Aspen Highlands is reputed with Colorado's best steep, big-mountain, in bounds
skiing. Highland Bowl being the highlight, but here so much more to this
mountain. You start your ski day on the Exhibition high speed quad to mid
mountain - the Merry-Go-Round. From here ride the Loge Peak lift to the highly
scenic summit, see our Aspen Highland
Photos, to ski beautiful groomers like Meadows and Kandahar or drop down
off the ridge to steeper less manicured Garmisch, St Moritz and Chamonix. The Cloud 9 Chair
serves more blues like Gunbarrel and Grand Prix, and more edgy Moment Chutes and
Olympic Bowl. Glade skiers will love the steep snow-filled trees of Deep
For the ultimate challenge, hit Highland Bowl after checking in with incredibly
knowledgeable Patrol at PHQ on Loge Peak - this vast 1,040 acre in-bounds
backcountry style ski adventure is high-elevation 12,392' and high excitement
factor. Accessing this
extreme terrain requires a significant hike from atop Loge Peak (700' vert). The 20-40
minute hike is strenuous but worth it (though its even better to catch the cat
for a ride which shuttles skiers on the hiking path on occasion). Highland Bowl
has countless steep chutes, G 1-8, G Force, White Kitchen, Steep N Deep are few.
The big powdery bowl skiing funnels you back to Deep Temerity to catch your
breath, a serious vertical run.
Well placed lifts and gorgeous views of the Maroon Bells will keep you occupied
at Highlands for several days. Highlands does have nice scenic intermediate
terrain mid-mountain down to the compact ski village at Highlands Base, but it
does not have the best beginners mountain terrain like Buttermilk and
both offer. Skiing back to Aspen Highlands Village on Golden Horn, the race
trail, is a fun way to end your Aspen Highlands ski day. Aspen Highland Village is anchored by a few ski shops around a
pedestrian plaza, Highlands Ale House, and the Ritz Carlton Aspen Highlands with a slopeside
restaurant Willow Creek.
For lunch at Highlands, we recommend you ski in to
Cloud 9, one of Aspen's best
restaurants. This classic European mid mountain chalet
serves traditional fondue and raclette with a spectacular view. Make a
reservation, its uber popular, and pricey too. Cloud 9 also get uber rowdy in the afternoon when
the music cranks up and the Champagne corks fly. The Veuve Clicquot ice bar on
the deck is highly scenic and happening on a sunny ski day. Its après ski before
you're done skiing since you still mid mountain at 10,825’, their slogan is "ski
in, dance out."
Aspen locals love Highlands, especially on Wednesdays when they get free
parking, otherwise its pay in the underground lot, and free coffee and muffins.
Closing Day at Highlands is also one of the
biggest best ski parties - costumes and mayhem ensue.
A ski vacation to Aspen should including skiing at
Ajax - Aspen Mountain,
and Aspen Highlands,
Buttermilk (home of the Winter X-Games)
unless you love parks. Aspen Highlands is just a three-mile drive from downtown
Aspen. See our ski review of these Aspen ski resorts and consider a day or two
skiing around Aspen, there’s a shuttle system. Staying downtown Aspen is
beautiful and bustling with après ski activity, shopping, drinking, dogs, people
watching near Prada. You can stay at St Regis, Hotel Jerome, Little Nell, or The Limelight Hotel Aspen. Aspen is
one of the best Western Ski Towns with
great authenticity and a strong alpine history.