If you were to combine all the intermediate terrain across the four mountains, you would find that intermediate trails comprise most of Aspen Snowmass' 5,303 acres of skiable terrain. In fact, Aspen Mountain’s intermediate skiing terrain makes up 48 percent, while Aspen Highlands accounts for 30 percent, Buttermilk has 39 percent and Snowmass boasts 47 percent.
Combine all that blue terrain with outstanding grooming capabilities at all four mountains and it’s safe to say that Aspen is an intermediate skier’s nirvana.
Aspen intermediate terrain
- While Aspen Mountain, or as the locals call it, Ajax, is renowned for its steeps and sustained mogul runs, the resort also has groomers that last for miles. From the top of Silver Queen Gondola, take any of the fun cruisers to Ajax Express. You can lap Ajax Express all day and get tons of quick runs in or opt to take up the smaller double chair, FIS, to access more groomers and the runs beneath Ruthie’s chairlift.
- For longer, intermediate groomers you can ski or ride Ajax’s 3,267 vertical feet from the top of the mountain via Copper or Spar Gulch all the way back down to the Silver Queen Gondola.
- Intermediates at Snowmass will want to spend time enjoying the rolling blues from the Elk Camp lift, and the views of the Maroon Bells from the top are stunning. The Big Burn lift, where you’ll find a nice mix of glades, groomed and ungroomed intermediate terrain is ideal for testing out new skills.
- If you venture to Aspen Highlands be sure to arch some big turns on the uber-wide Thunderbowl trail. There’s also a ton of great blue-square terrain off Loge Express and Cloud Nine Express.
- Buttermilk’s Tiehack is a private paradise for intermediate skiers. Buckskin is a perfect, sustained groomer, and a ride on Tiehack Express yields incredible views of Aspen Highlands and the famed 14,000-plus-foot Pyramid Peak.