Most people think of Aspen as a single town, but there are actually four distinct ski areas in Aspen. The area is collectively referred to as Aspen Snowmass, but the separate areas are called Aspen Mountain (or Ajax), Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. The diversity in the area makes it a great destination for friends with varying interests and skill levels.
And all of these areas have great places to stay at affordable prices for your next ski trip with a group of friends. So if you're looking for a vacation rental or a condo, here are some of the best options.
Aspen Mountain (Ajax)
The town of Aspen is located right at the base of Aspen Mountain (sometimes called Ajax). Groups often enjoy staying in town because of its charm, accessibility, and the wide range of restaurants and shops that are nearby. You'll also find the widest range of accommodation in and near the town of Aspen so this is a great option for groups. If you want to be near all of the action, then this is the place to stay. Prices can be a little higher, but for many groups, this is the best area to stay in.
Below are just a couple of our favorite properties.
This affordable and comfortable two bedroom
condo is a great option for groups of friends. It's very modern with a nice kitchen, luxurious bathrooms, and the coplex has a heated pool, too!
This clean and modern apartment
is close to everything and a great value for the money. It's a two bedroom condo that's great for small groups of friends.
Aspen Highlands is 5 kilometers to the west of Aspen Mountain, but it's conveniently connected to the other areas by a free shuttle service. While it was once considered the hidden gem of the area, Aspen Highlands is no longer the well kept secret that it once was. It's famous for its challenging run and is perfect for groups that are adventurous and experienced skiers. The area is most famous for the Highland Boal, which offers, arguable, some of the most intense skiing in the state.
The area has a few great properties that can accommodate groups, but it doesn't have the large diversity of options that you find in the town of Aspen. For many groups though, this is the perfect place to stay.
The vacation rentals and condos below are some of our favorites.
This 3 bedroom vacation rental
at the Ritz-Carlton Club offers luxury accommodation and state of the art amenities. For groups that want to visit Aspen in style, this is the place to stay. The heated outdoor pool, hot tub, and restaurants are great for friends that want convenience and fun.
With 4 bedrooms, this property is great for groups
of friends who want to be walking distance to Aspen Highlands. There's a nice deck and a clean space that's great for friends.
Buttermilk is another ski resort in the area. It's just past Aspen Highlands and is the only resort of the group that doesn't have a notable village at its base. Buttermilk is recognizable as the long running host of the X Games, but the area still offers plenty for beginners. The area is also well connected to the rest of Aspen with the free shuttle bus service.
This 2 bedroom property
is a good option for friends. It has a well stocked kitchen and is near skiing and hiking trails.
Groups really enjoy Snowmass because it is larger than the other three ski resorts put together. It's also about 16 kilometers to the west of the town of Aspen. The area has diverse terrain, so it's perfect for groups with different interests and skill levels. There is also no shortage of other activities in the area that groups can enjoy including snow tubing and amusement rides. This really is the place for everyone.
The area includes 94 trails, as well as the largest vertical descent of any resort in North America.
Below are some great properties for groups of friends headed to Snowmass.
Here is a fantastic 3 bedroom condo
with plenty of space for groups, a double level deck, and a grill that you can use to prepare meals. The dining table is large enough to seat a group and the space can comfortably accommodate several couples.
This property is big enough
that it can accommodate larger groups of friends. It's in a convenient location and there separate bedrooms plus shared space where groups can comfortably hang out.
Check out this 3 bedroom condo
which is another good option for groups. It's close to everything and has a great deck with a grill. The views are also nice and the rooms are very clean. There's also a wood burning fireplace.
This 2 bedroom property
has a large living room and a nice balcony that guests enjoy. It's right by the bus stop and there are great views of the slopes.
Finally, here is one more condo
that is quite luxurious and within easy reach to everything you want to do in Snowmass.