Snowmass (ski area)

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Snowmass Ski Area
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The base of Snowmass Mountain, including a view of Snowmass Village in January 2008
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Snowmass Ski Area
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Snowmass Ski Area
Snowmass Ski Area (the United States)
LocationWithin the White River National Forest, adjacent to Snowmass Village and 9 miles (14 km) from downtown Aspen
Coordinates 39°11′44″N106°57′05″W / 39.1956°N 106.9513°W / 39.1956; -106.9513
Owner Aspen Skiing Company
Vertical4,406 ft (1,343 m)
Top elevation12,510 ft (3,810 m)
Base elevation8,104 ft (2,470 m)
Skiable area3,362 acres (13.61 km2)
Trails 94 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 6 Beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 47 Intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 17 Advanced
Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg - 30 Expert
Longest runLongshot - 5.3 mi (8.5 km)
Lift system 16 total
- 2 Gondolas
- 7 High-speed quad chairs
- 2 high-speed sixes
- 2 Quad chair lifts
- 1 Double chair lift
- 2 Tow lifts
Terrain parks Yes, 3 Terrain parks (Snowmass Park and Superpipe, Little Makaha and Lowdown Park), 1 Superpipe and 1 Minipipe

Snowmass is a ski resort located in the Town of Snowmass Village near Aspen, Colorado. The ski area is owned and operated by the Aspen Skiing Company as part of the Aspen/Snowmass complex. It was opened on December 17, 1967 . [1] Snowmass is the largest of the four Aspen/Snowmass mountains, comprising 3,362 acres (1,361 ha).



The mountain is most notable for its wide cruiser runs, family-friendly atmosphere, and extensive ski-in/ski-out lodging. Despite its family reputation, the resort also contains several terrain parks, extensive extreme skiing terrain, mogul runs, and gladed terrain.


Snowmass has undergone massive changes in recent history, including a new gondola cnnecting the base and mall in 2005 and new gondola at the new Base Village in 2006. Snowmass has also constructed a new restaurant near Elk Camp, replacing Cafe Suzanne with a large, brand-new restaurant in 2012. Today, Snowmass continues its extensive improvements to on-mountain infrastructure and lift repairs.


Snowmass has the most vertical feet of skiing of any ski area in the United States, but only when the Cirque poma is running. [2] There are 17 lifts at Snowmass: 7 high-speed quads (Two Creeks, Elk Camp, Alpine Springs, Sheer Bliss, Coney Glade, Sam's Knob, High Alpine), two high-speed six packs (Village Express, Big Burn), two gondolas (the Sky Cab - better known as the "Skittles" and Elk Camp Gondola), two quads (Meadows and Assay Hill), 1 double (Campground) and two pull lifts (Scooper and The Cirque).

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  1. "History of Snowmass Mountain".
  2. Ski Resort Ranking with monthly updates