SNOWBOARDING SNOWMASS MOUNTAIN
Season dates: November 24, 2011 - April 15, 2012
Longest run: 5.3 miles/8.5 km
Parks and pipes: 3 terrain parks (Snowmass Park, Makaha and Lowdown), 1 superpipe (new this year, 22 feet high!) and 1 beginner pipe
Summit elevation: 12,510 ft./3,813 m
Vertical rise: 4,406 ft./1,343 m
Terrain: 3,132 acres/1,267 hectares
Types of trails: easiest: 6%, more difficult: 50%, most difficult: 12%, expert: 32%
Lift hours: The Sky Cab opens at 8 a.m.; the Cirque lift opens at 10 a.m.; the Village Express and Big Burn lifts open at 8:30 a.m.; all other lifts open at 9 a.m. Most lifts close at 4:00 p.m., weather permitting.
Breathtaking, exhilarating and huge are just a few ways to describe the crown jewel of Colorado—Snowmass. Already famous for endless terrain (over 3,000 acres) and tons of snow (300 inches), Snowmass is now undergoing a renaissance like no other with two new gondolas, a new high-speed six pack and numerous on-mountain improvements. Snowmass also plays host to an expert terrain park super pipe and the heart pumping steeps in KT Gully, Hanging Valley and the Cirque. One of snowboard shop owners was the director of the Snowboarding School here, come by the Aspen shop, say hi to Kevin and maybe he will tell you where to get the goods.
Reasons to Snowboard Snowmass;
- Variety of terrain- Snowmass really has something for every snowboarder, from great beginner slopes, endless blue cruisers to extreme but huckable cliffs and chutes.
- Un-crowded slopes- if you don’t like crowds Snowmass is your place, sometimes being a little harder to reach has its benefits, the sheer size of the mountain coupled with its distance from a major airport means sometimes you are looking around on a wide open slope wondering where everybody else is?
- Glades- if snowboarding the trees is your thing then you’re in heaven, there are gladed runs on every part of the mountain, from steep tight double blacks (The Glades on High Alpine), to more open fields of evergreens ( Sneaky’s) and grove upon grove of Aspens trees just waiting to be ridden (Two Creeks)
- Snowboard Lessons- Snowmass has possibly the most experienced and qualified group of snowboard instructors in the world. If you were ever thinking of taking a lesson do it here and you will not be disappointed.
Aspen Snowmass Official Site