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Aspen Mountain Reviews


The Biggest Little Mountain in America


Pros: Moguls, Gondola, Ruthie's

Cons: Prices (sort of), Awkward Layout

First, the Ajax portion of this review.  The RFTA buses will dump you off at the Rubey Park terminus of the shuttle route, and from there it's just a short hoof down the road and up the stairs to the Silver Queen Gondola.  The base-to-summit gondola is a highlight, and if you have the days in Aspen to spare, I don't think you could go wrong by spending a day competing with your friends to see who can get the most laps.  You could make it considerably more challenging by insisting that everyone ski the moguls off Bell Mountain each lap.  Which brings me to my next point - every black run (with only a couple of exceptions) and some parts of the blue runs, are mogul...
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Picture of downtown Aspen in June.   http://500px.com/photo/8723643

great steeps


Pros: terrain, fast lifts, double blacks

Cons: cost

The lift service is so fast they have a 24 hour race to see how many laps can be completed. All 4 mountains have a lot to offer, I missed Buttermilk as the others are so great. Camera suggested. Spend as much time as you can afford here, it's the best skiing in North America between the 4 mountains.

Compact greatness in town


Pros: Location, steepness, good variety, fun factor

Cons: Not many easy groomers, smaller

Aspen Mountain is one of my favourite places to ski. Anywhere. If you're staying in town, you can usually walk to the lifts quite easily. The gondola gets up you top fast. The average run on Ajax is steep and challenging. The locals know the powder stashes, so try to hook up with someone who knows the ins and outs. Usually it's not very busy either, which amazes me considering how good it often is. You can ski to town for lunch if you like. It's challenging enough that you can get plenty of skiing in in a half day as well. The apres scene down in town is amongst the best in the USA. Great place, but there are three other mountains there as well and it makes for an excellent vacation...
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