Aspen Mountain Ski Area


Aspen Mountain Ski Area
The slopes at Aspen Mountain Ski Area come right to the edge of town

Aspen Mountain Ski Area is best known for steep bump runs that drop directly into the town of Aspen. With no slopes rated as "Beginner," this isn't a mountain to learn on but rather, one to hone your skills on. Since 1947, anyone who has dared step off the lifts here has been served with incredible black-diamond and double black-diamond steeps, bumps and glades. And if it's powder you want, take the Powder Tour: luxury snowcats will take you to some prime, untracked country on the backside of the mountain. A gourmet lunch is included with the guaranteed fresh tracks.

There's more than 14,000 beds for rent within a 10-mile radius. The Aspen Mountain Base Village offers offers 4 restaurants: Montagna Restaurant, The Tavern, Sundeck, and the Little Nell. The Base Village is in the very heart of downtown Aspen so there''s lots of ambiance and apres-ski entertainment available.

Aspen Mountain was the first ski venture of the Aspen Skiing Company, founded by Walter Paepcke. Today it is one of four ski areas (with Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk) operated by the company as part of the Aspen/Snowmass Ski Complex. Aspen Mountain is a bit small compared to Snowmass, but then so is nearly everything compared to Snowmass.

Quick Facts about Aspen Mountain Ski Area

Season: Late November - Early April (Weather permitting)
Hours of operation: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, MST
Lifts: 8:
* 1 gondola
* 1 high speed quad
* 2 quad chair
* 1 high speed double
* 3 double chairs
Average annual snowfall: 300 inches
Base Elevation: 7,945 ft
Summit elevation: 11,212 ft
Vertical Rise: 3,267 ft
Total Ski/Board Terrain: 673 acres
Snowmaking: 210 acres
Number of Trails: 76
Trail Classifications:
Intermediate: 48%
Advanced: 26%
Expert: 26%
Longest Run: 3 miles
 
Aspen Mountain Ski Area ski trails map
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