The Ritz Carlton Club Aspen Highlands

76 Prospector Road, Aspen, Colorado, 81611, United States
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Skiing

by goingsolo

There are 4 ski areas in Aspen and neighboring Snowmass: Aspen Mountain, for more experienced skiiers, Aspen Highlands, for all levels, Buttermilk for beginners and Snowmass, which has four mountains.

Skiing

by speedy77

Skiing on Aspen Highlands Mtn. - especially down the Highlands bowl - is an exciting thing to do.... Everyone should try it.

This is a picture, taken from Buttermilk Mtn. In the background you can see Highlands Mtn...

Mountain Facts!

by tetonski1

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE MOUNTAINS

There are 4 mountains that make up Aspen Skiing Company running in the order given from south to north. Ajax, Aspen Highlands, Tiehack/Buttermilk, and Snowmass.
All the mountains are easy to get to by a FREE transportation shuttle that runs between them and the town of Aspen, (see my transportation page.)

AJAX : (Intermediate/Expert Mostly)

This is the main mountain which you see in most Aspen photos towering over the town.
Ajax offers aggressive skiers all they could wish for; 675 acres of steeps, trees, and bumps. It's not a mountain for the faint of heart, there's hardly a green trail to be found. If you do have the experience, and guts, head here, the views of the town below are excellent. Also, you must have a mid mountain lunch at Bonnie's (970-925-1220). They have the greatest chili, and sitting out on their two tiered deck sipping a glass of wine in the spring sunshine is sheer nirvana.

P.S. No snowboarding allowed here, this is for skiers only! Also, this mountain will definitely test your skiing skills. Don't bring grandma or the kids here unless they're kamakazees, or highly skilled.

BUTTERMILK/TIEHACK: (Mostly Beginner and Advanced Beginner/Intermediate)

Smooth groomed runs are what you'll find here at Aspen's kinder, gentler ski area. It has wide runs and mellow pitches. It's a beginner's paradise. Snowboarders will also want to head here. This is where the Winter X games take place, and they leave all the rails, terrain parks and music filled half-pipes in excellent condition for the remainder of the season. For lunch, head to The Cliffhouse atop Buttermilk Mountain, which has a wonderful "Mongolian Barbeque". You choose items from a salad bar-type line stocked with a variety of sliced meats, vegetables, seafood, tofu and varying accompaniments. Then you top your selections with a choice of sauces, from ginger to garlic and hand the contents of the bowl to a chef who quickly stir-fries the ingredients to perfection. ASPEN HIGHLANDS: (Advanced Beginner, Mostly Intermediate, Expert)

Initially owned by Harvard, (a donation from an alumni), the highlands were sold to Aspen Skiing Company, and have been undergoing a major base revamping over the past couple of years. Now completed, the Ritz Carlton has opened a beautiful ski-in/out lodge at the base, and there are several new shops and restaurants worth checking out. The Highlands are considered one of local's favorites, as well as mine. This mountain has plenty of intermediate terrain, and is the most un-crowded of the four mountains, (even at the busiest times of year). There are breathtaking steeps, tree-skiing, and extreme out-of-bounds terrain.

Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, located on Aspen Highlands beneath the summit of the Cloud Nine high-speed quad is a great place for lunch. You can have a gourmet meal or a self-serve lunch at the Cloud Nine Soup Bowl. This intimate warming hut has picnic bench seating, TV, music while serving delicious soups du jour and grill-your-own food items.

SNOWMASS: (All Experience levels)

Combines all of the other mountains into one. It's big! Actually four mini-mountains make up Snowmass: Elk Camp, High Alpine, Big Burn and Sam's Knob. Whether you're an expert or beginner, contented cruiser or boarder, you will find something here. Unfortunately, because of the wonderfully varied terrain there is a problem with crowds. The mountain's design seems to funnel everyone down to one area, so stay away from peak arrival and departure periods.

To get to the best terrain with light crowds, immediately head to the farthest left portion of the mountain; Elk Camp. It will take you a while going lift to lift, but this is the place to be, just make sure you allow enough time to return to the base at the end of the day. Lifts close at 3:30 pm. In Elk Camp, you must have lunch at Cafe Suzanne. They have a wonderfully large sundeck, and serve a variety of great soups, burgers,salads, etc.

