Aspen Mountain Resort Guide
Aspen Ski Resort is an ideal location with 673 acres of skiing terrain and a 3,267 foot vertical drop.
Aspen Mountain has been a skiing crowd favorite ever since it’s opening in 1947. Located in the White River National Forest, Aspen Mountain sits among "the big four” of Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. With only about 673 acres of skiing terrain, what Aspen lacks in acreage, it makes up in vertical rise.
With a 3,267 foot vertical drop, Aspen Ski Resort has always been a favorite for its steep runs and world-class moguls. This is also why it was a “ski only” facility until 2001, when it changed that rule to finally allow snowboarders to grace its snowy face. Skiers have also been protective of the mountain’s skier-only terrain park, making the resort a perfect place for skiers who want to hone their park skills without having to avoid herds of snowboarders. Aspen Mountain has the best of both worlds, with its fabulously smooth groomers and its heart-pounding tree runs. It is also home to beautiful cross-country ski trails, snow-cat rides, and hiking tours.
The mountain consists of 76 meticulously groomed trails. The steepest one, the Silver Queen, sits at an angle of 42 degrees. Aspen Mountain is not a place for beginners—in fact there is not one beginner trail. Types of runs range from more difficult, to most difficult, to expert. Aspen has eight lifts with small lines and on a crowded day, there are only 3 skiers allowed per acre, allowing for lots of elbowroom. Their Silver Queen Gondola is one of a kind, where riders sit facing back to back for optimal breathtaking mountain views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. It was given a complete facelift in 2006 and now boasts an impressive 147 Swiss-made cabins.
Aspen Mountain has runs that end right in town, perfect for lodging and dining convenience. The locals will tell you the mountain’s best-kept secret is off the groomed runs, where you will find double-black-diamond trails all to yourself.
Right at the base of the mountain sits the epicenter of downtown Aspen. Usually a fantastic place to spot celebrities, the dining and nightlife in Aspen is unmatched. Beneath its star-studded clientele and high-end real estate lies a quaint little town rich in history. The friendly and casual attitude is a nice break from the busy hustle of normal life. Life is slowed down at the Aspen Ski Resort, and visitors are expected to take a deep breath, look around and take it all in. A perfect mix of relaxation and thrills reveals itself on Aspen's Slopes. At the base you will find top-of-the-line boutiques, world-renowned restaurants, beautiful Victorian architecture, art galleries, and shops. Lodging is available for all budget levels from luxury villas to comfortable hotels.
Aspen Mountain is truly an ideal ski resort if you want to spend quality time and make unforgettable memories with your family. The people are friendly, the snow is plentiful, the views are breathtaking, and the slopes are always ready to ride so ask yourself what are you waiting for? Plan your Aspen Ski Resort vacation today.