Pete Burnett, Overseas Manager

"Aspen has it all - whether you fancy family cruising on Snowmass, hitting the rails in the terrain park on Buttermilk, skiing the famous steeps on Ajax, hiking the legendary bowl up to 3777m on Aspen Highlands (followed by lunch and a well deserved drink or two at what must be the best on-mountain restaurant in Colorado - the wonderful Cloud 9) or simply enjoying the funky and vibrant town of Aspen with shops galore, Aspen suits every mood!"

Aspen Snowmass Ski Holidays

Many of the staff here at Ski Independence will tell you that Aspen Snowmass is the world's best ski resort - high praise indeed when you consider they've visited most of the competition! 

There are four ski mountains to explore on the same lift ticket - Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass, all with their own unique character. The best ski hotels and condos are located in the town of Aspen or at Snowmass Village where a brand new base area was completed in 2009.

Aspen has a reputation for high-end glamour and glitz (and it's there in spades if you want it) but you don't have to look far to discover a relaxed, sometimes bohemian, local's town with heaps of character and charm.

Skiing in Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Highlands boasts breathtaking vistas of the surrounding Maroon Bells and an abundance of expert terrain and groomed cruisers. Hike to the 3,777 metre summit of Highland Bowl for Colorado's ultimate in-bounds backcountry rush. Aspen Highlands also has some amazing groomed runs too, it's not all about the adrenalin rush of the bowl but still, Aspen Snowmass are proud to offer some of the most challenging big mountain terrain in North America.

Snowmass is the largest of the four Aspen Mountains and has a massive amount of groomed runs, glades, steeps and even hikes to play with. The Snowmass lift system is second to none and the Snowmass base area (added in 2009) is a superb addition to the feel of the mountain. Snowmass is the perfect place for a family ski holiday.

Aspen Mountain - and its famous black-diamond terrain - has kept the town of Aspen on the map since 1947, serving up glades, bumps & steeps for anyone who dares to step off the lift.

Buttermilk is famous as the home of the ESPN Winter X Games and voted #1 by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine Reader's Poll for best pipe. Buttermilk built its 50-year legacy on wide-open and gently rolling trails that cater to beginners and families. Keep an eye our for Olympians, Winter X Games champs and other park kids braving the Olympic-calibre, 6.7 metre superpipe in the legendary terrain park.

Aspen Snowmass in the Media

Metrosnow TV: Aspen Freebies Matt Carroll

Metrosnow TV: Into the Wild: Margy's Hut, Aspen Matt Carroll


Important information
Season 26 November–17 April
Ski Area 5,505 acres
Annual Snowfall 25ft
Number of Lifts 42
Ski Range 7,878–12,510ft
Ski Shuttle Free between the four ski areas between 5.30am and 2:15am
Blue Runs 40%
Red Runs 40%
Black Runs 15%
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Distance from airports
Aspen 10mins
Denver 4hr30min