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Snow amasses at Snowmass, but lift lines are generally short.
Snow amasses at Snowmass, but lift lines are generally short.
Photo by Dan Davis
By Tom Boyd

December 10, 2008 — The term Sheer Bliss used to be oxymoronic at Snowmass, where the old, creaky, two-seater Sheer Bliss lift made for an agonizingly slow option for reaching the Big Burn area. The Aspen Skiing Company has given a lot of love to Snowmass in recent years, including the creation of a $17 million “Treehouse” adventure center for children in 2007-2008 and a revamped base area, but skiers will be starry-eyed over the $7 million Sheer Bliss capital improvement, which replaces the old lift with a new high-speed quad which serves the 700 acres in the Big Burn area in just over nine minutes. A $9 million “Sam’s Smokehouse” restaurant is also ready for this season atop the Village Express six-pack lift.

Snowmass Mountain itself is quite large and equally as varied. It has beginning and intermediate terrain for cruisers, bumpers, and tricksters. Advanced and expert skiers bypass the mellow ride for the quick hike to the Cirque, where Snowmass provides terrain to match Highlands Bowl nearby. Snowmass is relatively uncrowded, with an average of two people per acre.

Fun Fact: Snowmass hosts, on average, two people per acre

Average annual snowfall: 300 inches

Price (Adult all day/half day): TBD

Skiable Acres: 3,132

Lifts: 20

Terrain park: Yes

Season: Nov. 27 – April 12

Terrain breakdown: 6 percent easiest, 50 percent intermediate, 12 percent most difficult, 32 percent expert

Location: 9 miles from Aspen

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



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