Aspen Snowmass | USA

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Resort Info

Resort Info

Aspen Snowmass is made up of four mountains, each with their own individual style and easy to get around, yet all accessible on one lift ticket. With over 5,500 acres of terrain across the four peaks, there is something for every skier and boarder to enjoy.

The slopes of Aspen Mountain rise up from the old silver mining town of Aspen, with lifts departing from and trails returning to the edge of the resort. A mix of slopes await you, including some tough blacks and glade runs and some of the most awe-inspiring blue groomers in North America.

Snowmass is the largest of the four mountains and offers the greatest variety of terrain; families and mixed ability parties will find the mountain a joy. As with all of Aspen’s resorts that you will discover on your ski holiday to Aspen, the grooming is marvellous, so novices and intermediates who love to cruise will have a blast. With the US’s greatest vertical at almost 4,400 feet and a number of tough glades and chutes advanced skiers and boarders will also find much to enjoy. Snowmass also has three terrain parks and a super pipe.

A few minutes by shuttle bus away is Buttermilk, which is a great place for beginners, with some excellent learning terrain and spacious groomers. Buttermilk also attracts those that relish terrain parks, annually hosting the Winter X Games on its park, which has 100+ features and a massive super-pipe.

Nearby Aspen Highlands has some delightful tree-lined trails, or you can simply cruise along mid-mountain groomers off the Cloud Nine chairlift, but the mountain is best known for the infamous Highlands Bowl, where experts need to hike up the ridge to be rewarded by some challenging steeps.

Off the Slopes

Off the Slopes

While many visitors will choose to stay in Aspen, Snowmass has a growing, purpose-built resort village and offers several slopeside lodging options. The town of Aspen has a number of first-class hotels at the base of the mountain and there are plenty of choices when it comes to eating and drinking, from casual dining to exclusive restaurants, traditional pubs to sleek bars. The town has a cosmopolitan yet homely feel with regular shops alongside the gift stores and high-end boutiques.

Alongside the slopeside lodging in Snowmass Village, there are several restaurants to choose from and its quieter nightlife makes it perfect for families. You can, however, also easily access the main nightlife and après ski in Aspen town; no matter where you stay on your Aspen ski holiday all four mountains are accessible using the free shuttle buses and the service between Aspen and Snowmass village operates until 2am.

Tubing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice-skating are also all available or maybe you can try your hand at snow-biking or even uphilling – climb up one of the four mountains with skis, skins, boots and poles and then ski back down the route you ascended.

Resort Stats

Resort Stats

There are four mountains within the Aspen Snowmass area:

Ski facts

Aspen Mountain
Snowmass
Aspen
Highlands

Buttermilk
Base elevation 7,945 feet 8,104 feet 8,040 feet 7,870 feet
Top
elevation
11,221 feet 12,510 feet 11,675 feet 9,900 feet
Vertical
drop
3,267 feet 4,406 feet 3,635 feet 2,030 feet
Number
of runs
76

 

94

 

122

 

44

 

Advanced 52% 47% 52% 26%
Inter 48% 47% 30% 39%
Novice 0% 6% 18% 35%
Lifts

 

8 including
1 gondola, 1
high-speed
quad, 1
high-speed
double,
2 quads.
20 including
1 eight-
passenger
gondola, 1 pulse
gondola
1 six-pax
lift, 8 high-speed
quads,
2 quads.
5 including
3
high-speed
quads,
2 triples.
8 including
3
high-speed
quads.
Lift capacity

 

10,755
skiers
per hour
32,358 skiers
per hour
6,500 skiers
per hour
7,500
skiers
per hour
Terrain Park 3 parks, 1 superpipe
& 1 beginner pipe
5 parks with
1 superpipe
Average annual
snowfall
300
inches
300
inches
300
inches
200
inches
Skiable terrain 675
acres
3,332
acres
1,040
acres
470
acres
Ski
season
Nov 23 –
Apr 15
Nov 23 –
Apr 15
Dec 9 –
Apr 8
Dec 9 –
Apr 8

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