We renew the spirit by sustaining the “Aspen Idea,” a complete life nurturing mind, body and spirit.
Aspen/Snowmass aligns itself on a year-round basis with a number of exceptional companies. We work with those that pride themselves on quality and customer service, and are considered to be the best in their respective industries.
Aspen Skiing Company operates four ski areas, Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. This includes over 5,300 acres of terrain as well as boundless activities, dining and nightlife at The Little Nell, and The Limelight Hotel.
Aspen Skiing Company recognized as National Arts Awards recipient for Best Businesses partnering with the Arts in America for 2013.
Consistently rated the #1 resort in North America for dining, Aspen Snowmass has over 100 bars and restaurants to choose from. You'll find menus to please every palate here.
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When it comes to vacation destinations — from the great outdoors to cultural activities, shopping, exciting nightlife and one-of-a-kind restaurants — Aspen/Snowmass offers the complete vacation experience.
Consistently rated No. 1 in North America for dining, Aspen/Snowmass has more than 100 restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from.
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Aspen Snowmass is one of the most accessible Rocky Mountain resorts, with hundreds of nonstop and connecting flights weekly into Aspen, Eagle and Denver airports.
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We're proud to offer a variety of season pass options to suit everyone's needs. Find the perfect pass for you at Aspen Snowmass. Passes can be purchased at ticket offices, by phone at 877-282-7736 / 970-923-1227 or online.
Our private lessons mix intensive, personalized learning with the freedom to explore any of the four mountains with a dedicated instructor. Learn the best techniques while you discover the best runs on the mountain. Guests frequently hire a single instructor to guide their whole family for the day, while others seek out one-on-one attention. It’s totally up to you.
No matter how good you are, a little coaching can go a long way. Get more enjoyment out of skiing or snowboarding by mastering a new skill or refining your technique with an Adult Group Lesson.
Coaching happens and skills develop when teens and youth are having fun. Daily ski or snowboard group lessons, based on ability, can include coaching for park and pipe, big mountain terrain, bumps, carving, racing and freestyle. Check out our group lessons for youth and teens:
We have designed several programs to suit the unique learning styles of young children that hits the slopes.
WORLD CUP SKI RACING IN ASPEN
A Timeline of Events
At Aspen Snowmass Ski Racing runs deeps and the FIS Ski World Cup races have remained a fundamental event throughout the years as the World’s best ski racers come from all corners of the globe to compete on the technical and steep faces of Aspen Mountain. From 1939 when the first sanctioned races took place at Aspen to this year’s 2014 Audi FIS Ski World Cup at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, Aspen and the surrounding community have played host to the ski racing world stage for many years. Today, Aspen Snowmass not only supports up-and-coming ski racing athletes and hosts multiple ski races throughout the season, but the town and community have also been awarded the 2017 Audi FIS World Cup finals continuing the long-standing tradition of being a hub for ski racing.
1939 – First sanctioned ski races in Aspen’s history. Southern Rocky Mountain Ski Association (SRMSA) held their DH and SL Championships.
1941 – Aspen hosted the US National Championships DH and SL (GS and Super G were not created yet) Winners were Toni Matt and Gretchen Fraser.
1950 – Aspen hosts the FIS World Championships, the first time this event was ever held outside Europe, thanks to the efforts of Dick Durrance who also invented the Dipsy Doodle ski technic and for which Dipsy Doodle is named. The Aspen Ski Company and Aspen Ski Club were also instrumental in bring the event to Aspen. Overall winners were Italian Zeno Colo and Austrian Dagmar Rom.
1954 – The Roch Cup races, which were also the National Championships, were won by Chiharu Igaya, a Japanese student from Dartmouth, who went on the win the silver medal in the 1956 Cortina Olympics.
1959 – Aspen again hosted the Roch Cup races which doubled as the National Championship.
1960 – According to a Feb. 5, 1960 Aspen Times article, Roch Cup race officials expected the largest field since the 1950 FIS World Championships as European competitors made the trip to the US before the Squaw Valley Olympics.
1963 – American Billy Kidd won the Roch Cup DH and SL before being named to represent the US at the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics where he took home the silver medal in the SL. The Roch Cup races were “tryouts” for the Olympic team.
1967 – US Ski Team director and Aspenite, Bob Beattie, along with French Ski Team director, Honore Bonnet, and Swiss journalist, Serge Lang, started the FIS World Cup circuit.
1968 – Aspen hosted its first official World Cup race. American Billy Kidd won the men’s slalom, Austrian Gerhard Nenning won the men’s downhill and Canadian Nancy Greene swept all three women’s events.
1976 – After winning the downhill at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics with the most famous run in downhill history, Franz Klammer won Aspen’s downhill.
1979 – Aspen hosted a women’s only GS with Christa Kinshofer taking home the gold.
1981 – This race marked the beginning of the Winternational event, a week-long celebration of skiing. American Tamara McKinney nabbed first place in the GS as well as the World Cup GS title. Phil Mahre, also from the US Ski Team, won the GS, on his way to winning his first World Cup Overall title, narrowly edging Swede Ingemar Stenmark by only 6 points to capture his first title in 1981.
1982 – In an exciting, pressure filled event, Swiss Peter Müller wins Aspen’s two DHs to tie Canadian Steve Podborski for the World Cup DH title.
1984 – Mirroring Franz Klammer’s feat from 1976, American Billy Johnson wins DH gold at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and wins America’s DH in Aspen.
1987 – Pirmin Zurbriggen won both Aspen events, the DH and Super G, on his way to his second World Cup Overall title as well as the World Cup DH and Super G titles.
1988 – This event was the first women’s only World Cup race series that included a DH, GS and SL. Winners were Brigitte Ortli (SUI) DH, Roswitha Steiner (AUT) SL and Christina Meier-Hoeck (GER) GS.
1989 – Ingemar Stenmark, the winningest racer of all time with 86 World Cup victories, won his final race in Aspen. Men’s World Cup racing returned to Aspen and races were held every year (except 1990) through 1995. Winners during this period were ski racing greats such as Alberto Tomba, Kjetil Andre Aamodt, and Fredrik Nyberg.
1998 – World Cup racing returned to Aspen after a three-year hiatus with a men’s Super G and SL. The Super G course was slightly altered to take advantage of the early-season snow. Racers dubbed it one of the most challenging Super G courses in the world.
2000 – Women’s World Cup racing returned to Aspen with Michaela Dorfmeister winning the Super G and Janica Kostelic taking home the top spot in the SL.
(2001) – Aspen was awarded 5 events but only hosted two men’s slaloms that year.
2001 – Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic, following in his sister’s footsteps from the previous year, unexpectedly won the SL starting from the 64th position for his first World Cup win. In the second race, Austrian Mario Matt won over Bode Miller, who achieved his first World Cup podium and was the first American male to be on a SL podium in 14 years.
2002 – The Women’s World Cup began its annual trek to Aspen, except 2003 and 2013, when the races were given to other resorts in order for them to run test races for the World Championships.
2004 – Fin Tanja Poutiainen wins two of the three events, a SL and GS, with Swede Anja Paerson taking the top result in the other SL.
2006 – Austria’s Kathrin Zettel achieves her first World Cup victory in the GS. Zettel returned to the top of the podium six years later in Aspen’s 2012 SL.
2008, 2009 – Sarka Zahrobska Strachova of the Czech Republic wins the SL two years in a row.
*Information provided by the Aspen Historical Society.
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