Season dates: December 10, 2011 - April 8, 2012
Base elevation: 7,870 ft./2,399 m
Summit elevation: 9,900 ft./3,018 m
Vertical rise: 2,030 ft./619 m
Terrain: 470 acres/190 hectares
Buttermilk distinguishes itself first and foremost by its low-key terrain, offering a congenial area for new and intermediate skiers and families. Almost 75 percent of the resort is dedicated to beginners and intermediates, an attractive ratio for budding novices and two-season skiers and ‘boarders ready to brave a blue-level run. A beginner terrain park that opened in the 2005-2006 season rounds out these offerings.
Buttermilk also operates some of the best snowboard instruction in the world, while aspiring hucksters can learn to hit the lip at either the beginner’s park on Red Rover or the intermediate park on Jacobs Ladder.
Experts, however, shouldn’t feel dissuaded by Buttermilk’s apparent favoritism for novices. The resort’s more difficult terrain demands respect, while the X Park—host of the annual ESPN Winter X Games—boasts a massive 22-foot Super-pipe.
How to Ski Buttermilk/Tiehack;
- Every kid in the Aspen area has spent some amount of time honing their new found skills on the perfect carpet we call Buttermilk Tiehack. This is a beginner skier’s paradise!
- Parking is easy just 5 minutes out of Aspen and directly at the base area for a truly hassle free experience
- Explore West Buttermilks less skied runs and go on one of the many tree trails offered throughout the west side of the mountain.
- Trickster’s paradise. Go hit the jump where X-Games Skiing Big Air gold medalist Bobby Brown pulled a double cork-1440 for a perfect score. Ski the largest half-pipe in North America - just don't get caught up close to one of the local jibbers that are flying over your head.
- Not into jumps? There are a bunch of picnic tables and boxes to pretend you are a pro on while skiing straight over them. You have more of a chance to crash on the groomers than a picnic table.
Aspen Snowmass Official Site