Aspen Mountain

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  • 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 ski resort
  • Lift ticket also covers Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk
  • 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

Aspen Mountain Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Residences at The Little Nell
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £4,105
Limelight Hotel Aspen
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £1,845
The St. Regis Aspen Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
0% off £2,434

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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 Buttermilk across town.

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go


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!


Aspen Pitkin County Airport


Aspen Mountain (10 minutes)

Aspen (Walk)

  • Wide variety of lodging, dining and nightlife options
  • Aspen mountain has a reputation for expensive accommodation
  • Reasonably priced yet less convenient lodging further from slopes

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Snowmass Village (5-10 mi)

  • Great location 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!

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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.

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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!

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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. Aspen Mountain 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 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 as the town of Aspen is conveniently located at the foot of the mountain with a wide range of dining and lodging options.

Aspen Mountain

Aspen MountainAspen Highlands
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 (£120 GBP) $155 USD (£120 GBP)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall199″ 200″

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Aspen Mountain Reviews

Good 3.9 / 5
based on 53 reviews

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Very Good!4 / 5May 25, 2009
Aspen is Aspen. Great skiing, dining, nightlife, people, beauty. It's a whole experience there.
Very Good!4 / 5May 22, 2009
The town is wonderful to walk through. The attitude of most people is down to earth. You can have great skiing but if you are uncomfortable afterwards by how the locals treat you, you won't want to go back. Not the case when my wife and I went there.
Superb!5 / 5Mar 16, 2009
great snow, great town to visit, and we ususally stay at the same hotel
Average!3 / 5Mar 12, 2009
Great but Aspen itself is small mnt, need to travel to Snowmass for variety
Superb!5 / 5Jan 21, 2009
Great condos at ski club prices and a good location for all skiers to go to the other mountains.
Average!3 / 5Jan 08, 2009
Usually always good snow conditions as well.
Very Good!4 / 5Dec 19, 2008
Aspen Mountain has such good terrain that if skied properly, you can almost double the amount of vertical.
Poor!2 / 5Aug 01, 2008
Nice, but very crowded and pricey
Average!3 / 5Apr 21, 2008
not too mucked up with touristy junk.....
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 15, 2007
I like Aspen for apres skiing and other nearby resorts for terrain and ski school.

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