Aspen Mountain

Ski resorts in USA
It’s the mountain, 65 acres and all, that first put Aspen on the map back in 1947. A piece of trivia, the resort offered black-diamond skiing right off the start. “Ajax,” which it’s nicknamed, has remained a solid favorite among new and veteran shredders. The ski resort, about three miles south of Aspen (the old silver mining town), is located on Aspen Mountain’s northern flank. It is a little more out of the way compared to other resorts in the state but you won’t regret doing the 1 ½ hour drive from Eagle County Regional Airport, or spending about four hours in the car if you’re coming from Denver.

The might of Ajax

Aspen Mountain belongs to the golden quartet of American skiing along with Buttermilk, Snowmass, and Aspen Highlands. Starting out from Aspen Mountain, you have Aspen Highlands, followed by Buttermilk and Snowmass (which is the biggest resort). There’s a free shuttle bus that serves the four of them. Ajax is comparatively small but mighty: 64 miles of runs, including a variety of steeps, former World Cup-runs, bumps, and gladed powder stashes. Plus it’s a resort where the sun shines a lot, featuring on average 91 sunny days. Compared to the average for U.S. ski resorts, which is 67 days. January, in particular, is good for that beginning of the season goggle tan with 21 days of D-vitamin inducing rays.

Stellar reputation

Aspen Mountain doesn’t really focus on green runs, in fact there is none. Rather, the challenging terrain draws hordes of die-hards, year after year back to its moguls runs (e.g. Face of Bell), black diamonds and expert-only double-black diamonds. Via Ruthie's chairlift, you can access Ruthie’s Run, which has played host to both World Cups and the local Roch Cup. Want to work those quads? Copper Bowl and Spar Gulch will prove whether or not, you’ve got legs made of steel.
Aspen Mountain belong to Aspen Snowmass.

Aspen Mountain Snow forecast

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Facts about Aspen Mountain

Number of slopes:76
Easiest Green slopes:0
Intermediate Blue slopes:36
Advanced Black slopes:20
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:20
Longest slope:15846 ft
Total length of pistes:64 miles

Lifts (Total: 8)
Lift capacity:  10755 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Aspen Mountain Vertical drop
Highest Point: 11211 ft
Vertical drop: 3268 ft
Base Point: 7943 ft

Country: USA

Reviews for Aspen Mountain

What do you think about Aspen Mountain?
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Be in Aspen Week 9. Visited all four different systems (Easy to get between these with buses running every ten minutes). When the snow came one day i... Read more (161 words)
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Have just been in the aspen, but it was really nice, both inside and outside the piste. Aspen is a real city that has been there before skiing, really... Read more (52 words)
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Stay in Aspen 1 week at the end of December-early January. Experienced some of the best in my life. Good me snow, got 6 dm while we were there and eas... Read more (119 words)
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Here you will find the most and the best! Now I was lucky with the weather, so it might affect the overall impression. But anyway, what a ski experien... Read more (73 words)
Lena Winterros
Lena Winterros (Guest)
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I have lived in Aspen for 2 years. It's a pity to review Ajax (Aspen Mountain) and not Aspen Highlands! Which is much better! Varied skiing, all lev... Read more (48 words)
Daniel Wallin
Daniel Wallin (Guest)
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Located in Colorado. If you like humpbacks and burns it's great. Nice woods and good service. Not said dangerously expensive as rumored cases. Never c... Read more (40 words)

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Rider: Tanner Hall Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

Trail map

Trail map Aspen Mountain

Nearby ski resorts

Aspen Highlands1.9 miles
Buttermilk2.5 miles
Snowmass6.8 miles
Crested Butte Mountain Resort21.1 miles
Cooper30.4 miles
Sunlight Mountain Resort31.7 miles
Beaver Creek32.9 miles
Vail39.1 miles

Airports near Aspen Mountain

Aspen Airport
Driving time: 11 minutes (4 miles)
Distance: 3.3 miles
Eagle County Regional Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 25 minutes (68 miles)
Distance: 32 miles