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

       
    Ajax Aspen Mountain ski right back to Aspen town   Aspen town centre activities shopping in the snow
    • Aspen Snowmass is a world class resort comprised of 4 fantastic mountains, with varied terrain, all on one lift pass:
    • Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk & Aspen Highlands.
     
    • There are 2 main towns for lodging in Aspen Snowmass:
       
    • Aspen town itself & Snowmass base village.
         
    Where to ski in Colorado Aspen Mountain Ajax from Aspen town   Best kids lessons Aspen Snowmass ski school in America
    • Steeped in history, Aspen town has a reputation for sophistication, with its abundant nightlife, world-class dining, shops & events.
       
    • With world famous luxury hotels & more affordable apartments right in town, everything is easy to get to.
       
    • Aspen mountain (Ajax) has upper intermediate & advanced skiing, right from the centre of town.
     
    • Snowmass has lots of great ski in, ski out accommodation with a variety of shops & restaurants in its new base village.
       
    • Snowmass is the largest of the 4 Aspen mountains with the most varied runs. 
       
    • With its "Treehouse" ski school & childcare centre, Snowmass is perfect for families.
         
    Aspen Highlands famous Highlands bowl Colorado   Ski trip to Aspen Colorado United States
    • Aspen Highlands, with its famous Highlands Bowl, is mostly a mountain for advanced & expert skiers / boarders.
       
    • Buttermilk is mostly a beginner mountain, but has a few fun blue & black runs off the Tiehack Lift.
     
    • Known for its uncrowded slopes Aspen & Snowmass have on average just 2-3 people per acre.
       
    • Aspen really looks after its guests with little extras like lift tickets delivered to your accommodation & skis transferred between mountains for you.

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    What's new

    Aspen & Snowmass ski resorts what's new?

         
      Aspen Snowmass Selfie Den for teens   Aspen Snowmass new base village map 2021 2022
      • New "Selfie Den" in Snowmass!
         
      • Stations with bright lights, glitter, textures, inspiration & an infinity mirror box.
       
      • The new Snowmass base village continues to develop with new amenities. 
         
      • The new "Collective" is now open offering games lounge, live music & comedy & films, bars & eateries.
           
      Recommended restaurants in Aspen Snowmass ski resort Cloud Nine   Skiing in Snowmass the Big Burn on your ski holiday
      • Experience dining at 10,900 feet or 3322 metres!
         
      • Enjoy a snowcat dinner with family or friends at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro at Aspen Highlands, new for 20/21.
       
      • Big Burn lift at Snowmass is being upgraded to a 6-pack & re-located 200 feet uphill, so you can access the lift directly from Ullrhof restaurant for the 2020 / 2021 ski season.
           
      Snowmass ski resort base village new ice cream parlour   Snowmass ski resort base area phase 2 of new base village now complete
      • New ice cream parlour & hair, nail salon & spa now open in Snowmass base village for 20/21.
       
      • Phase 2 of new Snowmass base village opened for 19/20 season with a new "JUS" drinks, yoga studio, optical retail store, art studio & gallery.  
           
      Snowmass Collective games lounge perfect for families with kids   Slippers instead of ski boots at Sams restaurant on Snowmass mountain
      •  "The Collective" with live music, movies & games lounge, perfect for kids & teenagers, plus Mix6 restaurant & bar for the adults opened in Dec 2019. 
       
      • "Slipper service sit-down lunches!", new Sam's Italian on-mountain restaurant at the top of Sam's knob in Snowmass.
           
      Snowmass base village ice rink skating for all the family    
      • Phase 1 of Snowmass base village complete, with new ice rink, climbing wall, caviar crepes, new restaurants, complimentary s'mores, new ski shop & lodging.
         
      • Read more on new Snowmass base village.
         

      Terrain

      Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk & Aspen Highlands piste classification

          Aspen Snowmass Aspen Highlands Buttermilk
        Expert 26% 30% 65% 5%
        Advanced 26% 17% 12% 21%
        Intermediate 48% 48% 23% 39%
        Beginner 0 5% 0 35%
        Longest run 3 miles 5.3 miles 3.5 miles 3 miles
        Number of runs 76 98 117 44

         

        Aspen Snowmass terrain

             
          USA skiing holidays in Aspen Snowmass stop at Bonnies restaurant for lunch   Aspen Snowmass ski resort Colorado groomed ski runs
          • Aspen mountain (Ajax) rises out of the heart of downtown Aspen & is famous for its cruisers, steeps, bumps, double-blacks, tree runs & incredible views. 
             
          • To warm up, try the cruisy blue runs at the top of the Silver Queen gondola.
             
          • Make a stop at the classic Bonnie's restaurant, take in the amazing view, then ski down the famous Ruthie's Run.
           
          • Snowmass has so many runs & so much variety, from nursery slopes to cruisers & beautiful gladed runs suitable for beginners to intermediates.
             
          • For more advanced skiers, test your skills on the moguls, steeps & gladed off-piste runs.
             
          • Snowmass has the longest lift-served vertical rise in the United States, plus terrain parks & a superpipe.
               
