The Aspen Mountain Guide

Photography by Brooke Casillas Photography

With four mountains, there are plenty of options for everyone around here. From family favorites to expert only terrain, your downhill day is covered (and not just in snow).

Aspen Mountain
No easy runs but features plenty of blue runs for the newly minted intermediate skier or above. Towering over Aspen and steps from town, this legendary mountain is affectionately known as Ajax and is where Aspen’s ski status began.

Where to Après: Ajax Tavern
Best known for: The best seat in town
Don’t miss: Ajax Wagyu Double Cheeseburger, Truffle Fries & Cauliflower Gratin (Erin & Amy’s Favorite!)

Aspen Highlands
A local favorite and for good reason. Home to the classic Highland Bowl and relatively uncrowded, this is where you earn your turns. After a hike to the top of the bowl, or more if you’re ambitious, head to Cloud9 and pop open that well deserved bottle of bubbly.

Where to Après: Cloud9 Alpine Bistro
Best known for: Classic Fondue, Raclette, and Apple Strudel
Don’t miss: Sipping (or spraying) bubbly while enjoying the finest views in Aspen

Snowmass Mountain
Boasting more than 3,000 skiable acres and a run that is just over 5 miles long – appropriately named Longshot and worth the mini hike. Family-friendly and with a winter coaster, this mountain recently celebrated 50 years and features the all-new Snowmass Base Village.

Where to Après: Base Camp Bar & Grill
Best known for: 30+ Beers on Tap
Don’t miss: Sunny, outdoor mountainside people watching

Buttermilk is beloved by beginners and home to the Winter X Games, giving this mountain multiple personalities that fit a number of skiers and riders. Easy going and an uphill favorite, it is also home to parks and pipes for freeskiers and snowboarders looking to elevate their experience.

Where to Après: Home Team BBQ
Best known for: Year-round family friendly atmosphere 
Don’t miss: Fiery Ron’s Sauces & Frozen Irish Coffee

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