When you think of world-class skiing, what immediately comes to mind?
If it’s not Aspen, it should be.
Home to four premier resorts which attract everyone from novice skiers to the most experienced snow shredders on the planet, the Colorado town is the place to come to with your family and friends, or even if you just want a little solo action on the slopes, cross-country trails, or time in one of the area’s award-winning terrain parks.
Aspen is home to the largest concentration of ski slopes in the state of Colorado. When you add them up together, including the Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, and Buttermilk, they take up 4,993 acres of the Rocky Mountains.
It’s also easy to get to each of the resorts. Aspen Mountain is in the center of the town itself. Buttermilk and another cross-country ski resort are located just outside of Aspen’s municipal boundaries. Aspen Highlands is three miles from downtown, next to Aspen Mountain. Snowmass is an easy 12-mile drive from the town as well.
Together, the four ski resorts offer 335 trails, perfect for skiers no matter their levels of experience. Confused as to which resort will give you the perfect Aspen experience? Know how well you (and those who may be with you) ski and what your preferred amenities are. If you are a beginner and on a mountain designed for more advanced skiers, you may find yourself going down the same trails over and over (what’s the fun in that?), or taking unnecessary chances on the more advanced slopes. The same thing is also true for those who are looking for the challenges of a more advanced slope but find themselves on less difficult trails.
Opened in 1947, Aspen Mountain (or Ajax if your local), is the go-to for intermediate to advanced skiers. It has no runs for beginners or terrain parks.
Looking for a little backcountry bowl action? Then head to Aspen Highlands, whose Highland Bowl has an elevation of 12,392 feet. Runs here can be steep and vary from beginner to skilled. There are no terrain parks in the Highlands.
Snowmass is family-friendly and is a ski-in/ski-out resort with terrain that is perfect for skiers of all abilities and snowboarders.
Buttermilk hosts the Winter X-Games, is beginner friendly while attracting skiers, and boarders of all abilities.
The Aspen Skiing Company owns all of the mountains, and one pass will provide you access to all.