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Quick Facts About the Aspen and Snowmass Area

a collection of facts and travel information about the Aspen and Snowmass area of Colorado, site of the January/February 2005 Winter X Games.

Buttermilk Mountain


The Aspen and Snowmass area is one of the most well-known resort destinations in the world. Four mountains rise up out of the Roaring Fork Valley that are popular with winter sports enthusiasts:

  • Snowmass Mountain
  • Aspen Mountain
  • Aspen Highlands
  • Buttermilk Mountain

    Those mountains combined offer 4,993 acres of ridable terrain: 3 terrain parks, 4 halfpipes, and 335 marked trails accessible via 42 lifts.

    How to Get There
    Aspen/Snowmass is located 220 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado, and is easily accessible by two convenient mountain airports: Aspen Pitkin County Airport (3 miles from Aspen) and Vail Eagle County Airport (70 miles from Aspen).

    Facts about Aspen and Snowmass:
  • Average Snowfall - 300 inches (762 CM)
  • Elevation of Town of Aspen - 7945 feet (2422 meters)
  • Elevation of Snowmass Village - 8104 feet (2473 meters)
  • Elevation at Base of Buttermilk - 7870 feet (2399 meters)
  • Highest Elevation - 12510 feet (3813 meters) Snowmass

    Facts About All 4 Mountains:


    Snowmass Aspen Highlands Buttermilk
    Terrain 3100 acres
    1255 H
    673 acres
    273 H
    790 acres
    320 H
    430 acres
    174 H
    Base Elevation 8104 feet
    2473 M
    7945 feet
    2422 M
    8040 feet
    2451 M
    7870 feet
    2399 M
    Summit Elevation 12510 feet
    3813 M
    11212 feet
    3417 M
    11675 feet
    3559 M
    9900 feet
    3018 M
    Vertical Rise 4406 feet
    1343 M
    3267 feet
    996 M
    3635 feet
    1108 M
    2030 feet
    619 M
    Marked Trails 87 76 130 42
    Longest Run 5.3 miles
    8.5 KM
    3 miles
    4.8 KM
    3.5 miles
    5.6 KM
    3 miles
    4.8 KM
    Snowmaking 180 acres 210 acres 110 acres 108 acres
    Lifts 21 8 4 9
    Lift Capacity
    (Riders per Hour)
    27928 10755 5400 7500
    Parks and Pipes 2 Parks
    3 Pipes
    Spring Season Only Natural Features 1 Park 1 Superpipe
    Restaurants 12 5 7 2
    Season Dates Dec 11 - Apr 3 Nov 25 - Apr 10 Nov 25 - Apr 10 Dec 11 - Apr 3


    Aspen and Snowmass Travel Web Sites
  • AspenSnowmass.com
  • SnowmassVillage.com
  • AspenChamber.org
  • Lonely Planet - Aspen
  • Frommers Aspen Guide

    Colorado Travel Web Sites
  • Colorado.com
  • Frommers Colorado Guide

    Travel Books About Aspen and Snowmass (Amazon.com)
  • Fodor's Pocket Aspen and Snowmass
  • Aspen-Snowmass Downhill Ski Trails
  • Aspen-Snowmass Guide to Outdoor Activities

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