          Aspen Highlands mountain Highlands bowl for expert skiers riders   Snowmass family friendly resort kids learn to snowboard
          • 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 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

          Snowmass trail map

          Snowmass trail map showing ski runs at Snowmass ski resort


          Buttermilk trail map

          Buttermilk trail map beginner mountain at Aspen Snowmass resort

           

          Aspen Mountain (Ajax) trail map

          Aspen Mountain trail map of Ajax at Aspen Snowmass ski resort


          Aspen Highlands trail map

          Aspen Highlands trail map advanced expert mountain at Aspen Snowmass Resort Colorado USA

          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 6 pack 0 1 0 0
            High speed quads 1 8 3 3
            Quads 2 2 0 0
            Triples  1 0 2 0
            Doubles 3 1 0 1
            Ski / board school lifts 0 4 0 4
            Platter pulls 0 2 0 0

             

            Aspen Snowmass ski resort snowfall

               
            Expert skiing at Aspen Snowmass ski resort America   Snowmass lifts the skittles people mover from Snowmass base village to the mall
            • Aspen average annual snowfall: 300 inches / 762 cm
             

            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 12392 ft 3777 m 9900 ft 3018 m
              Vertical rise 3267 ft 966 m 4406 ft 1343 m 4352 ft 1326 m 2030 ft 619 m


               

              Apres Ski

              Aspen Snowmass ski resort apres ski

                   
                Aspen fine dining restaurant recommendations Little Nell Element 47   Aspen apres ski cocktails at the J Bar in the Jerome Hotel
                • 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.
                 
                • Aspen town is renowned for its variety of apres ski & nightlife, from billiards, jazz clubs, wine bars, dancing & no-nonsense watering holes to coffee houses.
                     
                Aspen apres ski concert nightlife in Aspen Snowmass resort   Wheeler Opera House in downtown Aspen comedy show
                • In Aspen town, try Bootsy Bellows or Escobar for late night entertainment with DJs & dancing.
                   
                • Check out the wicked live music scene at outdoor concerts in downtown Aspen, Belly Up in Aspen & the Snowmass concert stage. 
                 
                • 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, comedy Aspen has it all.
                     
                Snowmass casual apres ski beers pizza   Snowmass apres ski live music at the Limelight Hotel
                • Snowmass has a more laid back vibe, so you can relax in quiet lounges, brewpubs or gathering spots with mellow live music.
                   
                • The new "Collective" has a games lounge, "Selfie Den", live music & hosts ice disco's!
                 
                • Try the new Limelight Snowmass with live music, cocktails & apres ski specials or have a drink on the patio at Elk Camp.
                   
                • Take a magical snowcat ride up the mountain & dine at the wooden Lynn Britt cabin.
                     
                Dining in Aspen Cloud nine snowcat dinner drinks with romantic couple   Best restaurants in Snowmass dining at the Westin Snowmass kitchen

                Recommended Aspen town restaurant's which Chalets USA have been to:

                • Ajax Tavern in the Little Nell for apres ski or dinner.
                • Limelight bar for apres ski & great pizza.
                • L'hostaria Italian restaurant, fine dining in the restaurant or sit at the bar for cheaper, smaller plates.
                • Element 47 in the Little Nell Hotel for superb quality, Colorado cuisine for lunch or dinner.
                • Jimmy's for American cuisine.
                • Brunelleschi's pizza.
                • Hikory House ribs for a cheaper, family friendly option.
                • J-Bar in the famous Jerome Hotel.
                 

                Recommended restaurants in Snowmass which Chalets USA have been to:

                • Venga Venga for apres ski at the Snowmass mall.
                • Snowmass kitchen in the Westin Hotel, Snowmass.
                • Sake Snowmass base village for many types of Sake, sushi, plus a variety of pan asian cuisine.
                • Il Poggio Italian traditional & innovative hand-made dishes, Snowmass mall.
                • Crepe shack Snowmass base village.
                     
                Jimmys restaurant in Aspen town recommended dining   Snowmass apres ski at Venga Venga bar deck
                 

                Restaurants in Aspen Snowmass 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 were spot on and exactly to our taste." Hazlewood, UK.
                   
                • Elk Camp on slope, Eight K & Venga Venga (Snowmass).
                   
                • L’hostoria, Element 47 & Jimmy’s (Aspen).

                Activities

                Aspen Snowmass activities & events

                     
                  Picturesque Aspen town center for magical ski holiday   Shopping in Aspen town centre boutiques designer shops
                  • Stroll around the fairy lit streets of central Aspen, exploring the famous town centre.
                     
                  • Stop for a hot chocolate or a crepe at one of the many cafes, bars & restaurants.
                   
                  • Aspen is a shoppers mecca, with many boutique & designer shops, all within one square mile, from fashion & beauty to fine art, food & wine, plus outdoor gear!
                       
                  Aspen dinner sleigh ride to Pine Creek Cookhouse   Non-skiing activities in Snowmass dog sled rides
                  • From the historic ghost town of Ashcroft just outside Aspen, enjoy a relaxing sleigh ride or more energetic snowshoe or cross country ski to Pine Creek cookhouse, nestled at the base of the Elk Mountains.
                   
                  • Want to try dog sledding? From Snowmass, take a ride through the wilderness pulled by a team of Alaskan Huskies to Krabloonik restaurant.
                       
                  New Snowmass base village with ice skating climbing wall   Ullr nights mountain top family activity in Snowmass ski resort
                  • The new Snowmass base village is home to the plaza ice skating rink, open daily.
                     
                  • Or try the 5 storey climbing wall in the next door Limelight Hotel.
                   
                  • Ullr nights at Elk Camp in Snowmass is a family friendly weekly event.
                     
                  • Enjoy night tubing, ski bikes, live music & dinner on the mountain.
                       
                  Family friendly acitvities in Snowmass Breathtaker alpine mountain coaster   Aspen X games held at Buttermilk mountain in Aspen Snowmass
                  • Thrills abound on the new Snowmass Breathtaker Alpine Coaster.
                     
                  • Adults & kids alike can climb steadily to the top, through the beautiful forested mountains, before whizzing down!
                   
                  • X Games is hosted by Aspen Snowmass on Buttermilk mountain each January.
                     
                  • Watch the top winter athletes in the world compete in big air, slopestyle & superpipe, as you cruise down the nearby ski runs, marvelling at what they can do!

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