Established by silver miners in 1879, Aspen’s skiing history started on a small scale in the 1930s, but since the opening of its first ski lift after the Second World War, it hasn’t looked back. Aspen offers a tempting array of skiable terrain covering four mountains; beginners will delight in the choice of slopes on Buttermilk, intermediates can improve their talents on the wide-open slopes at Snowmass, Aspen's sister ski resort, whilst advanced skiers generally head to Aspen Mountain – not for the faint-hearted – to stretch their skills to the limit. In addition, Aspen Highlands, one of the most popular regions to ski, offers the widest range of levels of slopes in Aspen Valley.
At a Glance
Snow: There’s an annual average of 300 inches of snow; all areas have substantial snowmaking and benefit from immaculate grooming Lift system: Each mountain has one or two major fast chairs or a gondola to take visitors to the top stations Apres Ski: Aspen itself harbours a wide selection of restaurants, shops and bars Families: Snowmass is better suited to younger families with its easier terrain and Family Zone with its adventurous and interactive kids trails Other activities: In addition to snowboarding, cross-country skiing, paragliding, ice skating and dog sledding, the arts feature very highly and visitors can enjoy galleries, an art museum and the theatre