Picking the Right Mountain in Aspen Snowmass

Posted on March 17, 2022 by Chris Klug

Happy springtime from Klug Properties! Don’t let the sunny days and slushy streets fool you, we still have a few more weeks of great skiing/riding ahead of us. Having the luxury of four mountains at our fingertips means you can ski any terrain your heart desires but knowing where that terrain is can be tricky. Let us help you navigate Aspen Snowmass with this succinct guide to choosing the right mountain for you and your family or friends.

We of course start with the famed Ajax, also known as Aspen, Mountain. Ajax is located right in town about a 5-minute or less walk from any major hotel. This mountain features some of the most beautiful views and steepest terrain in Colorado, and its biggest perk is the top-to-bottom gondola (great for warming up on a chilly day). It’s location plus the gondola make it a highly desirable mountain, but beginners beware! There are no greens or bunny hills to practice on. Just blues, blacks and double blacks. As long as you aren’t a beginner, this is an amazing, convenient and cozy option being right in town and the best mountain for participating in the Après scene.

Very near town, about a 7-minute drive, is many locals’ favorite Aspen Highlands. This mountain has a wide array of options from some of the best groomers in the valley to the legendary Highlands Bowl, which is best enjoyed on a powder day if you have the determination to make the 45-minute hike with your skis/board strapped to your back. Beginners should also beware of Highlands, as it is almost as steep as Ajax with very few green runs.

Buttermilk is also near town, about a 10-minute drive, and is ideal for a wide array of ski enthusiasts from children to beginners to park enthusiasts to uphillers. This is the best mountain to learn how to ski if you never have before. It is also home to the Aspen Winter X Games, making it a park lover’s dream once the games are over and the features stick around. Finally, the fastest growing ski trend in the valley is uphilling and Buttermilk is one of the best mountains for it. Don’t miss out on Friday breakfast at the Cliffhouse every week. A great reward for earning your turns in the morning.

Last but certainly not least is Snowmass Mountain. This mountain truly has something for everyone and is the most family friendly of them all for multiple reasons including the European-style base village, multiple restaurants on the mountain, plenty of runs from greens to double blacks and several parks for those trying to push their limits. Hiking up longshot, about a 10 to 15-minute hike, is a great alternative for those who want untouched powder but aren’t willing to make the 45-minute trek on Highlands Bowl. This is also the largest mountain by a ‘long shot’ (see what we did there?) with over 5,000 acres of skiable terrain. You could spend a whole week in Snowmass without touching Aspen and experience new runs, restaurants and views everyday.

However you choose to enjoy our four world-class mountains, we hope you have a blast and make plenty of unforgettable memories along the way. We would love to make some turns with you. Reach out to us and we can show you some of our favorite ways to experience Aspen Snowmass from a local’s perspective.

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Closing Weekend at Snowmass Mountain 2021

Posted on April 23, 2021 by Chris Klug

Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! The winter season is officially coming to an end. Snowmass Mountain will close out their extended season this Sunday, April 25th. Check out the top three things you need to know about closing weekend at “The Mass”!

  1. Open Terrain: There will be tons of terrain available to shred this weekend— over 74% of acreage is still open at Snowmass! Two Creeks, Assay Hill, and Campground have already closed for the season. After a fresh five inches last night, the conditions on Sam’s Knob, Big Burn, The Cirque, Alpine Springs and High Alpine, as well as Elk Camp will be phenomenal for the end of April. In addition to abundance of open trails, the Coney Glade Terrain Park will be open and the Alpine Coaster will operate. 
  2. On Mountain Dining: There will be on mountain dining available this weekend, with awesome deck space to soak up the spring sunshine. Elk Camp Restaurant and Ullrhof are the only on mountain restaurants open this weekend. High Alpine, Up 4 Pizza, Two Creeks Cafe, Sam’s, and Lynn Britt Cabin have closed for the season. The burgers and milkshakes at Ullrhof, plus the rotisserie chicken at Elk Camp are not to be missed. Get your fix this weekend! As for après, the local and visitor year-round favorite is the Limelight Lounge in Base Village. Enjoy drink specials and the famous wood fired pizza! 
  3. Parking: As of this week, all of the numbered parking lots at the Snowmass Village Mall are now free! These lots will remain free until the start of next ski season. Remember, Lot 6 is 90 minute parking! Two Creeks parking lot is now closed, since there is no lift or shuttle service. Base Village garage parking is free for the first hour, then $5 for every additional hour. Most Village Shuttle winter routes will operate at their normal schedule. Check out the full schedule at snowmasstransit.com 

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Dress up in your fanciest Canadian tuxedo, Hawaiian shirt and shorts, or festive wig! Don’t forget to wear your face covering, to social distance, and to have fun. Here’s to an amazing winter season at Aspen Snowmass! 

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