Skiing Aspen Buttermilk

Skiing Aspen Buttermilk Ski Resort

Shaun White Skiing Aspen Buttermilk
Shaun White Skiing Aspen Buttermilk

Best known for: ESPN Winter X Games, which were held at Buttermilk through 2010; beginner terrain makes Buttermilk an excellent learning mountain for new skiers and snowboarders; unsurpassed grooming.

Best-kept secret: Long, wide groomers at West Buttermilk and steeper rolling runs at Tiehack.

What's new: Buttermilk is now home to the X Games Terrains pack which boasts a 400 foot long, 22 foot high, Olympic Caliber superpipe!and

With its impeccably groomed, predominantly blue trails, superpipe and long terrain park, Buttermilk mountain is an ideal mountain for beginners and snowboarders. However, it also has plenty to offer more advanced skiers, with gentle funnels and glades that drop off the Tiehack Parkway making it a wonderful introduction to skiing in powder.

Buttermilk is located just three miles (5 km) outside Aspen, and most of the mountain is groomed each night.

The skiing on Buttermilk is virtually impossible to define. First it’s the quintessential beginner’s mountain known for smooth, rolling trails. But if that’s Buttermilk, then why do all the locals pound down “Tiehack Parkway” when there’s a foot (30 cm) of fresh snow? Well, the Tiehack trail has steep left-handed funnels and glades that make it anything but beginner’s country, even if the main fall lines are easy (and what is wrong with that?)

How about the freeriders’ Buttermilk? It’s home to a superpipe and one of the world’s longest terrain parks from the top of the mountain to the base, Crazy T’rain, nearly two miles (3 km) long and features dozens of hits and over 30 rails. The Crazy T’rain Park has also been home to ESPN Winter X Games since 2002. A sound system has been installed near the superpipe and the X Games Slopestyle Course constructed for all to ride. There is also a new beginner terrain park S3 on Larkspur.