Aspen Snowmass is a large ski resort in western Colorado in Pitkin County. This resort combines four different skiing areas on four different mountains. Snowmass is the largest of the four and is located near Snowmass Village. Aspen Highlands is just north of Aspen on Highland and Lodge peaks. Buttermilk, just north of Aspen Highlands, is the lowest area and very family oriented. Aspen Mountain is located on Bell Mountain and the Aspen Mountain, above the town of Aspen.
The four areas of Aspen Snowmass form one of the largest ski resorts in the world, over 5,300 acres, drawing visitors from all over the states and beyond. And it's no wonder, where else can you get four separate vacations for the price of one.
Aspen Mountain is full of great groomers, steeps, glades and bumps. It has a vertical drop of 3,267 feet and covers 675 acres. There are 76 trails on this mountain, the longest one being three miles. The runs are 48% intermediate, 26% advanced and 26% expert.
Eight lifts service Aspen Mountain, 1 gondola, 1 high speed quad, 1 high speed double, 1 quad, 2 doubles and 2 secondary lifts. Aspen Mountain offers a choice of four restaurants to choose from, Sundeck, Bonnie's, Montagna Restaurant and Bar in The Little Nell and Ajax Tavern.
Aspen Highlands is known for outstanding views of the Maroon Bells and plenty of groomed trails and expert terrain. The vertical drop is 3,635 feet covering 1,028 acres. There are 118 trials on this mountain, 18% beginner, 30% intermediate, 16% advanced and 36% expert.
On left is Aspen highlands, and the bells are off to the right .
Thanks to Zach Dischner for the picture at flickr.com
Aspen Highlands has 5 lifts, 3 high speed quads and 2 triples. There are two restaurants to keep you from going hungry, Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro and Merry-Go-Round.
Snowmass Mountain is packed with steeps, terrain parks, halfpipes, cruisers and glades. It covers 3,132 acres and drops 4,406 feet. 91 trails descend the mountain and getting up is taken care of by 21 lifts. These are 1 eight passenger gondola, 1 high speed six passenger lift, 1 six passenger pulse gondola, 7 high speed quads, 4 school lifts and 2 secondary lifts.
The trails are 6% beginner, 50% intermediate, 12% advanced and 32% expert. The longest run is over five miles. There are three terrain parks, Makaha, Lowdown and Snowmass Park. You will also find one superpipe and 1 beginner pipe.
There are nine restaurants on Snowmass Mountain, Cafe Suzanne, Burlingame Cabin, Sneaky's Tavern, Sam's Smokehouse, Two Creeks Mexican Cafe, Lynn Britt Cabin, Ullrhof, Gwyn's High Alpine and Up 4 Pizza.
Ski at Aspen Snowmass Resort.
Thanks to mcclave for the picture at flickr.com
Buttermilk Mountain has been home for the ESPN Winter X Games and is full of wide open gentle trails suitable for all skill levels. This mountain covers 470 acres and drops 2,030 feet. It has 44 trails, the longest being 3 miles. The trails are 35% beginner, 39% intermediate and 26% advanced. The trails are service by 9 lifts, 2 high speed quads, 3 doubles, 2 handle tows and 2 skis school lifts.
There are 2 terrain parks on this mountain. Buttermilk Park has over 100 features and Panda Pipe and Ski and Snowboard Schools Park is for beginners. Dining is taken care of at Bumps and The Cliffhouse.
Cross Country Skiing at the Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System consists of over 90 kilometers of ski and snowshoe trails. The trails connect the communities of Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt. The Nordic Trail System also includes two world class cross-country ski centers.
Snowmass and Aspen Mountains open November 25 and close April 10. Aspen Highlands opens December 11 and closes April 24. Buttermilk opens December 11 and closes April 3. For more resort information call 800-925-1220 or 970-925-1220.
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