The rich but not famous

by goingsolo

Located high in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 7,815 feet, Aspen sits 200 miles southwest of Denver.
Aspen's recorded history goes back about 120 years. Our first known residents were the Ute Indians, who called the area the Shining Mountains. The first prospectors crossed over the mountains from Leadville in the spring of 1897 and settled in the camp they called Ute City after the Ute Indians. By 1879, a number of hopeful prospectors had settled in the camp. In the summer of 1880, the town, which had grown to 300 residents, was renamed Aspen.
By 1890, thousands of fortune seekers had arrived in Aspen to stake their claims or work in the mines. During those boom days Aspen boasted 12,000 residents, 6 newspapers, 4 schools, 3 banks, 10 churches, a modern hospital, and an opera house. Many mining camps were temporary settlements, but Aspen residents strived for permanence.
All of Aspens' significant buildings and Victorian residences, many of which still stand, were built over a short ten year period. Among the many beautiful examples of Aspen's Victorian elegance that are still in use today are the Wheeler Opera House and the Hotel Jerome. Both were built by Jerome B. Wheeler, a partner in Macy's Department Store in New York City.
Aspen's mining fortunes fell in 1893 when the silver was de-monetized. Many of the larger mines shut down and, as mining declined, the local economy became more and more dependent on ranching and farming. By the 1930's Aspen's population had shrunk to 700 people.
By the mid 1930's, a new group of pioneers had come to the Roaring Fork valley in search of the ideal location for a ski resort. They hired famous Swiss ski industry expert Andre Roch.. A group of investors built a lodge on Castle Creek, and had plans to build a complete resort. Although their plans for a ski resort at Aspen were interrupted by World War II, skiing in the Rocky Mountains was actually spurred by the presence of the Army's 10th Mountain Division mountain training in nearby Camp Hale. These skiers knew resorts around the world and claimed they had never seen consistent quality like Aspen's fine powder snow.
After the war many of the early 10th Mountain Division's soldiers, including ski industry pioneer Friedl Pfeifer, relocated to Aspen and began buying up mining claims and surface rights with the idea of building a ski area. Financial backing came with the support of Chicago industrialist Walter Peapcke, who, with his wife Elizabeth, developed a vision of Aspen as much more than a ski resort. They saw Aspen as a year round cultural center, set in a place of great natural beauty.
During this same period, Andre Roch formed the Aspen Ski Club and designated a ski run on Aspen Mountain. The first chair lift, then the longest in the world, was constructed on Aspen Mountain. In 1950 Aspen hosted the World FIS Downhill Championships, which confirmed Friedl Pfeifer's dream of a world class ski resort. The Aspen resort complex continued to grow with the opening of Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk in 1958, followed by Snowmass Mountain in 1967.
Today, Aspen has about 6,300 year-round residents. It’’s a unique community, surrounded by the White River National Forest in the Roaring Fork Valley. Skiing and culture have been the heart of the Aspen Lifestyle for more than 60 years.

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2 day stay in Aspen, Co for the summer

by prmass

I doing the usual 2 week vacation that I take every year. Im doing a trip that is taking me to mt rushmore then to yellowstone and then to Aspen. I know this is a winter town but then again I always wanted to see Aspen in person and this is my only chance. What is there to do in the summer for 2 day stay?

RE: 2 day stay in Aspen, Co for the summer

by zuriga

Aspen in summer is beautiful. Try to travel along the road leading out of town and towards the north... Continental Divide. The scenery is spectacular. We were only there on a daytrip from Vail.. sorry I can't tell you more. Maybe there is a lift to the top of one of the mountains and you can see the views. If nothing else, there are great restaurants!

RE: 2 day stay in Aspen, Co for the summer

by bocmaxima

You can hit the Maroon Bells: gorgeous stuff. You can also take the ski lift up to the cirque. I believe the one in Aspen runs, but I know that the one in Snowmass does.
Aspen is also a really nice town to just walk around in during the summer. The park and plaza areas are wonderful, and there are lots of great restaurants and shops to keep you busy. Good nightlife as well.
You could also take a day trip out to Vail or Glenwood Springs which are both beautiful little towns.
Hope that helps.

RE: 2 day stay in Aspen, Co for the summer

by Shaken_Bake

Two days is perfect for a visit to Aspen in the summer - my husband and I spent a long weekend there in August and loved it! Maroon Bells must be the most picturesque mountain vista in Colorado, if not the world! When we were there, it was filled with every wildflower imaginable - unbelievably beautiful! You have to take a bus from Aspen Highlands during most days because the parking is very limited. The gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain does run all summer, but it did cost $12 for the ride (if you hike to the top, the ride down is free!) If you have a car, drive up to the top of Independence Pass for breathtaking scenery. There is also a ghost town called Independence which you can visit en route to the top. Not for drivers with a fear of heights, though!

Aspen itself is a charming, pretty town with so much in the way of restaurants and bars and shopping. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities - you never know who you'll run into! Another watering hole worth visiting is down the road a ways, the Woody Creek Tavern. It's the famous bar where the late, great Hunter S. Thompson hung out. There's lots of memorabilia of his there and the food and drink are good! Another activity would be the Aspen Music Festival which is on in July and August. There are many venues with music, much of it classical, and could cost a bit to get a seat. BUT, you can sit on the lawn outside the main music tent for free, with a picnic and wine - most excellent on a summer's night!

Hope you love Aspen as much as we do!

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 The Ritz Carlton Club Aspen Highlands

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Address: 76 Prospector Road, Aspen, Colorado, 81611, United States