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What Sets Aspen Highlands Apart?

  • Highland Bowl: an in-bounds backcountry experience if there ever was one.
  • The view of Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak.
  • The duct-tape-to-diamonds mentality of its biggest fans.

Visitors Love ...

  • The sense of discovery at every turn: uncrowded cruisers, long and challenging steeps, and untracked sections in the bowls.
  • Fondue and raclette at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro — a rite of passage.

Locals Love ...

  • Pretty much everything, but especially Highland Bowl, the Temerity and Steeplechase sections.

2015-16 Season dates: December 12, 2015 - April 10, 2016

Base elevation: 8,040 ft./2,451 m.

Summit elevation: 11,675 ft./3,559 m. (top of Highland Bowl 12,392 ft.)

Vertical rise: 3,635 ft./1,108 m.

Terrain: 1,040 acres/421 hectares

Number of trails: 122

Miles/km of trails: 84 miles/135 km

Longest run: 3.5 miles/5.6 km

Types of trails: easiest: 18%, more difficult: 30%, most difficult: 16%, expert: 36%

Lifts: 5: 3 high-speed quads, 2 triples

Lift hours: All lifts open 9 am - 4 pm.

Ski & Snowboard School: The Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass are a collection of talented and inspired Pros that are committed to helping you build confidence, understand the terrain, and guiding you to the next place in your skiing or riding. Our Pros know more than just teaching, and are willing to share knowledge of the resort and community that can help shape an unforgettable experience during your stay with us. Click here for more information.

Rental/Retail: Four-Mountain Sports at the base of the mountain. Click here for more information.

On-Mountain Restaurants: 2 total: Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro and Merry-Go-Round

Uphill Traffic Guidelines: Uphill traffic is allowed at Aspen Highlands, however it is restricted to early morning (all uphill skiers must be beyond the Merry-Go-Round by 9am). Learn more on Aspen Highland’s uphill guidelines page.

Want to take a break from your skis or snowboard or just looking for something new and different? Well, we guarantee you won't run out of options morning, noon or night in Aspen/Snowmass.

Check-out some of the More Mountain Fun options below...

Also, if you would like more options and ideas or want to talk with someone who is always in the know, call our Concierge Services at 800-525-6200 x4715.

Exclusive offers are available for American Express® Cardmembers when booked through Aspen Snowmass Concierge Services. Get more when you use your American Express card.

Paid Parking: HOV (four or more people) park for FREE in the main parking structure at the base of Aspen Highlands. Paid parking is enforced from 7:30 am to noon daily. No charge for vehicles arriving after noon, space available. Daily parking fee is $11 on week days and $22 on weekends and holidays. Highlands seasonal permits are $369 for the public and $319 for premier pass holders (also valid at Lots C, E and Two Creeks in Snowmass) and can be purchased from the parking attendant from 7:30 am until noon daily. Spaces are limited, permits do not guarantee a spot.

Bus Service:  Skier shuttles, Castle/Maroon and Maroon Creek Road buses provide continuous service from Rubey Park from 6:20 am to 2 am with increased frequency during peak times of 8 to 10:55 am and 2:30 to 4:30 pm. The Castle/Maroon bus is FREE and runs every 20 min. The free Maroon Creek Road shuttle runs every 30 minutes. Pick up a winter bus schedule for more details.

ASC Shuttle: A van runs from the designated Aspen Highlands parking lot at Buttermilk to Highlands beginning at 7 a.m. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes to 11:30 a.m. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the shuttle runs every 30 minutes. Shuttle resumes every 15 minutes schedule at 2:30 p.m. at Aspen Highlands until the last run from Highlands to Buttermilk at 5:30 p.m. Pocket cards with times are available at the Highlands Guest Service desk.

NO PARKING ON MAROON CREEK ROAD. Vehicles will be towed.


RFTA provides transportation on a year-round basis. FREE buses operate between the city of Aspen and the Town of Snowmass Village. Fare buses transport passengers to other points in the Roaring Fork Valley, between Aspen and Rifle. Visit for more information.

Additionally RFTA buses connect all four Aspen/Snowmass mountains during the winter season with higher frequency during peak times.

