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Considered some of the most intense skiing in the state of Colorado, the Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands offers a 2,500-vertical-foot descent with slopes as steep as 48 degrees.
Being able to ski or snowboard the Highland Bowl requires a good set of lungs and legs. Accessing the 12,382-foot peak requires taking a couple of lifts from the base of Aspen Highlands Mountain (Exhibition then Loge Peak), then some serious leg work (expect a 30-60-minute hike). Some parts of the day there's a snowcat that will cut the hike down by a third.
Hiking to the peak isn't necessary because the bowl offers various ski routes along the way, but reaching the summit is well worth the effort. Once at the top you can enjoy 2,500-vertical-foot descents to the bottom of the Deep Temerity lift which will take you back to the top of Aspen Highlands.
The bowl is regularly closed for avalanche control when there is accumulating snow. Check the main base lodge of updates on the status of the Highland Bowl.
NOTE: Remember all of these trails are double black diamond routes and are for experts only.
- Skis or snowboard equipment and accessories
- Straps or backpack to carry your skis or snowboard
- Aspen Highland Lift Ticket
- Small snack
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