Aspen Highlands is known for its “maverick”, innovative and unique past, and of course the infamous Highlands Closing Day party. It is a local’s favorite that boasts sweeping views of the glorious Maroon Bells. It is also home of the famed Highlands Bowl, expert only terrain, accessed by an uphill slog in your ski or snowboard boots. You will have truly earned your turns when you click back into your bindings and will enjoy some of the best in-bounds skiing in Colorado.
On mountain restaurants include the Merry-Go-Round located mid-mountain and Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, we recommend reservations at this European-style cabin. At the base, Highlands Ale House is a great spot to revel in your accomplishments of the day.
Historical Highlights - Courtesy Aspen Historical Society
- Aspen Highlands mountain opened in 1958 and was independently owned by Whipple Van Ness “Whip” Jones. The mountain opened with a rope tow, t-bar lift, and both the Thunderbowl and Exhibition lifts.
- Cloud Nine lift and restaurant were opened in 1962.
- Snowboarding first occurred on Aspen Highlands in 1983.
- In 1993 Whip Jones donated the resort to his Alma Mater, Harvard University. The university later sold the land, and eventually the mountain was folded into part of the Aspen Skiing Company’s Aspen ski resort portfolio.
- Highlands Bowl opened in 2002.
In the Know
- Ambassadors lead free tours every day on Highlands at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Meet at the Guest Services Cabin next to the Merry Go Round restaurant located at mid-mountain.
- History Tours are available on Mondays only at 11am and 1pm from the Guest Services Cabin next to the Merry Go Round restaurant located at mid-mountain. In conjunction with Aspen Historical Society
- Highlands Bowl Tours are available on Wednesdays only at 10:30am from the Guest Services Cabin next to the Merry Go Round restaurant located at mid-mountain. This tour requires signing up beforehand, so tours depart at 11:45AM. All skiers must be expert level or better to join.
- Aspen Highlands Uphill Policy maintains that skiers need to be past the Merry-Go-Round restaurant by 9am in order to continue to the top of the mountain.