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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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.
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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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.
Sport Division: Previously referred to as the "full course" option, this division races throughout each of the four Aspen/Snowmass mountains. The course is approximately 26 miles and includes over 12,000 feet of climbing. This division will begin in Snowmass Base Village at 6am.
NOTE: If the combined weight of your skis/bindings/skins/boots is above 18 lbs. it is recommended that you consider the Rec Division as it is unlikely you will make the cut-off time to complete the Sport Division course. "Tech bindings" (Dynafit, Sportiva, Ski Trab or similar) are highly recommended along with mixed or 100% mohair skins due to the distance of the race and low angle skin tracks. Please also note, the cut-off time has been moved up from last year to get our course marshals off the mtn. before dark and get racers to the awards ceremony on time. Descents are expert level and include ungroomed, steep slopes with backcountry conditions.
Recreational Division: Previously referred to as the "half course" option, this division races through Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain. The course is approximately 15 miles and includes approximately 8,000 feet of climbing. This division is highly recommended for recreational uphillers and those with heavier backcountry set-ups.
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Water: Please fill-up your water bottle/reservoir prior to arriving at the start. Please be aware that the hose on camelback-type reservoirs may freeze,plan accordingly.
Racer Requirements: This is a mostly self-sustained race with two aid-stations for full-course participants; one is at Aspen Expeditions in Highlands Base Village and the other at the end of the Highlands section at the entrance to the Congo Trail. Each racer must have a beacon, shovel, probe, skins, helmet, wind shell*, a neck gaiter/buff* and a teammate. Absolutely no nordic, NNN, or similar "nordic touring" gear; AT or tele gear only.
While not required, it is highly recommended that all teams carry (and use!) a tow-rope. A thin bungee with small carabiners on each end keeps your team skinning together and efficiently. Especially for the final climb up Midnight Mine a light tow makes all the difference. Practice at towing and you'll find that your team will have a much more enjoyable race - and go faster.
*The buff or wind shell may be mandatory to wear on the Highland Bowl climb depending on weather.
Mandatory* Racer Check-in: All racers must check-in between 3 and 8pm on Friday, February 28th to pick-up your bib and racer bag at The Little Nell - Grand Salon, down the stairs next to Chair 9 Bar (675 E Durant Ave; Aspen, CO). Each team member needs to check-in though you do not have to check-in with your teammate. Note: If you bring your teammate's completed waiver you may pick-up their bib.
* If you are coming in from out of town and are unable to check-in the night before you MUST email Brendan Collins (email@example.com) to arrange morning-of check-in.
Optional Pre-race Meeting: 7:15pm at The Little Nell, Grand Salon room. This meeting is recommended for first time racers.
Parking/ Transportation: There is NO free parking near the start of either course. There is free parking in the Intercept Lot (intersection of HWY 82 and Brush Creek Rd.). We will have a racer shuttle bus from the Intercept Lot to the Base Village area departing at 5:00am & 5:25am (to avoid overcrowding you must pick up a shuttle ticket during on-site registration). Day parking is available at the Snowmass Base Village Garage for $25. If you are staying locally please make every effort to arrange to be dropped off at the start. Transportation to the base of Aspen Highlands for the Rec Division start is available via regular RFTA bus transportation. Please check the schedule at www.rfta.com for details.
Morning of the Race: Prior to the race start you and your partner are required to pass an equipment check together. Once you have passed the gear check you will be provided with a GPS Device which only one teammate must wear. Each racer will be allowed to deposit one dry bag at the start that will be shuttled to the finish line for pick-up. (Note: in an effort to reduce waste we will not provide a dry bag, please bring your own) Please allow sufficient time to pass the equipment check.
Course Marking: The course will be marked with green pin flags on climbs, yellow pin flags on boot pack sections and red panels/pin flags on descents. Transitions are to be marked with windblades.
Aid Stations: This is largely a self-sufficient race; however, we will have two Aid Stations for full course participants. Their will be one Aid Station for half course participants. A full Aid Station will be located at Aspen Expeditions in Highlands Base Village with water, Powerade (to fill your bottle or reservoir), Coke, Clif Bars, Clif Shots and Clif Gu. A second water station will be at the entrance to the Congo Trail after the descent of the Highlands Bowl and will have the same items.
Cut-Off Times: To ensure racer safety we will have a cut-off time of 1:00pm where Aspen Highlands meets the Congo trail.
Exiting the Race Early: In the event you do not feel you can complete the race and choose to stop you MUST check-out with the nearest Course Marshall, at Aspen Expeditions aid station or at the finish area at the base of the Gondola on Aspen Mountain.
Normal Mountain Operations: We ask each racer to keep in mind that each of the Aspen/Snowmass ski areas will be open to guests as usual. Thus, you will likely encounter traffic in the opposite direction of yourself while on-course. Also note that at any time you may encounter snowmobiles, snowcats and other mountain equipment while on course.
Racer Safety: For the safety of every racer, each athlete is required to notify the closest course marshal of any avalanche, injury or racer who appears to have ventured off-course ASAP.
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1st Place Men's & Women's Divisions - $1,500
2nd Place Men's & Women's Divisions - $700
3rd Place Men's & Women's Divisions - $300
*Coed teams will be considered in the men's category for prize purposes only. We will still break out times by division.
After Party & Award Ceremony:
Following the race we’d like to invite all racers to the afterparty at the Limelight Hotel from 6:30-8pm for beer*, food, a raffle and awards.
*Must be 21+ to consume alcohol, other beverages will be available for purchase.
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