Aspen Mountain's unique location on the outlying borders of the Elk Range give it a vibe and style unlike any other ski area in Colorado. From the high reaches atop any of Aspen's four mountains, one can gaze out at some of the highest peaks in the Rockies from both the Sawatch and Elk Ranges. But what fun would all that beauty be without some brawn to match?
Ripping it up on Aspen Mountain. — Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Colorado Ski Country USA.Aspen's ski resort is comprised of four main mountains: Buttermilk, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass. All but Snowmass are located within Aspen city limits, with trails from Aspen Mountain literally ending right in town. For those who like steep terrain balanced between blue and black runs, Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands are perfect for skiers and boarders alike. Beginners and those daring enough to challenge terrain parks are invited to play on Buttermilk Mountain (and rumor has it, there are some of the best hidden runs in Aspen tucked away on Buttermilk for advanced skiers).
Snowmass Mountain is a wonderful world unto itself. 3,132 acres of all types of terrain spread out over an uncrowded mountain make it this author's favorite Colorado ski area destination. The trails are long and alternate between intermediate, beginner and expert terrain. If you're planning a multi-day trip, go for a full day at Snowmass for the ultimate in cruisers and playful trees, then migrate over to Aspen Mountain and the bowl at Aspen Highlands for steep powder and thrilling black diamond fun. And if flipping upside down (on purpose) is on your agenda, then head over to Buttermilk.
And it must be mentioned that besides the gorgeous scenery and bountiful terrain, Aspen hosts a diversity of high-end cuisine that rivals the best restaurants in the biggest cities. But if you're in the mood for a brat and beer while soaking in the apres-ski sun, Aspen will gladly accommodate you.