Ski vacation and Snowboard travelers alike agree that the Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado resort areas are considered some of the world’s ultimate ski destinations. The Rocky Mountains surrounding Aspen and Snowmass boast some of the best skiing on earth, along with a rich history. Vacationers can take in festivals, sporting events, concerts, restaurants, and Après-ski venues, making the area a mega-destination that is flocked to during the winter season.
Aspen and Snowmass are some of Colorado’s premier ski resort towns. When snow falls on the more than 4,500 acres of skiable terrain spread over four area mountains, Aspen and Snowmass explode into a white-capped wonderland of skiing, snowboarding, and outdoor winter fun for all ages and abilities. Travelers fill the Aspen Snowmass Lodging to capacity!
The history of the area is derived from a small mining town, until a small group of visionaries and entrepreneurs realized the value of the town’s other inexhaustible resource – the snow! Since then, the villages of Aspen and Snowmass have grown into one of the top ski destinations in the world. The transition from mining to mountain resort started in 1947. Aspen ski vacation resorts and hotels were opened, and the town grew to the Aspen so many skiers love today.
Want to get in on the ultimate experience of skiing the Aspen and Snowmass area? Here is a brief overview of the four ski resorts.:
Snowmass: This giant resort mountain is comprised of a complex landscape of peaks, ridges, open slopes and gullies that provide some of the greatest ski and snowboard terrain in the area. From the gentle beginners slope of Fanny Hill to the wide cruising trails of the Big Burn, plus a number of black diamond runs, skiers of all levels will fall in love with Snowmass. State-of-the-art instruction programs and slope-side facilities and restaurants abound at Snowmass ski resort.
Aspen Highlands: A locals favorite, Aspen Highlands isn’t caught up in tourism hype typical of the Rocky Mountain ski mecca. This place is about skiing Aspen, period. A simple “steep and deep” philosophy makes the Highlands a true local hangout. But just because it is low-key by Hollywood standards, doesn’t mean it isn’t tough. In fact, Aspen Highlands is consistently ranked as having some of most challenging vertical descents in the United States. No fear – Aspen Highlands ski resort has a number of entry-level slopes with a series of green circles, and runs below Merry-Go-Round. Best of all, you will typically see fewer than 1,000 fellow skiers spread across the 790 acres of ski able terrain.
Aspen Mountain: This Aspen, Colorado ski resort is legendary for Snowcat skiing on the backside of the mountain, a favorite of expert skiers and snowboarders alike. Aspen Mountain’s groomed slopes are perfect for intermediate skiers; but if you’re up for a real challenge, Aspen Mountain has some of the valleys best jumps, bumps and extreme runs in the area!
Buttermilk Mountain: This is the smallest of the four ski resorts in the Roaring Fork Valley, but don’t let its size fool you. Buttermilk boasts a challenging 430 acres of ski and snowboard terrain, and a vertical rise of over two thousand feet. With some of the best skiing in the region, this Aspen ski resort commands attention. Buttermilk distinguishes itself with a variety of low-key terrain that offers great skiing for families and novice skiers. About seventy-five percent of Buttermilk’s terrain is dedicated to beginners and intermediates. Even so, expert skiers respect the more difficult challenges that Buttermilk Mountain has to offer.
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned skier, you’ll find a challenging, rewarding and exciting winter ski and snowboard vacation at any one of the Colorado ski resorts in the Aspen – Snowmass area.
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