Aspen resort comprises four mountains that are included in your ski pass and connected by a free shuttle-bus service. Aspen mountain (locals call it Ajax) is accessed by the Silver Queen Gondola at the centre of town and has a good mix of terrain for those who like to cruise wide blues and others looking for the thrill of tight-knit glades. For mid-morning break, in-the-know skiers head to Bonnie's for its doorstop wedges of apple strudel and whipped cream.
A five-minute bus ride will get you to Highlands, home to the mighty Highland Bowl - a decent challenge for experts and backcountry junkies, if you're up for the 3,777 metre hike across the alpine ridge. Afterwards, Refuel with pho noodles or protein bowls at Merry-Go-Round.
Next up is Buttermilk, a touch further down the road, and the place to go if you love miles of leisurely groomed pistes or fancy brushing up on your freestyle skills in the park and pipe.
The biggest mountain is Snowmass, and especially suited to groups due to its varied terrain and 94 runs. When you're feeling peckish, head to Ullrhof for free popcorn (and to make use of the phone charging stations), or Up4Pizza to grab a slice of pie and one of their satisfyingly squidgy cookies. Hot foot it to the Wine Cabin in the afternoon - it's BYO so be prepared to jostle for your spot.