The city of Aspen, population 6700, seems to operate in full-time festival mode. Cultural events and celebrations are held year-round. Snowmass Village and Ski Resort, with a population of 2,800 is a part of the Aspen/Snowmass ski resort municipality and is next to the town of Aspen, Colorado. Aspen Skiing Company operates Aspen Mountain, Snowmass Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Ski Mountain.

With more than 300 days of sunshine annually, Aspen is definitely a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. In the winter months there is epic skiing in one of several local resorts, or cross-country skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing. During warmer months, there are endless trails to hike, bike or climb or water sports such as rafting or fly-fishing.

Some of the special events in the Aspen/Snowmass area are:

January
Winterskol - Aspen's annual "toast to winter." Dating back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen's unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. Phone: 970-920-7146.

February
The Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet offers a full season of dance productions. Phone 970-925-7175. The season concludes in late March. http://www.aspensantafeballet.com

March
Aspen Fashion Week showcases ski, winter resort and technical outerwear in winter sports' most fashionable destination. http://www.aspenfashionweek.com.

April
Aspen ShortsFest is a festival and competition that showcases the best short films from around the world. Phone 970-925-6882. http://www.aspenfilm.org.

May
A Ride for the Pass-This is an annual fundraiser for the Independence Pass Foundation. Bicyclists race up Independence Pass. Phone 970-963-4959. http://independencepass.org

There are ski festivals or events held most weekends in the winter. The Winter X Games, which is held in Snowmass, is a wildly popular event in which extreme skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers show off the most daring aerials and stunts imaginable.

Aspen summers are as beautiful as its winters, and the city is continually buzzing with arts events, live music and summer festivals:

June
Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Festival is a 10-day event of concerts by world-class jazz musicians, paid and free performances from JAS Academy Bands and smaller shows throughout downtown Aspen. Phone 970-920-4996. http://jazzaspensnowmass.org.

Aspen Music Festival has more than 350 events scheduled throughout the nine-week festival, including orchestra concerts, operas, contemporary music, lectures and classes, and children's activities. Many events are free, others come at a price. Events take place daily throughout Aspen. For information and tickets, call 970-925-9042. http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com. Continues through mid-August

July
Independence Day: special events are scheduled throughout the day, including a parade down Main Street, a 5K race/walk, community picnic at Koch Park, concerts and fireworks.

August
Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival - Features a weekend-long lineup of jazz musicians at Snowmass Town Park in Snowmass Village. Phone 970-920-4996. http://jazzaspensnowmass.org.

Fall is a breathtaking time to drive around the outskirts of Aspen. It will awe you.

September
Aspen Filmfest - This festival showcases the best independent films from around the world. Phone 970-925-6882. http://www.aspenfilm.org Concludes early October.

October
ACES Harvest Party - Visit the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies at Rock Bottom Ranch is for family fun including lunch, live music, pony rides, pumpkin carving, cider pressing, face painting, games and a silent auction. Phone: 970-925-5756. http://www.aspennature.org.

November
Aspen Winternational - The world's fastest women skiers will descend on Aspen Mountain for a weekend of racing and other events.

December
December with all of its joy!

For more information about upcoming events in Aspen, call the Aspen Chamber of Commerce. Phone 970-925-1940. http://www.aspenchamber.org .

International Callers, dial 001 before any of the phone numbers listed above.
Information in the above calendar is subject to change and should be confirmed.

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Map of Ski Area Locations

Comparison of Ski Areas

Aspen Highlands

Season November 26-April 11
Hours 9am-3:30pm Daily
Lifts 4 High-speed quads
1 High-speed double
2 triples
2 quads
3 doubles
1 Gondola
Terrain
  • 1,028 acres
  • 36% expert, 16% advanced, 30% intermediate, 18% beginner
  • 118 trails
  • Summit: 11,675 feet
  • Base: 8,040 feet
  • Vertical: 3,635 feet
  • Longest Run: 3.5 miles
Located 200 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82

Aspen Mountain

Season November 26-April 11
Hours 9am-3:30pm Daily
Lifts 1 Gondola
1 High-speed quad
1 High-speed double
2 quads
3 doubles
Terrain
  • 673 acres
  • 26% expert, 26% advanced, 48% intermediate, no beginner
  • 76 trails
  • Summit: 11,212 feet
  • Base: 7,945 feet
  • Vertical: 3,267 feet
  • Longest Run: 3 miles
Located 200 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82

Snowmass

Season November 26-April 11
Hours 8am-3:30pm Daily
Lifts 1 Eight-person gondola
1 High-speed six person
1 Six-person gondola
7 High-speed quads
2 Quads
3 Doubles
4 Ski/snowboard school lifts (including carpets)
2 Platter Pulls
Terrain
  • 3,132 acres
  • 32% expert, 12% advanced, 50% intermediate, 6% beginner
  • 91 trails with 3 Terrain Parks
  • Summit: 12,510 feet
  • Base: 8,104 feet
  • Vertical: 4,406 feet
  • Longest Run: 5.3 miles
Located 200 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82

Buttermilk

Season December 12-April 4
Hours 8am-3:30pm Daily
Lifts 2 High-speed quads
3 Doubles
2 Handle Tows
2 Ski/snowboard school lifts
Terrain
  • 470 acres
  • 26% advanced, 39% intermediate, 35% beginner
  • 44 trails with 2 Terrain Parks
  • Summit: 9,900 feet
  • Base: 7,870 feet
  • Vertical: 2,030 feet
  • Longest Run: 5 miles
Located 200 miles from Denver via I-70 and Colorado 82

 

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