Trip Planner:   USA  /  Colorado  /  Aspen  /  Aspen Highlands

Aspen Highlands, Aspen

4.8
#6 of 22 in Parks in Aspen
Aspen Highlands is a skiing mountain in Aspen, Colorado. It is famous for the Highland Bowl, which provides what some consider some of the most intense skiing in the state. The lift system has recently been redone and provides quick transport around the mountain.HistoryAspen Highlands was founded and the land developed in 1958 by Aspen legend Whip Jones. In 1993 Jones donated it to his Alma Mater, Harvard University. Harvard sold the resort to Houston, Texas developer Gerald D. Hines for $18.3 million. It later became part of the Aspen Skiing Company.The MountainAspen Highlands has become most famous for the Highland Bowl and other experts only terrain. However, the Bowl wasn't completely opened until 2002. Most of the mountain's terrain flows off of the narrow ridge extending from Highland Peak.Mid and Lower Mountain TerrainRolling wide beginner and intermediate trails through thick lodgepole pine forest constitute most of the mid-to-lower mountain terrain. The very bottom of the mountain is dominated by the Thunderbowl, an expansive steep intermediate run that normally hosts most of the ski competitions on the mountain. The lower mountain also contains challenging expert runs such Lower Stein and P-Chutes. It is served by the Exhibition and Thunderbowl lifts. The Mid-Mountain area is anchored by the 60s era Merry-Go-Round restaurant, with a large, south-facing deck. The Merry-Go-Round also serves as the hub of the major chairlifts on mountain. The Cloud Nine lift serves primarily intermediate and difficult runs on the mid-mountain as well as Scarlett's, a notorious mogul run. The summit of Cloud Nine lift is the location of Cloud Nine Bistro, views of the Maroon Bells.
For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Aspen holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Aspen Highlands and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Source
map
Create an itinerary including Aspen Highlands
Aspen Highlands Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
247 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • During our second Day in Snowmass we visited the Skiing Area "Aspen Highlands". This was our favourite! Long slopes, nearly now people (in comparison with "Aspen Mountain") and sun during the whole da...  more »
  • Skiing at Aspen Highlands is a wonderful experience. The terrain at this resort is slightly more challenging than the neighboring resorts. Mother Nature didn't provide much snow on this visit but it w...  more »
  • We typically hit Snowmass Mountain, but due to the very light snow, the reports were more favorable (more snow) at Aspen Highlands. We found the snow conditions to be better than expected ... The dile...  more »
Places to stay near Aspen Highlands

Plan your trip to Aspen

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Aspen Highlands by other users

7 days in Vail BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, outdoors, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Beaver Creek BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 52 days in Breckenridge BY A USER FROM BRAZIL December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Aspen BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Aspen BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Aspen BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in Aspen BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans