Aspen Mountain is infamous for its black-diamond terrain, so we’d recommend this place first and foremost to all the experienced skiers out there. Still, even if you’re not, a visit here isn’t wasted. It’s yet another beautiful mountain range that’s worth a look, with some great bars and restaurants to boot.
AT A GLANCE
Aspen Mountain is 11,000 feet of on and off-piste powder, glades, moguls, steep faces and a variety of intermediate runs. Its nicknamed the ‘Athlete’s Mountain’ and has some of the most challenging terrain in the whole of North America. So, adrenaline seekers, this is the place to strap on those ski boots and exert yourself.
WHAT TO DO
The terrain is more suited to expert skiers but nearly half of their marked trails are Blue runs so ideal for the intermediate skier too. The winter season runs from November to April, and there’s an impressive 76 slopes to choose from (that’s without mentioning the off-piste powder). The new gondola ensures you get up and down the mountain quickly and safely and offers some incredible views. When the skis come off, Après ski at Aspen Mountain rivals the skiing and snowboarding with its mountain café Sundeck at the summit, offering some great food and beautiful views, whilst the Ajax Tavern at the base of the mountain is a great place to rest those tired muscles with a beer in hand.
WHY WE LIKE IT
We love that although this mountain is more suited to expert skiers, the resort has plenty of options for everyone else. Variety is the spice of life, after all. If you’re an early bird join the staff on their ‘First Tracks’ and be the first to hit the fresh powder of the day. The NASTAR national ski racing championships are also held here, and if you’re interested in high-altitude living, free mountain tours teach you everything you need to know from wildlife tracking to avalanches.