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Description of Aspen Snowmass

Situated in the tranquil Pitkin County, Western Colorado, Aspen Snowmass is a ski resort operated by Aspen Skiing Company. 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 wonderful, 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.

Brief Overview

Aspen Snowmass boasts four massive mountains, each offering a unique experience for skiers. All four skiable areas, namely Aspen, Snowmass, Highlands and Buttermilk are connected by a free shuttle service.

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.

It is difficult to describe the Aspen experience without mentioning each area individually. This is because of the vast differences in the terrain on each mountain.

Aspen Mountain:

Skiable Terrain: 675 Acres

Vertical Rise: 3267 ft.

Trail Length: 64 Miles

Longest Run: 3 Miles

Lifts: 8

Beginner: Intermediate: Advanced: Expert Ratio – 0%: 48%: 26%: 26%

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 biggest mountain in the skiing complex, but has a lot to offer.

It is a complete package offering all sorts of terrain for skiing enthusiasts. It is mostly a calm mountain with an average of three skiers every acre. You can have the freedom you desire without running into other people too frequently. That makes it perfect for those who are here for the sake of skiing and just want to avoid unnecessary social interactions.

The mountain is also equipped with eight lifts and a gondola that will take you to the peak of the mountain so you can spread your wings and ski your heart out!

Snowmass Mountain:

Skiable Terrain: 3,332 Acres

Vertical Rise: 4,406 ft.

Trail Length: 150 Miles

Longest Run: 5.3 Miles

Lifts: 21

Beginner: Intermediate: Advanced: Expert Ratio – 6%: 47%: 17%: 30%

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.

 It 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 own fun at the steeper sides of the mountain. Snowmass is also home to popular restaurants that are operating in Aspen, each having their own specialty. No wonder you will come across more people here as compared to the other three mountains.

Aspen Highlands

Skiable Terrain: 1040 Acres

Vertical Rise: 3365 ft.

Trail Length: 84 Miles

Longest Run: 3.5 Miles

Beginner: Intermediate: Advanced: Expert Ratio – 18%: 30%: 16%: 36%

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 can be justified as the perfect embodiment of the quintessential Colorado.

This mountain is also home to 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:

Skiable Terrain: 470 Acres

Vertical Rise: 2030 ft.

Trail Length: 21 Miles

Longest Run: 3 Miles

Beginner: Intermediate: Advanced: Expert Ratio – 35%: 39%: 21%: 5%

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!

Afterski & Nightlife in Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Snowmass offers many opportunities for unwinding and enjoying life to its fullest with various clubs, bars, lounges and live music venues. After the sun goes down, you can head indoors to spice up your night with these nightlife destinations that will keep the party going:


Escobar occupies a subterranean airplane fuselage which used to house Fly once. It is stashed beneath the streets, but at the same time charges the atmosphere with adventure and evokes the illusion of flight. Once you go past the red rope on the Hyman Avenue mall and table service, there is an upbeat dance-floor awaiting you downstairs.  You can also go to the ice bar on the pedestrian mall if you are a fan of afternoon cocktails for the best après-ski cocktail. The walls are made of reflective mirrors and steel with a curved ceiling and private tables offering an intimate setting. The seductive glow in the bar is guaranteed to take your breath away with flash over bodies and neon laser shiver in motion. You will also see portraits of Pablo Escobar all over the walls giving the place a modern yet cool feel.

Regal Aspen

The Regal Aspen is a haven for those who love energetic music and DJ- mixed dance. It is an underground bar located near East Hyman Avenue and South Galena Street. It is open all seven days of the week and has two bars and an enormous booth for bottle service. You can get free drinks from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. with performance by a DJ every night of the week and ladies talking up the show on Wednesdays for nonstop entertainment.

Ajax Tavern

The Ajax Tavern is one of the most glamorous places to be at night with their mountainside patio being the silver lining. If you are looking for the best cocktails, the Ajax Tavern is the place to be. They also have the best fine dining in town with an upbeat atmosphere. It is located right next to the Silver Queen Gondola and it’s the ultimate destination where the party rolls on well into the night. The highlights on their menu include the Ajax double cheeseburger and truffle fries.

Belly Up

If you are looking for the best live music in Aspen, Belly Up is your go-to place with some of the best local singers, jam bands and songwriters in town. It has a capacity of around 450 people and recently made it to the top 20 clubs in America’s list by the Rolling Stone magazine. The biggest shows are always sold out and the drinks are a little pricey, but the experience is definitely worth it. Michael Goldberg owns the place and is famous for introducing one-of-a-kind music to Aspen. Numerous famous musical talents are hosted there including Snoop Dogg, Ben Harper and Chris Isaac. Make sure you check out their calendar for upcoming shows once you reach Aspen.


J-Bar, short for Jerome bar, is the town’s special hot spot having a casual yet lively atmosphere with socialites, cowboys, luminaries and ski bums all gathering here to get a hint of the Old West. Have a seat and enjoy various kinds of drinks including light dining fare and vintage-inspired cocktails. It is open daily from 1130am to 1am.

Other Activities to do in Aspen Snowmass

Aspen is full of fun filled activities that one can enjoy with their friends and family. After spending a day at the slopes, you can indulge in the countless activities and sightseeing this place has to offer. From museums to mines, rivers and mountains, Aspen is a complete package with something for everyone.

Here is a list of things you can do around town when you are not on the slopes:

Aspen Art Museum:

Located in Downtown, this museum is truly one of a kind. Unlike most art museums, it is a non-collecting institute which means that your visit there would be as special as your vacation to Aspen. It is an ideal place that provides an artistic insight into the local art showcased at the many exhibitions hosted every year. The museum does not charge any entrance fee so everyone can appreciate the art in its true form, the way it is meant to be. The museum also has an in-house café that boasts a surreal view of the Maroon Bells Mountain, coupled with their gourmet food, it surely is a match made in heaven.

Smuggler Mine:

Travel back in time to the Silver Mine located at the footsteps of the Smuggler Mountain. Opened in 1879, the mine is still operational a century later, preserving the ambiance of the late 19th Century. The tour will not only give you a sneak peak of the mine, but will take you deep into the tunnels so you can captivate the authentic experience of a mine.

Wheeler Opera House:

Wheeler Opera House was constructed when the town of Aspen was being built. It saw some great years before the silver market crashed. It was restored and renovated around 1950 and since then has been the hub of theatre and live music. Feel like delving into music or theatre on a gloomy evening? This is your go-to place. After a long day of skiing, it will definitely help you relax and unwind.

Independence Pass:

Feel like going on a drive through the mountains? The Independence Pass would be the ideal place. The silky roads and curves pave way through the beautiful scenery of the Rocky Mountains. This is not just a drive, but a destination, the beauty of which can only perceived by the eyes.

Maroon Bells Mountain:

Maroon Bells is a popular tourist site. Getting there is very convenient. You can take the bus that operates every day. It does not restrict its beauty only to those who like hiking as the trail is not that hard on the tourists. For those looking to go above and beyond the experience can visit Crater Lake, which is a 20 minute drive. You can take your own car up to the lake, but only after 5 PM or just be adventurous and hike your way there, absorbing the beauty and wildlife that inhabits Maroon Bells Mountain.

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2017-11-23 to 2018-04-15

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