Aspen Ski Holidays

Aspen Ski Holidays


Aspen has been a byword for swank getaways among America’s most privileged outdoorsy types since the 1930s, when it became a solution to the mining town’s post-war hardships. Now, it is arguably one of the most famous skiing destinations in the world, bringing in experienced skiers who come to pit their wits against some seriously steep slopes and enjoy the town’s buzzing nightlife, too.

The luxury resort covers 673 acres, which is nestled in among the unforgiving territory of some of Colorado, USA’s biggest National Parks. With a base elevation of around 8,000 feet above sea level and some peaks in excess of 12,000 feet, Aspen’s black diamond glades make it a daunting destination for novices, but the ideal see-and-be-seen destination for those who enjoy attention both on and off-piste.

There are 200 runs covering a distance of 103km, spaced over four mountains; Aspen (often referred to as Ajax by locals), Snowmass, Buttermilk and Highlands. Expert skiers will enjoy the challenge of the USAs longest vertical drop, as well as black slopes and plenty of powder trails. While Aspen Mountain has no green runs, beginners won’t feel left behind. Buttermilk and Snowmass mountains’ more gentle inclines make for less dramatic drops and wider slopes and even the infamously difficult Highlands mountain has a fair few trails for beginners. Travel between each mountain is quick, safe and free with shuttle buses, and despite the distance, one – admittedly expensive – lift pass covers all four mountains.

There are 21 lifts open from 9am to 3.30pm every day, including one eight-passenger and one six-passenger gondola, which take around 14 minutes to reach the highest peaks, if you prefer to linger over your ascent through Aspen’s redbrick town and pine-forests. The sheer size and number of trails, as well as the exclusive expense, mean Aspen is by and large a quiet resort with few queues, even during peak season.