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.

Buttermilk is generally known as the beginner ski area of the Aspen/Snowmass group of resorts. In addition to its gentle rolling trails, it has a famous terrain park and has hosted the ESPN Winter X Games. Buttermilk is just a few miles from downtown Aspen and is serviced by shuttle.


Location The town of Aspen is located in western Colorado. It is 198 miles from Denver via I-70 through Glenwood Springs.
Airports Aspen/Pitkin County Airport- 3 Miles to Aspen
Denver International Airport- 221 Miles to Aspen
Season Length December to April (typical length, depending on weather)
Hours 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mountain Info

Acres 470
Base Elevation 7870 ft
Summit Elevation 9900 ft
Vertical Rise 2030 ft
Avg. Annual Snowfall 300 in
Lessons Yes
Rentals Yes
Terrain Park Yes – 2
Snowcat Skiing No
Cross Country Skiing Yes
Night Skiing No


Trails 44
Longest Run 3 Miles
Terrain Easiest: 35%
More Difficult: 39%
Most Difficult: 26%
Expert: 0%
Lifts 8 total
3 high-speed quads
1 double
4 ski/snowboard school lifts


Amenities Full scale resort amenities
Trail Map Link Buttermilk Trail Map


Ski Town The town of Aspen is world famous and has a rich history. From mining to counterculture to jet set playground, Aspen has seen a lot of changes. There are all the boutiques and fine dining you would expect and there are also more economical alternatives. You can see a concert at the historic Wheeler Opera House or check out one of the many cafes, bars or nightclubs. The town of Aspen is central to the ski experience here.
Summer Aspen/Snowmass is a four season resort, There are many summer activities. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass offer summer gondola rides that provide access to miles of hiking and biking trails. There are lots of activities within driving distance as well, such as golf and horseback riding. There are music events at Snowmass and Aspen Mountain throughout the summer. Lots of other activities are available in town and the surrounding areas.

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