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Sitting high above the town of Aspen, Aspen Mountain

Ajax, Aspen Mountain, Aspen, Colorado
Aspen Mountain, Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Aspen Mountain is the mountain that people visiting Aspen for the first time have pictured in their minds before they come to Aspen.

Ajax, Aspen Mountain, Aspen, Colorado
Aspen Mountain, Aspen, Colorado Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Sitting high above the town of Aspen in its regal splendor, Aspen Mountain is a constant reminder that Aspen is first and foremost a ski town. Not a mountain for beginners, Aspen Mountain has something to keep intermediate skiers and up very happy, from bumps to cruising down Ruthie’s Run to the steeps of Bell Mountain.

With a mix of casual to intense skiers, the glamorous wanting to be seen, people-watchers wanting to see the glamorous, and locals getting in a few turns on their lunch break, Aspen Mountain delivers variety, fun, and some really great skiing.

Aspen Mountain, Aspen, Colorado
Aspen Mountain, Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Aspen Mountain: Eats

As one would expect, the dining options on Aspen Mountain are upscale and offer a variety of food & beverage options.

At the top of the gondola sits the historic Sundeck.  The Sundeck was originally built in 1948 and, in its current form, is a large, rustic structure with amazing views of the Elk Mountains and Highlands Bowl. Dining options include pizza, wok specialties, stews, soups, salads & sandwiches, and the Sundeck has a full bar.

The Sundeck, Aspen Mountain, Aspen, Colorado
The Sundeck, Aspen Mountain, Aspen, Colorado Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Bonnie’s is located upper-mid mountain, just below Tourtelotte Park, and serves a wide range of fare from soups to burgers to dumplings, but is most well-known for their white-bean chili, fabulous two-tiered outdoor deck, and scrumptious apple strudel.

Situated at the base of Aspen Mountain next to the gondola, Ajax Tavern is quintessential Aspen après, with lots of people in their finest watching other people in their finest.

Ajax Tavern, Aspen, Colorado
Ajax Tavern, Aspen, Colorado Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

But, not to be overlooked, Ajax Tavern serves up some really fine food & drink for lunch or dinner (year-round by the way). Ajax has a great burger, the truffle fries are amazing and there’s really no better way to spend an afternoon than with a bottle of wine and some pâté on the patio.

Aspen Mountain: The Facts

Aspen Mountain starts at a base elevation of 7,945 ft (2,422 m) and rises to a summit elevation of 11,212 ft (3,418 m). It’s 675 acres (273 hectares) contain 76 trails, served by 8 lifts.

There are no greens on Aspen Mountain. 48% of the trails are blue, 26% black & 26% are double black. The longest run is 3 miles (4.83 km).

Aspen Mountain, Aspen, Colorado
Aspen Mountain, Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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