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Aspen Snowmass

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Skier Level

Good for all Abilities

Family Friendly

Suitable for all

Nightlife

Good night out

Off the Slope

Plenty of activities

Ease of Access

Extra flight & short transfer

Aspen started life as a silver mining town and has evolved over 130 years or so into a year round mountain holiday destination. Its core retains a heritage feel yet a modern day Aspen ski holiday is home to dozens of restaurants and bars giving it a reputation as one of the brighter apres ski resorts in North America.

Aspens ski resort's appeal extends to the slopes too, with 5,300 acres of terrain across four mountains offering something for every skier and boarder to enjoy. Dominating the town on your ski holiday to Aspen are the slopes of Aspen Mountain, lifts departing from and trails returning to the edge of the resort. Here a mix of slopes awaits, including some tough blacks and glade runs.

Snowmass is the largest of the four mountains and offers a great variety of slopes. 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 1,340m 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. Buttermilk also attracts those that relish terrain parks, having often hosted the Winter X Games on its 3km long park, which has 100+ features and a massive super-pipe.

Nearby Aspen Highlands has some delightful tree-lined trails, but it is best known for the infamous Highlands Bowl, where dramatic off-piste plunging down from a narrow ridge – experts need to hike up the ridge, but are rewarded by some challenging steeps.

An Aspen ski holiday has a high end reputation, but it is more than accessible on a budget too. As it existed before the coming of ski holidays there is a true town feel to the place, with regular shops alongside the gift stores and boutiques. There are plenty of choices when it comes to eating and drinking, from casual dining to exclusive restaurants, traditional pubs to sleek bars.

Whilst many visitors will choose to stay in Aspen, Snowmass has a growing, purpose built resort village and offers several slopeside lodging options. Nightlife is quieter but there are still several restaurants to choose from and is great for families. You can also easily access the main nightlife and après ski in Aspen town. No matter where you stay on your Aspen ski holiday all 4 mountains are accessible using the FREE shuttle buses and the service between Aspen and Snowmass village operates until 2am.

Activities at Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort

Beyond the art galleries and boutiques, Aspen Recreation Centre has a pool, skating and other activities. Snowmass has a recreation centre with outdoor pools and other facilities. You can also relax at one of several spas. There are several cinemas and arts venues in town. Amongst other diversions off the slopes, you can ride a Snow-cat to dinner in the mountains or take a guided snow-shoe tour.

Prepurchase your lift passes, rentals and ski shool for your Aspen ski holiday through Frontier Ski and save at least 5% on the in resort prices.

Lift Pass

Aspen now have RF cards: these radio frequency cards allow faster access to the lifts and hands-free scanning.  Please note there is a refundable $5 per ticket fee for the RF card. Children under 6 will also need an RF card to ride. This $5 will be charged by us and you can either keep the card as a souvenir to reload for future visits or return the card on your last day of skiing to Aspen ticket desk for a complete refund.

2-7 day lift tickets are valid out of 10 days. 
8-12 day lift tickets are valid out of 15 days.
13-17 day lift tickets are valid out of 20 days.
18-20 day lift tickets are valid out of 28 days,

 

Ski School

There is ski school operating on every mountain.  For children learning to ski, Buttermilk or Snowmass are the mountains of choice.

There are four mountains within the Aspen Snowmass area:

Ski facts

Aspen Mountain
Snowmass


Aspen
Highlands

Buttermilk


Base elevation

7,945 feet /
2,422 metres

8,104 feet /
2,473 metres

8,040 feet /
2,451 metres

7,870 feet /
2,399 metres

Top
elevation

11,221 feet /
3,418 metres

12,510 feet /
3,813 metres

11,675 feet /
3,559 metres

9,900 feet /
3.018 metres

Vertical
drop

3,267 feet /
996 metres

4,406 feet /
1,342 metres

3,635 feet /
1,108 metres

2,030 feet /
619 metres

Number
of runs

76


91


118


44


Advanced

52%

44%

36%

0%

Inter

48%

50%

46%

65%

Novice

0%

6%

18%

35%

Lifts










8 including
1 gondola, 1 high-speed
quad, 1 high-speed double,
1 quad.




21 including
1 eight-passenger gondola,
2 six-pax
lifts, 7 high-speed quads,
2 quads.


5 including 3 high-speed quads,
2 triples







8 including 3
high-speed 
quads,
1 double,
4 ski/board
school lifts





Lift capacity


10,755 skiers
per hour


34,497 skiers per hour


6,500 skiers
per hour


7,500 skiers per hour


Terrain Park



-



3 parks, 1 superpipe
& 1 beginner pipe

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5 parks, 1 superpipe
& 1 beginner pipe

Average annual
snowfall


300
inches


300
inches


300
inches


200
inches


Skiable terrain

675
acres

3,132
acres

1,028
acres

470
acres

Ski
season


Nov 22 -
Apr 19


Nov 22 -
Apr 12


Dec 8 -
Apr 12


Dec 15 -
Apr 5


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Insider Tips

1

Let your kids take the Max the Moose shuttle from Aspen Mountain to Buttermilk with their instructor AFTER their first day for their ski school - giving you more time to ski yourself!

2

Look out for free yoga session at Sundeck on Aspen Mountain.

3

Ski Aspen and stay in the quieter Snowmass village by using the frequent free shuttle buses.

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