Behind the glitz, the glamour and the famous faces that choose to make Aspen their winter home lies a fantastic ski resort that really caters for any budget. Aspen is a mountain resort comprised of four different mountains, each with their own personality and vibe and anchored by two incredible towns, Aspen and Snowmass Village.
Whatever your ability there is plenty of mountain space to discover and explore. Snowmass is by far the largest of the four mountains and offers the greatest choice of terrain, winter activities and on-mountain dining. Locals say a visitor could spend days exploring Snowmass and still not see it all, and it is easy to see why. Snowmass has plenty of family appeal as well with an impressive selection of kid-friendly trails. Aspen Mountain stands in total contrast to Snowmass with not a single beginners run. This is the hill where is all began back in the ‘40s and it still presents a host of challenges to this day. Home to the X Games, Buttermilk Mountain is your mountain of choice for the best pipes and parks in the area, but if riding rails is not your style you will also find beautifully groomed blue and black pistes to perfect your technique. If backcountry skiing is for you head to Aspen Highlands where you can enjoy some fantastic bowl; just be prepared to hike in!
When the sun goes down both towns come alive with the sort of entertainment you would not find out of place in a big city. Whether you want the full-on Aspen experience or just to unwind over a cool glass of California wine, you won’t have to wander far to find the place for you.
Aspen Mountain facts
Beginner runs: 79
Intermediate runs: 42
Advanced runs: 37
Total lifts: 46 (2 gondolas, 44 chairs)