Aspen Snowmass is home to four incredible mountains and countless storied experiences to be had. If you’re overwhelmed trying to decide where to go and what to do, you’re not alone.
Do you go to Snowmass where you can find fresh tracks all day across 3,339 skiable acres? Or maybe the steep-and-deep glades of Aspen Mountain, the high-altitude descent of Highland Bowl, or the long and uncrowded cruisers of Buttermilk are calling you instead?
Thankfully, there are no wrong answers to these questions. We know that when you visit Aspen Snowmass this winter, there is a high likelihood you’ll fall in love. And that you’ll be back.
To help that happen faster, we’ve put together this special guide to give you a little direction.
Please note, all Ikon Passholders are no longer required to make lift reservations to ski at Aspen Snowmass starting March 22, 2021.
8 Secrets of Aspen Snowmass
5 Secrets of Aspen Snowmass
Mountain lodging can be expensive come peak winter season, but you don’t have to resort to crashing on your friend’s couch to make that ski trip happen. Aspen Snowmass offers great lodging deals for their loyal passholders (that means you!) that make it possible to snag first chair, be the first one to the top of Highland Bowl, and have guilt-free apres cocktails a short walk from your hotel. Learn more.
Fast, timely and efficient, our local network of Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) buses — known around town as “Rafta” — is the best way to get to the slopes. If you are visiting for the day or staying down valley, the easiest parking is the Brush Creek Lot off Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road. From there, easy bus transfer take you to any of the four mountains. There’s even a direct shuttle from Brush Creek Lot straight to Aspen Highlands, so you’ll never waste time circling the parking lot on a powder day. Learn more about navigating the valley with our Getting Around & Parking Guide.
From the moment you clip in to the moment you clip out, the Aspen Snowmass App is the perfect companion to stay on top of your mountain experience. Track your stats, tally your laps in Highland Bowl, and rack up skier days. Claim big rewards with Aspen Snowmass, like a $15 food and beverage credit, $10 to use towards rentals or retail at any Four Mountain Sports location, and even $25 off lessons.
Learn more and download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.
Not sure what the weather is going to do? That makes it pretty difficult to choose which skis to pack, right?
Rest easy by renting your gear from us at Four Mountain Sports. We’ll switch out your groomer-friendly skis for a pair of powder skis should a perfect storm roll in. And if you’d rather ski at another mountain on that powder day, we’ll even transfer your equipment to any of our four mountains and store it overnight for free so you don’t have to haul your gear to happy hour.
Get the inside scoop on the best powder stashes, best terrain, and secret shrines (if you know, you know) with a lesson from our Pros to really make the most of your time on the mountain. Choose your own adventure with a one-on-one personal guru during a Guided Experience. If you’re looking to meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts while you learn together, a Locals Clinic might be more your style. Either route you go, you’ll return home a better skier or rider (with a few hidden gems up your sleeve to share with friends on your next trip to aspen).
Few mountain resorts in North America come close to Aspen Snowmass and its love of uphilling. In fact, it is one of the few resorts to allow uphill skiing in-bounds during hours of operation. All four mountains have designated uphilling routes, but Buttermilk has become the epicenter for local uphillers. Throughout the year on select Fridays, the mountain hosts the Uphill Breakfast Club at 8:45am at Cliffhouse. There are also Full Moon Dinners at the Cliffhouse, where you can ski (or hike) uphill for dinner under a full moon. If you’re new to uphilling and want to give it a try, you can rent all the gear you need from Four Mountain Sports.
Everybody loves freshies! Our on-mountain staff loves them so much — and wanted to share them so badly — that they created a unique program to get guests on the mountain with them for a single run before the lifts open. First Tracks has become a perennial favorite, and best of all, its complimentary.
Reserve in advance.
Spend any time at Aspen Snowmass and you’ll see that we’re serious: serious about après-ski that is. We treat the camaraderie and joy of socializing after a day skiing and riding as equally important to the action on the slopes.
Happy hours are particularly popular at the Limelight Hotels in Aspen and Snowmass, at the Ajax Tavern at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola, and at the Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro midway up Aspen Highlands.
Make the Most of Your Weekend
Make the Most of Your Weekend
Now that you’ve got a game-plan in place for your Ikon Pass weekend at Aspen Snowmass, here are a few extras to make it even sweeter.