October 17, 2017

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Aspen Winter

Winter

You will be faced by many distractions in Aspen, from the crowded tarmac of private jets to dazzling restaurants jammed with beautiful people. Don’t let the bright lights of “Glitter Gulch,” with its boutique shops and nightclubs, blind you to the incredible beauty and Peak Experiences that await you in Aspen’s valleys and on her mountains. AMH has a full selection of great hotels, and Peak Experiences here are what made Aspen a true Alpine Capital. Winter or Summer, Aspen is a world class mountain vacation destination. One of the most popular ski destinations in the west, winter in Aspen boasts outdoor concerts, World Cup ski races, signature events like the unforgettable ESPN Winter X Games and Bud Light Spring Jam, an ice skating rink, Nordic ski trails, and access to a system of backcountry huts called the 10th Mountain Hut Division and Braun Huts.

Experience alpine skiing and The Power of Four. Four mountains under one lift ticket. Aspen Mountain, a.k.a. Ajax, rises above town and offers 3,276 vertical feet/ 996m from the top of the gondola to the bottom.. The mountain offers a 50/50 mix of intermediate and expert terrain. From the cruisers on Ajax Express, Ruthies and Gents Ridge Lifts to the long tree and bump runs on Bell Mountain and Shadow Mountain, this hill offers up a great experience. Don’t miss the apple strudel at Bonnie’s, they grow their own apples! Aspen Highlands: This is the mountain for great views and steep untamed skiing. From both sides the 14,000 foot peaks of the West Elk Mountains tower around you. While there is some great crusing on intermediate runs at mid and lower mountain, the upper areas of Steeplechase, Olympic Bowl and Highlands Bowl offer up steep and off piste skiing with long runs.

Snowmass, always the great cruiser and family mountain it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Expert areas like The Cirque and Hanging Valley Wall offer plenty of off piste chutes, gullys and steeps. Snowmass now boasts the longest vertical rise in the country at 4,406 ft/ 1343 m., with it’s longest run being 5.3 miles/8.5 k. The Big Burn and Elk Camp lifts offer up miles of great groomed open intermediate cruisers.

A free shuttle will ferry you between the various ski areas, so you can enjoy the mountain of your choice regardless of where you stay in the valley.

Activities

Backcountry Skiing. AMH offers a great variety of winter activities other than skiing at Aspen’s four memorable mountains. We have a highly reputable guide service with accredited guides that have some great backcountry skiing experiences. They offer a number of alpine touring routes for different ability levels that reward you with great powder runs among the gladed tree areas in the Castle Creek valley, just behind Aspen Mountain. One of the few areas in the U.S. to offer lift accessed guided backcountry skiing. This experience will take you up the lift and out into the backcountry via a Forest Service access gate. From there your guide will lead you to great powder skiing down to the valley floor where you are picked up by a van and shuttled back to the ski area for anther run. It’s like heli skiing without the helicopter! The number of runs can vary according to the pace and fitness level of the group. Backcountry equipment can be rented and avalanche safety equipment and instruction/orientation is included in the price.  Our service also guides backcountry skiing to the numerous alpine huts in the Braun Hut System for an overnight stay and powder skiing. All equipment can be rented from the guide service. Snowcat Skiing. Aspen offers a snowcat skiing service in the open snowfields off the ridge in the back of Aspen Mountain. Full days include a full lunch at a backcountry cabin, snacks, drinks and plenty of untracked powder