Guidebook

Ski Aspen Mountain’s World-Famous Steeps

"Aspen" is one of the biggest names in skiing for a reason!

Description

"Aspen" is one of the biggest names in skiing not only in the United States, but the world over. "At Aspen Mountain you can ski down the same runs that have hosted World Cup finals, ride through gladed powder stashes, chase after the snowcat-towed Oasis Champagne Bar, or put together one quad-burning top-to-bottom [run] after another," writes Aspen Snowmass. "And all of this is just steps away from downtown Aspen. No wonder this mountain is a legend."

Aspen's legendary status has been built over a 70-year history of downhill skiing. Apparently, the locals were all about throwing down back in 1947, because the terrain at Aspen is steep. While you can find a few blues, most of the runs are black or double black, and they don't hold back!

While the mountain hasn't changed much since '47, "you'll appreciate the new gondola, great views, and food at the Sundeck at the summit and Ajax Tavern at the base, where the apres rivals the skiing and snowboarding," according to ColoradoSki.com.

Looking for a beginner-friendly skiing experience that still offers the posh Aspen vibes? Head to Buttermilk instead.

Norway

Norway

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
122 m
32 °
A free rider's paradise.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
W 5th Ave

W 5th Ave

Aspen Summer
0.7 km
184 m
27 °
A long and gentle cruiser.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Summer Road

Summer Road

Aspen Summer
2.4 km
388 m
25 °
Access to Trainors and Aztec.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
T1

T1

Aspen Summer
0.6 km
221 m
34 °
Experts only.
Extreme (Extreme)
Private
T2

T2

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
186 m
43 °
Extreme terrain.
Extreme (Extreme)
Private
T3

T3

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
197 m
38 °
Cliffs and pillows.
Extreme (Extreme)
Private
T4

T4

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
196 m
38 °
More open glades with views of Aspen.
Extreme (Extreme)
Private
T5

T5

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
175 m
36 °
Extreme terrain.
Extreme (Extreme)
Private
T6

T6

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
180 m
37 °
Extreme with good views.
Extreme (Extreme)
Private
Strawpile

Strawpile

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
144 m
28 °
A short variety run.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Tower Ten Road

Tower Ten Road

Aspen Summer
0.9 km
95 m
28 °
A cat track that takes you to Lift 1A from Kleenex Corner.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
E 5th Ave

E 5th Ave

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
102 m
28 °
A gentle groomer.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Corkscrew Gully

Corkscrew Gully

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
194 m
27 °
VW bumps. Narrow and demanding.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Corkscrew

Corkscrew

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
204 m
36 °
A local's favourite run on the Lift 1A side of the mountain.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Normandy

Normandy

Aspen Summer
0.2 km
60 m
23 °
Low angle bumps.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Lazy 8 Gully

Lazy 8 Gully

Aspen Summer
0.2 km
88 m
30 °
The easier variation to the lower run, FIS Slalom Hill.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Magnifico

Magnifico

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
144 m
35 °
Blue bumps and views of Aspen.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Super 8

Super 8

Aspen Summer
0.2 km
87 m
35 °
Steep headwall and intimidating moguls.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Schuss Gully

Schuss Gully

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
93 m
19 °
A Cat track that links Little Nell and Lift 1A.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
FIS Slalom Hill

FIS Slalom Hill

Aspen Summer
0.2 km
102 m
31 °
Bumps and natural jumps.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Magnifico Road

Magnifico Road

Aspen Summer
0.6 km
89 m
31 °
A long cat track for accessing steep black diamonds on the lower mountain.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Franklin Dump

Franklin Dump

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
107 m
33 °
A short, steep and hidden local's favourite.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Upper Little Nell

Upper Little Nell

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
167 m
24 °
Ski with a view of Aspen in the background.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Kleenex Corner

Kleenex Corner

Aspen Summer
0.7 km
89 m
19 °
A tight Corner but keep up your speed!
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Niagara

Niagara

Aspen Summer
0.2 km
88 m
35 °
A Fun and steep freeride .
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Little Nell

