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Summit of Aspen Highlands and the backside of the Highland Bowl as viewed from the Buttermilk Mountain Ski Area
Summit of Aspen Highlands and the backside of the Highland Bowl as viewed from the Buttermilk Mountain Ski Area

Aspen Highlands is an intermediate-to-expert difficulty level skiing mountain in Aspen, Colorado. It is famous for the Highlands Bowl, which provides some of the most intense skiing in the state. The lift system has recently been redone and provides quick transport around the mountain. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2288x1712, 1277 KB) Summary c. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2288x1712, 1277 KB) Summary c. ...

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History

Aspen Highlands was founded in 1958 by Whip Jones, a property owner at the base of what became the ski area. Jones was a Harvard graduate from St. Louis who had been a former member of the New York Stock Exchange. Jones first proposed the idea for the ski area to the Aspen Skiing Company, which turned it down. Not one to get discouraged, Jones turned to famous skiers Dick Durrance and Stein Eriksen as well as local architect and subsequent founder of the 10th Mountain Division Hut System, Fritz Benedict to develop the ski area on his own. 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... Nickname: Gateway City, Gateway to the West, or Mound City Official website: http://stlouis. ... New York Stock Exchange (June 2003) The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) , also nicknamed the Big Board, is by far the largest stock exchange in the world (by dollar volume) and second largest by number of listings. ... The Aspen Skiing Company is a commercial enterprise based in Aspen, Colorado in the United States. ... Richard Dick Durrance (October 14, 1914 - June 13, 2004) was an 17-time national championship skier and one of the first American skiiers to compete successfully with European skiiers. ... Stein Eriksen (born December 11, 1927), is a Norwegian skier. ...


The ski area gained a reputation as a fun, laid-back, family oriented affair, although the ski area did boast the longest (3,635ft.) vertical in the state for many years. Throughout its history, Aspen Highlands and Whip Jones remained at odds with the Aspen Skiing Company. At one point, Jones sued the Aspen Skiing Company for antitrust violations and won $10 million in damages. The Aspen Skiing Company is a commercial enterprise based in Aspen, Colorado in the United States. ...


Aspen Highlands faced declining profitablity and skier numbers throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. Thus, in 1993 Jones donated it to his Alma Mater, Harvard University. Harvard sold the resort to Houston, Texas developer Gerald Hines for $18.3 million. Hines entered into a partnership with the Aspen Skiing Company and set about planning a new base village for the area. The village was completed a decade later and was accompanied by significant on-mountain improvements. All chairlifts were replaced with two high speed quads and a new triple chair. Soon afterwards a third high speed quad, "Cloud Nine" was installed. The base village has been criticized for its oversized, rough-hewn log design and a nonexistent social scene. The Highlands base is undoubtedly overshadowed by the nearby town of Aspen, which is perennially voted #1 for dining and nightlife by ski magazine polls. Nonetheless, art galleries and restaurants have begun to take root in the new village, and the village has devoted extensive resources to increasing publicity for nighttime and offseason events. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Houston redirects here. ... Official language(s) None. ... Species Populus adenopoda Populus alba Populus grandidentata Populus sieboldii Populus tremula Populus tremuloides Aspens are trees of the willow family and comprise a section of the poplar genus, Populus sect. ...


The Mountain

Aspen Highlands has become most famous for the Highland Bowl and other experts only terrain. However, the Bowl wasn't completely opened until 2002. Most of the mountain's terrain flows off of the narrow ridge extending from Highland Peak. Members of the US Air Force skiing (and snowboarding) at Keystone Resorts 14th Annual SnoFest An alpine skier Deep powder skiing Skiing is the activity of gliding over snow using skis (originally wooden planks, now usually made from fiberglass or related composites) strapped to the feet with ski bindings. ...


Mid and Lower Mountain Terrain

Rolling wide beginner and intermediate trails through thick lodgepole pine forest constitute most of the mid-to-lower mountain terrain. The very bottom of the mountain is dominated by the Thunderbowl, an expansive steep intermediate run that normally hosts most of the ski competitions on the mountain. The lower mountain also contains challenging, but underappreciated expert runs such Lower Stein and P-Chutes. It is served by the Exhibition and Thunderbowl lifts. The Mid-Mountain area is anchored by the 60s era Merry-Go-Round restaurant, with a large, south-facing deck. The Merry-Go-Round also serves as the hub of the major chairlifts on mountain. The Cloud Nine lift serves primarily intermediate and difficult runs on the mid-mountain as well as Scarlett's, a notorious mogul run. The summit of Cloud Nine lift is the location of Cloud Nine Bistro, offering the best on-mountain dining of the Aspen ski areas and views of the Maroon Bells. Moguls are bumps in a ski slope formed when skiers cut grooves in the snow as they execute turns. ... Maroon Bells, located in Colorado, are sometimes counted as two peaks, Maroon Peak (14,156 feet [4,315 meters]) and North Maroon Peak (14,014 feet [4,270 meters]). Geologically this is a single mountain with twin peaks. ...


Upper Mountain Terrain

What attracts most skiers to Highlands is the dramatic, just-above-timberline summit of the mountain. The upper mountain is primarily served by the Loge Peak high speed quad originating at the Merry-Go-Round. The ridge that extends down from Loge Peak (the lift-served summit) has only one intermediate run, Broadway, which follows the ridge spine. On either side, Steeplechase and the No Name Bowl fall away at precipitous angles. Spectacular views of the Maroon Bells, Pyramid Peak, Hayden Peak, and the Highland Bowl greet skiers at the summit. Maroon Bells, located in Colorado, are sometimes counted as two peaks, Maroon Peak (14,156 feet [4,315 meters]) and North Maroon Peak (14,014 feet [4,270 meters]). Geologically this is a single mountain with twin peaks. ... Pyramid Peak may refer to: Pyramid Peak in Alaska in the United States Pyramid Peak in Arizona in the United States Pyramid Peak in Colorado in the United States This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ...


The Highland Bowl

Since 2002, the Highland Bowl has been the crown jewel of Aspen Highlands. Most of the terrain is accessed only on foot, although a snowcat can cut the distance by a third. The Highlands ski patrol monitors the Bowl and conducts avalanche control for skier safety. The Bowl faces primarily east, towards Aspen Mountain. Generally, the best snow to be found is in the north-facing G-Zones ("G" corresponds to green ski wax, for the coldest temperature snow). The B-Zones (for blue wax) are the steepest, face east, and descend down the center of the bowl from the 12,382 ft. summit of Highland Peak. The south-facing Y-Zones (yellow wax), can be skied without hiking if one rides the snowcat. Until recent improvements, a run down the Highland Bowl was followed by the Grand Traverse, a long, flat catwalk back to the Loge Peak lift. The Highlands Bowl also offers access from the summit into the steep and highly avalanche prone backcountry Five Fingers Bowl. Pisten Bully 300 Polar snowcat moving snow A Snowcat is an enclosed-cab, truck sized, fully tracked vehicle designed to move on snow. ... A backcountry area in general terms is a geographical region that is: isolated remote undeveloped difficult to access The term particularly applies to mountainous regions that are reasonably close to urban areas but are: not immediately accessible by road at relatively high altitude not frequented by human visitors While the...


New Terrain

Open for the season 2005-2006 is the new fixed grip triple lift "Deep Temerity." The $2.7 million project eliminates the lengthy trek out from the bottom of the Highland Bowl, the Temerity glades, and Steeplechase. 180 acres of new terrain accompany the Deep Temerity lift for the 05-06 season, with the ultimate potential for 270 acres of new terrain. This will push Aspen Highlands' total acreage over 1,000 acres.


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