Come find out why "Highlands" AKA Aspen Highlands is the locals' favorite. With an abundance of expert terrain, groomed cruisers and breathtaking views of the Maroon Bells, it's no wonder. Then, there's Highland Bowl - Colorado's ultimate off-piste experience - where a 30-minute hike to the summit will reward you with 2,500-vertical-foot descents down pitches as steep as 45 degrees. No lift lines, uncrowded slopes and runs to please all levels.
|Opening date:||December 8, 2012|
|Closing date:||April 21, 2013|
|Base elevation:||8,040 ft./2,451 m.|
|Summit elevation:||11,675 ft./3,559 m. (top of Highland Bowl 12,392 ft.)|
|Vertical rise:||3,635 ft./1,108 m.|
|Terrain:||1,010 acres / 409 hectares|
|Number of trails:||125|
|Miles / km of trails:||84 miles / 135 km|
|Longest run:||3.5 miles / 5.6 km|
|Steepest run:||Go-Go Gully, Highland Bowl (description on Highlands' Extreme Guide) - slope angle of 48 degrees|
|Types of trails:||easiest: 18%, more difficult: 30%, most difficult: 16%, expert: 36%|
|Annual snowfall:||300 inches / 762 cm|
|Snowmaking:||110 acres / 44 hectares|
|Lifts:||5 Total - 3 high-speed quads, 2 triples|
|Lift capacity:||6,500 riders / hour|
|Uncrowded slocpes:||On average, 2 people per acre/5 people per hectare|
|Best known for:||Steep, big-mountain skiing in Highland Bowl, Olympic Bowl and Steeplechase|
|Best-kept secret:||The newly extended Mushroom trail will test even the fittest legs of mogul enthusiasts. For incredible skiing/riding on a powder day, head to Child's Play in the Highland Bowl. Or, check out Log Jam Gully, Bowling Alley and Fran's Love in Deep Temerity.|
|What's new:||Some of the most stunning and challenging big-mountain terrain, thanks to the addition of 220 new acres over the last two seasons.|
|Location:||Within the White River National Forest, 3 miles from downtown Aspen|
|Lodging:||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 at the base of the mountain|
|Restaurants:||5 Total - Merry-Go-Round, Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, Willow Creek Bistro, Crust, ZG Grill|
Restaurants on Aspen Highlands Mountain
Dine at 10,740 feet…ski or snowboard to the Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, located on Aspen Highlands beneath the summit of the Cloud Nine high-speed quad. An alpine ski hut with casual table settings and an outdoor deck, this full-service restaurant with majestic views of the Maroon Bells is open for lunch with a prix fixe menu that changes daily and public snowcat dinners on Thursday nights. Reservations are required for the Thursday dinners; reservations also accepted for lunch for parties of 5 or more. Also available for private functions and dinners throughout the winter season. Please call 970-923-8715 or 970-429-3231.
Chef Andreas Fischbacher and his staff prepare gourmet meals with a European flair that are complete with entrée and your choice of soup or assorted baby-greens salad. The menu choices include raclette, venison ragout, Pheasant breast, Strudel variations, vegetarian dishes, international wine, fine champagne and a full-service bar.
Open Daily for Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday Night Snowcat Dinners (or private functions) 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Highlands Pizza Company
Highlands Pizza Company features a full bar and virtually every style of pizza - Chicago deep-dish, New York-style thin crust, gourmet artisan pizza, traditional pies and an alternative "very tasty" wheat-free-crust pizza. Open for lunch and dinner, offering sit-down dining and pizza by the slice.
Newly Remodeled - Located mid-mountain on Aspen Highlands, the Merry-Go-Round is a self-serve restaurant that is open for lunch daily and continues to boast the largest outdoor deck in the valley. Serving favorite fare such as burgers, homemade soups, salads, pizzas, wraps and tasty desserts. Don't miss our express line serving sandwiches and fresh-tossed salad. Also, stop by the bar for beer and margaritas, with televisions for your viewing pleasure.
Soup Bowl at Cloud Nine
Located on Aspen Highlands, this is a recent addition to the exceptional Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro. The focus is on fast and self-service of delicious homemade soup, salad and bread. On sunny days brats and burgers are available to grill outside on the BBQ. You grill your own! The food and music are upbeat and geared to those who would rather be on the slopes than waiting for lunch.
Willow Creek Bistro
American bistro food in an elegant atmosphere at The Ritz-Calrton Club. Serving the finest New England seafood and house dry-aged meats. Bar menu available. Outdoor seating. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Located in Aspen Highlands Village.
Out of Bounds
With the large deck at the base of Aspen Highlands Ski area this restaurant is the perfect spot for a little apres ski.New ownership and a new interior space. Quicker food with counter orders delivered to tables. Small breakfast to include Veggie, Bacon, or Sausage Burritos, Jordana's homemade granola, and a fresh waffle stand. These offerings plus a little coffee will give you the right stuff for the ski lift. Lunch items include quality meats and free range chicken, soups, salads, skewers, & street tacos.