Aspen and Snowmass are considered to be the perfect skiing and snowboarding destinations. Nestled high in the Rocky Mountains, these two towns have easy access to several different resorts and trails that make for amazing wintertime fun. Here is everything you need to know about skiing and snowboarding in Aspen and Snowmass on your next vacation.
Natural Benefits of Snowmass Skiing
Unlike many skiing and snowboarding destinations, Snowmass and Aspen actually have a natural benefit that most places don’t. The area actually offers four different mountains that provide very diverse trails: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk Mountain. These four mountains combine for the best skiing and snowboarding in the country with pristine views.
Aspen Mountain has eight different lifts that rise straight out of the town of Aspen. These chairlifts and one gondola serve intermediate and advanced terrains with amazing glades to explore. The ski areas are rather narrow from side to side but have most of the best terrain on the sides of the ridges. Farther out on the peripheries, skiers and snowboarders can find abundant amounts of fresh snow long after snowstorms. We recommend the Gentleman’s Ridge and Ridge of Bell trails on this amazing mountain.
Snowmass Mountain has over 150 miles of trails that span 4,400 feet of vertical terrain. You can spend your entire trip on this mountain alone and not ski the same run twice. This mountain has some of the best beginner trails in all of Colorado and is a great place to start your Aspen Snowmass Snowboarding journey.
Buttermilk Mountain has about 470 acres of ski area, making it the smallest of the ski and snowboarding mountains. It’s a great location for beginners and has some of the best terrain parks in the world. We suggest starting on the West Buttermilk Trail for the best bang for your Aspen Snowmass Snowboarding buck.
Aspen Highlands has beginner and intermediate terrain, but the mountain is really known for its steep and deep expert terrain. The infamous Highlands Bowl sits atop the ski area and offers pitches as steep as 48 degrees in the bowl. To reach the top, you will need to take the free snowcat ride up a short way to a hiking trail to get to the top of the bowl. The summit of the bowl sits at 12,392 feet, so make sure you are ok with heights before attempting this Snowmass skiing adventure.