West of Aspen, the Snowmass ski area has 94 runs spread over 3,330 acres that are served by 19 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 4,400 feet. The Snowmass Mountain ski area is the largest of four Aspen ski areas and is known as an intermediate's paradise. Don’t let the intermediate reputation fool you -- there's plenty of hidden expert terrain, including chutes like AMF, Gowdys and KT Gully off Big Burn Plateau. These lead into the gladed steeps of Hanging Valley and Hanging Cliff Glades.
One of the more popular freeride routes is the Cirque. To reach the Cirque, head up the Sheer Bliss lift. At the top station, veer left and hike up the boot pack route for 10-15 minutes. From the ridge, there is a 1,500 foot descent back to the Sheer Bliss lift base.
For a backcountry experience, check out the challenging West Willow route.
Snowmass has become a snowboarder's paradise with a superpipe, two half pipes, acres of terrain-park features in three parks, and some of the best expert slopes in the valley. A new 100-acre intermediate trail in the backcountry-like Burnt Mountain area and 170 acres of additional gladed, intermediate terrain have been added. The three terrain parks have a total of 95 features to explore.
For apres ski, try Venga Venga in Snowmass Village or Woody Creek Tavern. For nightlife, check out Shooters or Escobar for dancing, Double Diamond for live music or Club Chelsea for rave. Still need more, try Jimmys American Bar, La Cocina, Lava Room and Erics Bar.
Overall, Snowmass Ski Area is the 15th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 28 snowboarding resorts in Colorado.