FROM SNOWMASS (times from Snowmass Village Mall)
Snowmass to Aspen: every 15 minutes between 6:15 am and 7:30 pm
Snowmass to Buttermilk: board any Aspen-bound bus and request a stop at Buttermilk
Snowmass to Aspen Highlands: direct service at 9 and 10 am and via transfer at the roundabout throughout the day

FROM ASPEN (times from Rubey Park) 
Aspen to Snowmass Village Mall: every 15 minutes between 6:15 am and 7:30 pm
Aspen to Buttermilk: board any Snowmass-bound bus and request a stop at Buttermilk; Buttermilk-direct buses will have continuous departures from 8 am to 4:30 pm
Aspen to Aspen Highlands: Castle Maroon bus departs to Highlands every 20 minutes from 6:20 am to 2 am (:00, :20 and :40); continuous departures from 8 am to 4:30 pm

FROM ASPEN HIGHLANDS (times from base area)

Aspen Highlands to Aspen: Castle Maroon Bus departs to Highlands every 20 minutes from 6:20 a.m. to 2 am (:00, :20 and :40); continuous departures from 8 to 10:55 am and 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Aspen Highlands to Buttermilk: direct service via Aspen Highlands/Buttermilk shuttle service throughout  the day
Aspen Highlands to Snowmass: direct service at 3:30 and 4:30 pm or via transfer throughout the day

FROM BUTTERMILK (times from base area)
Buttermilk to Aspen: board any Aspen-bound bus from Highway 82; Aspen-Buttermilk direct has continuous departures from 8 am to 4:30 pm
Buttermilk to Snowmass: direct service at 8:30 am, 9:10 am, 10:10 am, 11:10 am, 12:10 pm, 1:10 pm, 2:10 pm, 3:10 pm and 4:10 pm
Buttermilk to Aspen Highlands: direct service via Aspen Highlands/Buttermilk shuttle service throughout  the day

MAX THE MOOSE EXPRESS (must be 5 years of age or older): After the first day of class, kids registered for Ski & Snowboard Schools can take the bus with a ski/snowboard Pro from the gondola building in Aspen to Buttermilk every morning between 8:30 and 8:45 am. Kids will be back in Aspen by 4 pm.


Village Shuttle is a FREE shuttle service to all multi-family residences and activity centers in Snowmass Village. Service from 6:45 am to 12:45 am. For areas within Snowmass not served by the shuttle, use the Dial-a-Ride Service.

For Snowmass Village visitors not served by the Village Shuttle service. Call 923-3030 to schedule service within Snowmass Village. (Give at least 30 minutes notice.) The cost is $1 per person and operates from 8 am to 9 pm.

Need a late-night ride home in Snowmass? For service after the Shuttle stops running, “Late-Night Service” provided by High Mountain Taxi, will take you home from the Shuttle Depot from 1 to 2 am; the charge is $1 per person.

Parking in the lots adjacent to the Snowmass Village Mall area is by permit only. Guests can purchase weekly permits from their lodging company. Residents and employees must have permits. Parking is strictly enforced from the first day of the ski season to the last day of the season. Permits are not required in the summer and off-season.

For more information, call:
City of Aspen Transporation Department: 970-920-5267
Snowmass Village Transportation Department: 970-923-2543
Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA): 970-925-8484


Top Dining Experiences at Aspen Highlands

Of the four mountains, Aspen Highlands offers perhaps the most intimate overall experience. It’s a big mountain with major bowl terrain, but at every turn it feels personable, especially at its two convivial restaurants — Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro and Merry-Go-Round.

  1. Live It Up at Cloud Nine – Aspen Highlands is adored by locals because of its in-bounds skiing feels distinctly out-of-bounds. A similar thing could be said for the dining experience Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro — Alpine-style with a distinctly Rocky Mountain feel. In the Alps, a day of skiing isn’t complete without a long, cozy midday meal. Here, skiers can indulge in the most essential of European Alpine traditions, fondue, with views of two mountains nearly as iconic as the Matterhorn — the Maroon Bells.
  2. Order. Nosh. Ski. Repeat. – That’s the cycle of fun at Merry-Go-Round, Aspen Highlands mid-mountain eatery where the organic coffee is always hot, and the vegetarian and hearty-yet-healthy options are plentiful.

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