Ski Lifts in Aspen Snowmass

Lines are generally not a problem in Aspen Snowmass: even if every single guest were on the slopes at the same time, the mountains would still average just three people per acre.

Aspen Snowmass Ski Lifts

With four distinct mountains (one for beginners, two for experts, and one for everyone), Aspen Snowmass keeps people spread out and moving. Lift lines are generally not a problem, and while lines at the bases can be longer on Holidays, it’s still nothing compared to other i-70 ski resorts. Even if lodging was at full capacity, and every single guest were on the slopes at the same time, the mountains would still average only three people per acre.

Aspen Mountain has 7 chairlifts and one 6-person gondola (Silver Queen), with a total capacity of moving 13,400 passengers per hour. Lifts are generally open from 9:00am to 3:30pm or 4:00pm (depending on time of year), with the last gondola ride down at 4:30pm.

Snowmass has 12 chairlifts, 2 gondolas, 2 surface lists and 4 moving carpets. As the largest of the four resorts, total capacity is an impressive 32,165 passengers per hour. Lifts open at either 8:30am (Assay Hill, Village Express, Sam’s Knob) or 9:00am (all others), and close at either 3:30pm or 4:00pm.

Buttermilk has 4 chairlifts (three high-speed quads and one double chair) and one magic carpet, carrying 6,900 passengers per hour. All are open from 9:00am – 3:30pm.
Aspen Highlands has a simple 5 chairlift system, including three high speed quads, and two triple chairs, carrying 7,085 passengers per hour. All lifts are open from 9:00am – 3:30pm.

Aspen Snowmass Lift Passes

Aspen Snowmass’ lift pass covers all four mountain areas, and guests may have their equipment stored overnight and transferred to any of the four mountains for the next morning. In addition to a wide variety of season pass options, Aspen Snowmass also accepts Ikon and Mountain Collective passes. Children 6 and under ski and ride for free. Lift tickets are available at some lodges and rental shops, at the base of each mountain, or through the official website at

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