Aspen is one of the most famous ski areas in the world, and for good reason. With four different mountains to choose from as part of a lift ticket with Aspen Skiing Company, and thousands of acres of terrain, you’re sure to find something that you’ll love, from gentle groomers to steep chutes. And of course, the après ski activities and nightlife in Aspen are second to none.
Aspen Mountain, otherwise known as Ajax, is the place to go to see and be seen, but it's also known for steep, challenging terrain. You can walk to the Gondola from nearly anywhere in town, and you'll be quickly whisked to the top of Aspen Mountain. From here, you’ve got a variety of options, none of which are easy. Aspen Mountain has no slopes easier than a Blue Square, but if it's expert terrain you want, you’ve come to the right place. Walsh’s, Bingo Glades, the Dumps and, if you are lucky, maybe you can catch the rope drop on Trainors. Locals love this mountain for the powder stashes that are good for days following a storm. Aspen real estate opportunities abound with ski in ski out access to Ajax.
Long considered THE locals mountain, this is the place to ski if you like the steeps. The mountain is littered with terrain that will get your heart and lungs pumping, from the P-Chutes low on the hill to the incredible Highlands Bowl at the very top. Steeplechase offers long double diamond runs that will test your endurance, while Olympic Bowl has runs that are shorter but just as steep. And what can you say about Highlands Bowl? You have to experience it to believe it. A relatively short hike (a snowcat will take skiers halfway up) from the top of Loge Peak takes you to 12,400 feet in elevation and you have nothing but steep, open skiing between you and the chairlift. Truly some of the most outrageous in-bounds terrain anywhere in the United States.
Buttermilk’s low key atmosphere is a fun place for families and for those who are new to the sport, but even seasoned area veterans love the gentle groomed cruisers on a sunny spring day. The views of the surrounding peaks from the top are incredible, and let’s not forget about the terrain park. Buttermilk is home to the ESPN Winter X Games and hosts one of the finest terrain parks anywhere. Come and test your skills to see if you have what it takes to ride like the pros. Buttermilk is also the mountain of choice for long-time local ski clothing designer, Klaus Obermeyer.
Once considered the family resort, Snowmass has come of age, and offers terrain to satisfy skiers of all ability levels. If its cruisers you are looking for, head over to the Big Burn for 2000 vertical feet of wide-open runs. For something a little more techincal, the Burn Cliffs, Cirque, and Hanging Valley areas offer numerous double diamond runs through chutes, cliffs and trees. With over 3,000 acres of terrain, you are sure to find soft snow for many days after a storm. There are many great ski-in ski-out opportunities for those interested in owning real estate in Snowmass. If you're visiting the area for a long weekend, check out Snowmass Village for info on lodging, activities.
Planning to leave your skis at home and rent while you are in Aspen and Snowmass. Here are a few great Snowmasss rental shops:
Incline Ski and Board Shop - Your source for a wide variety of Aspen and Snowmass ski rentals, as well as the latest ski gear and equipment. Great prices, and two locations at the Aspen Gondola and the Snowmass Village Mall.
Black Tie Ski Rentals - Aspen ski rentals delivered to your door step.