The largest of the four mountains at 3,332 acres, Snowmass is regarded as one of North America’s top-tier ski resorts. Rising to 4,406 feet, the mountain offers 94 trails and 21 chairlifts. Families who can spend the day on The Big Burn with its wide-open cruiser runs, while experienced skiers can choose from Burnt Mountain Glades, High Alpine, the Cirque, Hanging Valley Wall, and other challenging runs that get the adrenaline pumping.
Rising majestically to 3,267 feet above its namesake city, Aspen is legendary among true ski aficionados. Ajax, as locals call it, has hosted World Cup races and comprises 64 miles of trails spread across 675 acres of superb terrain. Excitement is here for the taking: Aspen features cruisers and glades for skilled skiers and snowboarders, as well as black and double-black diamond trails that are tailor-made for experienced athletes.
With its exquisite views of snow-covered Maroon Bells and a 12,500-foot summit, uncrowded Highlands is a local favorite spread across 1,000 acres. Proficient skiers and snowboarders can access its most challenging terrain on the Deep Temerity triple chair, which rises 1,700 feet in just seven minutes. Those who set out on the half-hour hike to Highland Bowl are rewarded with breathtaking views, and a thrilling 2,500-vertical-foot descent at pitches as steep as 45 degrees.
Famous as home to the ESPN Winter X Games and the Red Bull Double Pipe event, Buttermilk has been a family favorite for a half-century, partly because it is considered one of the best mountains for those just learning to ski. It offers a beginner pipe and long, wide groomers at West Buttermilk, as well as the world’s longest snowboard park, accessible by a high-speed detachable quad chair. Steeper rolling runs at Tiehack cater to advanced and expert skiers, so everyone can experience a satisfying day on the mountain, whatever their interest of skill level.