Buttermilk Mountain

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The dichotomy of Buttermilk as home of the X games as well as the best beginner skiing in Colorado, might be confusing at first, but trust us, the “biscuit” can handle the diversity. The mountain is made up of 3 distinct areas: Tiehack, well-loved by up-hillers throughout the day, main Buttermilk, and West Buttermilk, a mellow beginners paradise. Aspen Skiing Company hosts full moon dinners on Buttermilk select evenings throughout the winter. 
On mountain restaurants include the Cliffhouse, at the top of the mountain, boasting a beautiful view of Pyramid Peak, and Bumps, located at the base of the hill on the main Buttermilk side. 

Historical Highlights - Courtesy Aspen Historical Society

  • Buttermilk Mountain opened in 1958 with one lift, a T-bar lift which went to mid-way up the mountain.
  • In 1985 Aspen Skiing Company allowed snowboarding on the Tiehack side of the mountain on a trial basis. As home of the X Games you can believe that the trial went well. 

In the know

  • Ambassadors lead free tours every day on Buttermilk at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Meet at the Guest Services at the top of the Summit Express Lift. 
  • Buttermilk Mountain Uphill Policy allows uphilling during mountain operational hours, but requires hikers to follow all designated routes.