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Aspen Highlands, Aspen

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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, offering the best on-mountain dining of the Aspen ski areas and views of the Maroon Bells.
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  • If you want the glitz and glamor, this ain't the spot for you. If you just want good, raw, unadulterated skiing, then the Highlands have your name on them!!  more »
  • Loved the hiking and biking on the trails, just as good in winter when skiing. Take poles for walking it can get steep!  more »
  • Definitely a nice place to relax and have some peace and quiet on the off-season. Unfortunately there's no where to get anything to eat and it's about 10 miles away so bring snacks and water. Beautifu...  more »

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