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Aspen Highlands

 

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The Annabelle Inn

 

 

 

Many of the hotels 35 rooms have either a balcony, a fireplace or views of nearby Aspen or Red Mountain.  Hotel offers complementary continental breakfast and afternoon tea/coffee. Amenities include a courtyard with year round waterfalls and a fire pit and two hot tubs; one with an outdoor movie projector. 

Extra person charges may apply

 

$199 and up 

 

 

Aspen Mountain Lodge 

 

 

Affordable aspen lodge with amenities to include heated pool and Jacuzzi, a light breakfast buffet and daily apres-ski parties.

 

Extra person charges may apply

$207 and up 

 

Hotel Lenado

 

 

 Rooms have an En-Suite bathroom, soft terry-cloth bathrobes, Bose-Stereo, flat screen TV and maid service is provided twice daily. Gourmet breakfast and après-ski snacks are included.

Extra person charges may apply 

$375 and up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aspen Highlands
Description:

While best known as the locals' favorite among the four Aspen ski areas for advanced and expert skiers and riders, Aspen Highlands actually has more green and blue terrain than black and double black diamonds. Relaxed and gentle Buttermilk is just across the street as well so it is easy to please groups of mixed abilities at Highlands. Aspen Highlands is actually a long ridgeline, ascending between the Castle Creek and Maroon Creek valleys. Its steeps drop off the sides of the ridge toward the valleys below. Beginners and intermediates can enjoy the long, rolling trails that run along the ridge itself. With an Aspen area lift ticket, skiers and riders can hit the slopes of Highlands as well as choose from Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk and the big daddy, Snowmass. Just three miles from the center of Aspen town, Highlands is a must for anyone who wants to enjoy the complete Aspen experience.

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DetailValue
Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts5
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-1-Beginner18%
Trails-2-Intermediate30%
Trails-3-Advanced16%
Trails-4-Expert only36%
Trails-5-Terrain park
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total118
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run3.5 miles
General-Base elevation8040'
General-Vertical drop3635'
General-Owner
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds1028 acres
General-Snow making coverage
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Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Layout, Terrain Mix, No Lines

Cons: Shorter Hours

We broke up our two days at Snowmass with a day at Aspen Highlands.  When I come back to Aspen someday, it's likely I will spend most of my time at Highlands and Ajax.  Highlands in particular, became my new favorite area in North America.  The Cloud Nine, Loge Peak, and Deep Temerity lifts combine to offer one of the best mixtures of terrain anywhere, from blue cruisers and intermediate bumps, to advanced bumps, trees, and Highland Bowl.  Finding the bottom of the Loge Peak lift for the first time could be tricky if you aren't paying attention, since it's sort of hidden in the trees.  Due to the warm weather we spent most of our time up top, descending into the slush below only at the end of the day, so I can't really comment on the runs off Thunderbowl.  The greens accessed by Exhibition looked like a good pod of runs for little kids and beginners in general.

 

The RFTA buses drop you off just a handful of steps from the Exhibition lift.  We ended up arriving 30 minutes too early, as I hadn't bothered to consult the map for operating hours.  Highlands only spins the lifts from 9-3:30, so a day there is a bit shorter than is typical.  Lift lines are non-existent (except, I'm guessing, during the Christmas/New Year holiday stretch that is reputed to be Aspen's busiest).

Posted

Pros: awesome skiing&scenery, no nonsense mountain vibe

Cons: pricey region, takes a lot of lifts to get to the top, but enjoy the scenic ride

I've skied at ~60 ski areas in US, Canada, and Europe over the last 40+ years. I haven't been to Aspen Highlands in a long time and I'm probably over-romanticizing it, but in my mind this bad boy sits pretty near the top of the list. It's sort of a tall, narrow layout, but very memorable. Great terrain/scenery/snow and usually not very crowded even though it's close to one of the all-time great ski towns. The glitz and glam is down in town, up at 11,500 feet Aspen Highlands is strictly the real deal - looong advanced/expert ski runs. Highlands Bowl is the ultimate sidecountry experience and a backside peep at the beautiful Maroon Bells is a must!  The added bonus of close proximity to humongous Snowmass and gnarly Ajax ski areas makes this a great ski vacation destination. The only downer is that the Aspen area is very pricey and as a result I only get there about once every other decade. I guess I'm due again:-)

Posted

Pros: Quality of snow, vertical drop

Cons: Too expensive

The snow here is unbeatable (except maybe at Alta/Snowbird).  Just a beautiful mountain with significant vertical drop. If you are traveling to Aspen, this is where to go if you want to push yourself, ski the toughest/most intense terrain, etc.  However be aware that the number of trails is far fewer than what you find at Snowmass - if you want to ski a new trail every time down the mountain, go there.  But if you're into quality of runs rather than quantity, this is a great place for you.