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Aspen Mountain (a.k.a. Ajax)

Rising out of the heart of downtown Aspen, Aspen Mountain (Ajax) serves up a vertical smorgasbord of double-black and gladed runs for skiers and snowboarders. Opened in 1947, Aspen Mountain's steeps, bumps and incredible views have been famous for decades.

Aspen Mountain Winter Information

Opening date:November 23, 2013
Closing date:April 20, 2014 (Special: Aspen Mountain will host skiing and riding on weekends April 26-27 and May 3-4, 2014. We’ll open as much terrain as conditions allow top to bottom, east and west sides. Our hours of operation will be 10:00am to 4:00pm. The Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express, FIS and Ruthie’s Chairs will spin and the Sundeck will fire up the grill on the deck. Come out and celebrate a bountiful season.
Base elevation:7,945 ft. / 2,422 m.
Summit elevation:11,212 ft. / 3,418m.
Vertical rise:3,267 ft. / 996 m.
Terrain:673 acres / 272 hectares
Number of trails:76
Miles/km of trails:64 miles / 103 km
Longest run:3 miles / 4.8 km
Steepest run:Elevator Shaft section of the Silver Queen run - slope angle of 42 degrees
Types of trails:easiest: 0%, more difficult: 48%, most difficult: 26%, expert: 26%
Annual snowfall:300 inches / 762 cm
Snowmaking:210 acres / 85 hectares
Lifts:8 Total - 6 primary - 1 gondola (14-minute ride), 1 high-speed quad, 1 high-speed double, 1 quad, 2 doubles; 2 secondary - 1 quad (Little Nell), 1 double (Bell Mountain)
Lift capacity:10,755 riders/hour
Uncrowded slopes:On average, 3 people per acre/9 people per hectare
Best known for:Steep, bump runs that drop right into the town of Aspen
Best-kept secret:Venture off the groomed runs and have black/double-black-diamond trails all to yourself!
Location:Within the White River National Forest, the mountain rises up from downtown Aspen
Lodging bed base:14,303 pillows within a 10-mile radius. For more information, please call Stay Aspen Snowmass at 888.649.5982.
Rental / Retail:Four-Mountain Sports/D&E Ski and Snowboard Shop across the street from the Silver Queen Gondola
Restaurants:4 Total - Sundeck, Bonnie's, Ajax Tavern, Montagna Restaurant and Bar inside The Little Nell

When is the Silver Queen Gondola or Aspen Gondola open in the Summer?

Just announced by the Aspen Skiing Company, Memorial Day Skiing on Aspen Mountain: May 25 - 27, 2013.

The Silver Queen Gondola resumes daily service on June 15, operating from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daily activities including the climbing wall, disc golf, obstacle course and other family activities will take place throughout the summer. Classical music on Saturdays and Bluegrass Sundays will begin the weekend of June 15-16 and continue through September 1 at the Sundeck. The Sundeck will be open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. offering a full lunch menu with grilled items, fresh sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, homemade pizza, salads, desserts and beverages.

Summer opening date:May 25 - 27 and then June 15, 2013 for the rest of the summer.
Summer closing date:September 1, 2013

Aspen Mountain Restaurants

Ajax Tavern

Ajax Tavern, located at the base of Aspen Mountain, comes to life at lunch and sizzles for après ski and dinner until 10 p.m. each evening, year round.

Executive Chef Jim Butchart serves distinctive bistro food inspired by Colorado’s bounty of sustainably raised meats and produce. Guests are treated to innovative dishes such as Colorado lamb Bolognese, house-made charcuterie, pristine raw bar selections and daily specials. Cocktail hour brings out Ajax Tavern’s luscious cheese fondue, decadent Ajax truffle fries and other gourmet fare, all complemented by an abundance of fine wines and aperitifs. On Sunday nights, in addition to the a la carte menu, guests can partake in Sunday Night Supper, a prix-fixe menu for the entire table served family style.

Ajax Tavern is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are taken for dinner only. Complete parties will be seated for lunch on a first come, first served basis.


Bonnie's restaurant, located on Aspen Mountain (upper mid-mountain), is popular for offerings such as white-bean chili and apple strudel. Its famous two-tiered outdoor deck is a favorite hangout spot. Open for lunch.


Located at the top of the Silver Queen Gondola, this cafeteria-style eatery serves wok fare, pizza, fresh daily stews and soups, specialty salads and sandwiches. On select evenings throughout the season, enjoy an evening of dining and live entertainment at 11,212 feet with our sunset parties. For more information, contact the Aspen/Snowmass concierge at 970-923-8715. The Sundeck offers guests rustic mountain splendor, combined with incomparable alpine cooking and unmatched service. With a massive rock fireplace beneath 30-foot ceilings, the décor features copper lighting fixtures, rich wood finishes and an open, bistro-style design. The building's architecture reflects both its remote mountaintop location and Aspen's mining heritage, featuring natural wood framing and beams, a galvanized metal rook, and stone siding. The spaces themselves vary from the soaring atrium of the Gallery with its roaring fire and the spacious bistro-inspired Sundeck. A spacious deck and patio invite guests to enjoy the vast horizon spread under the deep, blue Colorado sky. In addition, our on-site displays give the full explanation of how we are the most environmentally responsible on-mountain restaurant in the world.

In summer, the mountaintop venues are available for day and evening functions, hosting as many as 500 people. On winter evenings, the combined capacity is 500 people. The restaurants are operated by The Little Nell, a Five-Star, Five-Diamond hotel, renowned worldwide for impeccable service, attention to detail, and the finest cuisine. Summer or winter, for gatherings large or small, the top of Aspen Mountain is a grand setting for entertaining on a paramount scale.