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Ski enthusiasts and snowboarders have the pleasure of skiing on its slopes without having to worry about the crowd. Thanks to the neighbouring snow-capped Maroon Bells Mountains, the scenery offered is nothing less than breath-taking. It is justified as the perfect embodiment of quintessential Colorado or the famous Highland Bowl. The runs on this mountain are wide and suitable for experienced skiers and snowboarders, but beginners can also have a good time here. At least you won’t bump into many people while you are skiing.
Buttermilk Mountain is the home ground for the prestigious X Games and Red Bull Double Pipe event. These events have made the mountain an international icon for all the freestylers, experts and professionals.
This mountain is not just another skiing trail, but the proving ground for skiers and snowboarders from around the world.
However, Buttermilk Mountain is not solely reserved for hard-core enthusiasts; it also welcomes beginners and learners. Being the smallest mountain of the four, it is easily accessible by families. It possesses the ideal terrain for beginners and a training school called ‘The Hideout’, which is a state of the art facility with experienced and professional instructors!