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Aspen Highlands Ski Area


Aspen Highlands Ski Area

Aspen Highlands, part of the infamous chain of Aspen ski resorts, is one of the premier ski destinations in Colorado and all of the North America. Located in the highly scenic Elk Mountains in the center of the Colorado Rockies it is home to a wide variety of terrain, from family friendly groomers to renowned expert terrain. Read on to find out more about why your next ski trip should be to Aspen Highlands, Colorado.

Aspen Highlands is home to 1,028 acres of terrain with a vertical drop of 3,365 feet and an abundance of expert terrain that is lift-served and hike-to. A recent reader survey in Ski Magazine reinforced the dominance that Aspen Highlands carries in the national ski scene. Readers ranked the mountain in the top-ten for snow, service, après-ski, weather, challenge, scenery and overall satisfaction. Few other resorts across the nation could match that type of overwhelmingly positive response from skiing and riding enthusiasts.

Families will want to head to the top of the Exhibition lift, where they can find the vast majority of the beginner and groomed terrain on the mountain. The area below this lift is nearly exclusively beginner terrain and a wonderful area to learn. Beware, however, that no beginner terrain exists above the Exhibition Lift.

Intermediate skiers and riders will want to head just above the mountain from the beginner area. Terrain off of the Cloud Nine and Loge Peak lifts offer the best selection of intermediate terrain. These runs are perched beautifully high on the mountain with a great view down the mountain and into the famed Aspen valley. Also be sure to check out Golden Horn and Thunderbowl off of the Thunderbowl Lift for wide-open intermediate cruisers.

Fans of glade and tree skiing will find what they are looking for in the Olympic Bowl off of the Loge Peak lift. This steep area of terrain contains several options for endless lines through steep trees and hidden stashes of snow. These glades plummet off the side of the mountain and demand an advanced level of skill and confidence.

The newly expanded Deep Temerity is now served by a high-speed triple lift and is home to the Mushroom Chutes, Canopy Cruiser glades and the Steeplechase area. The area is filled with precipitously steep glades and chutes precariously carved into the side of the mountain. The lift-service makes it much easier to lap this wonderful terrain, and allows skiers and rides in the Highland Bowl to ski an additional 1,000 vertical feet without a hike out.

The Highland Bowl comprises the epitome of an inbounds backcountry experience and offers up some of the steepest and most challenging big mountain terrain in Colorado. A 20 to 45 minute hike up a breathtaking knife ridge gives expert skiers and riders endless options of lines to drop into in the sweeping bowl. The view from the top is unforgettable; an unobstructed 360º view of the rugged and beautiful Elk Mountains including the iconic Maroon Bells, some of the most photographed mountains in all of the Rockies. Those who choose to hike are rewarded with slopes between 40º and 45º in pitch and a vertical drop of well over 1,000 feet. It is an amazing experience that experts should not miss.

Aspen Highlands has it all: challenge, scenery, snow, weather and a laid-back attitude. Welcoming for beginners and experts, Aspen Highlands should be the destination of your next ski trip.


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