Aspen

Ideal for all skiers of all abilities.

The ski resort of Aspen is a playground for the upwardly mobile and seriously rich, but it’s the skiing that really sets it apart, thanks to its four separate ski areas and huge variety of terrains and activities.

The four ski areas are Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass. If you’re a beginner, head to Buttermilk, which enjoys a reputation as one of the best mountains for novices in the US. Aspen Highlands, too, has good mid-mountain facilities for beginners, reached by a fast quad chair. For intermediates, Snowmass, which has its own village, is pretty close to heaven, offering a vast sprawl of linked blue runs.

The only one of the four areas where snowboarding is not permitted, Aspen Mountain (known to locals as Ajax) is the place for the ambitious, with its many double-black gullies and off-piste tree runs. There are lots of mogul slopes, a couple of them sited on the final approach to the resort.

Also don’t miss the 14-minute ride on the Silver Queen gondola all the way to the peak, from which you can ski a vertical drop of around 3,267 feet, including part of the World Cup downhill course. 

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