Aspen Mountain

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Pros

  • Steep terrain with long runs and lots of moguls - a real expert's playground
  • Plenty on offer for intermediate skiers and snowboarders
  • Endless activities and vibrant nightlife in town of Aspen just next to the base
  • Family-friendly resort
  • Lift ticket also covers Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk

Cons

  • Terrain not suitable for beginners; try nearby Snowmass or Buttermilk instead!
  • Limited groomed runs
  • No terrain parks, but there are natural features around
  • Can be a pricey ski vacation

Overall

3.5

Aspen Mountain or “Ajax”, first opened in 1946, and is the flagship venture of the Aspen Skiing Company which has now expanded into a complex of four ski areas. Aspen is collectively known as a “skier’s mountain” as the terrain primarily appeals to intermediates with nearly half the runs rated blue and the remainder to be carved up by advanced and extreme skiers. If it’s your first time skiing, best to head down to its sister resorts Snowmass and Buttermilk across town.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

February

Ski season on Aspen Mountain generally begins in late November during Thanksgiving weekend and goes through late March - sometimes stretching into April. The crowds start flooding in Christmas week and the party continues until the end of January as the town comes alive for the Wintersköl festival and the X Games. But if you’re only there for the mountain, the slopes are deserted during the X Games though it’s still considered peak season for lodging. If you’re a powder hound, the best months to ski or ride Aspen Mountain are December, January and February. That said, March and April are Colorado’s snowiest months, so even if you arrive late in the season there are still freshies to go around – though the snow tends to be a little heavier, turning into compact powder near the tail end of the season. For a good balance of sun, snow and quiet, February is good bet!
Airplane

FLY TO

Aspen Pitkin County Airport

Car

DRIVE/ SHUTTLE TO

Aspen Mountain (10 minutes)

Aspen (Walk)

  • Wide variety of lodging, dining and nightlife options
  • Reputation for expensive accommodation
  • Reasonably priced yet less convenient lodging further from slopes

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Snowmass Village (5-10 mi)

  • Great for skiing at Snowmass and other mountains
  • Larger rental homes and condos than Aspen
  • Kids programs at the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center

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For beginners

There's no beginner terrain at Aspen Mountain so it's best to check out Buttermilk or Snowmass instead!

More beginners tips

For intermediates

Intermediate's will have plenty to ride here! Our picks for intermediates would have to be Dipsy Doodle under the Ajax Express lift and Ruthie's Run beneath Ruthie's lift where you can dip in and out of other runs through the trees.

More intermediates tips

For experts

Aspen Mountain is truly an expert's playground! Check out our favorite here Traynor’s Ridge - the terrain is steep with large rocks and cliffs to launch off while you weave between the trees!

More experts tips

Find freshies

Ride between the trees from the end of Bear Paw to Rayburns above Spar Gulch. Unofficially known as the Cone Dumps, this is where unlimited face shots await!

Ditch the crowds

The Ajax Express lift is one of the busiest lifts, giving access to the upper mountain and two on-mountain restaurants. Avoid it during lunchtime or take the Silver Queen Gondola for other awesome terrain.

Non skiers

Non-skiers will be smothered with the endless activities here. The town of Aspen is notoriously known for its vibrant nightlife so you know where non-skiers will be at night. During the day non-skiers can do everything from yoga classes to nordic skiing.

Families

Families with intermediate skiers should do laps off Silver Queen Gondola where you'll find long and steep blue runs! The resort itself is also known for its family-friendliness and the town of Aspen is conveniently located at the foot of the mountain with a wide range of dining and lodging options.

Aspen Mountain vs
Aspen MountainAspen Highlands
beginner--
intermediate48 %23 %
advanced26 %12 %
expert26 %65 %
total runs76 122
ski area675ac 1,040ac
summit elevation11,214ft 11,677ft
total lifts8 5
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$155 $155
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall199″ 200″

Aspen Mountain Reviews

Good

3.8 / 5

based on 46 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
Have your say on Aspen Mountain
Very Good!

4 / 5

Aug 13, 2009
DDiane
Aspen has greast lodging & fun restaurants. It's not as family-friendly, though, & pricier. We'd like to try Steamboat springs for a family vacation & see how it compares to Beaver Run & Aspen.
Superb!

5 / 5

Jul 15, 2009
JJohn
Aspen is great because of a number of factors such as mountain terrain, snow conditions, scenery, nightlif and dining. Aspen has it all.
Average!

3 / 5

Jun 29, 2009
SSunil
Its gotten to be too pricey these days. But Aspen is still a beautiful ski place.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Jun 04, 2009
PPaul
Aspen is beautiful but the one time I went there it was REALLY cold.
Very Good!

4 / 5

May 25, 2009
EErika
Aspen is Aspen. Great skiing, dining, nightlife, people, beauty. It's a whole experience there.
Very Good!

4 / 5

May 22, 2009
RRichard
The town is wonderful to walk through. The attitude of most people is down to earth. You can have great skiing but if you are uncomfortable afterwards by how the locals treat you, you won't want to go back. Not the case when my wife and I went there.
Superb!

5 / 5

Mar 16, 2009
MMark
great snow, great town to visit, and we ususally stay at the same hotel
Average!

3 / 5

Mar 12, 2009
WWayne
Great but Aspen itself is small mnt, need to travel to Snowmass for variety
Superb!

5 / 5

Jan 21, 2009
TTheresa
Great condos at ski club prices and a good location for all skiers to go to the other mountains.
Average!

3 / 5

Jan 08, 2009
RRmbonamarte
Usually always good snow conditions as well.
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Aspen Mountain
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Buttermilk
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