Aspen Mountain rises right out of downtown Aspen and is renowned among expert skiers who enjoy steep, sustained terrain and never-ending mogul runs. Aspen Mountain is just 675 acres, but feels much larger because it’s easy to ski the mountain’s 3,200-plus vertical feet run after run via the Silver Queen Gondola. One of the best aspects of Aspen Mountain is that it’s simple to navigate and only features a handful of chairlifts.
Aspen Highlands and its famed high-alpine, hike-to Highland Bowl is also popular among experts who like to earn their turns and appreciate backcountry-style skiing or riding.
Snowmass’ high-alpine terrain provides daredevils with the opportunity to test their limits on cliffs, chutes, small drops and short steeps.
Aspen Mountain is an expert skier’s paradise with three ridge lines featuring black and double-black-diamond runs. Bell Mountain is located directly in the middle of the ski area and is a great place to familiarize yourself with the resort. If you’d like to make your laps shorter, you can ski Bell Mountain back to Ajax Express, rather than heading all the way back down to the Silver Queen Gondola.
The Dumps, accessed via FIS chairlift, is where you want to be on a powder day. This area's aspect tends to attract the most snow, especially during a windy storm. The Dumps feature everything from perfectly spaced glades and wide-open powder fields to technical chokes through former mining zones. If you’re looking to test your speed, ski Aztec, where the annual World Cup Winternational Women’s Downhill is held.
During your Aspen ski vacation, it’s key that you make time to experience the ultimate expert-skier adventure: a hike to Aspen Highland Bowl. The hike ascends 700 vertical feet and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to just under an hour depending on your level of fitness. The effort is well-worth it, especially once you’re standing atop the Bowl’s summit and looking out at Maroon Creek Valley, Castle Creek Valley, Independence Pass, the Gore Range and Sopris Mountain.
The best lines and softest snow are typically found in the “G” zone, so be sure to make it to the Bowl’s summit and the snake along the ridge towards the trees on skier’s right. From here you can head towards well-spaced, steep glades and small powder fields in G-2 through G-5, or head straight down the fall line on G-8. If it hasn’t snowed in a couple days or you’re looking for a line that will make you feel like you’re starring in a ski movie, head down Ozone, the line that descends down the middle of the bowl. The snow remains soft and chalky here days and even weeks after a storm.