Aspen Highlands Ski Resort

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Colorado in USA. The resort is in the town of Aspen, CO. We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Aspen Highlands Ski Resort stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort is a part of the Mountain Collective network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the Collective.

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort Lodging:

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort has a total of 144 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 1,040 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 421 hectares, 2 square miles, or 4 square kilometers.

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort's slopes see on average 300 inches (118 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 25 feet a year!

Trails
Total Runs
144
Ski Lift
Lifts
5
Skier
Skiable Acres
1,040(4 km2)
Snow
Annual Snowfall
300"(118 cm)

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort Elevation

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 11,675 feet, or 3,558 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 8,040 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 3,635 feet (1,108 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 11,675 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
11,675'(3,558 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
3,635'(1,108 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
8,040'(2,450 m)

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Score
Difficulty Score
92.9out of 100
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Aspen Highlands Ski Resort is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, with a difficulty score of 92.9. This mountain ranks in the top 10% of most-difficult ski resorts in all of North America, mostly due to the fact that it has 77% of its trails rated as expert-level, and a vertical drop of 3,635 feet.

 DID YOU KNOW?

At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort has 1,040 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Seeing as Aspen Highlands Ski Resort is one of the hardest ski areas in the country, it's no surprise that over 100% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level. This leaves only 0% of its skiable acres as beginner terrain.
Beginner
0%(0 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
Intermediate
23%(239 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
Expert
77%(801 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Aspen Highlands Ski Resort good for beginners?

This is one of the hardest ski areas in the country to ski at, so it is not great for beginners. Aspen Highlands Ski Resort ranks in the top 10% of the most-difficult ski resorts in the country. It has 77% of its trails rated as expert, or black-diamond level.

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort Location

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Aspen, CO.

Address:
Aspen, CO 81611 USA
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Website:
aspensnowmass.com/four-mountains/aspen-highlands

GPS Coordinates:
39.18800, -106.85000

Getting to Aspen Highlands Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Aspen Highlands Ski Resort), its coordinates of 39.18800, -106.85000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Aspen, CO to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Aspen Highlands Ski Resort.

NameCodeCityDistance
Denver International AirportDENDenver, CO125 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Aspen Highlands Ski Resort.

NameCodeCityDistance
Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy FieldASEAspen, CO3 mi
Eagle County Regional AirportEGEEagle, CO32 mi
Grand Junction Regional AirportGJTGrand Junction, CO90 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Aspen Highlands Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Aspen Highlands Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Aspen Mountain Ski ResortAspen, CO11,212 ft79%2 mi
Aspen SnowmassSnowmass Village, CO12,510 ft86%5 mi
Crested ButteCrested Butte, CO12,162 ft74%23 mi
SunlightGlenwood Springs, CO9,895 ft51%30 mi
Ski CooperLeadville, CO11,700 ft42%32 mi
Beaver CreekBeaver Creek, CO11,440 ft62%34 mi
VailVail, CO11,570 ft77%41 mi
Copper MountainFrisco, CO12,313 ft66%41 mi
BreckenridgeBreckenridge, CO12,998 ft82%48 mi
MonarchSalida, CO11,952 ft51%53 mi
KeystoneDillon, CO12,408 ft69%56 mi
Powderhorn Ski ResortPowderhorn, CO9,850 ft58%64 mi
Winter Park ResortWinter Park, CO12,060 ft72%76 mi
Ski Granby RanchGranby, CO9,202 ft30%76 mi
Echo Mountain ResortIdaho Springs, CO10,650 ft27%79 mi
EldoraNederland, CO10,800 ft48%86 mi
Howelsen Hill Ski AreaSeamboat Springs, CO7,136 ft44%89 mi

Aspen Highlands Ski Resort Mountain Stats

NameStatistic
Summit Elevation11,675 ft
Base Elevation8,040 ft
Vertical Drop3,635 ft
Trails144
(0% Beginner,  23% Intermediate,  77% Expert)
Lifts5
Skiable Acres1,040
Avg. Annual Snowfall300 inches
Aspen Highlands Ski Resort Mountain Stats