Aspen Snowmass Colorado
You’d have to be “Dumb and Dumber” not to have heard of the incredible skiing to be had in Aspen Colorado. Aspen Snowmass offers a brilliant all round ski resort experience with world-class facilities.
Aspen receives a lot of publicity for the rich and famous that visit Aspen, but the real drawcard is the huge amount of terrain available across the four mountains, the light dry Colorado powder, and the consistently great weather.
Aspen Ski Resorts
Aspen Snowmass is made up of four separate ski resorts that are within a 15km radius of each other: Aspen Mountain
(aka Ajax); Snowmass
; Aspen Highlands
; and Buttermilk Mountain
. Aspen Mountain
looms above the town of Aspen, Snowmass
is a 20 minute drive from downtown Aspen, and Buttermilk
and Aspen Highlands
are only a few clicks away from town. Whilst the resorts are close to each other and are covered on the same lift ticket, they are not interconnected except via a free shuttle that runs between Aspen and the ski resorts.
The Aspen Snowmass resorts provide a ginormous ski area of 2,146 hectares (5,303 acres) and a whopping number of marked trails (329), 43 lifts, 5 terrain parks and numerous halfpipes. The trails have a good spread of variety for beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert riders. Aspen boasts plenty of wide groomed trails, powder bowls, moguls, tree runs, and gated backcountry skiing.
It is easy for hard-core skiers and snowboarders to overlook Aspen because of its glamorous reputation, but rest assured there are plenty of steeps and white knuckle runs to challenge experienced riders.
Similarly, powderhounds sometimes steer clear of Aspen Snowmass because of the misconception that it’s crowded. Sure Aspen is certainly not a secret ski destination where powderhounds can relish in the powder all by themselves. However in amongst the 2,146 hectares of terrain there are hundreds of secret powder stashes to be found, especially if you hook up with a guide in the know. As is typical of Colorado ski resorts
, the quality of the powder is very good, and with 300 inches of snowfall per season on average, powder days are reasonably common.
Where is Aspen Snowmass?
The town of Aspen is 220 miles southwest of Denver International Airport. Frequent ground transportation operates between Denver airport and Aspen. Rental cars are another option, although once in Aspen a car isn’t really necessary as there is a free bus and shuttle system that travels around town and between the ski resorts.
Aspen-Pitkin County Airport is another gateway airport, about 3 miles (5km) from Aspen and 6 miles from Snowmass
. Flights originate from various cities including Denver, Los Angeles, SLC and Chicago. The downside of flying into Aspen is the risk of the airport closing in foul weather.
To make searching for a flight to Aspen, Denver or Eagle County easier, use one of the recommended flight search engines
that can compare flight options from multiple airlines.
Aspen Hotels & Lodging
Aspen is a historic ski town with a wide variety of accommodation to suit most budgets and tastes. If you want to spend a fortune on accommodation in this town you certainly can, but the reality is there are plenty of options for those on a budget. The town of Aspen has hotels, condos, motels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, and plenty of vacation rentals. See the Aspen lodging
page for more information.
Snowmass is home to a thriving village at the base of the mountain that has been well planned such that approximately 95 percent of the lodging is conveniently ski in ski out. Snowmass lodging
is mainly hotels and condominiums. The other option is to stay in the village at the base of Aspen Highlands
but there's not much else to do there other than ski or snowboard.
Aspen & Snowmass Accommodations Listings
Aspen Snowmass has a plethora of off-slope activities on offer including ice skating, paragliding, hot air ballooning, day spas or a soak in hot springs. Other on-snow activities include snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Aspen is also heaven for any shop-a-holic with designer clothing shops, gift shops, galleries, and plenty of ski and snowboard shops. You don’t need to partake in organised activities to make the most of Aspen. People-watching on the streets or in restaurants is amazing darhling and an activity in itself.
Why Go on an Aspen Ski Trip?
Aspen is probably not the place to ski or snowboard on a shoestring, but you pay for the quality that you get including huge terrain, great resort infrastructure, and world class service. Another highlight of Aspen is the nightlife. There are lots of happening bars and the social aspects of an Aspen ski holiday are hard to beat.
Despite the shopping, the nightlife and all the other Aspen extras, the core product in Aspen has always been and will always be the skiing and snowboarding. An Aspen holiday is hard to beat….. and remember not to lick the ice off the chair lift!
Aspen Snowmass is on the Mountain Collective Pass
Tours in or near Aspen Snowmass