Aspen is rated number one in America for après ski and varied terrain, but the reality of the resort actually exceeds its reputation. It’s not just one mountain, it’s Snowmass, Aspen, Highlands and Buttermilk; imagine four choices each with its own unique character and over 5,500 acres!
Despite its upscale image, the resort is within reach of most people regardless of budget or experience.
Aspen Mountain, known locally as “Ajax” cascades almost into the heart of the town and attracts more advanced skiers and snowboarders with its steeps and bumps. Buttermilk has gentle runs for beginners plus the high-tech “Crazy Terrain Park”. The Highlands area offers mostly black runs and is known for its Highland Bowl, a great place to head after a fresh powder dump. Last but by no means least, Snowmass offers perhaps the greatest diversity of terrain across a large ski area.
Experience the Power of Four! – It’s almost unfair, an embarrassment of riches, bowls, chutes, cliffs, parks, gullies and wide-open glades and meandering cruisy blue runs. And that’s just the “Inbounds” skiing. Now if that’s not overindulgence, just wait ’til you get off the mountain. When the slopes close for the day there’s no place like Aspen/Snowmass for dining, entertainment and nightlife. Anywhere else in the world this would be four separate vacations!
Away from the slopes, Aspen offers lots of activities such as dog sledding, concerts, cooking school and live theatre. You’ll find a haven of shops for every taste and price tag. There are also over 100 restaurants and an exceptional range of après ski options, from laid-back to highly polished.
The new Base Village at Snowmass includes over one million square feet of residential, hotel, restaurant, retail and conference space. 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. Plus tubing and a new Mountain Coaster. The village boasts shops, restaurants, an ice rink, a climbing wall and free s’more and hot chocolates for the kids.