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Slash ’n’ Shred
Zach Goldak | Photo: Scott Markewitz | January 23, 2014
There are few things that excite us more than a powder day. By board or skis, Aspen/Snowmass has 76 runs—totaling 673 acres of terrain to explore. Organized by mountain, experience some of our favorite spots to slash and shred through. Make sure you grab a hearty lunch at one of the on-mountain eateries too; the bites are almost as tasty as the powder.
1. During Aspen’s reinvention as a ski town, Ruthie Brown, wife of D.R.C. Brown, wanted another option on Aspen Mountain—thus the beginning of Ruthie’s Run. She purchased $5,000 worth of SkiCo stock on the condition a new run would to be created. To access her namesake run, jump on the historic Lift 1A to Ruthie’s lift and be ready to experience Aspen’s third run ever cut.
2. From glades to terrain parks, Snowmass has the most varied terrain in Aspen/Snowmass. Naked Lady is quite cruisy, full of groomed rollers eager to be ridden. Naked Lady is accessible by taking the Elk Camp Gondola to Alpine Springs.
3. If the parks at Buttermilk are good enough for X Games, we are sure you can get you fill of tricks at this mountain. Buttermilk Park has more than 100 different features for the more advanced rider. Glide down to Jacob’s Ladder for this slopestyle course, or get big air at the 22-foot super pipe. Just don’t forget your helmet.
4. If the unparalleled views of the Maroon Bells aren’t enough to take leave you breathless, Highlands Bowl at Aspen Highlands will. This terrain is definitely not for the faint of heart. The Bowl is only accessible by hiking to the top of Loge Peak, but it is all part of the experience. Go for the steeps on Ozone, or tree run through the G’s for a true Bowl experience.
5. For a bonus, Aspen Mountain Powder Tours takes riders to out-of-bounds areas—where no lift lines and fresh powder await. Meeting daily at 8:15AM at the lower level of the Silver Queen Gondola, guides take groups of skiers to a backcountry-skier’s paradise. Complete with a lunch in the heart of the Elk Mountains.