Snowmass ~



For the quintessential Colorado skiing experience, Snowmass offers an unforgettable environment. The deep powder snow found here invites countless skiers and snowboarders to the slopes for days of enjoyable riding. The blue skies and bright sun make the overall experience here almost dream-like.

There are four main mountains connected together, with Snowmass being just one of them. The others include Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. Amounting to close to 5,000 acres serviced by a whopping 42 lifts, Aspen/Snowmass is the ultimate ski playground for those who have a day or a month to enjoy Colorado’s most famous skiing.

All of this is supported by the sheer size of Snowmass, dwarfing most other mountains in the region. The number of ski options is hard to beat, and most families and groups make their way here for this diversity.

Getting to Snowmass is easy from Aspen town, just 12 miles away. Without getting up too high in elevation, those skiers who want to come in, ski, and go home can work out of Snowmass Village which offers nice skiing conditions and ranks high in convenience.

While there are other ski resorts offering a more custom tailored experience for certain niche groups of skiers, Snowmass has everything that a skier or snowboarder would need to have a great time riding in Colorado. Truly a sampler of what Colorado has to offer; spending some time on the runs of Snowmass is a necessary activity for those in need of some time on the snow.

Snowmass Stats

Base Elevation: 8,104 ft
Summit Elevation: 12,510 ft
Vertical Drop: 4,406 ft
Skiable Area: 3,132 acres
Annual Snowfall: 300 in
Snowmaking: 7 %
Number of Lifts: 21
Uphill Lift Capacity: 31,080 per hour
Types of Lifts: 

  • 6 Surface Lifts
  • 2 Quads
  • 7 HiSpeed Quads
  • 1 Six-Passenger Pulse Gondola
  • 1 High-Speed Six Passenger
  • 1 Eight-Passenger Gondola
Number of Trails: 91
Longest Run: 27,984 ft


Snowmass Reviews:

Alex S from Kansas                                                                                                      Dec 26, 2008

Snowmass to this day remains very close to my heart. Snowmass is where I learned to ski/snowboard and my grandparents were part owners of a small ski-in/out condo. I have not been there for a few years but when I was last there it was amazing. The terrain is some of the best east of Summit County. The gladed terrain is the absolute best one will find. All upper areas of the mountain are great for all levels and the Cirque poma is offers an amazing view of other peaks in the area and access to a really fun bowl. The only thing I did not like about the place was that, now it probably has changed since the gondolas were put into place, the lines were very long at the bottom of the mountain. Once one gets up past the bottom half of the mountain it is all fun and great snow. (courtesy –


My Take: Snowmass is wide open and sprawling. I skied there 4 days in 1973 and haven’t been back since. At the time, it seemed like the biggest place in the world to me! I don’t know that many people that ride that place; it seems like a destination for families and tourist that want the Aspen experience but not the hardcore steep and deep . . . is that you? Then Snowmass is your place.

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