Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain overlooks the town of Aspen, Colorado and is one of the most well-known ski resorts in the world. Aspen Mountain is famous for its black-diamond terrain.
#1: Aspen, CO

Just mention the word "Aspen" and you'll conjure up images of glamour, celebrity, and stardom. The pampered and privileged add certain panache to the scene, but people visit Aspen first and foremost because of the world-class skiing and riding.

Aspen is one of a select handful of resorts worldwide where, in spite of rapid growth, quality of life still counts. Where the energy feels like a small town - if also a gold-plated small town - and the glamour never seems to fade. Aspen Mountain is an international crossroads as well as cultural leveler: No matter what company you own, country you run or film you starred in, we'll see you on the slopes. With more challenging nooks and crannies - on-piste and off - than seems physically possible on such a diminutive mountain (673 acres), it's still a headliner, featuring no liftlines and quick access to the slopes. Improved lift capacity, smart design and ongoing fine-tuning keep the mountain relatively crowd-free. This happy occurrence is a secret closely guarded by locals, who relish heading to the mountain for two-hour lunch breaks - almost all of which is dedicated to skiing. When you're not skiing, there's world-famous Aspen, where everything is accessible by walking. It's a fast and crazy town - as beautiful as any in the world - and that factors heavily in the resort's high rankings.

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Big-name music at Belly Up, one of the hottest live venues in the West

Local Secret

Out-of-bounds skiing off Aspen Mountain includes legendary pitches such as Midnight Mine and hike-tos like Little Annie's Basin. Ask someone in the know before you go.

Mandatory Run

Ruthie's Run, a hard-charging classic that's seen the best ski racers in history flash down its rapid plunge to Spring Pitch, Straw Pile, 5th Avenue and Lift 1A


11. Aspen Highlands, CO

Aspen Highlands

Aspen Highlands is one of the four ski resorts in the Aspen Snowmass group. Aspen Highlands features a diverse 3,635 feet of vertical drop from the top of Highlands Bowl to the bottom of the mountain.

Catch the action live and slopeside at the base of Buttermilk. All events are free and open to the public, but leave your vuvuzela, booze, and pets at home. Don’t miss the Ladies SuperPipe final Thursday night and the Skiing Big Air final Saturday. Click here for the full schedule.

Aspen X-treme

For a week in January, Aspen becomes the center of the jibtastic universe when the Winter X Games comes to town. With 80,000 spectators (heavy on the park rats), dozens of free events, and parties—i.e. free booze—galore, Aspen is going to go off. Here’s your insider’s guide to the 2011 Winter X Games.


Silverton Mountain

The experience is more heli-skiing than resort skiing, but instead of dropping $800, you ride an old double chairlift all day for $99.