Buttermilk (ski area)

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Buttermilk Mountain
Buttermilk in Winter
Buttermilk in Winter
Location Pitkin County, Colorado, United States
Nearest city Aspen, Colorado
Coordinates 39°12′18″N 106°51′38″W / 39.20500°N 106.86056°W / 39.20500; -106.86056
Vertical 2,030 feet (620 m)
Top elevation 9,900 feet (3,000 m)
Base elevation 7,870 feet (2,400 m)
Skiable area 435 acres (1.76 km2)
Runs 44 total
35% beginner
39% intermediate
26% advanced
0% expert
Longest run 3 miles (4.8 km)
Lift system 8 total (3 high-speed quad chairs, 1 double chairs, 4 surface/ski school)
Terrain parks 2, 1 superpipe
Snowfall 200 in/year (5.08 m/year)
Website http://www.aspensnowmass.com

Buttermilk Ski Area is a ski hill and unincorporated community. It is frequently considered the easiest skiing mountain in Aspen, Colorado. Buttermilk has also been the host to the ESPN Winter X Games multiple times. It contains three ski areas: Tiehack (difficult), Main Buttermilk (regular), and West Buttermilk (easy). Art Pfister developed Buttermilk Mountain ski area in 1958.[1] It was part of the original Aspen trio of 1960s: Aspen Mountain (ski area), Aspen Highlands, and Aspen Buttermilk.[citation needed]

Buttermilk is anchored by three high speed quads. The Summit Express services trails in the Main Buttermilk section of the mountain. The West Buttermilk Express, built in 2004, services beginner terrain on the west face of the mountain. The Tiehack Express, built in 2011, services advanced and intermediate terrain on the west face of Buttermilk Mountain. Buttermilk is known as one of the best beginner mountains in North America, to learn ski or snowboard. Its base includes The Hideout — an integrated play-and-learning area for children in ski school ages 2 ½ to 6 years old.[2]

In February 2014, Nancy Pfister was found brutally murdered in a walk-in closet of her home in Buttermilk. The case made headlines across the country, and has been featured on Dateline and Snapped.