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About Aspen, Colorado
The town of Aspen was originally founded as a mining camp in the Colorado Silver Boom and is classically named after of the abundance of aspen trees in the area. This historical Colorado town has carved itself into one of the world's most famous ski resort communities. In fact, Aspen hosts four world-class alpine resorts for skiing and boarding. In Aspen you have the opportunity to ski Aspen Mountain (formally Ajax Mountain), Buttermilk, Snowmass and Aspen Highlands.

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Aspen Mountain
On January 11, 1947, Lift 1 at Aspen Mountain Ski Resort cranked up her engines and began transporting anxious skiers to the top of Aspen Mountain. At the time of operation, Chair #1 was the world's longest chairlift of its kind.

Quick Stats about Aspen Mountain

  • Base elevation: 7,945 ft./2,422 m
  • Summit elevation: 11,212 ft./3,418 m
  • Vertical rise: 3,267 ft./996 m
  • Terrain: 673 acres/272 hectares
  • Number of trails: 76
  • Miles/km of trails: 64 miles/103 km
  • Longest run: 3 miles/4.8 km
Buttermilk Ski Resort

If you've ever watched the ESPN Winter X Games, then you are undoubtedly familiar with the Buttermilk Ski Resort in Aspen, Colorado. Host of the ESPN Winter X Games through 2010 (for an unprecedented nine consecutive years!), Buttermilk is also a premier mountain for beginners & families. While boundless skiers & snowboarders test the limits of modern day snow sports, visitors to Buttermilk who like their skis closer to the ground will enjoy the gentle cruisers which make up the Buttermilk terrain.

Quick Stats about Buttermilk Ski Resort

  • Base elevation: 7,870 ft./2,399 m
  • Summit elevation: 9,900 ft./3,018 m
  • Vertical rise: 2,030 ft./619 m
  • Terrain: 470 acres/190 hectares
  • Number of trails: 44
  • Miles/km of trails: 21 miles/34 km
  • Longest run: 5 miles/8 km
Snowmass Resort

Snow "Massive," as it is called by locals, is too big to explore in just one day. The Snowmass Mountain encompasses 3,132 acres of diverse terrain. With its wide open runs, you'll often find skiers and snowboarders taking huge wide turns while they enjoy Snowmass' freshly groomed corduroy. On a powder morning, you'll find locals hitting up the steeps and cruisers. On any given day, you'll find talented athletes challenging themselves in Snowmass' world-class terrain park.

Quick Stats about Snowmass Mountain

  • Base elevation: 8,104 ft./2,473 m
  • Summit elevation: 12,510 ft./3,813 m
  • Vertical rise: 4,406 ft./1,343 m
  • Terrain: 3,132 acres/1,267 hectares
  • Number of trails: 91
  • Miles/km of trails: 147 miles/237 km
  • Longest run: 5.3 miles/8.5 km
  • Uncrowded slopes: On average 2 people per acre/5 people per hectare
  • Lift capacity: 31,080 riders/hour
  • Lifts: 21 Total: 19 primary - 1 eight-passenger gondola, 1 high-speed six passenger chair, 1 six-passenger pulse gondola (enclosed), 7 high-speed quads, 2 quads, 3 doubles, 4 magic carpets, 2 ski/snowboard school lifts; 2 secondary - 2 platter pulls (Cirque and Scooper)
Aspen Highlands

Unsurpassed views of the infamous Maroon Bells, coupled with steeps, cruisers & hike-to terrain, make Aspen Highlands a favorite for locals. For the ultimate skiing & snowboarding experience, Aspen Highlands will fill any serious snow enthusiast's need for adrenaline.

Quick Stats about Aspen Highlands in Colorado

  • Base elevation: 8,040 ft./2,451 m.
  • Summit elevation: 11,675 ft./3,559 m. (top of Highland Bowl 12,392 ft.)
  • Vertical rise: 3,635 ft./1,108 m.
  • Terrain: 1,028 acres/416 hectares
  • Number of trails: 118
  • Miles/km of trails: 84 miles/135 km
  • Longest run: 3.5 miles/5.6 km
 
     
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