Known as the locals' favorite among Aspen Snowmass' four mountains, Aspen Highlands is ideal for skiers and snowboarders seeking advanced and expert ski terrain. While the mountain has great blue groomers, Highlands' bowl-skiing and hike-to terrain are world-famous. From finding powder stashes to reveling in lively après-ski, here's your guide to adventure at Aspen Highlands:
Where to stay
Aspen Highlands is a quick, free shuttle ride from downtown Aspen, where the Sky Hotel and Limelight Hotel offer live music, outdoor hot tubs and bustling onsite bars. Both hotels are within strolling distance of Aspen's restaurants, boutiques, galleries and more.
Where to ski
Highlands is an expert skier's playground, with more than 50 percent of the terrain designated black or double black. Warm up on Deep Temerity's steeps, glades and chutes. Before your legs burn out, hike Highland Bowl and score 2,600 feet of vertical. The boot pack isn't for the faint of heart, but the 250 acres of powder-stashed slopes with steeps up to 48 degrees is ample reward.
Where to dine
Top off the day with après craft beer and New York-style pizza at the locals-packed Highlands Alehouse. For a culinary adventure in Aspen, reserve a private Rock Star Booth at Kenichi and order tapas-style from the eclectic Asian menu.
Where to unwind
Take advantage of Aspen Snowmass' bustling nightlife scene, where you can sip a cocktail in a swanky lounge or dance until the wee hours of the morning at one of the handful of night clubs. Also, beginning Nov. 28, the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series offers complimentary outdoor concerts on select Saturdays through March 26.