Aspen Snowmass' "Power of Four" ski resorts—Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and
Snowmass—and downtown Aspen provide the perfect opportunity to experience four
unique vacations within minutes of one another. Aspen's quaint Victorian town
and Aspen Mountain—the ski area that rises out of town—offer a glimpse into the
West's storied mining-boom era, while Buttermilk provides less-seasoned skiers
and snowboarders with welcoming, gentle groomers. Snowmass affords a slopeside
allure that can't be denied, and fantasies become realities atop Aspen
Highlands Bowl—it’s all there, it's all top-notch and it's all on just one lift
ticket. The four resorts combined offer 5,517 total acres of terrain, eight
parks and 336 trails served by 43 lifts. Few destinations can offer such varied
terrain and experiences just minutes away.
Beginner skiers will thrive at Buttermilk and Snowmass, both have beginner and kid-friendly facilities, and designated “learn to ski” zones designed for adults and children. All-in-all Aspen Snowmass is an intermediate skier’s heaven, since the overwhelming majority of all four mountains, aka the “Power of Four” terrain is designated as intermediate terrain. Beginner skiers, especially first-timers, are discouraged from skiing at Aspen Mountain, because there are no green trails.
On the flip side, expert skiing is what Aspen Mountain or "Ajax Mountain" and Aspen Highlands are known for. There’s no better place for top-to-bottom runs thanks to Ajax’ Silver Queen Gondola’s 3,267 foot vertical ascent. Aspen Mountain is famous for its long, steep mogul runs and challenging fall-line. Those with a spirit of adventure can also get their kicks by hiking the 700 vertical feet to the top of famed Aspen Highland Bowl. You’ll be rewarded at the Bowl’s summit with one Aspen Snowmass’ best views and an unparalleled off-piste experience.