Mountain Travel

BUTTERMILK SKI AREA, COLORADO

Maroon Lake at peak fall color in late September 2011 on the White River National Forest in Colorado

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

SEASON DATES: Dec. 07, 2019 – Apr. 05, 2020

SKIABLE AREA: 470 acres / 190 hectares

  • Vertical: 2,030 feet
  • Top elevation: 9,900 feet
  • Base elevation: 7,870 feet

Runs: 44

Longest run: 3 miles (4.8 km)

  • 35% beginner
  • 39% intermediate
  • 26% advanced
  • 0% expert

Lift system: 8 (3 high-speed quad chairs, 1 double chair, 4 surface/ski school)

Terrain parks: 2, 1 superpipe

Snowfall: 200 in/year

If you plan to have a holiday with your awesome buddies or families, ski resorts in North America could be your next destination, especially if you wish to spend the winter season skiing and doing winter sports to boost your adrenaline rush.

Colorado has many excellent ski resorts like Aspen Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Vail ski resort, and of course, the Buttermilk Ski Resort.

WHERE IS BUTTERMILK SKI RESORT?

Buttermilk Ski Hill is one of the incredible Aspen Snowmass ski resorts. It is in the White River National Forest, Colorado. Its mountain is just 3 miles (5km) of the Aspen Colorado’s west, about a 10-minute drive. Buttermilk is only 6 miles from Snowmass so, going to Colorado for a holiday can be very much enjoyed with these ski resorts close to each other. There is a free shuttle bus from Aspen or Snowmass that runs at very regular intervals, so there is no hassle of looking for a vehicle to reach Buttermilk.

Considered as the easiest skiing mountain in the Aspen area, newbie skiers can enjoy the resort. It is also known as one of the best beginner mountains in North America for skiing and snowboarding learners. Its base includes The Hideout — an incorporated play-and-learning area for children in ski school ages 2 ½ to 6 years old. The smooth-rolling slopes can be a prime place to try out new tricks and hone existing skills. There are many natural features to jib off, in addition to two terrain parks and a giant 22-foot superpipe.

Panoramic view of Buttermilk during winter season

BUTTERMILK SKI AREA

Art Pfister developed the buttermilk ski area in 1958. It was part of the original Aspen trio of the 1960s: Aspen Mountain (ski area), Aspen Highlands, and Aspen Buttermilk. Recently, it has three ski areas, namely: Tiehack (difficult), Main Buttermilk (regular), and West Buttermilk (easy). It is also a famous host to the ESPN Winter X Games several times. It was also voted as the number one for the best park and pipe by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine Reader’s Poll.

Three high-speed quads anchor Buttermilk. The Summit Express services trail in the Main Buttermilk section of the mountain while the West Buttermilk Express services beginner terrain on the mountain’s west face. Built in 2011, Tiehack Express services advanced and intermediate terrain on the mountain’s west face.

The 22 feet superpipe of the mountain’s legendary terrain park is excellent and outstanding, and many X Games winners, Olympians, and up-and-comers can attest.

BUTTERMILK LODGING

The Inn by Resort Questat Aspen is a ski-in ski-out hotel at Buttermilk’s main base area. It has become a family-friendly hotel given its handy location, and it has an onsite restaurant, hot tub, and outdoor pool.

Accommodations include hotel rooms (that sleep up to 4), studios with kitchenettes, and suites.

If you stay in Aspen, you can take a shuttle bus to Buttermilk, which provides a good advantage of easy access to the many bars and restaurants and the fabulous shopping in Aspen. There is also direct access from the town to Aspen Mountain, with more challenging ski terrain than Buttermilk.

SKI RESORT FACILITIES

Touring and spending a holiday at the mountain with kids is pretty much enjoyable as there is an incredibly well-developed ski school for children. It’s convenient for kids ages 5 or older not to drop them off at Buttermilk each day. From the 2nd day onwards, those children staying in Aspen can ride the ‘Max the Moose Shuttle’ with a ski instructor. It departs from the Aspen Mountain gondola plaza from 8:30 to 8:45 am and returns to Aspen by 4 pm.

Besides the kids’ lessons, ski and snowboard lessons are offered to teens and adults visiting the Buttermilk. There are ski and snowboard rentals from Four Mountain Sports shop at the base area of the mountain. They also provide an overnight equipment storage system.

Choose where to enjoy your meals and drinks from the many restaurants with a variety of mouth-watering dishes. Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro is one of the most favorite restaurants that serve lunch service that feels like a slice of Switzerland in the Rocky Mountains with layered fondue helpings, raclette, steak tartare, caviar, and delectable daily specials. Other restaurants you can try dining in are Bumps at Buttermilk, The Cliffhouse-Buttermilk, Home Team BBQ-Aspen, Elkhorn Bar and Grille, and the White House Tavern.

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