Aspen Highlands Terrain Guides
Though the Highlands is mostly known for its steep & deep terrain, there is plenty for Intermediates to explore. Nearly a quarter of the runs are Blue and the corduroy stays fresh as many are busy hiking and shredding the bowls. For a long run, ski from Loge Peak to the Base - follow Broadway to Hayden to Meadows and then have a choice of Blues all the way down. Take turns lapping Exhibition or cruise around Cloud Nine before going into the Bistro for an unforgettable lunch or après ski.
Home to some of Colorado's most legendary terrain, experts are humbled by endless long, steep runs. The hike to the top of Highlands Bowl (45 - 60 mins) is a signature feature and offers the reward of a vertical descent more than 4,300 ft. Hiking is not essential though. From the top of Loge Peak, directly enter some of CO's steepest terrain. The Forks, on the backside allow direct access to the lower part of Highland Bowl. The Steeplechase area is also steep and moguled. Olympic Bowl is less well travelled and provides steep, gladed terrain (though requires a long traverse to exit)
While known, and loved by locals and experts for its bowls and steep terrain, Intermediates are also well served. The lower part of the mountain is groomed regularly and crowds stay away. The intimate lodge at the base has a private club like feel. We like hiking the day after a big storm.
Top Trail Picks
Our team of experts has skied them all. Here are some of our favorites in each category.
Area / Getting There
Striking view of the Maroon Bells
Exit Cloud Nine Lift and stay to the far right
Broadway - Meadows - Hayden - Exhibition
Follow this regularly groomed, wide open route from the Top of Loge Peak back to the base
Exit Loge Peak lift to the right and look out for the signs
Take laps while improving your technique on the lower mountain
Exit Exhibition to the far right
Two great runs on the Steeplechase side, very long, with pitches approaching 45 degrees; large bumps
Exit from Loge Peak to the left or exit Deep Temerity to the right; stay on Broadway past Kessler's for St. Moritz
Olympic Bowl has tons of excellent gladed terrain, we like the tree spacing the best here, but beware of the long traverse to exit
Exit Loge Peak to the right, follow Broadway to Face of Oly and lookout on skier's left
Super Long, Steep & Deep (30 mins hiking)
The true Highlands Bowl Experience without hiking all the way to the top, average pitch 38 degrees
A ~30 minute hike from Loge Peak, option to take the snow cat for first half, straps recommended
Super Long, Steep & Deep (45 - 60 mins hiking)
From the very top of Highland Bowl, straight down, snow is usually soft, pitches avearge 37 and 40 degrees
A ~45 - 60 minute hike from Loge Peak, option to take the snowcat for the first third, straps recommended
Highland Bowl, Temerity, Olympic Bowl
Large bowls with tons of area lend themselves to powder stashes, specific routes are less important - head to these areas and look for fresh tracks
All accessible from Loge Peak with varying degrees of hiking
On Mountain Dining Recommendations
The Highlands has two locations for on mountain dining and a few places to eat at the base. For a casual, traditional ski fare lunch, head to Merry Go Round mid-Mountain. For an authentic European Style lunch and après ski experience, make reservations at Cloud Nine.
Merry Go Round
Convenient spot for a casual meal on the mountain. The menu has evolved and become more elevated. We like the bowls with warm grains, roasted veggies and a choice of meat. The soups and salads are tasty. There is also a made to order grill. While your probably won't be writing home about it, the food is satisfying and allows you to quickly re-fuel and get back to the steeps.
Fondue, raclette, flowing champagne and the jagged Maroon Bells Peak in the background - you may even think you have been transported to the Alps. Come for lunch and stay for après ski, or just come for après. This unique dining experience requires advanced reservations - two seatings 12pm and 2pm - book through Resy. Ski or ride hard all morning as its unlikely you will return to the slopes afterwards.
Return to the base for a quick Mexican lunch or stop by for some nachos and margaritas before grabbing the bus back to town. Ingredients are fresh, salsa and guacamole are homemade and it won't break the bank.
Size / Elevation
Peak: 12,392 ft | 3,777m
Vertical Rise: 3,635 ft | 1,108m
Base: 8,040 ft | 2,451m
Total Area: 1,040 acres |
(4.2 sq km)
Mountain Range: Elk Range, Rockies
Highland Peak (12,392 ft)
Loge Peak (11,675 ft)
On Mountain Dining
2 locations (see our guide)
Uphill Capacity: 6,000 ppl / hr
5 Total Lifts
3 High speed quads
2 Minimum lifts to access peak from base (and a hike)