- Family-friendly atmosphere and terrain
- Mellow slopes perfect for beginners
- Some of Aspen's best terrain parks
- Less crowded than neighboring Aspen ski resorts
- Just 10 minutes drive to the city of Aspen; famous for its nightlife
- Slopes aren't very steep
- Smallest of the Aspen ski resorts and receives the least snowfall
- Lack of après ski
- Very limited accommodation
Often considered the easiest mountain of the four in Aspen, Buttermilk’s laid-back atmosphere, mellow slopes, wide open groomers, and breathtaking scenery make it the best in Aspen to learn on and a true haven for beginners and families. But don’t let that side of the story fool you, Buttermilk’s legendary terrain parks is also home to some of Aspen’s best. Don’t believe us? It hosts high profile freestyle events like the ESPN Winter X Games and the Red Bull Double Pipe event!
Early to mid-December and January
Aspen Pitkin County Airport
DRIVE / BUS TO
Buttermilk (5 minutes)
Base of Buttermilk (Walk)
- Very limited accommodation
- Only one ski-in/ski hotel
- Limited dining and après ski
Aspen (2-3 mi)
- Tons of lodging, dining, and nightlife
- 10 minutes drive from Buttermilk
- Expensive lodging but some reasonably priced options available
Buttermilk is a beginner's mountain with plenty of gentle slopes and wide open groomers. Never-evers can start off on the beginner Panda ski hill while those with a bit more experience can check out the West Buttermilk area for easy greens and cruisey blues. Our pick for beginners with a bit more stamina is Westward Ho, the longest trail at Buttermilk!More beginners tips
The Main Buttermilk area is best suited for intermediates though they're not the most challenging of runs. That's not to say the blues here are no fun, just check out Savio and Camp Bird, two of our favorites here! If you're looking for more variety, head on over to Aspen Mountain.More intermediates tips
Buttermilk lacks advanced terrain, so head on over to Aspen Highlands if you're looking for a real challenge! But if you must ski or ride here, the Timber Doodle Glade is fantastic for off-piste tree skiing, plus it's hardly tracked out since Buttermilk is mostly made up of a less experienced clientele.More experts tips
The trees in the Tiehack area and in particularly the Timber Doodle Glade holds fresh snow weeks after a storm. Plus it doesn't get tracked out quickly since most skiers at Buttermilk are less experienced.
Ditch the crowds
Buttermilk doesn't see many crowds as they're usually at the other larger Aspen ski resorts nearby. If you do see crowds here, it'll be during holidays and the Winter X-Games in January.
Being a family-friendly resort, Buttermilk lacks in the après ski department. Luckily, the vibrant city of Aspen is just a short 10 minutes drive away!
Buttermilk is renowned for it's family-friendly atmosphere and its mellow terrain make it ideal for families, especially for those with beginners or little ones.
|intermediate||39 %||23 %|
|advanced||21 %||12 %|
|expert||5 %||65 %|
|child lift ticket||Free||Free|
|adult lift ticket||$155||$155|
|value for money|
|average total snowfall||195″||200″|