Aspen Ski Company is a world-class company where one lift ticket provides access to four amazing mountain resorts -- Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands. All four incredible mountains are connected to each other by a free short shuttle ride. Whatever your skiing or snowboarding ability, or wherever your daredevil desires rank, Aspen has something for you. From scenic vistas with breathtaking views and boundless terrain options for all skiing levels to limitless après-ski options, Aspen is all about having something for everyone.
SNOWMASS is the largest of the four Aspen resorts, larger in fact than the other three areas combined. Annually ranked as one of North America's top family ski destinations, Snowmass has a world-renowned reputation. Along with its 3,300 acres of skiable terrain, Snowmass boasts the most vertical feet of any ski area in the United States, rising 4,406 vertical feet from a base elevation of 8,104 feet. Snowmass offers oodles of groomed cruisers, wide-open bowls, mogul runs, and multiple "green" areas, as well as lots of steep and deep.
*Stats for Snowmass terrain: easiest: 6 percent; more difficult: 47 percent; most difficult: 17 percent; expert: 30 percent.
**Snowmass closes April 16.
ASPEN MOUNTAIN is the oldest of the four Aspen resorts and is situated on the north flank of Aspen Mountain and Bell Mountain. Locals often refer to it by its former name, "Ajax." Aspen Mountain rises directly from the heart of downtown Aspen. The resort is famous for its black diamond runs and has a good variety of mogul runs and lots of steeps and deeps as well. Aspen Mountain offers 76 runs accessed by eight lifts, including a gondola and high-speed quad.
*Stats for Aspen Mountain terrain: easiest: 0 percent; more difficult: 48 percent; most difficult: 26 percent; expert: 26 percent.
**Aspen closes April 16.
BUTTERMILK has the lowest altitude of the Aspen group at 7,870 feet, with a summit elevation of 9,900 feet. Recognized as a kids and beginner paradise, Buttermilk is known for its family-oriented focus and for its world-class terrain park. In recent years, Buttermilk has also become famous for hosting the ESPN Winter X Games and for its 22-foot superpipe. Buttermilk offers eight lifts with three high-speed quads leading the way to miles and miles of smooth groomers.
*Stats for Buttermilk terrain: easiest: 35 percent; more difficult: 30 percent; most difficult: 26 percent; expert: 0 percent.
**Buttermilk closes April 2.
HIGHLANDS is located on Highland Peak and Loge Peak. With its wealth of black diamond runs and its breathtaking 360-degree mountain views, Aspen Highlands is in a world all its own. Also known as having the best in-bounds, big-mountain terrain in the state, the drama that attracts most expert skiers above the 11,675-foot summit elevation is a hike to the top of the 12,392-foot renowned Highland Bowl. The Highlands features five lifts, including three high-speed quads and two triples.
*Stats for Highlands terrain: easiest: 18 percent; more difficult: 30 percent; most difficult: 16 percent; expert: 36 percent.
**Aspen Highlands closes April 9.