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The Aspen Skiing Company owns four mountains, all just off CO82 (which becomes Aspen’s main street): Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. All four are connected by free shuttles and are open for skiing from around Thanksgiving to early-April. The terrain runs from smooth as glass and wide-open, above-treeline bowls to bronco-busting bumps and steep glade chutes.

Aspen Ski Resorts

Aspen Highlands

This delightful, less-heralded area offers challenges to equal Aspen Mountain (chutes, glades, mini bowls, and Volkswagen-sized bumps), shorter lift lines, and truly awesome panoramas of the Maroon Bells Wilderness and Pyramid Peak.

White River National Forest, CO, 970-544-3045,
Tags: ski resort | skiing | outdoors

Aspen Mountain

Still known to many locals as Ajax (after a long-gone silver mine), Aspen remains one of skidom's ultimate ability tests. All of the runs are black and blue (in more ways than one) and you won't find any beginner greens.

CO, 970-920-0791,
Tags: ski resort | skiing | outdoors

Aspen Mountain Powder Tours

Explore the mountain’s 1,500-acres and 14,000 vertiginous vertical feet with an experienced guide, and discover the gnarliest bump skiing anywhere, deep glades, and classic cruisers. Book in advance.

425 Rio Grande Pl., CO, 888.649.5982,
Tags: editor pick | ski resort | skiing | outdoors | tour


With 74% of its terrain designated green or blue, Buttermilk certainly is a great place to get your ski legs, but don’t dismiss it as a “learning mountain,” the area also contains wonderfully-cut advanced runs and well-developed snowboarding sections.

CO, 970-920-0791,
Tags: ski resort | skiing | outdoors


More affordable, down-to-earth, and family oriented than its more famous sibling (95% of the lodging is ski-in/ski-out), Snowmass offers one of the world’s finest intermediate areas, plus a number of advanced chutes and gullies.

CO, 800-308-6935,
Tags: ski resort | skiing | outdoors

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