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Lift Tickets at Aspen - able to ski two mountains in the same day?

post #1 of 11
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With Aspen's lift tickets being good at any of their four mountains, I am wondering if you can jump from one to the other during the same day.  I just figured it might be worth checking out Buttermilk, but if it bored me then I could just head to Aspen Highlands in the afternoon (not having tried either of the places before).  This should work with the Aspen lift tickets, right?

post #2 of 11

Should be no problem.

post #3 of 11

Yes, it's good at all four hills if you have that much energy.   Park at Tiehack and use the new lift, it's 7 minutes for over 2000 vertical feet.  It's a great place to go to get your legs or with a couple of inches of fresh over corduroy.   Then it will be a short drive to Highlands, were parking is free after noon or with four or more in the vehicle. 

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Yes, it's good at all four hills if you have that much energy.   Park at Tiehack and use the new lift, it's 7 minutes for over 2000 vertical feet.  It's a great place to go to get your legs or with a couple of inches of fresh over corduroy.   Then it will be a short drive to Highlands, were parking is free after noon or with four or more in the vehicle. 

 

Great advice!  Just what I was looking for.  Aren't there shuttles that run between the various mountains as well?

post #5 of 11

Yes, of course.  I was assuming you were driving up from down valley.  The bus system is really good and is the prefered method if your staying in the valley.  Have fun, I bet you like Buttermilk.  Watch out for the roving bands up uphill milfs.

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Thanks again.  I will be staying in Snowmass Village.  With this being my first time to the Aspen area and only having three days to ski, I'd like to try out as many of the places as I can.  I had initially thought that I would just skip Buttermilk, but am now wondering if Buttermilk and Highlands in the same day is a possibility.  It sounds like this very doable should I want to make it work.  Thanks again for the advice.

post #7 of 11

I've done Buttermilk and Highlands on the same day before and the ticket works fine.  My logic was that the groomers on Buttermilk would be fun for 2 hours while I waited for the sun to soften the refrozen bumps at Highlands.  It worked perfectly.  Not sure if I will ski Buttermilk ever again but it was fun for a few hours.

post #8 of 11

Hey Shredhead- I'll address my questions to you since you seem like an Aspen expert (or because you said milf ).  Heading out Snowmass way week of Mar 9-16 and am planning a day on my own at Aspen Highlands, leaving family to do shopping etc.  My question is :>  is it truly better than Ajax for the better skiers?  I've only skied Aspen MtN once many years ago and all I remember is bumps everywhere.  In my tender middle age I could care less about moguls and just want some nice pitch on advanced runs ( hopefully with new pow) .  We will ski Snowmass most of week but wondering does Highlands still give me some fast cruisers to enjoy or will I get all I need at Snowmass?  

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 My question is :>  is it truly better than Ajax for the better skiers?  

 

wondering does Highlands still give me some fast cruisers to enjoy

 

 

Not really better, just different.   Steeper, rocker and a little more gnarly.  The bowl is great and it doesn't get bumped out until the bottom runnout.  But a lot of the bumps at Highlands just aren't as rhythmic as they are on Aspen Mountain.  Thunder bowl, Golden Horn offer some really nice cruisers and Powder Bowl has some great late day sun.

 

Aspen skis better on low snow years and in inclement weather. Generally I ski Ajax on a powder day and Highlands the next. 

post #10 of 11

I always thought Ajax was better for fast cruisers. Some of the cruisers (groomed) at highlands are sort of flat.

post #11 of 11

For the most part, Aspen does have a little better high speed groomers.  They groom Copper, Spar and Ruthies everyday and then they winch cat one or two steep pitches, like Aztec or Back of Bell.

 

Highland grooms Thunderbowl/golden horn daily,  which are fairly steep and then a bunch of mellow stuff like Grand Prix. But it's pretty nice when they groom Robinson or Upper Stein,  since Highlands has considerably fewer skiers.

 

Snowmass is the king of grooming, but most of its intermediate pitch.  But that's what pays the bills.

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