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

By far the largest of the four mountains, Snowmass offers the greatest options for terrain, winter activities and on-mountain dining. You could spend days skiing and riding here and not see it all. With kid-friendly trails and a multitude of lodging options, Snowmass has always appealed to families. But the advanced skiers and riders up on Burnt Mountain Glades and Hanging Valley Wall wouldn’t know it.

Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain overview
Aspen Mountain overview

Rising from the heart of downtown Aspen, this is where it all began in the 1940s. In fact, at times it seems like the personality of the mountain and the town are one. Without a single beginner’s run, Aspen Mountain presents a host of challenges, and some of the most awe-inspiring blue groomers in North America.

Aspen Highlands

Aspen Highlands overview, Colorado
Aspen Highlands overview, Colorado

Local’s call the vibe at Aspen Highlands “duct tape to diamonds.” The duct tape part is the do-it-yourself character of its terrain (e.g. Want to ski Highland Bowl? You’ll have to hike in). The diamonds part is easy to spot at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro in the afternoon, when the Champagne bottles on offer equal the number of skis left out front.

Buttermilk

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

Spacious groomers, scenic views and a mellow, chilled-out vibe: there may not be a better mountain to learn to ski and ride than Buttermilk. But here’s the secret part: it’s blue and black terrain is choice as well, often overshadowed by its neighboring mountains. And did we mention that it has hosted the Winter X Games since 2002? As far as parks and pipes go, it’s top-notch.

Highlights of Aspen

Highlights of Snowmass Village

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.