Aspen was originally a silver mining town built in the late 19th century and is one of the most charming of the North American ski resorts. This mountain town has very carefully preserved much of its rich history, but also has a fantastic selection of modern shops and restaurants which cater to the budget as well as the affluent traveler. In our opinion Aspen is comparable in price to Vail and other major Colorado resorts, so don’t let the glitzy reputation put you off visiting this great mountain resort!
There are many choices of accommodation in the Aspen & Snowmass area and with an efficient and free bus service connecting the four ski areas there is little need for a rental car. We recommend staying in Aspen if you want to have good access to the shopping, bars, restaurants and nightlife. Families with children may want to consider staying in Snowmass, as most accommodations are only a short walk to the ski slopes. The ski school in Snowmass has the best selection of ski lessons and programs for children and teenagers, as well as extensive terrain parks for both snowboarders and skiers. The four mountains are all within 25 mins of each other and easily served by the free shuttle buses, with continous departures throughout the day.
Aspen Mountain also known as ‘Ajax Mountain’ to the locals, is located in the heart of Aspen and only minutes from many Aspen accommodations. Aspen Mountain is perfect for strong intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders. The Silver Queen Gondola runs from the base to the summit of Aspen mountain in 18 minutes and operates year round. There are also daily snowcat tours for powder skiing on the back of Aspen Mtn.
Aspen Highlands is the ‘locals-mountain’ with its uncrowded groomers, challenging, steep bumps and the famous hike up to Highland’s Bowl for a rewarding 360 degree view and an even more exciting skiing experience on the double diamond terrain below.
Snowmass, the biggest ski area of the four, is only 25 mins by bus from Aspen. Ski the entire day and never do the same run twice. From Powderhorn all the way over to Long Shot, which is 5 miles in length and the longest run in the area. Endless Cruisers, inbounds backcountry, parks, pipes, steeps are all here. There is skiing here for all abilities, with an excellent ski school for children and adults. With a vertical drop of 4,406 feet and 3,132 acres of terrain, the sheer volume of Snowmass demands repeat visits. Perfect for families, the base village features the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center.
Buttermilk is a family mountain and and perfect place for learning to ski or snowboard. Buttermilk also hosts the ESPN X-Games the last weekend in January. There is a superpipe and top-to-bottom terrain park, as well as many rolling slopes perfect for learning a new sport or improving your technique. Buttermilk is located 10 mins on the bus from the city of Aspen.
Our selection of properties, from great value family run lodges to beautifully styled condominiums, cater to all budgets. Aspen & Snowmass is really more affordable than many people realise due to the large selection of accommodations and extensive choice of restaurants. There are over 50 restaurants in Aspen and they offer a range of cuisine from simple dining to the finest gourmet. Some of the best chefs in the country have chosen Aspen to live and work. There is a great selection of bars and nightclubs, as well as regular live music at the Belly Up, which often has world famous artists performing at this intimate venue. There are also two cinemas and a theatre, so there’s no shortage of entertainment off the ski slopes!
Aspen/Snowmass is one of the most accessible Rocky Mountain resorts, with the choice of Aspen, Eagle and Denver airports. The Aspen/Pitkin airport is located just three miles from Aspen and six miles from Snowmass Village. Snowmass is 220 miles or 4 1/2 hours from Denver, and just 1 1/2 hours from Vail/Eagle Airport. Snowmass is located 9 miles from downtown Aspen.
Base elevation: 7,945 ft./2,422 m
Summit elevation: 11,212 ft./3,418 m
Vertical rise: 3,267 ft./996 m
Terrain: 675 acres/273 hectares
Trails: 76, Miles/km of trails: 64 miles/103 km, Longest run: 3 miles/4.83 km
Types of trails: easiest: 0%, more difficult: 48%, most difficult: 26%, expert: 26%
Base: 8,040 ft./2,451 m
Summit: 11,675 ft./3,559 m. (Highland Bowl 12,392 ft.)
Vertical rise: 3,635 ft./1,108 m.
Types of trails: easiest: 18%, more difficult: 30%, most difficult: 16%, expert: 36%
Base elevation: 7,870 ft./2,399 m
Summit elevation: 9,900 ft./3,018 m
Vertical rise: 2,030 ft./619 m
Terrain: 470 acres/190 hectares,
Trails: 44, Miles/km of trails: 21 miles/34 km, Longest run: 3 miles/4.83 km
Types of trails: easiest: 35%, more difficult: 39%, most difficult: 26%, expert: 0%
Parks and pipes: 2 terrain parks: Buttermilk Park has over 100 features including a 22-foot superpipe and an X Games slopestyle course. For the beginner: Panda Pipe and Ski & Snowboard Schools Park (S3 Park)
Base elevation: 8,104 ft./2,473 m
Summit elevation: 12,510 ft./3,813 m
Vertical rise: 4,406 ft./1,343 m
Terrain: 3,132 acres/1,267 hectares
Trails: 91, Miles/km of trails: 147 miles/237 km, Longest run: 5.3 miles/8.5 km
Types of trails: easiest: 6%, more difficult: 50%, most difficult: 12%, expert: 32%
Parks and pipes: 3 terrain parks (Snowmass Park, Makaha and Lowdown), 1 superpipe (new this year, 22 feet high!) and 1 beginner pipe
The 4 Mountain Lift Ticket includes free transport between each mountain.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment