Buttermilk, sounds sweet right? Well, this lovely little mountain really is and just so happens to be one of the areas more suitable for beginners and families, so if it’s a first time on those skis for you or you’ve got some youngsters in tow, this is the one to head to. Located close to restaurants and hotels, you won’t have to lug your gear far either.
At a glance
Buttermilk has the honour of being part of the original Aspen trio of the 1960s (along with Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands). It’s made up of three ski areas: West Buttermilk, the easy run, Main Buttermilk, a regular run, and for those adrenaline junkies, Tiehack is the more difficult. With 44 trails to suit a range of different abilities, you’ve got plenty to choose from on this powdery misted peak.
What to see
Buttermilk is renowned for hosting the X Games since 2002 through to 2014. The 22-foot superpipe in the terrain park was voted number one for best pipe by the Transworld Snowboarding Magazine Reader’s Poll. This may seem intense, and we’re not suggesting to hurl yourself into it (unless you want to), but it’s quite the impressive sight and many Olympians and professionals have graced the pipe.
Start the kids young with ski or snowboard lessons from three years old upwards at one of Buttermilk’s Ski and Snowboard Schools. With beginner slopes and parks in abundance on Buttermilk, get started on the Panda Pipe to nurture that wannabe professional.
Why we love it
Aside from the adorable name, there’s a lot to love about Buttermilk. It caters for everyone, from seasoned skier all the way to novice youngster. You’ll also be treated to some incredible views whilst dining at mountain restaurants, Bumps and The Cliffhouse.