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The Best Ski Resorts in the Rockies

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The 50 Best Ski Resorts in North America

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The American Rockies are home to the greatest density of world-class skiing anywhere in the world—and these resorts are the cream of the crop. 

Ajax, Buttermilk, and Highlands

Aspen, Colorado

  Photo: Scott Markewitz/Aspen Snowmass

Vertical Rise: 3,267 feet (Ajax); 2,030 feet (Buttermilk); 3,635 feet (Highlands)
Acres of Terrain: 675 (Ajax); 470 (Buttermilk); 1,040 (Highlands)
Average Snowfall: 300 inches

Aspen offers something for everyone: come for the skiing, stay for the sommeliers and art museums. Intermediate and expert skiers head to downtown’s Aspen Mountain (known to locals as Ajax) for fall-line bumps and top-to-bottom groomers off the Silver Queen gondola. Rip perfect corduroy on Ruthie’s, slash steeps through Jackpot, and end the day with a high-speed chase down Little Nell straight into après-ski truffle fries at the Ajax Tavern. Highlands has ample terrain for intermediates, but the place is really known for its steep tree-skiing off the Deep Temerity lift and untracked powder in the legendary 12,392-foot Highland Bowl, which requires a 45-minute bootpack to the skyscraping summit. The mid-mountain Cloud Nine Bistro is a taste of Europe with fondue, champagne, and dance parties. Buttermilk is a small, family-friendly hill. But while it’s great...  Read More

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