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|Ski area:||675 acres|
|Longest Run:||3.0 miles|
|HS Quad Chairs:||1|
|HS Double Chairs:||1|
Aspen Mountain can be found at the edge of the town of Aspen Colorado. In fact the base village at the foot of Aspen Mountain is the town of Aspen itself, a descendant of an old Colorado silver mining town turned upscale luxury destination ski resort. The terrain is rated for intermediates and higher with no beginner "green" rated terrain. Aspen Mountain, nicknamed "Ajax" by locals, is one of four Aspen area resorts (the other are Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk). Buses in the area eventually lead to the bus terminal near the base of Aspen Mountain (close even when walking in ski boots), making access the resort about as simple as it could possibly be. Parking is limited and expensive making bus travel essential.
Hot cider is served on the mountain
View of Aspen Mountain from the top of F.I.S. chairlift
Aspen Mountain has a variety of steep runs at the intermediate and advanced levels, lots of mogul runs and steep mogul runs. It is a small mountain which can be covered in a day or two. Luckily there are three other Aspen resorts nearby to explore.
Blue Run: "Copper Bowl"
Blue Run: "Silver Bell", easy, groomed, wide and flat.
"Walsh's": a run with trees
Mogul run under the Silver Queen gondola
Many Double Black Diamond Mogul runs feed off of "International", available from the peak of F.I.S. chair
Moguls on "Shadow Mountain 1A Lift Line": ski with an audience - glory or shame
Aspen is the gateway to the Sawarch and Elk mountain ranges.
The adjacent Conundrum Valley and Castle Valley is an avalanche prone area and last took a life of an experienced local in February 2015.
Check the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) Aspen Colorado avalanche conditions before heading out.
There is also a network of cabins which are part of the Colorado Rocky Mountain hut system maintained by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association.
They are self sufficient and well equipped for overnight boarding. Reservations are required.
Luxury Aspen Mountain Snowcat tours are available from the top of the Silver Queen gondola. These "Aspen Powder Tours" are available by reservation: 970-920-0720 or 800-525-6200 x3720
See Aspen Powder Tours
There are a number of guided lift-served back-country descents offered by Aspen Expeditions: 970 925-7625
Other guided backcountry tours and guides:
Shopping and dining in the town of Aspen define elegance and luxury
Discount ski lift tickets
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