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An Aspen Bucket List for Spring

BY Tess Weaver Strokes | February 6, 2018 | Feature Features

Spring forward into this vernal itinerary of biking and backcountry skiing.
The 717-foot hike to the top of Highland Bowl is a rite of passage, and the more than 1,500-foot vertical descent is the reward.


Classic: Ski Highland Bowl
Hiking to the 12,392-foot summit of Highland Bowl and skiing its 1,500 vertical feet of backcountry-esqe terrain is a rite of passage for any regular Aspen visitor and a weekly or daily workout for many locals. While multiple bowl laps in a day are commonplace—John Gaston holds the record for the most (11)—a single lap satisfies most skiers. Advance-purchase lift ticket $169

Alternative: Ski the Cirque
Despite Snowmass’ reputation for intermediate terrain, the Cirque serves up the steepest run of all four mountains—Gowdy’s—which usually requires negotiating a steep cornice entrance. Lift ticket $169

Upgrade: Backcountry skiing
Both Aspen Expeditions Worldwide and Aspen Alpine Guides offer guided day ski tours and peak ascents for everyone from first-time backcountry skiers to seasoned mountaineers looking to conquer a 14er. Rates vary

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