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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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  • This is a fun mountain with several cruising type runs and short lift lines. For those of us who do ok on most of the easier blue runs, the very bottom part of the mountain is too steep for my taste. ...  more »
  • My oh My, it lives up to the hype. What a great ski hill. I am used to skiing in Summit and Eagle Counties, Much closer to the front range and the crowds. If you have a couple of days the Highlands is...  more »
  • Loved skiing the Highlands and enjoying free coffee by the ski racks, and hot cider/Clif bars on the lifts. WOW. The runs are so fun and the scenery is great. Really a fun mountain and lots of options...  more »