Top 10 Best Overall Snowboard Resorts

Words by Mike Sudmeier

 

1. Aspen/Snowmass

 

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Alex Rodway. Aspen, Colorado. PHOTO: DARCY BACHA

Snowmass

Average Snowfall: 300”

Elevation: 12,510’

Vertical Drop: 4,406’

Number of Lifts: 21

Hub: Denver, Colorado

Website: aspensnowmass.com

 

Aspen Highlands

Average Snowfall: 300”

Elevation: 11,675’

Vertical Drop: 3,635’

Number of Lifts: 5

Website: aspensnowmass.com/aspen-highlands

 

Aspen Mountain

Average Snowfall: 300”

Elevation: 11,212’

Vertical Drop: 3,267’

Number of Lifts: 8

Website: aspensnowmass.com/aspen-mountain

 

Buttermilk

Average Snowfall: 200”

Elevation: 9,900’

Vertical Drop: 2,030’

Number of Lifts: 8

Website: aspensnowmass.com/buttermilk 

 

With four distinct mountains, Aspen/Snowmass offers a buffet of terrain.  We tapped Doran Laybourn for the lowdown. For years, he’s called the area home because “Aspen/Snowmass really has it all.” According to Doran, if you’re in the mood for hot laps, Buttermilk is the spot for top-to-bottom park features, Superpipe hits, and plenty of groomers. On pow days, hit up Highlands Bowl or the Highlands Deep Temerity area. After that’s tracked, you can usually find snow on Burnt Mountain at Snowmass. When the lifts close, get your après on at Sneaky’s Tavern in Snowmass or Eric’s Bar in Aspen. For dinner, snag sushi at Kenichi or a sandwich at Johnny McGuire’s. Park perfection, blower pow, and an all-time après scene—Aspen has it all.