Little Nell

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
81 m
19 °
Cruising into the town of Aspen.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Aztec

Aztec

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
217 m
31 °
A world cup race course.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Lower Roch Run

Lower Roch Run

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
111 m
25 °
Short and bumpy.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Ruthie's Run

Ruthie's Run

Aspen Summer
1.7 km
442 m
26 °
Long and rolling with amazing views.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Upper Roch Run

Upper Roch Run

Aspen Summer
0.6 km
209 m
26 °
A tame and groomed run between sspen groves.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Gene Reardon's Run

Gene Reardon's Run

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
120 m
25 °
Bumps and sometimes groomed with Aspen trees and great views.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Spar Gulch

Spar Gulch

Aspen Summer
1.2 km
338 m
30 °
The way down to the bottom.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Tortilla Flats

Tortilla Flats

Aspen Summer
0.2 km
42 m
16 °
A large trail junction requiring slow skiing.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Gretl's

Gretl's

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
73 m
24 °
Blue bump.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Silver Rush

Silver Rush

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
175 m
39 °
Quite possibly the steepest run on Aspen Mountain.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Schiller Road

Schiller Road

Aspen Summer
0.2 km
50 m
22 °
A narrow cat track.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Silver Queen

Silver Queen

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
229 m
39 °
A north facing favourite.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
International

International

Aspen Summer
1.1 km
280 m
27 °
Challenging bumps and Aspen trees. A great overall run.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Rayburn's

Rayburn's

Aspen Summer
0.9 km
262 m
35 °
Secret powder stashes.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Cone 2

Cone 2

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
179 m
37 °
Steeper, tighter and more demanding.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Cone 1

Cone 1

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
177 m
33 °
Steep, tight and extreme.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Last Dollar

Last Dollar

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
233 m
36 °
Long and steep with Aspen Trees and Moguls.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Perry's Prowl

Perry's Prowl

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
171 m
35 °
A wide-open Aspen glade.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Zaugg Dump

Zaugg Dump

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
147 m
32 °
The local's favourite dump.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Short Snort

Short Snort

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
182 m
36 °
Short and steep.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
S1

S1

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
209 m
36 °
Cliffs, Aspen Trees and protected powder.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Bear Paw

Bear Paw

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
229 m
38 °
Beautifully gladed with aspen trees.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
FIS Trail

FIS Trail

Aspen Summer
0.7 km
244 m
30 °
Wide and a great groomer pitch.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Red's Run

Red's Run

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
166 m
30 °
A long bump run.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Percy

Percy

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
90 m
34 °
Short and sweet.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Midway Road

Midway Road

Aspen Summer
0.9 km
84 m
18 °
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Buckhorn

Buckhorn

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
103 m
28 °
A steep groomer with a picturesque view.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Tourtelotte Park

Tourtelotte Park

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
75 m
20 °
A fast groomer.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
North American

North American

Aspen Summer
0.6 km
146 m
22 °
A wide open groomer.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Midnight Glades

Midnight Glades

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
106 m
25 °
Low angle trees.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Pump House Hill

Pump House Hill

Aspen Summer
0.4 km
89 m
20 °
VW sized bumps.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Midnight

Midnight

Aspen Summer
0.9 km
218 m
24 °
A groomer through the pines.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Summit

Summit

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
105 m
28 °
Steeper and tighter bumps.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Cutoff

Cutoff

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
53 m
27 °
A cat track connector.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Dispy Headwall

Dispy Headwall

Aspen Summer
0.1 km
64 m
30 °
A steep and fun mogul run.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Dipsy Doodle

Dipsy Doodle

Aspen Summer
0.9 km
197 m
29 °
A fast groomer.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Bingo Glades

Bingo Glades

Aspen Summer
0.9 km
342 m
38 °
Gated terrain for experts only.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Jackpot

Jackpot

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
222 m
35 °
Many lines, steeps and trees. Fun expert skiing.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Gent's Ridge

Gent's Ridge

Aspen Summer
1.1 km
274 m
34 °
A long traversing bump run.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Glade #3

Glade #3

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
136 m
29 °
Moderately gentle glade skiing.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Copper Bowl

