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Buttermilk Ski Resort Guide

Buttermilk, United States

Rated: 5/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift9,902ft
Resort Height7,871ft
 Nearest AirportsAspen and Vail/Eagle
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The American ski resort of Buttermilk is in the American Rockies at an altitude of 7,871ft.


Buttermilk has direct access to a total of 9 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 7,871ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 9,902ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Buttermilk is very highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Buttermilk.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Buttermilk is 5 miles long.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Buttermilk?

The next notable snow forecast is 1in, expected on 21 January, with around 1in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow Forecast by day for Buttermilk

Ski Area Stats

Buttermilk Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Cross Country
Total Length
50 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Buttermilk Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift9,902ft
Lowest Trail7,871ft
Resort Altitude (Buttermilk)7,871ft
Max Vertical2,031ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Buttermilk
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Location and Map

Where is Buttermilk?

This ski resort is in the American Rockies in Pitkin, Colorado.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Buttermilk is Aspen, 9 minutes drive away.

Vail/Eagle, Grand Junction and Montrose airports are all within three hours drive.

Aspen is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The nine ski lifts are able to uplift 7,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 490 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Buttermilk open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Buttermilk, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Buttermilk Tourist Office for the latest.

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