Aspen/Snowmass is really four interconnected ski areas, which are Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. Each mountain has its own feel. They make it fairly easy to check out the different mountains, with shuttles available. And of course there is the town of Aspen itself. Famous for its glitz and glamour and for its rich history. The ski resorts of Aspen and the town of Aspen are largely intertwined and the town is usually part of a ski vacation here, especially Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Snowmass is a bit farther away and has more of a ski village feel. Great skiing and great nightlife make Aspen one of the most famous ski resorts in the world.
Aspen Mountain is right off downtown Aspen. It is famous for for its expert terrain. There are no beginner runs here. In addition to the lift served trails, there is snowcat skiing at Aspen Mountain that provides access to the backcountry area on the back of the mountain. At 675 acres, Aspen Mountain is not one of the larger ski areas, but is a popular choice for those wanting to experience the expert terrain and to ski right off downtown.