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WHY ASPEN? - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Wednesday May 8, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

Five reasons to get booking your trip to Aspen Snowmass for 2019/20, plus a look to PlanetSKI's experience of the four mountains.

1. Access to Aspen's four mountains on one pass

Aspen is made up of four mountains, which are, essentially, four ski resorts.

They are Aspen Mountain 'Ajax', Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Snowmass.

The mountains make up 5,285 acres of skiable terrain - Aspen Snowmass alone is one of the biggest pisted ski area in North America.

All on just one ski pass.

Each of the mountains has a completely different experience.

PlanetSKI's Katie Bamber visited this season past and wrote about each ski hill:

Snowmass is a huge skiing and riding area.

The terrain ranges from the impressive beginner area at Elk Camp to the expert terrain of Burnt Mountain Glades.

Snowmass Base Village has recently been completed, now with an ice rink, climbing wall and the Limelight Hotel Snowmass.

Aspen Mountain - At Ajax, as the locals call it, you can ski down the same runs that have hosted World Cup finals.

It rises out from Aspen town, chase after the snowcat-towed Oasis Champagne Bar, or put together one quad-burning top-to-bottom after another, all just steps away from the much loved town of Aspen.

Aspen Highlands - A favourite for locals and in-the-know skiers and riders, Aspen Highlands avoids the spotlight with uncrowded groomed slopes and the legendary Highland Bowl which rewards those adventurous enough to do the 45 boot-pack hike with a 2500 vertical foot bowl with steep descents ranging from 35-48 degrees. The mountain is also home to Cloud Nine, which sells more Veuve Clicquot than any other establishment in North America.

Buttermilk - Buttermilk is best known for being home to the Winter X Games and the Red Bull Double Pipe event.

So freestyle riders and skiers attention - there are 6+ parks at Buttermilk.

The mountain is an easy going one for beginners and families, with uncrowded beginner terrain and The Hideout, an innovative centre for young skiers and is the favoured mountain for uphill skiers.

2. More than just skiing

Those travelling to the mountains of Aspen Snowmass are not just welcomed by the amazing skiing terrain, but also the variety of on-mountain activities.

There's the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, taking riders through a mile of forest on an elevated track, at speeds of up to 28mph.

There's tubing and the opportunity for snowbiking lessons.

Dedicated paths for uphill skiing, snowshoeing tours and cross-country skiing are available to explore the mountains.

Fatbiking in Aspen, Limelight HotelFatbiking in Aspen, Limelight Hotel

Off the mountain there's an endless list of things to do aside from snow-based fun.

The town of Aspen is home to the latest fashions, thriving arts and culture scene, as well as world-class dining.

There's the international contemporary art at the Aspen Art Museum.

Ballet and theatrical performances at the Wheeler Opera House.

And there's live music during the evening at Belly Up Aspen.

The Aspen Historical Society offers a number of 'historic' downtown tours, from a pub crawl through Aspen's historical tap rooms, to guided tours of the town and mining museum.

3. The new W Aspen

Open from Summer 2019.

The W is conveniently located slope-side on Aspen Mountain with 88 guestrooms.

The hotel will feature an 8,000 square-foot 'Wet Deck' with 360-degree views of Aspen, a heated pool, hot tub and live DJ.

Hotel guests looking for the ultimate après ski destination can head to the Living Room Lounge and outdoor walk-up terrace, followed by the hotel's underground nightclub, 39°.
W Hotel, AspenW Hotel, Aspen


4. The IKON Pass

This collective ski resort pass from Alterra Mountain Co allows you to ski 38 or the most iconic destinations across North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Chile.

Following the success of its first season, the IKON Pass is back on sale for the 19/20 winter season.

Ikon Base Pass starts at £497, which includes 5-days of skiing in Aspen Snowmass and unlimited access to 12 iconic destinations (including Winter Park Resort and Copper Mountain Resort for an extended ski trip in Colorado).

Read more here on PlanetSKI as we've followed its progress and updates closely over the past year:

5. Be at your hotel within 10 minutes of landing at Aspen Airport

Located just three miles from downtown Aspen and six miles from Snowmass Village, Aspen-Pitkin County Airport is serviced by 150 nonstop and connecting flights weekly.

Those travelling from the UK can fly to Denver International Airport and book a connecting flight to Aspen's airport, a short 25 minute flight from Denver.

Alternatively, Aspen Snowmass is a four-hour drive from Denver International Airport with a number of shuttle buses services available daily.

Return flights from London to Aspen (via Denver) start from £658 with United Airlines during the winter.

A snowy AspenA snowy Aspen

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