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.
Reasons to Snowboard Buttermilk/Tiehack;
- Grooming- hands down the best corduroy you will ever snowboard, and that’s saying something if you have ever visited Aspen Mountain , Highlands or Snowmass, who’s grooming is almost an art form. You’ll find every kind of snowboarder trying to carve circles in the snow whether on an Alpine board or free-ride set up it’s just hard to resist.
- Tiehack- Buttermilks illegitimate brother is Tiehack. Un-crowded easy black runs that hold powder days after a storm. This may change now, as they replaced the old fixed two person chair with a high-speed quad.
- X-Games- ESPN announced that the 2012 Winter X Games 16 will be held January 26-29 in Aspen, Colorado at Buttermik Mountain. The X-games have made Buttermilk their home mountain for the last 10 years and hopefully will keep coming back for more. This is a spectacle not to be missed as athletes from across the globe compete for the X-games gold in snowboarding, snowmobiling and skiing.
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