Lift Accessed Backcountry

Lift-Accessed Backcountry Skiing

  • Duration 6 Hours
  • Backcountry Skiing

Aspen has some of the best lift-accessed backcountry skiing available in our country

For many resort skiers and snowboarders, there is something decidedly romantic, wild west and even risque, perhaps, about riding a chairlift up the ski area, then exiting the ski area and skiing down untracked chutes and bowls – potentially as far down as the valley floor. With four amazing mountains to easily access a wide variety of backcountry terrain, our program rivals Jackson Hole’s renowned lift-accessed backcountry skiing and is the closest thing to heli-skiing permitted in our area. Your private AMGA/AE trained and certified backcountry ski guide will match up the best conditions and terrain to best suit you and your group’s desires and abilities. 

Trip Details


6 Hours


All levels, ski experience required

Maximum Guide Ratio



  • AMGA and AE trained/certified ski guide
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel & probe 
  • Ski pack

Not Included

  • Personal skiing/riding equipment
  • Lift ticket
  • Lunch/snack food & water
  • Guide gratuity 

Trip Itinerary

Your guide will contact you the day before at the phone number you give us to discuss an appropriate plan for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time. You will go over necessary gear to pack and meal planning. 

Some possible options include: 

Aspen Mountain, aka Ajax by seasoned locals, offers a wide range of easily accessible terrain minutes from the top of the Silver Queen Gondola. Offering low angle (think green circle steepness), beginner meadows and glades at 11,212’, Ajax is one of our single best introductory backcountry skiing products. This high elevation low angle skiing is also our go-to for fun, safe skiing during higher danger avalanche conditions. When conditions permit this mountain provides amazing 3,000’ plus steeper skiing from both east and west to the valley floors. Grab lunch at the top-of-mountain restaurant or stay out all day for more fresh tracks.   

Highlands – this is our bigger terrain. With a few hours of hiking with skis on our back from the top of the famed Highlands Bowl, we access 4,000’ lines to the east and west valley floors with runs that sustain 40° steepness.  When conditions permit, we also have no-hiking or skinning required options dropping from the lifts right into the majestic Maroon Bowl to the valley floor.  

Buttermilk – offers classic beginner terrain in the wide open “Sugar Bowls” and famed town-to-town alpine touring through old growth Aspen trees on the historic Government Trail. 

Snowmass – has it all from family friendly skiing on 13,000’ Mt. Baldy into green circle/ blue square above tree-line terrain, to the steep couloirs and chutes into East Snowmass Creek.  

Highlands Ridge

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