Day 84
Location: Aspen, CO
Resorts: 41 out of 50

Due to some massive miscalculations, I realized right around my second trip down Highlands Bowl that it was also Buttermilk’s last day. With ski areas closing quickly here in April, I needed this mountain to hit the magic 50. I raced down the street in time to catch the last hour of the last day of Buttermilk’s season.

Best known as the host of the Winter-X games, Buttermilk has the best park of the four mountains and the reputation of being the beginner hill — or “the worst place to ride in Aspen,” according to the locals I asked.

It’s a chill mountain that really is perfect if you’re with a family, learning to ride, or if groomers get you excited. I did find some untouched powder in the aspens. This led to an adventure that included: Getting stuck, hitchhiking failures, snowboarding through rich folk lawns, and ending up on a cross country trail. Check Buttermilk off the list! Now back to Aspen Highlands for their end of the season party.

The Cheat Sheet:

Buttermilk Mountain
38700 Highway 82
Aspen, CO 81612

Mountain Stats

Snowfall 200 in (508 cm)
Top Elevation 9,900 ft (3,018 m)
Bottom Elevation 7,870 ft (2,399 m)
Vertical Drop 2,030 ft (619 m)
Area Size 9 lifts | 44 trails | 470 acres (190 ha) acres
Night Skiing No
Terrain Park Yes
Halfpipe Yes