Aspen Mountain

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Pros

  • Steep terrain with long runs and lots of moguls - a real expert's playground
  • Plenty on offer for intermediate skiers and snowboarders
  • Endless activities and vibrant nightlife in town of Aspen just next to the base
  • Family-friendly resort
  • Lift ticket also covers Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk

Cons

  • Terrain not suitable for beginners; try nearby Snowmass or Buttermilk instead!
  • Limited groomed runs
  • No terrain parks, but there are natural features around
  • Can be a pricey ski vacation

Overall

3.5

Aspen Mountain or “Ajax”, first opened in 1946, and is the flagship venture of the Aspen Skiing Company which has now expanded into a complex of four ski areas. Aspen is collectively known as a “skier’s mountain” as the terrain primarily appeals to intermediates with nearly half the runs rated blue and the remainder to be carved up by advanced and extreme skiers. If it’s your first time skiing, best to head down to its sister resorts Snowmass and Buttermilkacross town.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

February

Ski season on Aspen Mountain generally begins in late November during Thanksgiving weekend and goes through late March - sometimes stretching into April. The crowds start flooding in Christmas week and the party continues until the end of January as the town comes alive for the Wintersköl festival and the X Games. But if you’re only there for the mountain, the slopes are deserted during the X Games though it’s still considered peak season for lodging. If you’re a powder hound, the best months to ski or ride Aspen Mountain are December, January and February. That said, March and April are Colorado’s snowiest months, so even if you arrive late in the season there are still freshies to go around – though the snow tends to be a little heavier, turning into compact powder near the tail end of the season. For a good balance of sun, snow and quiet, February is good bet!

FLY TO

Aspen Pitkin County Airport

DRIVE/ SHUTTLE TO

Aspen Mountain (10 minutes)

Aspen (Walk)

  • Wide variety of lodging, dining and nightlife options
  • Reputation for expensive accommodation
  • Reasonably priced yet less convenient lodging further from slopes

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Snowmass Village (5-10 mi)

  • Great for skiing at Snowmass and other mountains
  • Larger rental homes and condos than Aspen
  • Kids programs at the Treehouse Kids Adventure Centre

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For beginners

There's no beginner terrain at Aspen Mountain so it's best to check out Buttermilk or Snowmass instead!

More beginners tips

For intermediates

Intermediate's will have plenty to ride here! Our picks for intermediates would have to be Dipsy Doodle under the Ajax Express lift and Ruthie's Run beneath Ruthie's lift where you can dip in and out of other runs through the trees.

More intermediates tips

For experts

Aspen Mountain is truly an expert's playground! Check out our favourite here Traynor’s Ridge - the terrain is steep with large rocks and cliffs to launch off while you weave between the trees!

More experts tips

Find freshies

Ride between the trees from the end of Bear Paw to Rayburns above Spar Gulch. Unofficially known as the Cone Dumps, this is where unlimited face shots await!

Ditch the crowds

The Ajax Express lift is one of the busiest lifts, giving access to the upper mountain and two on-mountain restaurants. Avoid it during lunchtime or take the Silver Queen Gondola for other awesome terrain.

Non skiers

Non-skiers will be smothered with the endless activities here. The town of Aspen is notoriously known for its vibrant nightlife so you know where non-skiers will be at night. During the day non-skiers can do everything from yoga classes to nordic skiing.

Families

Families with intermediate skiers should do laps off Silver Queen Gondola where you'll find long and steep blue runs! The resort itself is also known for its family-friendliness and the town of Aspen is conveniently located at the foot of the mountain with a wide range of dining and lodging options.

Aspen Mountain vs
Aspen MountainAspen Highlands
beginner--
intermediate48 %23 %
advanced26 %12 %
expert26 %65 %
total runs76 144
ski area675ac 1,040ac
summit elevation11,214ft 11,677ft
total lifts8 5
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$155 USD (£118 GBP) $155 USD (£118 GBP)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall199″ 200″

Aspen Mountain Reviews

Good

3.8 / 5

based on 46 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Dec 04, 2017
JDJeremy D.
intermediate snowboarder
I love this park. The runs are fun and always varied, the lift time and wait is never very bad. And the options you have from easy runs to diamonds is great. It’s the perfect place for begenners and pros both. If your looking for a awesome place to shred aspen is for you... More
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 30, 2017
BLBen L.
intermediate snowboarder
Wicked terrain! Way too much to explore in one day, so spend a few here! Only downside is it is very expensive, lift tickets and accomodations. Can get quite crowded too. It is busy for good reason though1... More
Fabulous!

4.5 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
DJDaniel J.
expert snowboarder
My favorite of all the Aspen mountains. Lots of variance in terrain from the nice long trails for cruising, to steep and technical for a challenge. Also, the park is always on point. Lift ticket prices are high but this is one mountain where it may be worth it. The mountain is expansive so even on a busier day if you get to the top and steeper... More
Superb!

4.7 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
MSMaximillan S.
intermediate snowboarder
I had the most fun I’ve ever had snowboarding at Aspen mountain, the lifts were efficient, the mountain wasn’t to crowded, and they made it easy to rent equipment. I would definitely shred there again.... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
AGArt G.
beginner skier
I hope I win so I can travel there and enjoy a short vacation. LIVING in Lubbock Texas gets boring sometimes. There's nothing to do here. I'm a disabled Marine Corps veteran... More
Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 20, 2017
DHDavid H.
expert snowboarder
I love Aspen! I grew up a skier so when I return to Aspen Mountain and found skiers, I was thrilled. I could feel the mild distain. "Ug snowboarder". The nice thing about being a former skier is I understand. I have always tried to raise the bar for the clan of Burton Americans. It was a time warp. The moguls were like in the old days. ... More
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Nov 19, 2017
ACAlbert C.
intermediate snowboarder
Aspen was more than I expected. Super friendly staff and such a great environment. The trails were perfectly groomed and has some amazing views. Truly a excellent experience!! I've been recommending the resort to all my friends!... More
Superb!

4.6 / 5

Nov 17, 2017
EMEric M.
beginner snowboarder
This would be fun, and be the best time ever. I would love to do this. This is a trip of a life time. It’s also beautiful as can be.... More
Superb!

4.5 / 5

Nov 12, 2017
SISait I.
beginner skier
Amazing resort for beginners like myself. Friendly staff and great amenities, I would highly recommend it. I stayed for 4 nights and enjoyed each day. The town of Aspen is also great.... More
Average!

3 / 5

Nov 11, 2017
PEPeter E.
intermediate skier
Love it.awesome place.Love to go back.great people.great accesability.great resort.great peole.great prices.great lodging and food.perfect family place.perfect great accomodations and the lodge.love it.love to go there again.great skiing especially with all the snow.... More
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