Aspen in the heart of the Elk Mountain range is unique in Colorado or in the United States for the matter that we enjoy the privilage of having four different distinct ski mountains in one location so close together and under the umbrella of one owner. What this means to you is a mountain with a personality for each Member of your group of family, or even your mood.
Aspen Mountain Ski Area
The original mountain of the 4 opened in 1947 with a single chairlift, Americas first. Today Aspen has a network of chairlifts including the famous “Silver Queen Gondola” rising right out of downtown Aspen. There aren’t many mountains in this country where you get the privilage of walking to the Gondola from your hotel in your ski boots! Aspen Mountain is an expert skiers dream, no green runs, the majority of the mountain is expert and advanced terrain only! With marvelously steep bump runs like Walshes and amazing tree skiing in “The Dumps” Aspen will satisfy your craving for intense skiing! Rising 3,267 above Aspen the views are amazing, looking down onto town and to the east over beautiful Independence Pass, Aspen Mountain is one of the most scenic place in the country! Many people are not aware this “exclusive” mountain opened its slopes to snowboarders several years ago so now everyone can enjoy this action packed mountain.
Snowmass Mountain Ski Area
The largest mountain in the Aspen 4 pack with over 3000 acres of terrain, and a vertical drop of 4,406 ft. making Snowmass Ski area one of the largest in the country. Snowmass is legendary for it’s wide open groomers, but look deeper and there is expert terrain to challenge the most experienced skier. Hike the wall or ride the Poma to the Cirque for double black terrain as steep as you can handle. Home to two of the national extreme skiing qualifying events, Snowmass has opened an area with “mandatory air” you think your tough on skis you have to check this out. Snowmass Mountain is now expanding with the recently approved Base Village. This already luxurious mountain stocked with amenities is going to be one of the hippest places to stay in the nation.
Aspen Highlands Ski Area
Where the locals ski! Another incredebly steep mountain with challenging double fall lines. The Highlands is also home to Highlands Bowl. A snow cat takes you part of the way, and your legs do the rest. The bowl has the longest steepest pitches in Colorado. It also faces north so the snow stay light and fluffy all winter long. With an evevation of 3,635 ft Highlands is one of the tallest mountains in the state of Colorado. This mountain also enjoys a completely new base area opened for the first time in the 2003/04 season. The best part, never a lift line.
Buttermilk Ski Area
“New School Ground Zero” The official home of the Winter X games, snowmobiling, motto-cross, freestyle, half pipe and more, if you can do it on snow this event has it. Simultaneously Buttermilk has some of the best beginner terrain anywhere. If you need to learn how to ski Buttermilk is your mountain, miles of groomed green runs, the majority of this mountain is beginner and intermediate terrain. Just don’t forget to spot your landings you may go bigger than you planned!