Skiing Snowmass Ski Area
Snowmass by itself without counting Aspen, Highlands of Buttermilk is one of the largest ski areas in Colorado and has the most vertical lift served terrain of any resort in the United States at 4,406! This is a complex of skiing with cruisers, glades, bowls, cirques, terrain parks and entire sections of the mountain dedicated to learning. Considered to be one of the best family resorts anywhere because of the wide variety of terrain options and the ability for everyone to ski what they want to ski and still meet for lunch at Gwyn’s High Alpine.
Snowmass built a new gondola a few years ago, and in doing so gave skiers immediate access to the opposite side of the mountain from the base village. This also provided beginners access to a great area of green runs to learn from, allowing beginner skiers the experience of skiing higher up on the mountain instead of on Fanny Hill the traditional beginners area at the base of the ski area.
Intermediate skiers will love the Big Burn, a massive chunk of the mountain that caught fire years ago, leaving a collection of wide open runs that are groomed nightly. The Burn is at the perfect pitch with plenty of space to let it rip. Another great intermediate area is Elk Camp, this part of the mountain has undulating and featured terrain that offers a very unique skiing experience yet still at a blue/intermediate level.
Love to ski trees check out Sneaky’s Glades, Powerline Glades or the newly expanded Burnt Mountain. Both areas are at a great angle for tree skiing, not to steep, and dotted with perfectly space pine trees providing some of the states best tree skiing!
Advanced skiers should head to Sam’s Knob for some high speed antics, or check out High Alpine for some long bump runs that will really test your bump skiing skills. After a run or two on Showcases perfectly spaced bumps you will be glad High Alpine is a fixed grip chair, giving your legs a chance to catch up.
Looking for something a little more extreme Snowmass ski area has it too, the Cirque Headwall is above tree line, putting you out there in a snow covered paradise of steep and deep. Rock Island with optional cliff drop entry has a pillowed landscape that looks like outer space after a big snow storm. Ever wanted to hop pillows like you have seen in the ski movies, this is the place! When you are ready to get really steep check out the Hanging Valley Headwall, the name wall is actually pretty accurate, be sure you are ready for mandatory turns on as near vertical terrain as you are going to see at any ski area in Colorado.
Ready to get upside down or make a few spins, Snowmass has three terrain parks to choose from, with a beginner park/pipe, intermediate park and advanced park and superpipe. Making Snowmass a great area to advance your freestyle skiing. This is only some of the terrain the area offers, but we will leave some of it for you to discover on your own.
Snowmass offers an enormous amount of ski in / ski out lodging and real estate. If you want a ski area that has it all within walking distance of your hotel this is it. If you are looking to own a home at a world class ski resort that has ski slope access this is it, all with access to the dining and night life of Aspen.