Aspen/Snowmass

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Overview

Aspen/Snowmass is four mountains owned by one resort: Aspen/Snowmass.

The four Mountains are:

  1. Snowmass.
  2. Buttermilk.
  3. Aspen Highlands.
  4. Aspen Mountain.

Mountain Summary's

Snowmass

Lift hours: The Sky Cab opens at 8 a.m.; the Cirque lift opens at 10 a.m.; the Village Express and Big Burn lifs open at 8:30 a.m.; all other lifts open at 9 a.m.

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

Steepest runs: Gowdy's and AMF - slope angle of 40 degrees

Types of trails: easiest: 6%, more difficult: 50%, most difficult: 12%, expert: 32%

Annual snowfall: 300 inches/762 cm

Snowmaking: 230 acres/93 hectares

Lifts: 24 Total: 21 primary - 1 eight-passenger gondola, 1 high-speed six passenger chair, 1 six-passenger pulse gondola (enclosed), 6 high-speed quads, 2 quads, 3 doubles, 5 magic carpets, 2 ski/snowboard school lifts; 3 secondary - 1 double (Sheer Bliss), 2 platter pulls (Cirque and Scooper)

Lift capacity: 34,497 riders/hour

Uncrowded slopes: On average 2 people per acre/5 people per hectare

Best known for: Wide-open, groomed cruising and family-friendly activities. Snowmass has long been rated one of the best family ski areas in North America.

Best-kept secret: Dine for lunch at the rustic Lynn Britt Cabin located mid-mountain. The daily "Noon Groom," a freshly groomed run that reopens at noon. Take the short hike to the Long Shot trail where intermediate skiers and snowboarders can get a backcountry experience while in-bounds.

Buttermilk

Lift hours: All lifts open at 9 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m.

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: 3 miles/4.83 km

Types of trails: easiest: 35%, more difficult: 39%, most difficult: 26%, expert: 0%

Annual snowfall: 200 inches/508 cm

Snowmaking: 108 acres/44 hectares

Lifts: 9: 2 high-speed quads, 3 doubles, 2 handle tows, 2 ski/snowboard school lifts

Lift capacity: 7,500 riders/hour

Uncrowded slopes: On average, 4 people per acre/8 people per hectare

Best known for: ESPN Winter X Games, which will be held at Buttermilk through 2010; beginner terrain makes Buttermilk an excellent learning mountain for new skiers and snowboarders; unsurpassed grooming

Best-kept secret: Long, wide groomers at West Buttermilk and steeper rolling runs at Tiehack.

Aspen Mountain

Lift hours: All lifts open at 9 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m.

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/4.83 km

Steepest run: Elevator Shaft section of the Silver Queen run – slope angle of 42 degrees

Types of trails: easiest: 0%, more difficult: 48%, most difficult: 26%, expert: 26%

Annual snowfall: 300 inches/762 cm

Snowmaking: 210 acres/85 hectares

Lifts: 8: 6 primary – 1 gondola (14-minute ride), 1 high-speed quad, 1 high-speed double, 1 quad, 2 doubles; 2 secondary – 1 quad (Little Nell), 1 double (Bell Mountain)

Lift capacity: 10,755 riders/hour

Uncrowded slopes: On average, 3 people per acre/9 people per hectare

Best known for: Steep, bump runs that drop right into the town of Aspen

Best-kept secret: Venture off the groomed runs and have black/double-black-diamond trails all to yourself!

Aspen Highlands

Lift hours: All lifts open at 9 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m.

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: 125

Miles/km of trails: 84 miles/135 km

Longest run: 3.5 miles/5.6 km

Steepest run: Go-Go Gully, Highland Bowl (description on Highlands' Extreme Guide) – slope angle of 48 degrees

Types of trails: easiest: 18%, more difficult: 30%, most difficult: 16%, expert: 36%

Annual snowfall: 300 inches/762 cm

Snowmaking: 110 acres/44 hectares

Lifts: 5: 3 high-speed quads, 2 triples

Lift capacity: 6,500 riders/hour

Uncrowded slopes: On average, 2 people per acre/5 people per hectare

Best known for: Steep, big-mountain skiing in Highland Bowl, Olympic Bowl and Steeplechase; Deception, Aces and 8's on the Olympic Side

Best-kept secret: The newly extended Mushroom trail will test even the fittest legs of mogul enthusiasts. For incredible skiing/riding on a powder day, head to Child's Play in the Highland Bowl. Or, check out Log Jam Gully, Bowling Alley and Fran's Love in Deep Temerity.

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