Aspen Snowmass is actually a combination of four ski areas around the town of Aspen and Snowmass Village. The four mountains together, which consist of Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk, cover a massive amount of terrain, rivaling Vail in sheer size.
The Mountains: Buttermilk, although it has a relatively small amount of terrain, has gained notoriety by frequently hosting the Winter X-games. It has a large number of beginner and intermediate runs. Aspen Mountain, by contrast, has no beginner runs, and Aspen Highlands is known for its advanced and expert runs, although it does have beginner and intermediate skiing. Snowmass, with more than 3,000 acres of terrain, dominates the other areas in terms of size. It is largely a family oriented hill with great intermediate skiing. The base elevation is just over 8,100 feet, and the top elevation is just over 12,500 feet. Snowmass started a tradition of offering free s’mores between 3:30 and 4:30 daily at the Base Village fire pits and at the Snowmass Mall.
The Town: Aspen has long been known for its high wattage celebrity status. Many famous people, ranging from Hollywood superstars to famous athletes, own property in the area. This is not just a resort that has been developed around a ski hill. It began as a mining camp, and as a result, has an authentic mountain town feel. You can find a full range of accommodation at the base of the slopes or a little farther back.