Your First Visit

Plane taking off from Aspen-Pitkin County Airport with Aspen Highlands in the background

Get To Know Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Snowmass is a mountain resort comprised of four different mountains (each within a short drive of each other) in the Roaring Fork Valley of central Colorado. It is also 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 — the resort offers you the perfect opportunity to revive and restore your mind, body, and spirit.

Is this your first time coming here? Get oriented, get informed, and get going on a plan with our special guide just for you.

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Four Mountains to Love

Dawn breaks over the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass

Dawn breaks over the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass

Believe us, it’s real. One top-to-bottom run at Snowmass, one après ski happy hour at Aspen Mountain, one look into Highland Bowl, one lesson at Buttermilk, and you’ll probably be hooked. And since all four mountains are on one lift ticket (and kids under 6 ski free!), it is easy to see why many skiers, riders and families fall in love with Aspen Snowmass immediately. Compare the terrain of all four mountains and get the low-down below.

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Explore Snowmass
Aerial view of the Snowmass Base Village
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.


Dusk falls on the Lynn Britt Cabin
Lynn Britt Cabin
A woman enjoys a shake off the slopes at Ullrhof
High Alpine cuisine at Snowmass
High Alpine
A massive pizza at Up 4 Pizza atop Snowmass
Up 4 Pizza
Two Creeks at Snowmass
Two Creeks Cafe

Aspen Mountain

Explore Aspen Mountain
A snowboarder cruises through tree terrain at Aspen Mountain
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
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
Skiers enjoy the mellow terrain of Buttermilk
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

Uphill skiers at Aspen Snowmass


Lunch and a beer at Bumps at Buttermilk
Delicious food at Buttermilk's Cliffhouse

The Soul of a Mountain Town

Snow descends on Aspen Mountain's Silver Queen Gondola plaza

Snow descends on Aspen Mountain's Silver Queen Gondola plaza

The town of Aspen strikes a rare balance between cosmopolitan and neighborly. On any given day, you can shop for the latest fashions, relax in a five-star spa, or peruse one of the world’s greatest wine lists at The Little Nell. Or you could ride a cruiser bike around town regardless of the weather, just like the locals do. Aspen has an arts-and-culture and dining scene to rival many major U.S. cities with the heart and soul of a genuine mountain town.

Highlights Of Aspen

The Essence of Peace & Quiet

Dawn breaks over the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass

Dawn breaks over the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass

As you drive up to Snowmass Village, don’t be surprised if you feel the pace of life slowing down a bit. The serene valley where this small mountain town resides is ideal for mountain getaways where you truly want to get away. Lodging options abound in Snowmass Village, from chic hotels to vacation homes with ski-in/ski-out access. Anything you need can be found in the Base Village and Snowmass Village Mall. 

Plan Your First Trip

Now that you have a taste of what an Aspen Snowmass vacation can be about, start planning with these helpful sections.