Aspen’s largest ski mountain: Snowmass

Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado
Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The largest of Aspen Snowmass’ four mountains, Snowmass has 3,332 acres with 150 miles of trails ensuring there’s room enough to play.

And, with cruisers, glades, steeps, 3 terrain parks, a 22-foot superpipe and a beginner pipe, there’s something for everyone to do in all that snow.

Snowmass: Countless options

Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado
Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The wide-range of skiing, dining and hotel options make Snowmass very popular with riders and skiers of all ages and abilities.

For the kids and beginners, Fanny Hill is a good place to start, working your way up to Max Park & Scooper off the Village Express lift.

The AspenSnowmass Ski School at Snowmass is a great way to get some top-notch instruction and learn the mountain – it’s well worth the investment.

Advancing up the mountain a bit higher are four areas, from right to left: Sam’s Knob, Big Burn, High Alpine and Elk Camp.

Sam’s Knob is closest to Snowmass Village and has a good mix of greens, blue and blacks.

If you’re looking for some amazing blue cruisers with stunning views, head up to Big Burn to find a playground of long, wide intermediate trails. Served by the Big Burn and Sheer Bliss lifts, Big Burn also has access to black and double black runs.

High Alpine lives up to its name – the runs at the top are all black, with quite a few bumps. Mid-mountain down are blues.

The Elk Camp side of the mountain is home to a variety of blue runs, all with spectacular views.

Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado
Skiing Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Snowmass: Eats

Snowmass Base Village BarSnowmass is home to an abundance of dining options from simple to refined.

On mountain are Gwyn’s High Alpine, Lynn Britt Cabin, Sneaky’s Tavern, Sam’s Smokehouse, Up 4 Pizza, Two Creeks Cafe, Burlingame Cabin, Ullrhof and Elk Camp.

Only slightly off-mountain in the village are dozens more. A couple of our favorites: The Stew Pot, serving homemade soups, sandwiches and a pretty tasty chili dog, and Base Camp Bar & Grill, with a great patio, good food & happy hour specials.

Snowmass: The Facts

Snowmass starts at a base elevation of 8,104 ft.(2,473 m) and rises to a summit elevation of 12,510 ft. (3,813 m) and a vertical rise of 4,406 ft. (1,343 m).

Snowmass’ 3,332 acres (1,448 hectares) contain 94 trails, served by 19 primary lifts.

6% of Snowmass’ trails are green, 47% are blue, 17% are black & 30% are double black. The longest run is 5.3 miles (8.5 km) – yeah, that’s not a typo.

For a Snowmass trail map and more info, head over to the AspenSnowmass website.