Aspen Colorado Ski
Cradled in the heart of the Rockies, Aspen has cemented its name as one of the top winter and summer destinations in Colorado. Aspen offers outstanding outdoor experiences all year round – from the four famous ski mountains in the winter, to the miles and miles of trails to explore biking and hiking in the summer. Top it off with colorful music festivals, exciting apres-ski parties, excellent hotel and dining choices, and possible celebrity sightings, and you have the makings of an unforgettable mountain getaway. Just 3 hours away from Denver, you can easily include an Aspen trip to your Colorado adventure itinerary.
Things to do in Aspen
Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Ski Resort make this ski town a world-renowned ski destination. Aspen Snowmass has tons of terrain at 5517 skiable acres and is perfect for adventure-seeking skiers – its trail breakout is 6% beginner, 43% intermediate, 17% advanced, and 34% expert. With an average of 300 inches of snow annually, you’ll get your much-needed pow fix.
In the summertime, Aspen becomes a popular destination for biking enthusiasts. When the snow melts, the mountains’ entire 3000-vertical feet reveal almost 350 miles of biking trails. With 44 trails for beginners and families, 62 trails for intermediate riders, and 2 trails for black diamond fans, there’s a trail for everyone in Aspen.
Best Time to Visit Aspen
Aspen is known for its adventure-filled landscapes – it will be hard to run out of things to do. This adventure hub can be pricier compared to other Colorado destinations so it pays to plan ahead. Prime months for visiting Aspen are from December to March, and prices are higher during this time. Opting for a summer trip means prices dip nicely, temperatures increase, are outdoor events multiply.
Aspen Snow Mass Mountain Stats
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Access to Aspen Snowmass and between all four mountains could be easier. All four mountains are connected by short rides on our free and efficient bus system you can even ski all four mountains in a single day.
The town of Aspen sits at the foot of Aspen Mountain (often called by its former name of Ajax among locals) which is the oldest of the four area ski resorts. Built-in 1946, Aspen Mountain is known for its black diamond terrain which covers over 50% of the mountain. There is no denying the unique personality of Aspen Mountain. Rising from the vibrant heart of downtown Aspen, this is where it all began in 1946 with the single-seat Lift 1, which immediately became the longest chairlift in the world. That mentality of â€œgo big or go home has always been at the foundation of the mountain they still call Ajax.
Snow Mass Resort
Snowmass is most notable for its wide cruiser runs & family-friendly atmosphere. The resort also contains several terrain parks, extensive extreme skiing terrain, mogul runs, and gladed terrain. Snowmass has the most vertical feet of skiing of any ski area in the United States, but only when the Cirque Poma is running.
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Base Elevation: 8,104 ft
Summit Elevation: 12,510 ft
Total Acres of Skiable Terrain: 3,339
Vertical Rise: 4,406 ft
Miles of Trails: 150 miles
Number of Trails: 94
Annual Snowfall: 300 inches
Terrain Parks: 3
Longest Trail: 5.3 miles
More Difficult: 48%
Most Difficult: 17%
Aspen Highlands Resort
Aspen Highlands has become most famous for the Highland Bowl. Most of the terrain is accessed only by hiking from the top of Loge Peak, although a snowcat can cut the distance by a third. Including the hike-to terrain in Highland Bowl, Highland skiable vertical descent increases to 4,342 feet (1,323 m).
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Aspen Highlands Stats
Base Elevation: 8,040 ft
Summit Elevation: 11,675 ft
Total Acres of Skiable Terrain: 1,040
Vertical Rise: 3,335 ft
Number of Trails: 144
Annual Snowfall: 300 inches
Longest Run: 3.5 miles
More Difficult: 23%
Most Difficult: 12%