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Aspen Mountain is legendary for more than it's nightlife.
Aspen Mountain is legendary for more than it's nightlife.
Aspen Mountain
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 — The call to ski this flagship of the Aspen/Snowmass resorts is strong – but more than one intermediate skier has quailed when confronted with Ajax’ steep front face and it’s cramped gondola cabins. The gondola has been overhauled and now features larger cabins and a new base landing. Beginners are still better off heading to nearby Buttermilk, but intermediates should know that Aspen Mountain has a deep pocket of blue slopes (which can’t be seen from the village below) underneath the Ruthie’s Express chairlift. No matter the skill level, however, every snowrider who visits should become acquainted with the rich cannon of stories, personalities, and good riding which permeate this avatar of Colorado skiing.

Fun Fact: Aspen Alpine Guides is now licensed to offer guided tours into backcountry through Aspen Mountain’s backcountry access gates.

Average annual snowfall: 300 inches

Price (Adult all day/half day): TBD

Skiable Acres: 673

Lifts: 1 gondola, 1 high-speed quad, 1 high-speed double, 2 quads, 3 doubles,

Terrain park: No

Season: Nov. 27 to late April 12

Terrain breakdown: 0 percent easiest, 48 percent intermediate, 26 percent advanced, 26 percent expert

Location: Town of Aspen

Information:, (970) 925-1220, (800) 308-6935



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