Heather Burke
SnowPak Local Insider
Heather Burke

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″

Snowmass Reviews

Very Good 4.2 / 5
based on 47 reviews

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Value for money

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How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Average!3 / 5Nov 27, 2012
No need to rent a car. Lodging is close enough to walk to the lifts or take a shuttle bus.
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 03, 2012
loved the variety of terrain! Kept snowing every day we were there adn so many hidden stashes of bounds, out of bounds...just great!
Superb!5 / 5Jul 30, 2012
We learned to ski at Snowmass and my instructor was very good and we have gone back there several more times. We like the bus system, the slopes and accommodations
Superb!5 / 5Jun 19, 2012
We've only been there once, but we remember so many good cruising runs that were perfect for both of us--one a low-end blues skier and one an advanced-blues skier. We also liked the place we stayed: roomy, convenient location for a decent price.
Superb!5 / 5Jan 04, 2012
3 times in Aspen/Snowmass, and they were 3 of my top 4 ski trips.
Very Good!4 / 5Jul 25, 2011
Best ski-in/ski-out resort! Great skiing during the day, and Aspen is just down the road for great nightlife.
Very Good!4 / 5Mar 18, 2011
Snomass has a great combination of ski terrain, accomodations, village area, and ski school. All employees we met were welcoming and friendly.
Very Good!4 / 5Feb 06, 2011
Like a combination of factors - terrain - long crusing plus more challange, if desired - wife and I are both intermediates. Also, like Svillage, reasonable accomodations - family friendly - close to Aspen but not quite as glitzy. Also enjoy lack f life lines!
Superb!5 / 5Oct 29, 2010
Part of 4 MOuntain single ticket...lots of variety of terrain. Good on-mountain eating. Good grooming.
Very Good!4 / 5Feb 28, 2010
It's really not any one thing, but varied dining is one major factor we prefer the Snowmass area.

Other ski resorts in Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Aspen Highlands
0% 23% 77%
Aspen Mountain
0% 48% 52%
35% 39% 26%
5% 48% 47%