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What Sets Buttermilk Apart?

  • Host mountain of the Winter X Games for 13 years in a row.
  • The unexpected mixture of family-friendly beginner runs and legendary terrain park challenges.

Visitors Love ...

  • Long, easy-going green and blue cruisers from top to bottom.

Locals Love ...

  • The Tiehack section’s underrated advanced terrain.
  • Spring rolls and Mongolian BBQ at The Cliffhouse.

What’s New? 

  • The base area has been redesigned for 2014-15 and now includes The Hideout, an innovative new children’s center.

2015-16 Season dates: December 12, 2015 - April 3, 2016

Base elevation: 7,870 ft./2,399 m

Summit elevation: 9,900 ft./3,018 m

Vertical rise: 2,030 ft./619 m

Terrain: 470 acres/190 hectares

Number of trails: 44

Miles/km of trails: 21 miles/34 km

Longest run: 3 miles/4.83 km

Types of trails: easiest: 35%, more difficult: 39%, most difficult: 26%, expert: 0%

Parks and pipes: 2 terrain parks: Buttermilk Park has over 100 features including  a 22-foot superpipe and an X Games slopestyle course. For the beginner: Panda Pipe and Ski & Snowboard Schools Park (S3 Park)

Lifts: 8: 3 high-speed quads, 1 double, 4 ski/snowboard school lifts

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: Bumps and The Cliffhouse

Uphill Traffic Guidelines: Uphill traffic is allowed at Buttermilk. Learn more about guidelines and restrictions on Buttermilk’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.

FREE Parking: Free parking in all Buttermilk lots. No parking at all during X Games.

NO PARKING ON HIGHWAY 82, Owl Creek or any public roads. Vehicles will be towed.

All FREE and paid parking zones/prices subject to change.


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 Buttermilk

Whether you are taking on the No. 1 terrain park in North America, or just learning the basics of skiing and snowboarding with our Ski & Snowboard School, you can take a breather and charge up at Buttermilk’s two signature on-mountain restaurants: The Cliffhouse and Bumps at Buttermilk Mountain Lodge.

  1. Picnic with Pyramid Peak – At the summit of Buttermilk you’ll not only find the delectable Cliffhouse, but also impressive views of 14,025-foot Pyramid Peak. You can make a mountain of ingredients at The Cliffhouse’s make-your-own Mongolian BBQ stations, then burn off the calories all afternoon long on Buttermilk’s famous groomers.

  2. Where Everyone is Happy – At the at the base, you’ll find Bumps, a warm and inviting eatery where skiers and riders of all ages fill up on … well, anything they want. The cafeteria-style offerings suit all tastes and diets.

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