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Elevation

  • 12510ft
    Summit
  • 4406ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 8104ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 3
  • 0
  • 1
  • 15
  • 4
  • 3
  • 5
  • 9
  • 40
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    6%

  • Intermediate Runs

    43%

  • Advanced Runs

    17%

  • Expert Runs

    34%

  • Runs

    336

  • Terrain Parks

    10

  • Longest Run

    5.3 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    5517 ac

  • Snow Making

    658 ac

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Overview

Anyplace else, this would be considered four separate vacations, but not in Aspen, where skiers will find more than 5,300 acres of terrain between Snowmass, Aspen Mountain (Ajax), Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Not to mention the endless dining, nightlife and shopping the town of Aspen is known for, providing more than enough reasons to visit one of the world's most famous and exciting ski resorts. There's no better time to experience "The Power of Four."

Where Is Aspen/Snowmass Located?

The ski areas located about four hours from Denver and one and a half hours from Eagle County Regional Airport. You can also fly directly into the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE), which is three miles from downtown Aspen. There are several shuttle carriers, or you can catch the bus that goes between Aspen and Snowmass.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/28/201904/19/2020
  • Days Open Last Year
    138
  • Projected Days Open
    138
  • Years Open
    72
  • Average Snowfall
    300"

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Aspen Mountain Terrain

Ski the Mountain 

Aspen Mountain has been offering black diamond skiing directly above the town of Aspen since 1947. Though somewhat small in size, Aspen Mountain offers every kind of terrain in a compact, accessible package. The knowledgeable skier can maximize vertical by linking together fall line runs all over the mountain. From steeps to bumps to trees, Aspen Mountain is a terrain smorgasbord, accessed by a state-of-the-art gondola (iTunes docks included) and eight lifts. 

The total elevation is 11,212 feet with a base elevation of 7,945 feet and a total vertical drop of 3,267 feet. The breakout is 0% beginner, 48% intermediate, 26% advanced and 26% expert. The longest run is 3 miles. There is a total of 673 skiable acres and 300 inches of snow bolstered by snowmaking on 31% of the area. 

Groomers and Family

Aspen Mountain boasts 76 runs. The steepest one, Silver Queen, sits at an angle of 42 degrees. Aspen Mountain isn’t ideal for beginners, but it’s possible to ski the upper mountain while avoiding Spar Gulch and Copper Bowl, the two main top-to-botton funnel runs, which tend to intimidate families and beginner skiers. Ski off Chairs Seven, Three or Six to find some intermediate terrain at the top of the mountain. Don’t miss Ruthie’s Run, quite possibly the most consistent, fall line groomer in Colorado. The entire family will enjoy Bonnie’s, a midmountain restaurant serving legendary white bean chili and apple strudel with homemade whipped cream. Its famous two-tiered outdoor deck is a favorite hangout spot.

Snowmass Terrain

Ski the Mountain 

Snowmass is actually the larger of the four mountains with a base elevation of 8,104 feet and a top elevation of 12,510 feet for a total of 4,406 feet of vertical. It also features 3,132 skiable acres serviced by 21 lifts. Unlike Aspen Mountain, there is some dedicated beginner terrain, breaking out 6% beginner, 50% intermediate and 44% expert. Like Aspen Mountain, it also receives 300 inches of snowfall each year. 

Snowmass has a total of 94 runs with 3 terrain parks, including a Superpipe and a minipipe. 

Groomers and Family

Snowmass is known for its family-friendly activities as well wide-open, groomed areas. It is consistently rated a top skiing destination for families. If you don't want to ski the whole time, the entire family can enjoy the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster and the Ullr Nights. 

Bar Menu Secret

Visitors on a budget can enjoy Aspen's culinary offerings by sitting in the bar at nearly every restaurant in town. Patrons can sample some of the food served from the regular menu at a fraction of the price, in a more relaxed setting. 

Woody Creek Tavern

Frequented by the late Hunter S. Thompson and a lively local crew, this home-cooked hideaway in Woody Creek Canyon is an eclectic museum of underground Aspen history. The restaurant in a rustic cabin serves up burgers, tacos, soups, salads and more - all of which go well with the house-specialty drink - fresh-squeezed lime juice margaritas made with 100% blue agave tequila. 2858 Upper River Road, Woody Creek, CO 81656

Breakfast Places

  • Jour de Fête French deli offers both healthy snacks and warm comfort foods for breakfast and lunch. Their breakfast burritos are an easy and delicious grab-and-go-option. 710 East Durant Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611

Our Favorite Lunch Spots

  • Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, Ajax Tavern features patio seating at its finest. Ajax Tavern serves distinctive bistro food. 685 East Durant Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611
  • Directly across the street from gondola plaza is Big Wrap. There is always a hungry crowd at this affordable wrap and smoothie shop. Homemade vegan soups and fresh tacos add to the diverse wrap menu and daily specials. 520 East Durant Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611 

Dinner

  • The bar menu is a favorite among Aspen locals and visitors at Cache Cache, and the divine dining room epitomizes Aspen's fine-dining scene. 205 South Mill Street, Aspen, CO 81611
  • L’Hostaria draws a crowd any day of the week, even throughout the offseason. The casual restaurant brings authentic Italian fare and ambience to the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Always a local favorite, it offers an extensive list of light appetizers, carpaccios, homemade pastas and sumptuous main dishes. 620 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611 

Après/Nightlife

  • Eric’s Bar, which spills into Aspen Billiards, The Cigar Bar and Su Casa, is the epicenter of Aspen's see-and-be-seen commotion. From the grinding dance floor to the hazy smokers' haven, each quadrant offers a different vibe. 315 East Hyman Avenue #211, Aspen, CO 
  • The Belly Up rocks year-round with an eclectic mix of top headliners. Its flawless sound system and intimate setting makes every show one to remember. 450 South Galena Street, Aspen, CO 81611

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Aspen / Snowmass Reviews

Katie Gos
19th April 20195
Snowmass has it all - all levels of terrain, the nostalgia of a longtime resort but with excellent new restaurants, new real...Full review
Bonnie Smith
16th April 20195
Snowmass is the BEST. I’ve skied throughout the US and Mount-Tremblant, and there is nothing as great as skiing the Burn on...Full review
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