Enjoy skiing Aspen Snowmass
While the resort is known as Aspen Snowmass, it’s also the name of one of the mountains. Aspen Snowmass combines with Buttermilk, Ajax and Highlands. Together they make up “the power of four”.
To say Snowmass is a big mountain might be an understatement. With 94 marked runs and 21 lifts, the length of the average run will astound you. If you’re skiing along and wonder why you’re feeling puffed out or have sore muscles, it’s because you haven’t stopped skiing for the last 5-10 minutes. Check out the Snowmass trail map here.
A great Snowmass day begins on the Elk Camp gondola. From here, head up the Elk Camp Chairlift and take a few warm ups on Gunners view and Bull Run. When you’re ready, the challenge begins. A five minute hike into the newest Snowmass area takes you to a run called Long Shot. The terrain is suited to blue and black level skiers. Long Shot is so long, it’s sign posted at ¼, ½ and ¾ of the way down. These are good points to take a break!
From the bottom at Two Creeks chair, you are as far over on this side of Snowmass as you can be. It’s time to begin your journey to the other side of Snowmass. Use Alpine Springs and Sheer Bliss chairs, skiing some of our favourite runs to reach the other side. A great goal is to be at Sam’s Smokehouse by lunchtime. With table service, a great menu and impressive views, Sam’s Smokehouse shouldn’t be missed.
After re-fueling, shake out the lunch legs, then ski Powderhorn. This is the furthest you can go on this side of the resort and another of our favourite runs. It’s listed as double black terrain and on a powder day – its awesome!
At the base of the Campground chair, you can begin to ski the huge amount of terrain back across the mountain, taking your time to ski great runs on Sam’s Knob and Big Burn chairlifts. Before you know it, the day is over and you’ll have possibly skied more than any other ski day before.