Not many ski resorts can boast a mountain dedicated for specialty use but Aspen has just that with the Buttermilk ski area. Buttermilk is the perfect beginners area with low angle and wide open runs that are groomed to perfection every night.
The Bumps and Powder Panda ski schools operate at Buttermilk and every year teach untold number of adults and children how to ski. Expect the same level of experience and professionalism as instructors from Aspen on a mountain that is suited for beginners.
For kids there is Panda Peak, a area specifically designed to be kid friendly, giving young ones a comfortable place to experience the joy of skiing, nurturing them for the bigger runs to come. Once they little ones advance from Panda Peak and onto the main part of the mountain there is a life sized for to explore and a serpentine ski maze to play in.
Once you get your ski legs under you and are ready to try something a bit harder, the Tiehack side of Buttermilk has great groomed advanced/single black diamond runs. These are ideal as they are not as intimidating as the black diamonds on Aspen or Highlands but still steeper than blue runs. There are also even less skiers on Tiehack than anywhere else, so the pressure of other advanced skiers flying by is removed.
Almost ironically Buttermilk is a bit of a dichotomy in that while having amazing learning terrain, it is also home to the worlds premier annual extreme skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling competition, the Winter X Games. Voted #1 by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine Reader’s Poll for best pipe. The 22-foot superpipe does not disappoint, as many X Games winners, Olympians and up-and-comers can attest. The legendary terrain park runs from the top to the bottom of the mountain covering almost 2,000 feet with rails, kickers, jibs and gaps, with the big air launch right before the base for everyone to see your best!
Stop in for lunch at the Cliff House and you are rewarded with breathtaking views of Pyramid Peak as the back of the mountain drops off into Maroon Creek Valley. Buttermilk is also easy to get to, right of the main road leading into Aspen, and has a shuttle running to Highlands every 20 minutes. Buttermilk really does provide an amazingly friendly place to experience the joy of skiing in a comfortable atmosphere.