Southwest of Glenwood Springs, the Aspen Mountain ski area, commonly known as Ajax, has 76 runs spread over 675 acres that are served by 8 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 3,267 feet. This is the original ski area in the Aspen valley and is known for its single-black diamond terrain along with over 300 inches of snowfall annually. While the real attraction is the hardcore steep runs, Aspen caters to a serious upper-crust, ultra-exclusive clientele so be ready for crazy expensive prices. Luckily, the glitzy poseurs don't hit the slopes until it warms up at 11am leaving the powder to the early riser snowboarders.
If youre looking for steeps, try Walshs Run on the western slope of Gentlemans Ridge. Or Dumps run off the western slope of Ruthies Ridge.
Looking for backcountry adventure? Try Richmond Ridge from the Ajax summit. Or, hook up with Aspen Mountain Powder Tours to explore some freshies on the backsidee of the mountain.
For apres ski, try Shlomo's at the base of the Silver Queen gondola, Woody Creek Tavern or Ajax Tavern. For nightlife, check out Shooters or Escobar for dancing, Double Diamond or Belly Up for live music. Still need more, try Jimmys American Bar, La Cocina, Lava Room and Erics Bar.
To reach Aspen by air, the nearest airports are Aspen, Grand Junction and of course, Denver International Airport. If you do drive from Denver, plan on five hours or more especially if traveling on Fridays or Sundays. If you haven't been to Aspen in a while, keep in mind that about 75% of the hotels have converted into condos since 2000. So, you'll probably end up in a vacation rental. Even some of the "hotels" are really just front for condo associations.
Overall, Aspen Mountain is the 14th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 28 snowboarding resorts in Colorado. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Aspen Mountain including Aspen Highlands Ski Area, Snowmass Ski Resort and Buttermilk Ski Area.
Local Contacts: Aspen Mountain Ski Area (970) 925-1220; Ute Mountaineer (970) 925-2849; Aspen Expeditions (970) 925-7625; Aspen Avalanche Info (970) 920-1664.
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Mountain Chalet (970) 925-7797; Hotel Aspen (970) 925-3441
Luxury Loding: Limelight Hotel, Aspen; Sky Hotel, Aspen; St. Regis, Aspen; Hotel Jerome, Aspen
Breakfast Restaurant: Cafe Ink, Aspen; Victorias Espresso
Reference Source: click here https://www.aspensnowmass.com/
GPS: 39.186194, -106.818423
Date Published: 12/31/2015
Date Updated: 3/1/2019
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