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Aspen Highlands


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Aspen Highlands


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Pro tip: Aspen Highlands gives skiers a unique ski resort that stands alone from Aspen Mountain, which is closer to town and a little more tame, and Snowmass, which is more developed and, in our experience, more crowded. Some of the best fall lines in Colorado are at Highlands, but some of them have to be earned with a hike to the top of Highlands Bowl, a must-ski for expert visitors.  MORE

Core Strenghts

Aspen Highlands
Travel Ease
95.1
Overall
82.7
Snow Quality
66.5
Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

19

Rank in
Region

15

Rank in
State

8

Best time for snow at
Aspen Highlands
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Aspen Highlands

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Saturday
Day
0"
Night
0-1"
Sunday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Monday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Tuesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Wednesday
Day
0"
Night
0"
True Snow: 251" per year
Snow Quality Rank

47

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

112

Aspen Highlands is ranked No. 112 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

9.6%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

3.5%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

26.7%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

112

Aspen Highlands is ranked No. 112 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

47

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

3635 ft

11675 ft
Base Elevation: 8040 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Aspen Highlands

Aspen Highlands’ snow record is typical for Colorado. 10.0% of winter days with 6 inches or more of snow and 27% of winter months with 30 inches or less are middle of the pack for western destinations, while 4% of months with 90 inches or more is on the low side. Snow density as in most of Colorado is as light as it gets. The hike-to terrain in Highlands Bowl often yields good powder even after modest snowfalls.

Accumulation and Preservation

Aspen Highlands averages about 75% open at Christmas, and is less than half open by Christmas in 15-20% of seasons. Some but not all of the steeps of Deep Temerity and Highlands Bowl are usually open during the holidays and the rest usually fills in sometime in January. Aspen Highlands is high altitude and half north facing so snow preservation is excellent. Deep Temerity faces mostly east and can melt/freeze during the late season.