Located in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, Aspen was founded as a silver mining town in the 1880s. It’s rich history and period architecture are showcased across all aspects of the modern ski town today.
Aspen is a year-round destination, but due to the geographical location and vast amount of skiable terrain, winter is peak season. The ski resort is spread across four unique mountain areas, Aspen, Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk. Collectively these peaks offer over 5500 acres of vast and varied terrain to suit every level of experience. A world-class ski destination, each year people flock to the region to experience the powder, culinary culture, shopping and acclaimed après ski scene.
Skiers and snowboarders visiting Aspen have the choice of two amazing locations for their winter holiday. Aspen and Snowmass have vibrant villages at the base of each mountain, which are only 10 or 15 minutes respectively from Aspen Airport. We recommend flying into Aspen Airport, but alternatively you could fly into Denver, the mile-high city, which is a 4-hour coach or private transfer to Aspen. Each vibrant village has its own unique charm, our team can help you decide which best suits you based on your accommodation style, ski or snowboard ability and après preferences. Wherever you choose to stay, you will have and incredible experience!
As mentioned above, there are two different areas to stay in Aspen, so here is a little breakdown of each location to help with the decision.
offers a full range of accommodation options; from luxurious hotels and glamorous private homes, self-contained condos to reasonably priced, value packed accommodation, Aspen has an option for every style of holiday. There are slope side accommodation options in Aspen Town, but most people choose to stay there for the lively town atmosphere, with easy access to restaurants, bars and shopping. Staying in town you have the convenience of having a variety of activities on your doorstep and are still only a few blocks walk to the base of Aspen Mountain.
Village is more of a quintessential ski village experience, the village wraps around the base of the ski resort, meaning most Snowmass properties are slope side or true ski-in-ski-out. Most accommodation in Snowmass is condo or apartment style with self-contained facilities and a little more space than a standard hotel room. For that reason Snowmass is great for families and groups of friends travelling together, it provides flexibility, giving you the choice to enjoy the village in the evenings or space to relax and rest your muscles.
The winding, purpose-built ski village offers everything you will need on your Aspen ski holiday. The convenience of skiing or snowboarding directly from your hotel, with easy access to restaurants, retail shopping, grocery and liquor stores for those nights spent relaxing in your condo.
Talk to our ski consultants today about the best options for your dream Aspen trip. No matter your choice, the signature Aspen hospitality is warm and delightful.
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The Aspen Snowmass lift pass grants you access to all four mountains on the one pass and includes the free ski shuttle between them all. Each mountain has its own personality and attributes, so choose a different mountain each day depending on your ability, riding style, or mood, and then try and decide on your favourite!
Aspen Mountain is the steepest terrain of the four, Aspen or Ajax as the locals call it, is best enjoyed steep and fast! The 675 acres of terrain here is best suited to intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders.
Highlands is a down to earth resort and secretly the local favourite. The 1,040 acres of terrain caters to intermediate riders and above. Highlands is paradise for the adventurous, once at the top take a 20-minute hike and you could be dropping into the Highland Bowl, some of the most intense in bounds skiing in Colorado.
Buttermilk is a playful resort and great for absolute beginner skiers or first-time snowboarders. Buttermilk is also the best place if you are keen to hit the terrain parks. With 35% of the 470 acres of terrain classified for beginners, this is a great place for kids and big kids learning to make their turns. Buttermilk is also the home of the Winter X Games in Aspen each year in late January, where the best in the snowsports world compete for the coveted X Games blin