Buttermilk is Aspen’s beginner and family mountain resort, with over 400 acres of gently sloping groomers and wide-open ski trails. It’s the perfect learning mountain to practice a new winter sport.
Coincidentally, it’s also where the Winter X Games have been held annually for several years (in Aspen since 2002). Every January, the best winter athletes from around the world show up to compete in a variety of competitions, from alpine skiing to snowmobile racing.
Buttermilk has a 2000 foot vertical and 470 acres of skiable terrain. Most of the trails at Buttermilk cater to those learning the sport. These wide-open and gently rolling runs are a perfect place to practice your skills before venturing over to Snowmass or the Highlands. The mountain is also a favorite Aspen resort for freestyle skiers and snowboarders.
The smooth-rolling slopes offer a prime place to try out new tricks and hone existing skills. There are many natural features to jib off of, in addition to two terrain parks and a giant 22-foot superpipe. Greens and blues make up nearly three-quarters of the terrain at Buttermilk.
There are some black runs, but not a single expert (double-black diamond) trail. The place to go for expert stuff is Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands. There’s a total of 44 trails and 2 terrain parks, including the Panda Pipe & Park for beginners.
Buttermilk has dining available at both the base and summit: The Bumps and the Cliffhouse on the Summit. There is also lodging available at the base of Buttermilk and four rental and retail shops. Downtown Aspen is a short drive or free shuttle ride away.
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Address: 38700 CO-82, Aspen, CO 81611
Season: Mid-December – early-April
Lift Hours: 9am – 3:30pm
- Elevation: 7,870 ft (2,399 m) – 9,900 ft (3,018 m)
- Vertical: 2,030 ft (619 m)
- Ski Area: 470 acres (190 hectares)
Trail Map: Buttermilk Mountain (jpg)
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