Aspen Highlands Ski Mountain
Come find out why "Highlands" AKA Aspen Highlands is the locals' favorite. With an abundance of expert terrain, groomed cruisers and breathtaking views of the Maroon Bells, it's no wonder. Then, there's Highland Bowl - Colorado's ultimate off-piste experience - where a 30-minute hike to the summit will reward you with 2,500-vertical-foot descents down pitches as steep as 45 degrees. No lift lines, uncrowded slopes and runs to please all levels.
|Opening date:||December 8, 2018|
|Closing date:||April 14, 2019|
|Base elevation:||8,040 ft./2,451 m.|
|Summit elevation:||11,675 ft./3,559 m. (top of Highland Bowl 12,392 ft.)|
|Vertical rise:||3,635 ft./1,108 m.|
|Terrain:||1,010 acres / 409 hectares|
|Number of trails:||144|
|Miles / km of trails:||84 miles / 135 km|
|Longest run:||3.5 miles / 5.6 km|
|Steepest run:||Go-Go Gully, Highland Bowl (description on Highlands' Extreme Guide) - slope angle of 48 degrees|
|Types of trails:||easiest: 18%, more difficult: 30%, most difficult: 16%, expert: 36%|
|Annual snowfall:||300 inches / 762 cm|
|Snowmaking:||110 acres / 44 hectares|
|Lifts:||5 Total - 3 high-speed quads, 2 triples|
|Lift capacity:||6,500 riders / hour|
|Uncrowded slocpes:||On average, 2 people per acre/5 people per hectare|
|Best known for:||Steep, big-mountain skiing in Highland Bowl, Olympic Bowl and Steeplechase|
|Best-kept secret:||The newly extended Mushroom trail will test even the fittest legs of mogul enthusiasts. For incredible skiing/riding on a powder day, head to Child's Play in the Highland Bowl. Or, check out Log Jam Gully, Bowling Alley and Fran's Love in Deep Temerity.|
|Location:||Within the White River National Forest, 3 miles from downtown Aspen|
|Lodging:||14,303 pillows within a 10-mile radius. For more information, please call Stay Aspen Snowmass at 888.649.5982|
|Rental / Retail:||Four-Mountain Sports at the base of the mountain|
|Restaurants:||2 total – Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro and Merry-Go-Round|
Restaurants on Aspen Highlands Mountain
Dine at 10,740 feet…ski or snowboard to the Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, located on Aspen Highlands beneath the summit of the Cloud Nine high-speed quad. An alpine ski hut with casual table settings and an outdoor deck, this full-service restaurant with majestic views of the Maroon Bells is open for lunch with a prix fixe menu that changes daily and public snowcat dinners on Thursday nights. Reservations are required for the Thursday dinners; reservations also accepted for lunch for parties of 5 or more. Also available for private functions and dinners throughout the winter season. Please call 970-923-8715 or 970-429-3231.
Chef Andreas Fischbacher and his staff prepare gourmet meals with a European flair that are complete with entrée and your choice of soup or assorted baby-greens salad. The menu choices include raclette, venison ragout, Pheasant breast, Strudel variations, vegetarian dishes, international wine, fine champagne and a full-service bar.
Open Daily for Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday Night Snowcat Dinners (or private functions) 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Newly Remodeled - Located mid-mountain on Aspen Highlands, the Merry-Go-Round is a self-serve restaurant that is open for lunch daily and continues to boast the largest outdoor deck in the valley. Serving favorite fare such as burgers, homemade soups, salads, pizzas, wraps and tasty desserts. Don't miss our express line serving sandwiches and fresh-tossed salad. Also, stop by the bar for beer and margaritas, with televisions for your viewing pleasure.
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