- Type: Recreation, Skiing
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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It's this mountain — first opened to skiers in 1947 — that put Aspen on the map. And with spectacular summit views and slopes that will make even the most advanced skier's heart race, it's no wonder why Aspen Mountain remains a favorite spot for winter sports-lovers. "Ajax," as it's so fondly called, features approximately 64 miles of runs (complete with a variety of bumps and steeps); you can also make your own tracks along the Aspen Mountain Powder Tour's backcountry terrain. And when you're ready to call it a day, you can satisfy your appetite at one of the nearby restaurants or bars.
When they compare it to Aspen's other ski areas, recent visitors say that Aspen's veteran mountain is the best. However, novice skiers beware: "Ajax is not a mountain for beginners, but both intermediates and experts can find lots to keep them busy," one TripAdvisor user said. "Looking at the map, you might think there wouldn't be much variety in the runs, but you'd be wrong."
Aspen Mountain sits about three miles south of town. All ski lifts open at 9 a.m. and stay open until around 4 p.m., though some lifts may close earlier. (During the summer, the Silver Queen Gondola shuttles hikers and sightseers up and down the mountain between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.) The mountain opens for ski season in late November and welcomes powder hounds through late April. Two-day lift tickets range from $138 to $186 for adults, depending on the time of year, though you might save a little money by purchasing lift tickets ahead of time from the Aspen-Snowmass website; lift tickets are valid at all four Aspen ski areas. Keep in mind that purchasing passes in advance (and getting an early start) could help you bypass long lift lines.
Nearby Things To Do
Silver Queen Gondola1.0 miles away
Wheeler Opera House1.1 miles away
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies1.4 miles away
The Little Nell1.0 miles away
The St. Regis Aspen Resort0.9 miles away
Sky Hotel, A Kimpton Hotel1.0 miles away