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Aspen Ski Resort | Aspen Colorado

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Mountain Stats

  • Skiable Area:

    5547

    acres
  • Vertical Drop:

    4406

    ft
  • Snowfall:

    300

    in

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Stay…in downtown Aspen or Snowmass Village. Both provide perfect basecamps for an unforgettable ski trip.
Ski…at a top elevation of 12,509 feet on an annual average of 300 inches throughout 5,547 combined acres.
Travel…by flying directly into the Aspen airport for ultimate convenience, or fly into and hop into a rental car or shuttle from Grand Junction airport, Eagle County airport or Denver International Airport.
Enjoy…breathtaking views of 14,000-plus-foot peaks: Pyramid Peak and the Maroon Bells.
Explore…charming, historic downtown Aspen.
Learn…about Aspen’s unique mining history.
Taste…Aspen’s 100+ world-class restaurants.
Treat…yourself to designer shopping and award-winning spas.
Experience…cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and ice skating – just a few examples of Aspen’s many winter activities.

Aspen Snowmass' "Power of Four" ski resorts—Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass—and downtown Aspen provide the perfect opportunity to experience four unique vacations within minutes of one another. Aspen's quaint Victorian town and Aspen Mountain—the ski area that rises out of town—offer a glimpse into the West's storied mining-boom era, while Buttermilk provides less-seasoned skiers and snowboarders with welcoming, gentle groomers. Snowmass affords a slopeside allure that can't be denied, and fantasies become realities atop Aspen Highlands Bowl—it’s all there, it's all top-notch and it's all on just one lift ticket. The four resorts combined offer 5,517 total acres of terrain, eight parks and 336 trails served by 43 lifts. Few destinations can offer such varied terrain and experiences just minutes away.

Aspen Ski Vacation Packages

If you can see yourself sipping wine in the warm Colorado sun, gazing at Aspen's 14,000-foot peaks and indulging in one of Ski Country's best dining and nightlife scenes, make that vision a reality and book your ski trip to Aspen today. Ski.com is a one-stop shop to book your entire Aspen ski vacation, including lodging, flights, ground transportation, car rentals, lift tickets, lessons, equipment rentals and activities. If you would prefer to book your vacation package online, start by selecting your preferred accommodation on our Aspen lodging page. If you would prefer to receive personal attention while booking your trip, call or chat now with one of our knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Ski Aspen 

Beginner skiers will thrive at Buttermilk and Snowmass, both have beginner and kid-friendly facilities, and designated “learn to ski” zones designed for adults and children. All-in-all Aspen Snowmass is an intermediate skier’s heaven, since the overwhelming majority of all four mountains, aka the “Power of Four” terrain is designated as intermediate terrain. Beginner skiers, especially first-timers, are discouraged from skiing at Aspen Mountain, because there are no green trails.

On the flip side, expert skiing is what Aspen Mountain or "Ajax Mountain" and Aspen Highlands are known for. There’s no better place for top-to-bottom runs thanks to Ajax’ Silver Queen Gondola’s 3,267 foot vertical ascent. Aspen Mountain is famous for its long, steep mogul runs and challenging fall-line. Those with a spirit of adventure can also get their kicks by hiking the 700 vertical feet to the top of famed Aspen Highland Bowl. You’ll be rewarded at the Bowl’s summit with one Aspen Snowmass’ best views and an unparalleled off-piste experience.

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Customer Reviews (7)

Overall Customer Experience*

4.9
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*based on the average of all Overall Experience ratings given in Traveler reviews.

What the experts are saying

Bill Kelly
Bill Kelly
Mountain Vacation Specialist
800-444-7786 X 3692
4.1
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Aspen, both a town and a ski resort!

Marcelo
03/05/2010

wonderful place

It was our first time in Colorado. I was really impressed with the city, particularly the gastronomy side of it. The fact that we could also get from one mountain to the other in no time was also a plus. We had the snowest week of the season, and the experience was trully satisfying. The snowboarding experience was great for me at Snowmass, and my wife, a beginner, also had a great time at Buttermilk. It is definetely a place for the whole family. It is certain that we will return to the city--and next time we'll bring the kids along!
Denny in Canton
01/28/2010

something for everyone at Aspen/Snowmass

We stayed in Aspen at the Fasching Haus condo, which is 5 minute walk from the Gondola, or the bus stop, and even closer to the Shadow Mountain lift. We had six guys on this trip, and our Ski.com agent found us this condo with six twin beds in 2 bedrooms plus a den, so no one had to sleep on a couch or a rollaway. The condo was also close to bus stop, which eliminated the need for a car rental. It took a half hour each way to Snowmass and Highlands was even closer.

