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Aspen Highlands Bowl is perhaps the best in-bounds skiing in the state - but be prepared to hike.
Aspen Highlands Bowl is perhaps the best in-bounds skiing in the state - but be prepared to hike.
Aspen Highlands
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 —  Aspen Highlands was always a local favorite – and then, in 2002, it opened the complete Highland Bowl for the first time, making it legendary in the national skiing and riding scene. Highlands followed up by opening the Deep Temerity lift three seasons ago, and this season will open 18 more acres of terrain in that area (between Hyde Park and Mushroom Chutes) to give experts skiers more terrain to love. Hiking Highlands Bowl – and riding the Highlands in general – may seem like a task reserved for seasoned experts, but take it as a sign of the times that almost all levels of snowriders have the gumption – and the healthy hearts – to climb to the 12,392-foot summit of Highland Bowl and find their way down the stunning slopes. Intermediates will find that the skier’s left of the main mountain is an untouched, uncrowded haven; beginners should take a few runs, hop on the bus and head to Buttermilk.

Fun Fact: Go-Go Gully, in Aspen Highlands Bowl, is the resort’s steepest run at 48 degrees.

Average annual snowfall: 300 inches

Price (Adult all day/half day): TBD

Skiable Acres: 1,028

Lifts: 3 high-speed quads, 2 triples

Terrain park: No

Season: Dec. 13 – April 5

Terrain breakdown: 18 percent easiest, 30 percent more difficult, 16 percent most difficult, 36 percent expert

Location: 3 miles from Aspen

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



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