Winter is just around the corner!
When Old Man Winter starts knocking on the door of Colorado’s High Country, fresh powder powers the plans of adventurers from all over the world. Aspen happily stands right in the center of all of the action, hanging out at an elevation of 8,000 feet. If you’re on the hunt for an awesome adventure this ski season, the Rocky Mountains have you covered!
This is your ultimate guide for a ski vacation in Aspen!
Best Bunny Hill & Beginner Slopes
If you have little ones or inexperienced skiers in your pack, you’ll probably want to start off slow. Bunny hills are a great way to get your feet wet, so to speak, and they offer experiences that are intentionally away from crowds so new skiers won’t feel intimidated by others.
Buttermilk Park takes the lead for inexperienced skiers in Aspen. Before you start Googling the name and think we’re pulling your leg, beware that this mountain has major personality conflicts. On one side, it plays host to the the world’s Winter X Games. It’s also the notable backdrop of the Red Bull Double Pipe event. But rest assured, there is a family-friendly side that’s laid back and great for beginners. The easy-going side of Buttermilk tends to stay uncrowded, and youngsters will find a learning center with innovative skills training sessions to make skiing easier.
Most Well-Rounded Mountain
Family vacations that require skill can be tough to plan. You might have a combination of first-timers, fearful ones, and experienced adventurers in your crew. Aspen Snowmass takes this cake. This mountain boasts of state-of-the-art facilities. A top-of-the-line ski school provides instruction to those who are just starting out, while skilled skiers can set out on the mountain’s 150 miles of trails. 30% of Snowmass is categorized as expert-level (double black diamond), while easy, difficult, and most difficult levels are fairly evenly available across the mountain.
If steep drops are your thing, head to the S1 run on Aspen Mountain. This run, known for being almost completely vertical, will lead you down a foundation of former mine debris. The plummeting descents are coupled with man-eating moguls that will guide you down the narrow path. This 900-foot run is characterized by border of aspen trees, pitches as steep as 42 degrees, and a total drop of more than 540 feet.
Exhilarating Backcountry Experiences
If you’ve been bitten by the bug that prefers the backcountry, Aspen’s series of trails and huts will be happy to have you along. Experience is ideal you’ll be taking the backcountry ski trails, as the untamed terrain can be susceptible to avalanches, the powder is raw, and the trails can be unpredictable, but experienced guides are available, too.
The Alfred A. Braun Hut System and the 10th Mountain Hut & Trail System are two reputable backcountry experiences, but be advised: backcountry accommodations fill up quickly, especially on weekends. Bookings for the next ski season usually begin in March.
Get your gear ready, and get ready to hit the slopes at exciting speeds! Winter will be here before you know it, and My Aspen Rental is ready to welcome you in with open arms!