Buttermilk Ski Resort

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!

Season Passes

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.

Lodging Options

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!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
470(2 km2)
Annual Snowfall
200"(6,096 cm)

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.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
9,900'(3,017 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,030'(619 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
7,870'(2,399 m)

Buttermilk Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
47.3out of 100
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Buttermilk can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. 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 ski level.


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%.
Green Circle
35%(165 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
39%(183 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
26%(122 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 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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GPS Coordinates:
39.24000, -104.91000

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 AirportDENDenver, CO45 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 AirportCOSColorado Springs, CO32 mi
Pueblo Memorial AirportPUBPueblo, CO69 mi
Aspen-Pitkin Co/Sardy FieldASEAspen, CO105 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.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Arapahoe Basin Ski AreaDillon, CO13,050 ft76%34 mi
Echo Mountain ResortIdaho Springs, CO10,650 ft27%45 mi
EldoraNederland, CO10,800 ft48%59 mi
KeystoneDillon, CO12,408 ft69%61 mi
Loveland Ski AreaDillon, CO13,010 ft63%61 mi
BreckenridgeBreckenridge, CO12,998 ft82%62 mi
Winter Park ResortWinter Park, CO12,060 ft72%63 mi
Ski Granby RanchGranby, CO9,202 ft30%66 mi
Copper MountainFrisco, CO12,313 ft66%69 mi
Ski CooperLeadville, CO11,700 ft42%75 mi
VailVail, CO11,570 ft77%82 mi
Beaver CreekBeaver Creek, CO11,440 ft62%90 mi
MonarchSalida, CO11,952 ft51%90 mi

Buttermilk Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation9,900 ft
Base Elevation7,870 ft
Vertical Drop2,030 ft
(35% Beginner,  39% Intermediate,  26% Expert)
Skiable Acres470
Avg. Annual Snowfall200 inches
Buttermilk Ski Resort Mountain Stats