Buttermilk#8 in Best Things To Do in Aspen
With 21 miles of open, stress-free trails, Buttermilk is the perfect spot to try your first run or to teach your kids to ski. According to visitors, all the beginner trails are groomed and the runs are wide so there's plenty of room for skiers to maneuver. You can also sign up for private ski and snowboard lessons if you need some guidance. Recent visitors described the instructors as friendly, positive and helpful.
Beginner-friendly slopes aside, this mountain also offers trails for intermediate and expert skiers and is known for its 22-foot superpipe and X Games-inspired course. Buttermilk's two terrain parks (not counting an easier area for novice boarders) comprise more than 100 distinct features.
Sitting about 3 miles northwest of Aspen, Buttermilk is open between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. every day from mid-December to early April. Lift tickets vary in price, depending on the season, and can be used to access any of the four local ski areas. If you're looking to save on passes, consider purchasing them in advance from the Aspen-Snowmass website.
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#1 Maroon Bells
Rising more than 14,000 feet, these twin peaks are a favorite spot for hikers and wildlife-watchers, boasting beautiful vistas and breathtaking scenery. In fact, Maroon Bells' jagged peaks and multicolored slopes make it one of the most photographed sites in North America. The surrounding area features numerous trails and campsites, granting you a variety of viewing points from which you can capture the perfect shot.
Whether you choose to head toward the summit or to lazily stroll around the beaver-laden Maroon Lake, this is sure to be one of the highlights of your Aspen trip. Recent travelers praise the uninterrupted beauty of this area, calling the Maroon Bells "stunning," "awe-inspiring" and "one of the loveliest places on earth." Some say it's the perfect place for a day of hiking and a picnic lunch. Past hikers recommended getting to the mountains early as the area can get crowded.
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