Aspen Mountain Ski Resort
Historical Colorado Skiing and Black Diamond Runs!
When you decide to ski Aspen Mountain Ski Resort you will have chosen a ski resort with a proud history. It was founded in 1946 by the Aspen Skiing Company and built on a site where local skiers had been using a crude boat lift and jeep trails up the back side of the mountain on Midnight Mine Road to get to great places to ski.
In 1946 the single-seat chairlift, Lift-1 was installed and the resort of Aspen Mountain was founded. When it began operations on December 14, 1946, this lift was the longest chairlift in the world. Many of the first employees were veterans of the famed 10th Mountain Division, which fought on skis and, after the war, were a huge influence on the development of skiing in Colorado.
This is a relatively small ski resort, with only 673 acres of skiable terrain. It is notable that there are no beginner runs and the majority of the runs are intermediate, black diamond and black double diamond runs.
Lift-1 was used until 1972, when it was replaced by two double chairlifts, Shadow Mountain and Ruthie’s. In 1986, the Silver Queen Gondola was installed. This lift ascends to the summit with a vertical rise of 3267 ft (996 m). The ski area’s lifts also include 1 high-speed quad, 1 high-speed double, 2 quads, and 3 doubles.
Another interesting feature is that the gondola is one of two lifts, along with the Little Nell chairlift, which ascend from Gondola Plaza in the middle of downtown Aspen. This allows visitors to ascend the mountain from the center of town, and ski down the Little Nell Run back into town. Also, in summer, it’s a great way to get to the top of the mountain.
Since 2002, snowboarders have been welcome on the trails at Aspen Mountain and, if skiers and snowboarders are looking for a great out-of-bounds experience, they can try a powder tour where they can ski the back of the mountain in untouched terrain.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat when you ski Aspen Mountain, you can visit Ajax Tavern, Bonnie’s and the Sundeck or there are many choices for dining in Aspen.
There is also cross-country skiing, a public NASTAR course on Silver Dip Swing Trail, ski and snowboarding nature tours and naturalist-guided snowshoe tours.
As for lodging, the choices in Aspen are dazzling! But it’s even possible to find accommodations that are fairly affordable. You will find luxury hotels and resorts, inns and condos and homes to rent… More information on lodging in Aspen.
Aspen is a real town, not just a ski resort, so you will also find a wonderful assortment of restaurants and shopping. Don’t forget shopping!