Don't eat the yellow snow, and more you need to know how to Aspen in the winter!
Add stabilizers to your shoes, such as Yaktrax, to give you more traction.
Take your hands out of your pocket to catch yourself in case you fall.
Leave the stilettos with no tread at home.
Give cars extra time to stop on icy roads before you step into the crosswalk.
Avoid taking photos while standing in the middle of a street. We know it can seem like a perfect shot, but those cars driving down the road may not be able to stop quickly on the icy streets.
Make sure all the windows are clear of snow and ice. Keep two scrapers in your car so your passenger can help out.
Don’t miss the roof! When your car warms up and you hit the brakes that heavy hunk of snow will slide onto your windshield blocking visibility.
- Don’t attempt a double black diamond run if you’re just starting out.
- Ride in a controlled manner so you don’t endanger yourself or others.
- Follow these tips for beginner skiers.
- Consider a lesson at any ability.
Right of way:
- Downhill riders always have the right of way.
- When overtaking, leave space for the person in front of you - no one has eyes in the back of their head.
- To help avoid a crash when passing on catwalks, it’s helpful to shout “on your left” or “on your right” to the person ahead of you.
- If there is a crash or accident offer your assistance. Everyone appreciates when someone skis down with the pole or ski they lost a few turns up rather than having to hike back up the hill to retrieve their yard sale of equipment.
How to carry your skis:
- Place your skis together with the brakes interlacing to hold them together.
- Put your skis over one shoulder and hold your poles in your hand.
- Watch your surroundings - take your skis off your shoulder around low ceilings and crowded areas.
- Take your skis off your shoulder and keep your poles pointing towards the ground in order to avoid hitting someone.
- The loading area can be busy and moves quickly so be prepared. The silver queen gondolas fit six people each.
- Put your skis and boards in the racks – don’t bring them inside.
- Open the windows if you’ve been working up a sweat – riding is a sport but fresh air for 15 minutes can be a game changer.
- If it’s a quiet day, no need to squeeze six people per gondola – let someone enjoy a solo ride up and grab the next bucket with your group of friends.
- The red gondolas play music. Get to know your fellow gondola riders to pick music you all like. If you're not so into music skip the red gondolas.
- Save your phone calls for when you have a bucket to yourself.
- Alternate! When the lines converge make sure to alternate.
If it’s a powder day or holiday weekend, the lift lines can be busy. Take the singles line which moves a bit faster and meet new people on the chair. Pay attention to the line waiting for an unfilled chair. Don’t miss your chance to jump in line – an empty chair on a powder day will earn some glares.
- Take advantage of the FREE bus system between all four mountains.
- Many hotels have shuttle services. Check with your hotel about their radius restrictions.
- There is FREE parking at Buttermilk.
- Parking for Aspen Mountain is in the downtown core. We recommend using the Rio Grande parking garage and taking the free Galena Street shuttle if skiing all day.
- Daily parking at Aspen Highlands varies in price, but is free after 12pm.
- Snowmass has free parking at the Town Park Station where you can catch a free shuttle to the mountain. Paid lots include Two Creeks and the Base Village parking garage.
- West Buttermilk is great for beginners. Work your way up to Tiehack and Snowmass. Aspen Mountain is the most challenging.
- The Ute Mountaineer offers free uphill rentals for Friday uphill socials! Friday morning uphill breakfast on Buttermilk is a great way to start.
- If you’re going off resort, contact a guide to make sure you’re avalanche aware and have the appropriate gear.
- Carry a backpack with water, dry gloves and room for your skins on the way down. If you’re going at night, remember a head lamp.
- When going up a steep section, don’t lean forward on your toes as you would hiking, push into your heels to keep the highest surface area pressure with the snow.
- You can uphill all day on Buttermilk & Snowmass but dogs are only allowed before 7:45am or after 4:45pm.
- Uphilling is also allowed all day up to Merry-Go-Round restaurant on Aspen Highlands. To continue up from there, you must be past the restaurant by 9am. Dogs are allowed before 7:45am or after 4:45pm.
- You must complete your uphilling by 9am on Aspen Mountain or wait to begin after 4:45pm. Reward your hard work with breakfast at Bonnie’s – pancakes are a must try!
- Stick to the side of the trail to stay out of the way. Leave the middle for downhill and maintenance traffic. If you see a snow cat or ski patrol snowmobile, move as far to the side of the trail as possible.
- Stick to the designated route, which is outlined on all trail maps and marked by orange signs on the way up.