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).