Aspen Snowmass is a place where people of all nations, ages, and abilities come to revel in an attitude that is the perfect marriage of laid-back luxurious, of athletic and indulgent. Four ski mountains on one lift ticket offer thrills when you need a rush and scenic groomers when you need to unwind. Off the slopes, the action continues with world-class aprés ski, dining, arts and events.
One of the most famous winter resorts in North America, Aspen Snowmass is a world-class ski destination, located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Centred around the towns of Aspen and Snowmass Village, visitors have access to four mountains of varied terrain to explore, along with exceptional accommodation options and amenities.
Spend an hour exploring the Highland Bowl, a day at Buttermilk, a week at Aspen Mountain, or a whole season discovering Snowmass — no matter how long you stay, you will never have the same experience twice.
Aspen Snowmass is more than just four mountains of terrain. It is a destination for living well. A place where the mountains challenge and thrill you day by day, and where a vibrant cultural scene greets you at night. A place where just as much devotion is reserved for a polished groomer as a perfect line through the powder covered trees, and where people know the value of staying out late and rising early for first tracks.
The Four Mountains
The identities of Aspen Mountain and the city of Aspen are intertwined. Both are rooted in a silver mining past, and both are forever moving forward in the pursuit of pleasure today. For visitors, joy can come in many forms here: excellent skiing and riding on the mountain, followed by world-class dining and shopping in town.
When it comes to terrain, Aspen Mountain is unlike any other ski mountain in America, offering an abundance of options in a surprisingly compact space. A dash down the Face of Bell is a rite of passage for expert skiers the world over, while those in search of groomers can cruise down the same runs that will host the 2017 Audi FIS World Cup Finals.
When the day is done, watch the action on the mountain fade into town at Ajax Tavern, the iconic après ski spot at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola.
Covering 3,332 acres (1,267 hectares), Snowmass presents skiers and riders with every type of terrain they could possibly want: steeps, glades, moguls, top-to-bottom groomers, terrain parks and even playful kids’ trails through the trees. As a result, the mountain’s variety and accessibility have made it an easy choice for families and groups.
Spend your day connecting one blue cruiser to the next and enjoying the mountain’s daily “noon groom.” Seeking adventurous terrain with a backcountry feel? Scope out the double-black glades of Hanging Valley Wall and the Cirque on the mountain’s upper reaches.
Young children love how the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center mingles fun lessons outdoors with hands-on play indoors. Meanwhile, Elk Camp comes alive with four lanes of tubing, excellent après ski and dinner options and lots of family fun every Friday at Ullr Nights.
Situated in between Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk, you will find a true original – Aspen Highlands. Rising 3,635 feet (1,108 meters) from the base area, this narrow ridge presents a dramatic reveal as you ride the chairlift up — blue and black runs dive down its flanks, while glimpses of the iconic Maroon Bells in the distance leave little doubt that you are on the one-and-only Aspen Highlands.
Once you are at the top, you’ll find the real reason why this mountain is adored by locals: the hike-in terrain of Highland Bowl, rising another 717 feet above the last lift. Over at the newly renovated Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro — where the après ski scene goes into overdrive around 2 pm — rub elbows with an eclectic mix of locals, international skiers, and the occasional celeb over pots of steaming fondue and glasses of champagne.
Buttermilk represents the quieter side of Aspen Snowmass and is ranked the #1 Overall Resort by Transworld Snowboarding. Here you can enjoy excellent beginner terrain, the smooth but steep advanced runs of the Tiehack area, and the amazing scenery of nearby Pyramid Peak. Try some new tricks at the S3 Terrain Park or the Buttermilk Terrain Park, which despite its international fame (courtesy of the X Games Aspen) still has a mellow vibe to it.
At Buttermilk, lift lines are a rare sight, allowing you to enjoy as many turns as you can squeeze into a day. At the base, the new Hideout — an innovative learning center for children — invites young kids to find their way into the sport of skiing through gentle slopes and interactive play areas.
Congratulations on selecting Aspen Snowmass as your Skican vacation destination! Although Aspen Snowmass is best known for its terrific skiing/riding, the area offers plenty of additional activities for you to enjoy during your stay.
Every Friday night during the peak of the winter season, Aspen Snowmass honors the Norse God of Snow — Ullr — with Ullr Nights, a nighttime party at Elk Camp on Snowmass.
Friends and family are invited to take an evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp for outdoor winter activities such as tubing, riding the new Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, snowbiking, s'mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire.
Dance to live music and enjoy an à la carte culinary celebration, sure to please any palate. After playing in the snow, kids can warm up inside with fun activities and entertainment available.
Après ski in Aspen and Snowmass Village is treated as more than just something to do after a day of skiing and riding — it’s considered a lifestyle.
Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as having the best après ski scene in North America, Aspen offers great après options in Snowmass Village, around the valley, and at the world-famous Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro on Aspen Highlands.
Explore serene spruce and fir forests as you take in Aspen Snowmass's majestic vistas with a knowledgeable naturalist on a two-hour guided snowshoe tour. With 50km of trails, guided tours and rentals available, there's plenty of beginner and expert terrain to experience. Learn about Rocky Mountain wildlife and winter ecology, animals, tracking, Aspen history, and more as you discover the area and enjoy the silence of a snow-covered forest.
Cross Country Skiing
Enjoy one of the largest free groomed cross-country ski systems in North America! The Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System boasts more than 90 km of free cross-country skiing trails that connect the communities of Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt. Trails are varied in terrain for beginners to experts. Beautiful vistas, great exercise and outdoor fun for the whole family.
Aspen Snowmass offers tubing facilities at Snowmass with multiple lanes that are lift served and carved into The Meadows at Elk Camp. The tubing runs are illuminated at night during Ullr Nights festivities and during Après extended hours.
The centerpiece of the new Snowmass Base Village plaza is an outdoor ice rink complete with free skate rentals and extended hours. Join in the fun in front of the Limelight Hotel Snowmass and follow your rink time with an après snack, drink or dinner at the Limelight Lounge.
Aspen has several luxurious spas where you can pamper yourself after a long day on the slopes. Try one of many treatments to keep your face and body feeling fresh. Sample a full body Swedish massage to energize tired muscles, or relax with an aromatherapy treatment.
Aspen Snowmass has some of the most accessible snowmobile terrain in Western Colorado. Aspen’s wide meadows and big mountain trails will thrill beginners and experts alike. Private snowmobile tours and rentals are available.
Let an experienced musher lead you on an adventure of a lifetime! Spend two hours being guided around Snowmass by a team of experienced sled dog, taking in the beautiful sights of the mountains.
Aspen Powder Tours
Free Kids Activities
Free Naturalist Tours
Yoga for Skiers
Indoor climbing wall
High ropes course and zip lining
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What I love about Aspen Snowmass is - the cool historic town and warm ski community and vibe. 4 mountains on one lift ticket all linked by an impressive bus system. The Belly Up Bar and its amazing acts and the J Bar for a throwback. AJAX (Aspen) Mountain for the shrines, people watching 24/7, fun and amazing ski terrain throughout and skiing with a pro. I could wax poetic for days.Jennifer Kyles