Heather Burke
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Heather Burke
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Aspen Colorado is a top ski resort in the world, for many reasons, four ski mountains, a great Colorado ski town, legendary après ski, on mountain ski hotels, gorgeous scenery and great ski events. Of Aspen Skiing Company's four ski resorts, with 5,500 ac combined, Snowmass is the largest, bigger than Aspen Mountain (Ajax),  Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk which are separate but all included on one lift ticket. It's a 10 mi drive to Snowmass from downtown Aspen.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Snowmass vs
SnowmassAspen Highlands
beginner5 %-
intermediate48 %23 %
advanced17 %12 %
expert30 %65 %
total runs96 144
ski area3,332ac 1,040ac
summit elevation12,510ft 11,677ft
total lifts43 5
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$145 $155
back country
value for money
average total snowfall206″ 200″
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Snowmass Reviews

Very Good 4.2 / 5
based on 47 reviews

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Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 07, 2017
EWEvan W.
advanced skier
This place rocks! So much to ride here, you'll never ride it all! If it's between this place and aspen, go here every time! You won't regret it at all!... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 07, 2017
CTClaudia T.
intermediate skier
Excellent, the area is not crowded and the town is very cozy. The resort we stayed was ski in ski out and very convenient. The market was close by, you can walk or take a shuttle. ... More
Average!3.4 / 5Nov 06, 2017
TMTerry M.
advanced skier
Great atmosphere with four mountains nearby. Love the wide open spaces at Snowmass. But if you know the resort, there are great bump runs through the trees and all kinds of places to find a little untracked powder.... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 25, 2017
JSJason S.
Snowmass is a huge mountain that is fun for the entire family. We stayed at a resort on the mountain, which was nice for ski in and ski out. It was easy getting on and off lifts and I liked the benches at the top of the lifts. I snowboard and the benches made it nice for strapping in. You can take the buses, for free, to any of the other aspen... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 20, 2017
EWEvan W.
Snowmass is where it's at. Everyone else head to Aspen because, let's face it, that's where the tourists go and will continue to go. So fluffy and quiet; this place rocks!
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 18, 2017
GCGlenn C.
Big resort with terrain for all skill levels. great destination resort as there is a lot of onsite accommodation.If its not a powder day i like to start with 12 minute laps on sam's knob then work my way across the mountain to big burn and cirque. On a powder day you can do laps through trees on burnt mountain using elk camp lift
Superb!5 / 5Oct 07, 2017
Snowmass has something for everyone. It has plenty of flatter beginner terrain, lots of intermediate terrain, as well as some expert terrain here and there. If you are in the Aspen/ Snowmass area, Snowmass will probably have the most to offer for most people.
Very Good!4 / 5Jul 30, 2013
I thought that the resort was very family friendly, low key, extremely accessible for skiing, and very fairly priced
Poor!1 / 5Apr 24, 2013
Varied and hugh but too crowded
Poor!1 / 5Apr 06, 2013
Snowmass has a very "commercial" setting at the bottom of the mountain with a back area that contradicts its bottom mountain atmosphere. It doesn't feel very down to earth as far as "people welcomed here."

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