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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Snowmass

Snowmass overview
Snowmass overview

Best Known For

By far the largest of the four mountains, Snowmass offers the greatest options for terrain, winter activities and on-mountain dining.

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 for kids
    Snowmass terrain for kids

    Highlights
    • 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.
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    Lynn Britt Cabin

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    GWYN'S & Gwyn's High Alpine

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    Two Creeks Bakery
    Two Creeks Bakery

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  • Snowmass terrain for kids
    Snowmass terrain for kids

    Highlights
    • 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.
  • Ullrhof burger and shake

    Ullrhof

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    Lynn Britt Cabin

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    GWYN'S & Gwyn's High Alpine

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    UP 4 PIZZA

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    Two Creeks Bakery
    Two Creeks Bakery

    TWO CREEKS cafe

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Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain overview
Aspen Mountain overview

Best Known For

Rising right out of the historic downtown of Aspen, as well as impressive glade-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.

Aspen Highlands

Aspen Highlands overview, Colorado
Aspen Highlands overview, Colorado

Best Know For

The bucket-list worthy terrain of Highland Bowl. Equally famous? The afternoon scene at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro.

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).
  • Aspen Highlands' Terrain
    Aspen Highlands' Terrain

    Highlights

    • 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.
  • Aspen Highlands' Terrain
    Aspen Highlands' Terrain

    Highlights

    • 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.

Buttermilk

Buttermilk Your First Visit, Colorado
Buttermilk Your First Visit, Colorado

Best Known for

Spacious groomers, beginner terrain for any age, scenic views and a mellow vibe. Also: has hosted X Games Aspen since 2002.

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.
  • Buttermilk's Terrain
    Buttermilk's Terrain

    Highlights

    • 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.
  • Uphill Rental Equipment from Four Mountain Sports
    Uphill Rental Equipment from Four Mountain Sports

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  • Bumps at Buttermilk

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    Cliffhouse at Buttermilk

    Cliffhouse

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  • Buttermilk's Terrain
    Buttermilk's Terrain

    Highlights

    • 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.
  • Uphill Rental Equipment from Four Mountain Sports
    Uphill Rental Equipment from Four Mountain Sports

    Uphilling

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  • Bumps at Buttermilk

    Bumps

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    Cliffhouse at Buttermilk

    Cliffhouse

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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.