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Get To Know Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Snowmass is a ski resort comprised of four different mountains (each within a short drive of each other) in the Roaring Fork Valley of central Colorado. By air, it is accessed via the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, which is just minutes from the slopes, offering direct flights from around the United States. Anchored by two incredible towns—Aspen and Snowmass Village—our resort offers 5,500+ acres of skiing and riding, world-class dining and shopping, and the perfect opportunity to revive and restore your mind, body, and spirit.

If this is your first visit to Aspen Snowmass, use this guide to get oriented, informed, and inspired. We'll see you on the slopes!

Four Mountains to Love

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk at dawn with Pyramid Peak in the distance

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk at dawn with Pyramid Peak in the distance

Believe us, it’s real. One top-to-bottom run at Snowmass, après ski happy hour at Aspen Mountain, look into Highland Bowl, or lesson at Buttermilk, and you’ll be hooked. And since all four mountains are on one lift ticket (and kids under six ski free!), it is easy to see why many skiers, riders and families fall in love with Aspen Snowmass immediately. Compare the vast terrain of all four mountains and get the low-down on each one below.


Explore Snowmass
Snowmass aerial view
Best known for
By far the largest of the four mountains, Snowmass offers the greatest options for terrain, winter activities, and on-mountain dining. With something to offer each visitor, regardless of their skill level or age, Snowmass has unlimited potential.

Frequented by
Families, powder-seeking locals and elk (who call portions of the mountain home in spring and fall).

Base yourself here if
Ski-in/ski-out is a priority, and/or you have a large group with a wide variety of abilities and interests.


Snowmass' terrain at sunrise


  • The kid-friendly trails in the trees off Adams Avenue.
  • The "noon groom" cruisers (changes daily).
  • The view of the Elk Mountains from Sneaky's.
  • The double-black terrain off the High Alpine Lift.
  • The jibs and jumps of Makaha Park and the 22-foot Superpipe in Snowmass Park.
  • Never skiing the same trail twice in a day.

Aspen Mountain

Explore Aspen Mountain
Aspen Mountain in the morning
Best known for
Rising right out of the historic downtown of Aspen, this town mountain goes above and beyond with impressive gladed-skiing runs and pristine cruisers that have tested World Cup skiers for decades. (Note: the mountain does not have any green-level runs).

Frequented by
A who's who of the Aspen jetset, as well as die-hard locals looking to punch their pass every day of the season.

Base yourself here if
You want the perfect mix of world-class skiing, with the arts and dining of a cultural capital as a backdrop.


A skier explores the empty intermediate terrain on Aspen Mountain


  • The 3,267-foot top-to-bottom run to test your quads: Dipsy Doodle to Pump House Hill, Spar Gulch, Kleenex Corner and Little Nell.
  • Hitting up the Face of Bell after a big storm: always steep, even better when its deep.
  • Threading together the same route World Cup racers have done: Ruthie's to Lower Roch, Strawpile and E. 5th Ave.
  • Seeking out the steeps through aspen trees off the F.I.S. lift.
  • Exploring the backside of the mountain via snowcat with Aspen Mountain Powder Tours (separate cost).

Aspen Highlands

Explore Aspen Highlands
Aspen Highlands at sundown
Best know for
Aspen Highlands was born different and rougher-around-the-edges, yet inviting. The bucket-list worthy terrain of Highland Bowl and endless steep runs keep people coming back for more. Equally famous? The afternoon scene at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro or the Highlands Alehouse, where you'll find the locals drinking pitchers while reminiscing on the best turns of the day.

Frequented by
Locals tracking their "bowl laps" for the season, powderhounds looking for secret stashes, and foodies seeking nirvana at Cloud Nine.

Base yourself here if
You are an intermediate or advanced skier or rider looking for a new definition of "sublime." (Note: Aspen Highlands does not have any green-level runs).


An expert skier tackles extreme terrain at Aspen Highlands


  • Without a doubt, the backcountry perfection of Highland Bowl (while still being in-bounds).
  • Getting first tracks on a powder day on the beautiful cruisers Meadows and Kandahar.
  • The steeps of Olympic Bowl (with views of Maroon Bells on your left).
  • Perfecting your moguls skiing on Scarlett's Run.
  • Finishing the day with a top-to-bottom run from Loge Peak down through Thunderbowl and Smuggler.

On-Mountain Activities


Explore Buttermilk
Buttermilk groomed runs
Best known for
Buttermilk is playful with spacious groomers, beginner terrain for any age, scenic views, and a mellow vibe. The official home to X Games Aspen since 2002, at Buttermilk it's all-day recess.

Frequented by
Families looking for easy, uncrowded slopes as well as the next generation of X Games athletes testing their moxy on Buttermilk's terrain parks. Locals adore it for its uphilling route.

Base yourself here if
You want a more intimate skiing and riding experience for your family while still having plenty of variety, or if you are a die-hard uphill fan looking for a scenic workout.


Skiers enjoy powder and cruising terrain at Buttermilk


  • Steadily improving your turns on the mellow greens of West Buttermilk.
  • Wondering where everybody else is as you zip down Javelin or Racer's Edge.
  • Learning the basics on terrain parks in the S3 Park.
  • Uphilling from the Tiehack base to the Cliffhouse, then telemarking down Buckskin and Eagle Hill.
  • Lover's Lane to Lower Salvio to Columbine to the Summit Express Lift. Repeat.

On-Mountain Activities

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