We're all advanced intermediate to expert skiers, and Aspen/Ajax mountain is a bit steeper than Vail, Breck or Snowmass, so we had no problem. Intermediate skiers would still enjoy Ajax, but they might want to stay up top, riding the Ajax express and then downloading on the gondola to avoid the always skied-off moderately steep Little Nell run near the base. Snowmass is a great mountain with a few adrenalin stimulating steeps, but mostly with lots of blue cruisers for everyone, like what you find at Breck, Keystone and Vail. Snowmass and Aspen Highlands have some steeps that are steeper than what those resorts have, so I love the Aspen area because of this wide variety of terrain. Also, it gets less crowded on the weekends than does Vail or the Summit County resorts, due to its longer distance from Denver. The snow base was only about 30 inches, but the conditions were far better than I was expecting. Some favorite runs on Ajax are Back of Bell, Face of Bell, etc, Walsh's, and Blondies. At Highlands, I thought Soddbusters had better snow than did Kesslers. We did not hike the bowl this year - the hike is tough and I wasn't sure the snow cover would be good enough to make it worth the effort. At Snowmass, we always like the trees and lift line under the Elk Camp chair. Had one day of fresh snow and we did the Cirque Headwall with 6 untracked inches - fantastic. Headwall, at top of Hanging Valley Wall was rocky at the top, but the rest of the trip down, through the trees, was a riot!

On mountain food is great at the Sun Deck at the top of Ajax. I had a chicken stir fry for lunch that was terrific. At Snowmass, the beef brisket sandwich at Sam's Smokehouse was big and very good. Our best dinner was at Asie, an Asian restaurant on Main Street. I had the best Sea Bass I've ever had there, and the other guys were quite please with the sushi. A burger at Bentleys was fine.
Ismael in New york
01/27/2010

Great experience

We traveled to Aspen with our 18 months son. We had a lovely experience and enjoyed our vacation. This was our first time skiing in Colorado, so cannot compare to other resorts in US, but as a European used to ski in the Alps, I can compare to the French Alps. The resort is smaller than the big european resorts like 3 Valleys, but scenery is awesome, there are no crowds (at least in the first week of January), and the snow is fantastic. The town of Aspen is very charming, and the people are very nice and laid back. Aspen has lots of activities for the family (we could even rent a stroller for our son and spare us the pain of traveling with our stroller...)
Jeff in Granby
05/02/2009

Aspen/Snowmass 2009 CCSS Ski Trip

Connecticut Ski club of 26 adults staying at the Crestwood Condo (True ski-in/ski-out) at Snowmass; 7 day, 5 ski days with 4 mountain pass. The condo was very nice and the people were very helpful; pool, 3 hot tubs, steam room, exercise equipment, free laundry in each building. Transportation around Snowmass village, Aspen, and 4 mountains was free and convenient. Snowmass had a lot of good intermediate trails even with the lack of snow. The expert terrain was good at the top, but ice lower down (similar to East coast conditions). Highlands and Aspen Mountain more advanced terrain, but similar snow conditions. Worth the walk (30 minutes) to get to only bowl (Highlands); 40+ degree steeps with some nice trees in knee high wind pack powder. Snowed only once the first week of March, but got 15 inches the morning we left….
Laura in Rockport
03/28/2009

I loved Aspen

I had an amazing time in Aspen, despite being there after a month of record low snow fall. There is such a great variety of terrain on Aspen Mountain, but when you add Aspen Highlands and Snowmass, it's truly incredible. The ski instructors are great, as well as all of the mountain personnel. There are lots of great restaurants and shops to keep busy with in the evening.
Oded in Brooklyn
03/06/2009

Best ski place in usa

been coming here for 12 years love it every time
Susan in Los angeles
03/06/2009

Simply the best!

With 4 great mountains on an interchangeable ticket, a vibrant town with great restaurants and nightlife, and a free bus system that links it all together, Aspen is the finest place to ski in North America (possibly the world, but I haven't skied the whole world). The snow quality is always great too. Plenty of other non-skiing recreation as well - guided fly fishing trips, cross country ski trails, snowshoe trails, and dog sledding to name a few.

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Expert reviews are written by our seasoned mountain vacation specialists based on their first-hand experiences.

Reviews

Bill Kelly
Bill Kelly
Mountain Vacation Specialist
800-444-7786
X 3692

Aspen, both a town and a ski resort!

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Aspen is graced with one of the finest ski Mountains around. Ajax, as the locals like to call Aspen Mountain, is not huge (673 acres) compared to the other 3 Aspen/Snowmass mountains operated in the Aspen area, but it is one of my favorites. There is no beginner terrain on the mountain; mostly it is intermediate, advanced and expert. I love its quirkiness; it has numerous homemade memorials and tributes that you can find hidden in the trees of the mountain created in honor of famous people such as John Denver and Elvis. The town of Aspen is right at the base of the mountain, and it is really special by any standard. There you will find incredible dining, unique and amazing shopping, and some of the finest lodging options anywhere. I find that the convenience of the free skier shuttles is tops. You can get to any of the 4 Aspen area ski mountains quickly and easily. There is always something great going on in the area, whether it is the X Games in late January, or the Aspen Music Festival and the Food and Wine Festival in the summer. Aspen truly has it all. Call me; I can help you put together a package customized for your needs and interests.
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