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Snowmass Reviews


Plenty of Terrain, Busiest Resort in Aspen


Pros: Groomers, Longshot, Views

Cons: Flats, Occasional Lift Lines, a Bit Maze-y

We took a bit of a risk in visiting Aspen towards the end of the season to score cheaper lodging, but were rewarded with fantastic spring weather.  Snowmass, Highlands, and Ajax all hold snow quite well, so despite the lean year and the 55-60 degree afternoons, the conditions were surprisingly good.  Snowmass is so broad-shouldered, that an initial tour of the mountain simply must be divided up into two days, one for the "right side" and one for the "left side".  I was a bit annoyed with the way the local buses dump everyone off at a spot where you have to walk through the village to a crowded staging area about halfway up Fanny Hill to get started; it was not ideal, and if...
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Snowmass at Aspen


Pros: Huge area with diverse terrain. I never waited in a lift line.

Cons: expensive

Snowmass has something for almost anyone, from huge sweeping intermediate terrain in the Big Burn to the steeps and cliffs of the KT Gully, Hanging Valley and the Cirque.  Snowmass offers lots of lifts with low crowd densities and a good skiing layout.  Leave the car in the lot and ski for a week without ever driving again.  You can reach the other mountains of Aspen by convenient and frequent bus routes.   Snowmass caters to convention groups and families and is excellent for either.  EpicSki Academy has held camps there in January each year and made use of the terrain, meeting facilities, lodging, restaurants, bars and transportation. 

Good mountain, but Aspen Co. isn't living up to its billing!


Pros: EX terrain between Cirque & Headwall.

Cons: Hard to get to. Poor family access to kids' learning areas & surface lifts. Poor cross-mountain connectivity. New Village development floundering.

Great snow, awesome vistas. It is worth literally dragging yourself up the Cirque T-bar for the panorama, not to mention it’s not everyday you get to 12,500ft with lift service!  Cirque Headwall and the KT Gulley area is excellent EX terrain, especially with a fresh coat of pow.  You can traverse from the Cirque surface list to access gated hiking access to the Headwall, but the better bet is to use the High Alpine chair and start your hike to the immediate skiers left of the top of the lift and save yourself the traverse. I found good snow on Robertos and Hanging Valley Wall during our stay, but found the trees in the gladed areas to be a lot tighter than what I grew up with...
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Huge mountain great terrain


Pros: lots of intermediate terrain, few crowds

Cons: expensive

We went to Snowmass just after Christmas and stayed thru 1/1/2011.  We chose Snowmass because of its intermediate terrain. We were concerned about Christmas break crowds, but when we talked to people at Snowmass they assured us lift lines would be manageable.  They were -  we rarely waited more than 5 minutes in line.  They were booked to capacity and had waiting lists for instructors (so if you want a lesson book in advance) but even with these "crowds" the mountain never seemed crowded. The mountain and lifts are very easy to navigate - there are very few catwalks and getting to the runs you want to be on is quick. My husband and I are intermediate...
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Largest of the Aspen resorts


Pros: Variety

Snowmass is a large ski area with a top elevation of 12510',4460' vertical, 21 lifts and 3010 acres. The area has a wide variety of terrain with a lot of long cruising groomed runs, a few small bowls and chutes in The Cirque and some good tree skiing in the Hanging Valley. This is a well developed destination area with many slopeside condos and restaurants. The Cirque T-Bar claims to be the highest in North America. From the top there are spectacular views of some 14000' peaks.