Buttermilk Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Colorado in USA. The resort is in the town of Larkspur, CO.
We recently ranked all of Colorado's ski resorts, so you can see where Buttermilk stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Buttermilk 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.
Buttermilk 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.
There are numerous options to stay at Buttermilk around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Buttermilk Mountain Resort Terrain Overview
Buttermilk has a total of 44 ski trails, which are serviced by 9 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 470 acres, Buttermilk Ski Resort has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 190 hectares, 0.7 square miles, or 1.9 square kilometers.
Buttermilk's slopes see on average 200 inches (61 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 16 feet a year!
Buttermilk Ski Resort Elevation
Buttermilk Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 9,900 feet, or 3,017 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 7,870 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,030 feet (619 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 9,900 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.
Buttermilk Ski Resort Difficulty Level
47.3out of 100
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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.
Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level
Buttermilk has 470 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Buttermilk is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 35% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 65%.
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.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Buttermilk Ski Resort good for beginners?
Buttermilk can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 65% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
Buttermilk Ski Resort Location
Buttermilk Ski Resort is located in the state of Colorado, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Larkspur, CO.
Larkspur, CO 80118 USA
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Getting to Buttermilk Mountain Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Buttermilk Ski Resort), its coordinates of 39.24000, -104.91000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Larkspur, 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 Buttermilk Ski Resort.
|Denver International Airport||DEN||Denver, CO||45 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 Buttermilk.
|City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport||COS||Colorado Springs, CO||32 mi|
|Pueblo Memorial Airport||PUB||Pueblo, CO||69 mi|
|Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy Field||ASE||Aspen, CO||105 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Buttermilk 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 Buttermilk Ski Resort.
|Arapahoe Basin Ski Area||Dillon, CO||13,050 ft||76%||34 mi|
|Echo Mountain Resort||Idaho Springs, CO||10,650 ft||27%||45 mi|
|Eldora||Nederland, CO||10,800 ft||48%||59 mi|
|Keystone||Dillon, CO||12,408 ft||69%||61 mi|
|Loveland Ski Area||Dillon, CO||13,010 ft||63%||61 mi|
|Breckenridge||Breckenridge, CO||12,998 ft||82%||62 mi|
|Winter Park Resort||Winter Park, CO||12,060 ft||72%||63 mi|
|Ski Granby Ranch||Granby, CO||9,202 ft||30%||66 mi|
|Copper Mountain||Frisco, CO||12,313 ft||66%||69 mi|
|Ski Cooper||Leadville, CO||11,700 ft||42%||75 mi|
|Vail||Vail, CO||11,570 ft||77%||82 mi|
|Beaver Creek||Beaver Creek, CO||11,440 ft||62%||90 mi|
|Monarch||Salida, CO||11,952 ft||51%||90 mi|
Buttermilk Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||9,900 ft|
|Base Elevation||7,870 ft|
|Vertical Drop||2,030 ft|
(35% Beginner, 39% Intermediate, 26% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||200 inches|