Aspen Mountain

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  • Upscale and lively town with tons of food and shopping
  • Fantastic intermediate and advanced ski terrain
  • Low elevation - altitude sickness won't be a problem
  • Expensive ski vacation

Aspen Mountain Ski Packages

Lodging Discount Price
The Timberline Condominiums
21% off $441
Residences at The Little Nell
16% off $1,717
The Little Nell
16% off $1,802

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Aspen Mountain or “Ajax”, first opened in 1946, and is the flagship venture of the Aspen Skiing Company which has now expanded into a complex of four ski areas. Aspen is collectively known as a “skier’s mountain” as the terrain primarily appeals to intermediates with nearly half the runs rated blue and the remainder to be carved up by advanced and extreme skiers. If it’s your first time skiing, best to head down to its sister resorts Snowmass and Buttermilk across town.

Best month to go


Ski season on Aspen Mountain generally begins in late November during Thanksgiving weekend and goes through late March - sometimes stretching into April. The crowds start flooding in Christmas week and the party continues until the end of January as the town comes alive for the Wintersköl festival and the X Games. But if you’re only there for the mountain, the slopes are deserted during the X Games though it’s still considered peak season for lodging. If you’re a powder hound, the best months to ski or ride Aspen Mountain are December, January and February. That said, March and April are Colorado’s snowiest months, so even if you arrive late in the season there are still freshies to go around – though the snow tends to be a little heavier, turning into compact powder near the tail end of the season. For a good balance of sun, snow and quiet, February is good bet!


Aspen Pitkin County Airport


Aspen Mountain (10 minutes)

Aspen (Walk)

  • Wide variety of lodging, dining and nightlife options
  • Aspen mountain has a reputation for expensive accommodation
  • Reasonably priced yet less convenient lodging further from slopes

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Snowmass Village (5-10 mi)

  • Great location for skiing at Snowmass and other mountains
  • Larger rental homes and condos than Aspen
  • Kids programs at the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center

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For beginners

There's no beginner terrain at Aspen Mountain so it's best to check out Buttermilk or Snowmass instead!

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For intermediates

Intermediate's will have plenty to ride here! Our picks for intermediates would have to be Dipsy Doodle under the Ajax Express lift and Ruthie's Run beneath Ruthie's lift where you can dip in and out of other runs through the trees.

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For experts

Aspen Mountain is truly an expert's playground! Check out our favorite here Traynor's Ridge - the terrain is steep with large rocks and cliffs to launch off while you weave between the trees!

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Find freshies

Ride between the trees from the end of Bear Paw to Rayburns above Spar Gulch. Unofficially known as the Cone Dumps, this is where unlimited face shots await!

Ditch the crowds

The Ajax Express lift is one of the busiest lifts, giving access to the upper mountain and two on-mountain restaurants. Avoid it during lunchtime or take the Silver Queen Gondola for other awesome terrain.

Non skiers

Non-skiers will be smothered with the endless activities here. Aspen Mountain is notoriously known for its vibrant nightlife so you know where non-skiers will be at night. During the day non-skiers can do everything from yoga classes to Nordic skiing.


Families with intermediate skiers should do laps off Silver Queen Gondola where you'll find long and steep blue runs! The resort itself is also known for its family-friendliness as the town of Aspen is conveniently located at the foot of the mountain with a wide range of dining and lodging options.

Aspen Mountain

Aspen MountainAspen Highlands
intermediate48 %23 %
advanced26 %12 %
expert26 %65 %
total runs76 144
ski area675ac 1,040ac
summit elevation11,214ft 11,677ft
total lifts8 5
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$155 $155
back country
value for money
average total snowfall210″ 204″

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Aspen Mountain Reviews

Good 3.9 / 5
based on 58 reviews

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Very Good!4 / 5Feb 20, 2020
Aspen Mountain ReviewsWilliam P.
advanced skier
Great mountain! Snow is amazing and I really enjoyed it. It’s just fantastic and great all round for all abilities and for families too. Hope everyone goes there at some point... More
Good!3.6 / 5Jan 22, 2020
Aspen Mountain ReviewsRoger G.
advanced skier
Would love to my grandson and me will be there in Dec/Jan and we recently lost my husband and my grandson grandpa and his mother is in kidney failure so its a great vacation I've been before love it great slopes wonderful family friendly place fine dinning nice. Lodge and good shopping equipment and food... More
Good!3.6 / 5Jan 05, 2020
Aspen Mountain ReviewsYekusiel K.
advanced snowboarder
I really love aspen mountain when it comes to steeper but not crazy steep skiing in Colorado. They can work on the last bit of trail leading to the gondola it’s a bit overcrowded and almost always icy.... More
Good!3.7 / 5Jan 05, 2020
Aspen Mountain ReviewsRoger G.
advanced skier
Been before and just recently lost my husband and my grandson lost grandpa which was like the farther he never had a trip would be great together for both of us to maybe put thing to rest and try to move on Aspen has beautiful slopes shop's and very hospitalabe people who worked there... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Aug 08, 2019
Aspen Mountain ReviewsBlake Q.
intermediate snowboarder
Fun mountain! For the size there’s plenty to explore. Beginners will have fun with a decent amount of challenge. Lifts work with you (they slow down) and the lines zoom right by!... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Aspen Mountain ReviewsMark W.
expert skier
Aspen makes me feel like a celebrity! It is definitely the classiest mountain I have been too. The terrain here I felt was geared to intermediate to expert skiers. The views are some of the best in Colorado.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Jul 01, 2019
Aspen Mountain ReviewsJoel S.
expert skier
Aspen is Vail, but with class... that’s funny, actually because Aspen is everything Vail wants be, but just can’t. Aspen is it. It’s got all the terrain you want, the history, the mystic... plus movie stars, professional Athletes, Presidents even. Aspen is “the Belle of the ball.” And with shops, bars, restaurants and one sweet modern art museum... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Apr 29, 2019
Aspen Mountain ReviewsAlex S.
expert skier
Aspen Mountain is one of the best mountains in the country. Considering it as one whole resort with Snowmass and Highlands it is truly epic. They have terrain for every level however find gentleman's ridge has the best expert terrain. The lifts aren't usually crowded during weekends except holidays when the glamorous come to town but thats when... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Dec 04, 2018
Aspen Mountain ReviewsDoug S.
intermediate skier
The perfect mountain in the perfect place. Great snow, easy to navigate, terrific people. And right there at the base the best ski town America. Add to that Snowmass and the other Hills and what can you say-it just doesn’t get any better.... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 20, 2018
Aspen Mountain ReviewsFernando L.
advanced snowboarder
Good vertical, great access to town ( you ski to it) and Aspen is one of mu favorite towns in Colorado. Not my favorite of the 4 , but always like to do at least one day there.... More

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