Is Aspen Open for Skiing?
When Does Ski Season Start in Aspen?
Yes!! This weekend Aspen Mountain will open for the 2018-2019 ski season. On November 17, five days ahead of schedule, Aspen Mountain will welcome the first skiers of the season. Recent snow and more predicted has allowed resorts to move up opening day to the delight of locals and visitors. With plenty of fresh white snow and cold winter temperatures, the opening weekend promises to be a great time for skiing. The early snow and expectation of more on the way has allowed skiers and snowboarders to hit the mountain sooner than ever
With an encouraging winter forecast predicted by Farmer’s Almanac, the Old Farmer’s Almanac and aspenweather.net we should be in for a snowy winter. Whatever snow comes our way we’ll take it!
With four different mountain areas, each with their own distinct personality and appeal, there is an Aspen ski experience for all skill levels from beginner to expert.
Snowmass will open on November 22, 2018, Aspen Highlands will open on December 8, 2018 and Buttermilk will open on December 8, 2018.
So, pick your favorite run, plan your après-ski spot and head to the slopes. If time allows – try them all!
Where to Ski in Aspen?
Skiing Aspen Mountain
Aspen Mountain, also known as Ajax, is located right in the heart of downtown Aspen. Rising 3300 vertical feet above the base, Aspen Mountain offers a variety of intermediate and advanced runs. Known for steep slopes and bumpy runs, Ajax is not for beginners but there are plenty of options for both intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.
The World Cup is held at Aspen Mountain. Skiers from around the world gathered in town to compete along the popular Ruthie’s ski run. The double black diamond landscape gives adrenaline junkies plenty to enjoy as they hurdle over jumps and bumps on their way down into town. The ski-in, ski-out location means that the après-ski toddy is only a few feet away.
Skiing Aspen Highlands
Aspen Highlands is considered the “local’s mountain.” Featuring some of the most extreme Colorado runs, wide runs and breathtaking views. Home to the Highland Bowl, skiers hike the ridge to the bowl for a great view and an incredible run. If cruising is what you like, along mid-mountain are some great groomers off the Cloud Nine chair lift are beginner and intermediate terrain.
Buttermilk is the smallest of the four mountains and has a decidedly split personality. Considered a great location for beginners and children with gentle terrain and Panda Peak. Buttermilk is also home to the famous ESPN Winter X-Games. This eclectic mix of runs and attractions makes Buttermilk a fun environment filled with excited beginners and energetic thrill seekers. Buttermilk contains three ski areas: Tiehack (difficult) Main Buttermilk (intermediate to beginner) and West Butter (easy).
Snowmass is always one of the most popular ski destinations and opening day is November 22th. With a variety of terrain skiers of all skill levels will find something fun to try at Snowmass. Beginners will find exceptional ski school offerings. The intermediate skier will enjoy the wide groomers. While the more advanced skier will enjoy the expert terrain of Burnt Mountain Glades, High Alpine and Cirque. Don’t forget to enjoy riding the Alpine Coaster.
Something different on the mountain
Something to take advantage of is FIRST TRACKS. Join the staff for early morning first run of the day. Snowmass it is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays Aspen it is offered daily beginning in December. Reservations needed.
Ambassador tours is another fun way to enjoy Aspen Mountain like the locals. Ambassadors lead free tours every day. They also offer information and goodies.
Enjoy Aspen Powder Tours. Luxury snow cats will take you to untracked glades and runs on the back side of Aspen Mountain. A day averages 10,000 vertical feet of ungroomed wilderness skiing and boarding. 1,500 acres that features open bowls, meadows and glades.
If you are a stats lover don’t forget to download the Aspen Snowmass App It is the best way to keep track of your experience. Stats and tracking, interactive mapping mountain conditions PLUS discounts on logo wear and beverage credits.
When Does Ski Season Close in Aspen?
Most slopes in Aspen tend to close around April, but again this can vary depending on the conditions of the resort and weather permitting.