Situated in the heart of the Elk Mountain Range, the Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort has long been loved by slope side enthusiasts from near and far. Here, there’s something for skiers of every age to enjoy and options beyond the downhill fun to add to the itinerary too. When you’re ready to get out of town and pursue a well-earned ski getaway at Aspen Snowmass, consider this your comprehensive guide to getting started! It’s always helpful to have some inside tips and tricks up your sleeve when you’re looking to make the most of every fun and scenic moment that’s waiting for you.
A Location Rundown
The Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort is the second largest of its kind in the state of Colorado and boasts more than 3,000 skiable acres in tandem with 150 miles of pristine trails and 4 mountains for guests to explore. That means that the options are vast and exciting for skiers of all levels. Just about half of the trails on-site are listed at blue runs with the majority of beginner and intermediate options situated across Snowmass in particular. More experienced skiers looking for a true challenge will want to head closer to Aspen Mountains and Aspen Highlands. The four mountains that make up the Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort include Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. Overall, Aspen Snowmass is considered extremely family friendly and there are even fun options for those who want the view without the skiing. Sightseeing tickets can be purchased for guests who are looking forward to riding gondolas on three mountains but don’t have plans to make their way downhill on two skis at all. This means there’s truly something for everyone when you head this way!
Many people excited to make the most of a ski getaway to Aspen Snowmass rent a car to indulge their transportation independence during a visit. While having a car available to get around can be handy, it can be less exciting to try to guess what the parking status is when you arrive. To avoid that stress, visitors can download the Aspen Snowmass app on their phones and check parking lot availability before they head for the slopes. If you prefer to forget the rental car altogether, the local RFTA buses are available for transportation needs as well. The majority of the routes can be ridden free of charge including City of Aspen routes and the routes to and from Aspen and Snowmass Village. Keep in mind that children under the age of 5 and those 65 and older will always be able to ride free!
Purchasing Ski Resort Lift Tickets
The typical ski season in Aspen Snowmass runs between the end of November through early April. That said, those timeframes can be adjusted depending on mountain conditions and health considerations too. The resort is accessible from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm on days its open and purchasing a single lift ticket provides access to all four mountains. Gear rentals are readily available at Aspen Snowmass as well so there’s no need to worry about bringing your own equipment. Rentals are easily accessible and quality gear can be counted on to make the most of the time on the slopes.
You don’t have to be an expert skier to make the most of the fun at Aspen Snowmass. In fact, the resort offers ski lessons for visitors of all ages and abilities. Some of the best group youth lessons available are found at both Snowmass and Buttermilk. There are private, semi-private and group options for kids ages 2 all the way up to 17 led by knowledgeable and friendly on-site instructors. For adults looking for lessons, group instruction, as well as snowboard lessons, are available at the same destination upon request. These can be helpful whether you’re new to skiing entirely or could simply use a refresher before hitting the slopes in style.
Fun Beyond the Slopes
While time skiing is definitely a highlight of time at Aspen Snowmass, there’s more to enjoy in the way of winter fun while you’re here too. This resort offers options to make the most of snowboarding, snowshoeing, and snow tubing too. There are even days set aside for fun night skiing adventures. When you’re looking for something truly unique, be sure to ask on-site staff about booking a snow bike tour during your visit. From ice skating and concerts to races and dining specials, this is a place that promises fun for everyone!
Book Your Stay Today
When you’re ready to enjoy time in the mountains, the team at Timberline has the vacation rental you’ve been searching for to elevate the fun even further. Reach out today to learn more about our many property options in the area that keep you close to the slopes and living in style!