Best Ski Areas in Aspen, Colorado

The very word “Aspen” conjures up images of fast-action skiing and snowboarding, with powdery white snow flying high against the majestic Rocky Mountains. Aspen is the number one skiing destination for serious ski enthusiasts from the United States and around the world. To accommodate your skiing trip, you can find many different resorts and luxury Aspen vacation rentals that are just steps away from the slopes. Let’s take a look at some of the top ski areas in Aspen, Colorado.

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Aspen Skiing Company

The highly-rated Aspen Skiing Company operates the Aspen/Snowmass resort complex, comprised of four adjacent ski areas: Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort, Aspen Mountain Ski Resort, Buttermilk Ski Area and Aspen Highlands. Within the Snowmass complex, you could spend your whole vacation traversing this rugged terrain without covering any area twice. A single lift ticket gives you access to all four resorts, which are linked by shuttles. This ski resort complex provides well over 5,300 acres of the breath-taking ski area and offers lessons for adults and children.

Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort

Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort is located in Snowmass Village near Aspen, Colorado. Comprised of 3,128 acres, Snowmass is the largest of the four Aspen/Snowmass ski areas. This resort is well-known for being family-friendly. It has several ski parks with wide cruiser runs, gladed terrain, and extreme skiing slopes. When the Cirque poma lift is operating, Snowmass has the most vertical feet of skiing in the United States.

Aspen Mountain Ski Resort

Aspen Mountain Ski Resort is also known as “Ajax” Mountain, so-named from the Ajax Mine active from years long-past. With nearly 70 years of skiing history, the Mountain offers unreal glades and steeps recommended for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers only. As much as 26% of this terrain is rated “expert.”

The Buttermilk Ski Area

The Buttermilk Ski Area is the smallest of the four ski resorts, and very close to the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport. Buttermilk is considered the easiest ski area in the Aspen complex, and one of the best beginner terrains in North America. Intermediate skiers are welcome to hone their skills here as well. The Main Buttermilk is considered of moderate challenge and the West Buttermilk is considered easy. Buttermilk offers the Hideout, a learning area for youngsters ages two-and-a-half to six years old.

The Aspen Highlands Ski Resort 

The Aspen Highlands Ski Resort is a local favorite and offers some of the best steep skiing in Colorado. A 30-minute hike will take you to the summit of Highland Bowl where 2,500 vertical descents will take you back down. There is the breathtaking view of the beautiful Maroon Bells, side-by-side peaks in the Elk Mountain range and the majestic 14,000-foot Pyramid Peak as well. These are uncrowded slopes.