Ski Colorado – Experience Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Snowmass is where it’s at!

Snowmass is a part of the Aspen Snowmass ski resort complex located in the Roaring Fork Valley of central Colorado, near Aspen. Awarded the 2019 Best of the West Resort of the Year Award from SKI Magazine, Aspen Snowmass is the place to be!

Aspen Snowmass is home to four ski areas across the two communities of Snowmass and Aspen. Skiers and boarders enjoy the peaks and runs on Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk which offer terrain for every type of skier and rider.

At Snowmass, you could spend your entire trip skiing and riding its terrain without covering the same ground twice. From the choice expert terrain of Burnt Mountain Glades, High Alpine and the Cirque, to the long blue groomers and impressive beginner facilities for newcomers, it is an easy choice. New developments at the base are making it better each season, and this year, Aspen Snowmass celebrates its 50th Anniversary.



By far the largest of the four mountains, Snowmass offers the greatest options for terrain, winter activities and on-mountain dining. You could spend days skiing and riding here and not see it all. With kid-friendly trails and a multitude of lodging options, Snowmass has always appealed to families. But the advanced skiers and riders up on Burnt Mountain Glades and Hanging Valley Wall wouldn’t know it.

Aspen Mountain

Rising from the heart of downtown Aspen, this is where it all began in the 1940s. In fact, at times it seems like the personality of the mountain and the town are one. Without a single beginner’s run, Aspen Mountain presents a host of challenges, and some of the most awe-inspiring blue groomers in North America.

Aspen Highlands

Local’s call the vibe at Aspen Highlands “duct tape to diamonds.” The duct tape part is the do-it-yourself character of its terrain (e.g. Want to ski Highland Bowl? You’ll have to hike in). The diamonds part is easy to spot at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro in the afternoon, when the Champagne bottles on offer equal the number of skis left out front.


Spacious groomers, scenic views and a mellow, chilled-out vibe: there may not be a better mountain to learn to ski and ride than Buttermilk. But here’s the secret part: it’s blue and black terrain is choice as well, often overshadowed by its neighboring mountains. And did we mention that it has hosted the Winter X Games since 2002? As far as parks and pipes go, it’s top-notch.

On and Off Mountain Activities

While in the area, make sure you experience it all! During Ullr Nights, Elk Camp at Snowmass is transformed into a nighttime winter wonderland for the whole family, which includes live music, an ice bar, a bonfire, s’mores, and delicious food! Take an evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp for tubing, snowbiking, the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, and snowshoeing. Check out the Snowmass base village and enjoy the Budlight Hi-Fi Concert series or keep warm and enjoy a cosy meal at the Lynn Britt Cabin or Sam’s smokehouse.

Aspen offers it all.

Photo: Jeremy Swanson
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