Aspen Snow Ski Resort

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Aspen Snow Ski Resort
United States

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About the Ski Resort

Rising imposingly out of the heart of downtown Aspen, Aspen Mountain has always held a special allure for skiers. With no beginner runs, the mountain is an upper-intermediate and expert skiers' dream. Known for steeps and bump runs, Aspen Mountain has terrain to challenge the most accomplished athletes. The Gent's Ridge glades, the Walsh's area and the "dumps" are legendary double-black diamond runs, and Denver's Westword newspaper named Jackpot the best double-black diamond run in Colorado. Bell Mountain is a good place to warm up on black-diamond runs, before tackling the double-blacks. And Silver Queen Gondola ascends the mountain's entire 3,267 vertical feet in 14 minutes, allowing skiers to get in as much vertical as their legs can take. Despite Aspen Mountain's formidable reputation, plenty of corduroy and smaller bumps exist on intermediate runs, especially at the top of the mountain. Intermediates can ski the blue runs off the high-speed Ajax Express and Ruthie's lifts, then download on the gondola at day's end. The wide-open Ruthie's run is a favorite with cruisers. The new Ruthie's chair lift, first opened in winter, 1998, is a unique high-speed double chair. It was introduced to preserve the intimacy of skiing, allowing couples and friends to sit together and chat privately. Aspen has added $800,000 in snowmaking improvements for the 1998/99 season and will host the Men's World Cup races in November, the U.S.S.A. Super Series and the Ford King of the Mountain men's pro downhill races. During the summer of 1998, the National Skier/Boarder Opinion Survey asked visitors to rate the level of fun they had on a trip to the area. Aspen/Snowmass set a national high with a score 3.8 out of 4.0, and 79% of Aspen guests rated their level of fun as "excellent," compared to 59% in the Rockies and 47% nationally.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: No
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Snow tubing: No

 Easiest:  35 %

 More Difficult:  35 %

 Most Difficult:  30 %

 Experts only:  30 %

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  7,871 ft
Summit elevation:  11,212 ft
Vertical drop:  3,341 ft
Skiable area:  675 acres
Annual snowfall:  300 in
Snowmaking:  0 %
Number of trails:  0
Number of lifts:  8
Types of lifts:  4 Triple chairs,
 2 Quad chairs,
 1 High speed quad,
 1 Gondolas

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  No
Adaptive skier:  No
Nearby lodging:  No
Ski lessons:  No
Snowboard lessons:  No
Ski rentals:  No
Snowboard rentals:  No

Ski Resort directions

Aspen is located 200 miles west of Denver via I-70 west to Glenwood Springs, then Highway 82 south to the Aspen exit. Aspen Mountain is in the heart of downtown Aspen.