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December 10, 2008 — This resort generally has two kinds of clients: beginner skiers and terrain-park riders. The wide-open slopes and casual atmosphere make learning a low-stress process, and the snow is soft, well-groomed, and easy to handle. More than any other resort, this is the place to take your first lesson.
On the other hand, expert and aspiring jibbers from around the nation – and, in fact, the world – make Buttermilk their destination. The two-mile-long terrain park, 30 rails, a permanent slopestyle course, and a 22-foot-high superpipe make Buttermilk a big-air paradise or a learner’s testing grounds, so it’s a good place for young, aspiring X-Gamers to hang out.
Fun Fact: Buttermilk will host the Winter X Games through 2010
Average annual snowfall: 200 inches
Price (Adult all day/half day): TBD
Skiable Acres: 470
Lifts: 9 (2 high-speed quads, 3 doubles, 2 handle tows, 2 ski/snowboard school lifts)
Terrain park: Yes
Season: Dec. 13 – April 5
Terrain breakdown: 35 percent easiest, 39 percent intermediate, 26 percent advanced, 0 percent expert.
Location: 3 miles from Aspen
Information: www.aspensnowmass.com, (970) 925-1220, (800) 308-6935
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