Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.. Aspen, CO 81611, Phone: 970-544-8001 As the Audi Power of Four ski mountaineering race turns 10 tomorrow, skimo’s top athletes can look back a decade and remember Aspen Snowmass at the forefront of a once-fledging sport. The terrain is pretty complex here, so we always recommend this mountain for intermediate and expert skiers. The corduroy on Aspen Mountain is the crème de la crème for riders, and it’s been that way since the mountain first allowed snowboarding (April 1, 2001, if you’re counting). By Experience steep glades, bumps, and incredible views. Low 37F. © Aspen Signature Properties 2020. The gently rolling trails are easy enough for those just starting out, and you’ll love knowing you’re skiing exactly where some of the most famous athletes in winter sports have competed. Photography by You have permission to edit this article. By Adam Gilbert/Big Beard Creative, 09/03/2019 But local athletes like Gaston, Taam and Young take full advantage of enjoying Aspen Snowmass as their backyard year-round, whether a race is on the books or not. Jessie Young, one of the fastest female skimo athletes in the U.S. (and also Taam’s wife), was also on the fence about competing this year and registered less than 24 hours of the deadline. “The start line is wild: It’s dark, it’s nighttime, there’s hundreds of people and music and lights. Heather Hendricks If you prefer backcountry skiing, the Highland Bowl is for you! It’s the perfect way to get away from it all– there are no lift lines, and barely anyone is on these nature-made slopes! “Skico, in particular, decided, ‘This is something we dig, and we’re going to embrace it and develop policies for our mountains to allow people to train for it,’ and I think that has really contributed massively to the sport’s growth. Dallas & Harris Photography, 03/11/2020 But in Aspen, as Taam said humbly, “training never stops.”. Gaston and his longtime race partner, Max Taam, who has won the Power of Four six times, signed up only days before. Jane Gendron, Cindy Hirschfeld, and Ted Katauskas, 07/14/2020 Photography by To outsiders, casually committing—mentally and physically—to a spectacle like the Power of Four three days before may seem astounding and even comical. For premium morning corduroy, rip down Ruthie’s Run. Catherine Lutz Taam had considered taking a break from the race this year, or as Gaston quipped, “pretended to be retired.”. Plus, there are 91 trails and 21 chairlifts! Bonnie’s is a classic, go-to spot, and Sundeck is perfect for après ski. Experience steep glades, bumps, and incredible views. as told to Sarah Chase Shaw, 07/02/2020 Styled by Photography by The gently rolling trails are easy enough for those just starting out, and you’ll love knowing you’re skiing exactly where some of the most famous athletes in winter sports have competed. You can explore them all during your stay with Aspen Signature Vacation Rentals! , also known as Ajax by the locals, is famous for its ski scene. is the key to making your winter vacation the getaway of a lifetime. is conveniently located on top of Sam’s Knob on Snowmass, and it’s the perfect place for après ski drinks and bites. “My intention was to not [compete] … but I was convinced otherwise,” Taam said, with a laugh. An email has been sent to with a link to confirm list signup. This mountain is perfect for beginners, families, and those that prefer a more leisurely ski experience. There are countless things that make Aspen, Colorado, special, but many visit our town to answer the call of the mountain. By For one way, gravity fed fun, we offer bike drops at The Woody Creek Tavern, Tipsy Trout and all operating Four Mountain Sports locations. Toll Free: 877-544-8002 Photography by And then you finish at Ajax, and it’s just a full-on party and celebration of the sport for the rest of the afternoon. During X Games, lap the Summit Express for some of the best views of the competitors in action. Keep an eye out for local rider Mark Pintar and the rest of the Knuckle Draggers, a respected local snowboard crew that frequents the ’Mass, who’ll be taking the most impressive lines through the parks. Once you’re at the top of Loge Peak, a decision awaits: smash a couple of fast laps on the Deep Temerity chair or wait patiently for the Highland Bowl rope to drop? By High around 65F. Karl Wolfgang, 07/16/2020 It’s time to pack your bags and experience our winter wonderland in luxury! Then head over to Spar Gulch for satisfying side hits galore. is for you! Photography by By Photography by In the Power of Four, a 16-year-old is slated to race. Photography by It’s just nuts. Our concierge team is the key to making your winter vacation the getaway of a lifetime. As a team, Gaston and Taam are undefeated. Mark Fuller, 07/21/2020 Sunny Skies and Park Laps: SnowmassBus it here for the tantalizing buffet of intermediate runs off the Elk Camp, Alpine Springs, and Big Burn chairs. “Sometimes it’s more focused than others,” he offered. “As the sport grows, so does our field of competitors. We love Snowmass Mountain because you’ll never run out of things to explore. Sign up today! If you want to explore Snowmass, make sure you plan for at least a few days! By Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Would you like to receive our weekly top story roundup? There are four mountains in Aspen: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk. After a day out on the slopes, head to one of the many restaurants at the mountain. The corduroy on Aspen Mountain is the crème de la crème for riders, and it’s been that way since the mountain first allowed snowboarding (April 1, 2001, if you’re counting). Sam’s Smokehouse is conveniently located on top of Sam’s Knob on Snowmass, and it’s the perfect place for après ski drinks and bites. that put you right on the slopes. Width makes it so you never drag your toes or heels, and camber creates responsiveness, stability, and control with every turn.”, Burton’s Family Tree Story Board, a female-friendly deck, has directional camber, torsional flex, and 10 millimeters of taper so that it arcs on groomers and floats through pow.