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About Aspen, Colorado

Aspen Snowmass' 4 unique ski resorts, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass provide travelers with a world-class mountain destination that caters to all levels of skiers and riders.
From downtown Aspen, Colorado, guests to the Roaring Fork Valley can experience four mountains within minutes of one another. The wonderfully Victorian throwback architecture in downtown Aspen offers a glimpse into the Elk Mountains' storied mining-boom era.

Above town, Aspen Mountain (formerly known as Ajax) is the local's favorite. At Buttermilk, less-seasoned skiers and snowboarders are welcomed with gentle groomers well spaced glades. In Snowmass Village, ski-in ski-out lodging and slopeside attractions offer the classic base area feel whose convenience and proximity to the slopes can't be denied. Atop Aspen Highlands Bowl, alpine fantasies are realized within sight of the iconic, 14,000k+ Maroon Bells. It’s all here, 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.

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 (ASE) for easy convenience. Or fly in and hop in 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 and the exhilarating nightlife.

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.

Ski Aspen Colorado

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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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. We're here to help you make the process easy as possible, and save you money with the industry's largest collection of lodging and lodging and lift ticket deals.

CUSTOMER REVIEWS (20)

OVERALL CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE*

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

What the experts are saying

Bill Kelly
4.1
Good

Aspen, both a town and a ski resort!

Robert Szyman
17/03/2020

Great ski area with 4 mountains to choose to ski.

Aspen is outstanding but on the expensive side. Grateful Deli has the best sandwiches.
Kathryn Palomino
27/02/2020

Something for everyone

Aspen/Snowmass has 4 great mountains. with different terrain to satisfy all skiers. Snowmass has great off the snow activities for younger kids, while Aspen satisfies the needs of teens and adults. The town has many options for non-skiers or injured skiers. There are fat biking and XC skiing trails. The free bus service makes car rental non-essential. The entire family loves Aspen/Snowmass.
Stewart Eisenberg
01/03/2019

Great Ski Town

The skiing was tremendous. It snowed a foot or 2 while we were there. The lift lines were very manageable; particularly at Aspen Highlands.
Lynn Hanessian
02/07/2018

Perfect spot for family stay

Quiet, accessible and quick walking distance from downtown.
Paul Kuehl
17/04/2018

I have been skiing in Aspen since 1970 and have been there at least 35 times. We now come every year in the spring. This was another great trip.

We normally ski on Ajax because we like groomed black runs.
Howard Keith Mallett
23/03/2018

Great trip and stay at Hotel Jerome

Great customer service, very friendly atmosphere, all parts of Hotel Jerome were very nice and great location
Russ Sicard
20/03/2018

Everything you could want in a ski vacation

All aspects of our vacation were A-One. A little tough to get to compared to some other resorts but well worth it for us. $ mountains to choose from, free public transportation to all, so we didn't need a car. (Flew in to Aspen Airport, just a short ride from there to the Prospector.
Russ Sicard
19/03/2017

Incredible in all aspects

No complaints at all, everything was a 10. Great diversity in skiing, dining, shopping and sightseeing options. Don't be turned off by the Aspen "mystique", we find it very competitive price wise vis a vis places like Vail and Beaver Creek. and the people are very friendly and down to earth, can't do enough for you. Of course, you have the additional element of the "star watching'", e.g., how about Ringo Starr and Ralph Lauren and all the International ski racers in town/at the Limelight on this visit? Weather was great also. Once you go you'll have difficulty going somewhere else! At least we do, we've been going there for years.
Tom Marshall
15/03/2017

Wonderful, magical town, with great mountains, hiking, and scenery.

The variety and quality of the terrain and conditions is impressive -- although all of my non-Aspen experience has been in the Northeast :) The ski area staff, ski instructors, and shops are all so welcoming and friendly, which just contributes to the whole experience. This year I had all of my (non-on-slope) meals at the Little Nell because the food was so good and I saw no reason to leave the wonderfully relaxing environment, but I know from past experience that the food options are more than enough to keep one interested indefinitely.
Brandon Haase
13/04/2016

Fun in the sun

Skied at Aspen, Snowmass and Aspen Highlands. Snowmass is by far the biggest and for us, being from the east, we stuck to the wide groomers. Aspen and Aspen Highlands both had a smaller feel and the off piste skiing was easy to find and world class. If the snow is good, and you are an expert skier, the hike to the back bowl at Highlands is worth the effort.

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  • 5.0
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Summertime in Aspen Snowmass

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Over the past two weeks I had the pleasure of staying and playing in the Aspen Snowmass area. I cannot begin to explain the beauty that fills the valley this time of year.  The days were warm and the nights were cool, just the way I like it. The flowers and grass were blooming and truly made my experience that much better. I took advantage of biking on the Cozyline trail, which was so much fun I immediately wanted to ride it again. Great for intermediate riders. There was live music to be found, the restaurants all had their outdoor patios open, and the seasonal food, cocktails and beers were just awesome. I would highly recommend a summer vacation in the Aspen Snowmass area to someone looking for a town that is easy to navigate with stellar service no matter if its at your hotel or in a restaurant, and simply amazing access to nature!

Best Variety of Skiing

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Between all Four Mountains in Aspen Snowmass, you are sure to find something for everyone!

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.