Ask where the locals ski in Aspen, Colorado and they’ll tell you: the Highlands. Aspen Highlands Ski Resort is a common choice among the many ski areas in Colorado for those who want to develop their skills a little further. There is no chance of getting bored at this extreme mountain, with over 47% of its terrain marked as expert only.
However, don’t be mistaken, there are many beginner and intermediate runs for skiing and snowboarding as well. And there are more chances to enjoy your own fresh pocket of powder, because Aspen Highlands tends to be ‘uncrowded’. Covering only 700 acres, the ski area has managed to encompass some of the best terrain in the area.
Originally opening in 1958 with a single tow rope and two chairlifts, the Highlands now offers two high speed quads which allow quick and easy access to the ski area’s summit, Loge Peak. From the top, be sure to enjoy the marvelous views of the entire Maroon Bells Wilderness and the Elk Mountain Range. Then race to the bottom, quickly covering the mountain's 3,635 feet of vertical drop.
Offering 112 trails, Aspen Highlands is more of a spine than a mountain. Since 47% of the trails are expert rated, with outstanding mogul runs, which makes it a ‘locals’ favorite. Beginners and intermediate skiers find trails to their liking on the lower half of the mountain, and the chairlift ride to the summit is well worth the time, for viewing the Maroon Bells, the most photographed peaks in North America.
Take a break from downhill skiing, and experience the wonderful cross-country trail system based out of the Aspen Touring Center. Or take advantage of the guided backcountry program. This one-day program offers expert skiers and snowboarders guided access to Highlands Ridge, located just outside the ski area boundary.
Contrary to popular belief, Aspen Highlands is not just a skier's paradise. Aspen Highlands is well worth visiting during the summer season. Summer activities abound here. Featuring a nine-week live music series, an outdoor movie theater, lawn bowling leagues, outdoor weekly market, and monthly street fairs, Aspen Highlands has something for everyone. For the indoor types, resort services are plentiful. Also, you can shop the fashionable boutiques or head to any of the town's fine museums. No matter what your interests, Aspen Highlands is sure to deliver a top-notch vacation. Even if it is summer! Aspen Highlands resort features
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- 47% of trails are "Expert" rated
- 112 trails in only 700 acres
- Outdoor movie theater in the summer
- Smaller resort with fewer crowds