Aspen Highlands

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Heather Burke
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Heather Burke

Pros

  • Most extreme terrain in Aspen
  • Less crowds than Aspen Mountain and Snowmass
  • Ski all four ski resorts in Aspen under one lift ticket
  • Aspen is one of the best ski towns with a lively nightlife

Cons

  • Inconsistent snowfall
  • Lacks intermediate terrain compared to Snowmass and Buttermilk
  • Far from a major international airport
  • Quite an expensive ski vacation

Overall

4.4

Aspen Highlands is reputed with Colorado's best steep, big-mountain, in bounds skiing. Highland Bowl being the highlight, but here so much more to this mountain. You start your ski day on the Exhibition high speed quad to mid mountain - the Merry-Go-Round. From here ride the Loge Peak lift to the highly scenic summit to ski beautiful groomers like Meadows and Kandahar or drop down off the ridge to steeper less manicured Garmisch, St Moritz and Chamonix. The Cloud 9 Chair serves more blues like Gunbarrel and Grand Prix, and more edgy Moment Chutes and Olympic Bowl.  Glade skiers will love the steep snow-filled trees of Deep Temerity.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

February

Avoid

December and January

February is the best time to visit Aspen Highlands as it sees fewer skiers and snowboarders. December draws in the holiday goers and January sees many come to see the Winter X-Games.

FLY TO

Aspen Pitkin County Airport

DRIVE/ SHUTTLE TO

Aspen Highlands (10 minutes)

Aspen (2-3 mi)

  • Wide variety of lodging, dining and nightlife options
  • Reputation for expensive accommodation
  • Less than 10 minutes drive away

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Snowmass Village (8-10 mi)

  • Ski village with some après ski
  • Larger rental homes and condos than Aspen
  • Approximately 15 minutes drive away

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For beginners

There's no beginner terrain at Aspen Highlands but Buttermilk is a beginner's mountain just a short 3 mi drive or shuttle bus away!

For intermediates

Intermediates will have a decent amount of terrain to explore here. Warm up with a few laps on the Exhibition lift to get a feel of the mid to lower half of the mountain. Then hop aboard Cloud 9 lift to take on some of our favorites including Gunbarrel and Deane's where you can try out some powder skiing before easily returning back onto the usually groomed main run. Otherwise, Scarlett's Run is great if you love the bumps!

For experts

With endless options for advanced but mostly experts, it's tough picking some of our favorite runs at Aspen Highlands. Besides the infamous Highlands Bowl, check out the the Stagecoach area under the Deep Temerity lift.

Find freshies

Off-piste between the glades and in the bowls are the best spots to catch some freshies! Since most of these are rated as expert terrain, they don't get tracked out quickly. Be sure to check out the runs off the Deep Temerity lift for some fresh powder!

Ditch the crowds

Besides on Saturdays, Aspen Highlands doesn't have a huge amount of crowds. Beware most skiers will take the Exhibition lift in the morning as it serves as a gateway to the upper mountain and the other lifts there.

Non skiers

Non-skiers won't have a problem finding things to do here. The town of Aspen is infamous for its nightlife while during the day there are endless activities such as ice skating, dog-sledding, yoga and so much more! If you're lucky enough to be here in January then be sure to check out the Winter X Games or the Wintersköl Festival.

Families

With no beginner terrain at Aspen Highlands, families with less experience or with little ones might want to opt for nearby Buttermilk and its family-friendly atmosphere and mellow terrain. Otherwise for the more experienced gang, Aspen Highlands is fantastic with a ton of runs ending at Merry-Go-Round restaurant, making it easy to meet up.

Aspen Highlands vs
Aspen HighlandsAspen Mountain
beginner--
intermediate23 %48 %
advanced12 %26 %
expert65 %26 %
total runs144 76
ski area1,040ac 675ac
summit elevation11,677ft 11,214ft
total lifts5 8
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$155 $155
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall200″ 199″

Aspen Highlands Reviews

Fabulous

4.5 / 5

based on 18 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
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Aspen Highlands
0% 23% 77%
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0% 48% 52%
Buttermilk
35% 39% 26%
Snowmass
5% 48% 47%