Location: Aspen, CO
Resorts: 41 out of 50
Due to some massive miscalculations, I realized right around my second trip down Highlands Bowl that it was also Buttermilk’s last day. With ski areas closing quickly here in April, I needed this mountain to hit the magic 50. I raced down the street in time to catch the last hour of the last day of Buttermilk’s season.
Best known as the host of the Winter-X games, Buttermilk has the best park of the four mountains and the reputation of being the beginner hill — or “the worst place to ride in Aspen,” according to the locals I asked.
It’s a chill mountain that really is perfect if you’re with a family, learning to ride, or if groomers get you excited. I did find some untouched powder in the aspens. This led to an adventure that included: Getting stuck, hitchhiking failures, snowboarding through rich folk lawns, and ending up on a cross country trail. Check Buttermilk off the list!
The Cheat Sheet:
38700 Highway 82
Aspen, CO 81612
|Snowfall||200 in (508 cm)|
|Top Elevation||9,900 ft (3,018 m)|
|Bottom Elevation||7,870 ft (2,399 m)|
|Vertical Drop||2,030 ft (619 m)|
|Area Size||9 lifts | 44 trails | 470 acres (190 ha) acres|