Ski Ajax – Aspen Mountain
Aspen Mountain rises right out of town as if it were painted on a postcard. Called Ajax by the locals, Aspen Mountain has steep glades, secret powder stashes, and a famous ski scene. Because of its complex terrain, Aspen Mountain is best for Intermediate to Expert Skiers.
Aspen is the most famous ski town in the world. Even if you aren’t a skier, you can still take in the ski scene. Catch the Silver Queen Gondola from the center of town, and rise 3,260 feet to the Sundeck, a restaurant that overlooks the Elk Mountains. Reaching the top of Aspen Mountain is an important part of every Aspen winter vacation.
ASPEN MOUNTAIN SKI AREA FACTS
Base Elevation: 7,945 ft./2,422m
Summit Elevation: 11,212 ft./3,418m
Vertical Rise: 3,267 ft./996 m
Terrain: 675 acres/273 hectares
Number of trails: 76
Miles/km of trails: 4 miles/103 km
FAMOUS ASPEN MOUNTAIN SKI RUNS
Face of Bell
Home to the original Bell Chair, Bell Mountain is one of Aspen’s first ski areas. The Face of Bell is the west side of Bell mountain, which makes for great afternoon light. Open glades and great snow await adventurous skiers.
Ruthie’s Run provides great intermediate skiing with expansive views. Named after an original Aspen ski bum, Ruth Humphries, Ruthie’s Run has been the site of many World Cup Ski Races. Ruthie’s Run is known as one the Classic runs in North America and is a part of International Skiing History.
ASPEN MOUNTAIN DINING
Bonnie’s is Aspen Mountain’s Classic Restaurant. Located mid-mountain on the side of North American, you’ll find home cooked food and the best Apple Strudel of your life.
Impressive views and sunbathing celebrities greet you as you enter the Sundeck at the top of Aspen Mountain. The Sundeck is a great place to grab some food, take photos, and warm up your toes. Since it’s only a short walk from the top of the Silver Queen Gondola, you don’t have to be a skier to enjoy the Sundeck.
Located right at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Tavern is a great spot for both lunch and après ski drinks. Sip on a drink, watch skiers fly down Little Nell, and spot celebrities, Ajax Tavern is a classic Aspen experience.
A local’s favorite, Big Wrap is a perfect lunch spot for skiers on the go. Run across Durant Ave at the base of Gondola, and grab a healthy sandwich to go.