Copper Bowl

Aspen Summer
1.1 km
340 m
27 °
Th steeper section of the long copper groomer.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Ridge of Bell

Ridge of Bell

Aspen Summer
0.7 km
321 m
38 °
An ultra-classic Aspen bump run.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Keith Glen

Keith Glen

Aspen Summer
0.6 km
201 m
27 °
A great Ridge of Bell variation.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Nose of Bell

Nose of Bell

Aspen Summer
0.6 km
281 m
33 °
A glade lined with pine that has a secret powder stash.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Shoulder of Bell

Shoulder of Bell

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
233 m
37 °
Long, challenging bumps and gladed skiing.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Bell Meadow

Bell Meadow

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
187 m
35 °
A challenging steep glade with beautiful valley views.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Face of Bell

Face of Bell

Aspen Summer
0.7 km
184 m
32 °
A classic Aspen glade.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Hanging Tree

Hanging Tree

Aspen Summer
0.2 km
97 m
30 °
A classic Aspen glade.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Sunset

Sunset

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
107 m
28 °
Perfect pitch and picturesque Aspen skiing.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Sunrise

Sunrise

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
117 m
27 °
Picturesque Aspen Skiing.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Keith Glen Glade

Keith Glen Glade

Aspen Summer
0.2 km
90 m
30 °
Gladed trees and chutes.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Back of Bell #2

Back of Bell #2

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
142 m
26 °
Bumps, stumps, trees and steep bits.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Bell Glades

Bell Glades

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
130 m
32 °
Well-spaced trees, pines and aspens, make for a beautiful classic aspen run.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Back of Bell #1

Back of Bell #1

Aspen Summer
0.6 km
140 m
31 °
A tighter, sportier and steeper Back of Bell run on Back Mountain.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Silver Bell

Silver Bell

Aspen Summer
1.4 km
294 m
19 °
A great blue for accessing the Ajax Express runs.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Pussyfoot

Pussyfoot

Aspen Summer
0.6 km
140 m
26 °
Long, steep and bumpy.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Blazing Star

Blazing Star

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
75 m
21 °
A sporty and playful freeride run.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Blondie's

Blondie's

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
122 m
25 °
A short and sweet bump run.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Silver Dip

Silver Dip

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
128 m
22 °
An Ajax Express cruisy groomer.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
1 & 2 Leaf Bottom Half

1 & 2 Leaf Bottom Half

Aspen Summer
0.7 km
111 m
14 °
Short and steep.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Bellissimo

Bellissimo

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
81 m
19 °
Provides quick access to other parts of the mountain via 'VW' moguls.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Easy Chair

Easy Chair

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
51 m
13 °
Use to access some great skiing.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Copper

Copper

Aspen Summer
1.5 km
320 m
23 °
The longest groomer on the mountain.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
1 & 2 Leaf Top Half

1 & 2 Leaf Top Half

Aspen Summer
0.6 km
86 m
13 °
A meandering blue that cane be used to access all the best runs.
Blue (Intermediate)
Private
Northstar

Northstar

Aspen Summer
1.4 km
260 m
26 °
A long, steep and cruisy black run.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
Lud's Lane

Lud's Lane

Aspen Summer
0.7 km
29 m
13 °
A friendly cat track.
Black Diamond (Difficult)
Private
"Black Mamba"
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

"Black Mamba"

Aspen Summer
113 m
36 °
NE
0 m
0.2 km
Steep, Experts Only
Severe
Private
Kristi

Kristi

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
132 m
41 °
An Aspen classic for experts.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Hyrup's

Hyrup's

Aspen Summer
0.3 km
156 m
36 °
Exciting, steep and bumpy.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Walsh's

Walsh's

Aspen Summer
0.5 km
208 m
41 °
Steep with incredible views and great free ride terrain.
Double Black Diamond (Very Difficult)
Private
Back of Bell Trees
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Back of Bell Trees

Aspen Summer
134 m
34 °
E
0 m
0.2 km
Variety of Trees and Lines in this Gladed area of Back of Bell
Difficult
Private