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ASPEN SNOWMASS SKI HOLIDAYS IN ASPEN SNOWMASS SKI RESORT USA

"Four Mountains, Endless Possibilities "

  • 4 varied world-class ski mountains: Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk & Aspen Highlands
  • 2 x towns: Chic & fashionable historic Aspen, with lively nightlife, famous for apres ski & Snowmass family friendly base village 
  • 3 miles from Aspen / Pitkin airport, 70 miles from Eagle County airport or 3.5 hours from Denver International Airport.

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Summary

Aspen & Snowmass ski resorts summary

Aspen is a world class resort comprised of 4 fantastic mountains, with varied terrain, all on one lift pass. There are 2 main towns for lodging - Aspen town itself & Snowmass base village.

  • Steeped in history, Aspen town has a reputation for sophistication with its abundant nightlife, world-class dining, shops & events.
  • Snowmass has lots of great ski in, ski out accommodation with some shops & restaurants. Snowmass is huge, uncrowded, low key & with its "Treehouse" ski school & childcare centre, perfect for families.

Aspen & Snowmass ski resorts what's new?

  • Snowmass celebrates its 50th anniversary on Dec 15, 2017. 
  • Vintage 1967 priced lift tickets will be on sale for Snowmass on Dec 15, 2017 for only $6.50!
  • Birthday activities will be happening throughout Aspen Snowmass with festivities such as: retro party, anniversary gala, original film debut, Cabin Jump and Rail Jam & picnic & fireworks.
  • New Alpine Coaster ride opening day & some nights for 2017 / 2018 ski season
  • Construction of the Snowmass base area development is beginning in 2017 / 2018 & will be a $600m 10 year project to add new lodging & amenities.
  • New glading under the new High Alpine lift in Snowmass for 16/17, remodelled & expanded Gwyn's High Alpine restaurant with a new bar, wood burning stove & big screen TVs, plus satellite bar & coffee station.
  • Glading in Deep Temerity at Aspen Highlands to create new lines in the steep & wooded area "Lucky Find".
  • Aspen Snowmass wins "Best ski resort" & "Best nightlife" OnTheSnow visitors choice award for 15/16.
  • $8 million terrain & lift upgrades at Aspen Snowmass for 2015 / 2016 ski season, see upgrades in Aspen for 2015 / 2016

Terrain

Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk & Aspen Highlands ski resorts piste classification

  Aspen Snowmass Aspen Highlands Buttermilk
Expert 26% 30% 36% 0%
Advanced 26% 17% 16% 26%
Intermediate 48% 47% 30% 39%
Beginner 0 7% 18% 35%
Longest run 3 miles 5.3 miles 3.5 miles 3 miles
Number of runs 76 94 122 44

Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk & Aspen Highlands ski resorts terrain description

  • Aspen mountain (Ajax) rises out of the heart of downtown Aspen & is famous for its cruisers, steeps, bumps, double-blacks, tree runs & incredible views. 
     
  • Snowmass has so many runs & so much variety from cruisers, moguls, steeps & glades to off-piste, terrain parks, superpipe and the longest lift-served vertical rise in the United States.
     
  • Aspen Highlands features extreme terrain, groomed cruisers & breathtaking views of the Maroon Bells. For the ultimate ski/snowboarding experience, hike up and drop into Highland Bowl.
     
  • Buttermilk is one of North America’s best family learning centres & is home to the ESPN Winter X Games. While experts frolic in the X Superpipe & terrain park, the rest of the family can cruise on the wide, rolling trails.

Piste Map

Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk & Aspen Highlands ski resorts piste maps

Aspen Mountain (Ajax), Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk

      Aspen trail map Snowmass trail map 1500 Aspen Highlands piste map Buttermilk trail map      

Click on maps to see larger versions

Lifts / Snowfall / Elevation

Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk & Aspen Highlands ski resorts lifts

42 overall Aspen Snowmass Aspen Highlands Buttermilk
Total 8 20 5 8
Gondola 1 1 0 0
6 person pulse gondola 0 1 0 0
High speed quads 1 7 3 3
Quads 1 2 0 0
Triples 0 0 2 0
Doubles 3 0 0 1
Ski / board school lifts 0 4 0 4
Quads 1 0 0 0
Doubles 1 0 0 0
Platter pulls 0 2 0 0

Aspen Snowmass ski resorts snowfall

Aspen Snowmass ski resorts elevation

feet / metres Aspen Snowmass Aspen Highlands Buttermilk
Base elevation 7945 ft 2422 m 8104 ft 2473 m 8040 ft 2451 m 7870 ft 2399 m
Summit elevation 11212 ft 3418 m 12510 ft 3813 m 11675 ft 3559 m 9900 ft 3018 m
Vertical rise 3267 ft 966 m 4406 ft 1343 m 3635 ft 1108 m 2030 ft 619 m


 

Apres Ski

Aspen Snowmass ski resorts apres ski

  • Bars / nightclubs - Aspen Snowmass offers something for everyone with everything from billiards to jazz clubs & wine bars, dancing to no-nonsense watering holes & coffee houses.
  • Dining - Consistently rated the #1 resort in North America for dining, Aspen Snowmass has over 100 bars & restaurants to choose from. You'll find menus to please every palate here.
  • Arts - Take in an Oscar-winning film screening, see live theatre in the park, or check out international musical acts at the Wheeler. Opera, ballet, fine arts, dinner theatre, Aspen has it all.
  • Music - Check out the wicked live music scene at outdoor concerts in downtown Aspen, Belly Up in Aspen & the Snowmass concert stage. Every week boasts a great lineup; The Offspring, Ziggy Marley, Ozomatli, Violent Femmes, John Hiatt & the Roots have all recently rocked the house.

Recommended Aspen Snowmass restaurants which Chalets USA have been to:

  • Ajax Tavern in the Little Nell, Aspen for apres ski or dinner
  • Eight K in the Viceroy, Snowmass for fine dining
  • L'hostaria Italian restaurant in Aspen, fine dining in the restaurant or sit at the bar for cheaper, smaller plates
  • Jimmy's in Aspen for American cuisine
  • Snowmass kitchen in the Westin, Snowmass
  • Brunelleschi's pizza in Aspen
  • Hikory House ribs for a cheaper, family friendly option
  • Limelight bar for apres ski & pizza
  • J-Bar in Jerome
  • Belly up for live music
  • Sleigh ride / snowshoe or cross country ski to Pine Creek cookhouse

Aspen Snowmass restaurants recommended by Chalets USA clients:

"Jimmy's - We loved the food and atmosphere. We found some superb restaurants - Kenichi - what food!!!!! and the crepe restaurant on Sunday night had great music and of course crepes. "Russell

"We had some great meals. Recommendations made by Helen (Elk Camp on slope, Eight K, Venga Venga, L’hostoria, Element 47 & Jimmy’s) were spot on and exactly to our taste." Hazlewood.

Articles / Videos

Aspen Snowmass ski resorts new articles:

Aspen - Experience how the other half live...at least for a little while
 

One week in Aspen Snowmass ski resort video

Sometimes a week with friends and family can energize and ignite an entire year.

 

One day in Aspen Snowmass USA video

Take in a full day, from the serene calm of sunrise to the unbridled energy of a night at Aspen Snowmass:



Aspen Snowmass wins "Best Ski Resort" & "Best Nightlife" award:

 

Rejunvenate Aspen Snowmass video:

 

The spirit of Aspen Snowmass video:

Aspen Snowmass ski resorts articles

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