Ski Resorts in Aspen, Colorado

Ski Resorts in Aspen, Colorado
The Aspen Skiing Company owns and operates four ski resorts in the Aspen/Snowmass area in Colorado. The Aspen area has nearly unlimited lodging and dining options and the four ski areas together comprise more than 5,300 acres of terrain. All four resorts are found on neighboring mountains but not interconnected. The ski company runs free shuttles from the base of each mountain and visitors can experience all four mountains with just one lift ticket.

Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain, formerly known as Ajax, was the first ski resort developed in the Aspen area. Aspen Mountain is for intermediate and expert skiers only; the ski area has absolutely no green circle runs for beginners.The ski area is located right above the town of Aspen on Bell and Aspen Mountain and is a local's favorite and an advanced skier's heaven.

Aspen Mountain
P.O. Box 1248
Aspen, CO 81612
(800) 308-6935

Aspen Highlands

Aspen Highlands is famous for its Highland Bowl. Skiers hike to the 12,382-feet summit of Highland Bowl for an amazing in-bounds backcountry experience. The ski area offers more than 1,000 acres of terrain with 18 percent easiest, 30 percent intermediate, 16 percent most difficult and 36 percent expert. With views of the nearby Maroon Bells Wilderness Area and plenty of terrain for beginners through expert, Aspen Highlands has something for just about everyone.

Aspen Highlands
P.O. Box 1248
Aspen, CO 81612
(800) 308-6935

Buttermilk Ski Area

Buttermilk Ski Area has the easiest terrain of all four mountains in Aspen, Colorado. The ski area caters to families and beginners skiers with plenty of gentle and wide-open terrain. The resort lies just north of Aspen Highlands and is also lower in altitude than the other results, which makes it a good place to get acclimated to Aspen's high altitude. Buttermilk also caters to snowboarders and has hosted ESPN's Winter-X games several times. Buttermilk has multiple terrain parks with 90-plus features, including a 12-foot pipe and a 22-foot superpipe.

Buttermilk
P.O. Box 1248
Aspen, CO 81612
(800) 308-6935

Snowmass

Snowmass is the largest of the four resorts and at 3,132 acres, is bigger than all the other three resorts combined. With 4,046 feet of vertical, Snowmass has the largest vertical drop in the entire United States. Famed for its long cruising runs, the ski area's longest run is a little more than five miles long. It would take weeks to ski all of the 147 miles of trail in the resort. The terrain is a good mix of beginner hills to more difficult and expert runs. Snowmass also features three terrain parks, a superpipe and a beginner pipe.

Snowmass
P.O. Box 1248
Aspen, CO 81612
(800) 308-6935

Article Written By Wren Mcilroy

Based out of Salt Lake City, Wren Mcilroy has been writing outdoor recreation and travel-related articles for 3 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology from Winona State University in Minnesota.

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