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Aspen, CO Colorado

Buttermilk is open for lift-served skiing and riding throughout the Winter X Games spectacle, to take place Jan. 24-27, 2008. (Aspen Times file)

ASPEN ” Buttermilk is both a beginner’s mountain and home to the extreme ” ESPN’s Winter X Games. This is the spot for terrain park junkies.

470 acres

9,900 ft.

2,030 ft.

9 total: 2 high-speed quads; 3 doubles; 2 handle tows; 2 ski/snowboard school lifts

Lifts open at 9 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m.

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Wide open and gently rolling trails that cater to beginners and families. Keep an eye out for Olympians, Winter X Games champs and other park kids braving the giant features in the legendary terrain park.

There is nothing new this year at the “Milk,” except that the Aspen Skiing Co. has signed on to host the ESPN Winter X Games at Buttermilk through 2010. The small ski area known as the place for beginners and terrain park junkies is now a semi-permanent home of the premier extreme winter sports competition.

Buttermilk is all about the cruisers. Most trails are wide open, gentle in pitch and groomed to perfection. There are long, wide groomers at West Buttermilk and steeper rolling runs at Tiehack, on the eastern side of the mountain. Best of all, Buttermilk is less crowded than the other mountains, so the corduroy stays fresh and the turns are without worry of too many other skiers.

usually end up on the Tiehack side of Buttermilk on a powder day, where the crowds are thin. It’s an especially popular spot to hike up in the morning. On a powder day, the first tracks are typically had before the lifts open. Racer’s Edge is long, quiet and has a rolling double fall line. The pitch is steep enough so you can keep up the momentum. And there is plenty of tree skiing on the western side of the mountain, where the secret stashes remain untouched in the Aspen tree stands. On any run, jump into the cluster of trees and you’ll find yourself in a winter wonderland with plenty of pow-pow.

Buttermilk is the terrain park Mecca of the Roaring Fork Valley. If you’re looking for jumps, rails and pipes then Buttermilk is the place to be. There are now five terrain parks on the mountain, plus the 550-foot-long X Games Superpipe and a beginner pipe. The Buttermilk Terrain Park includes the X Games Slopestyle course, with some of the biggest jumps and rails anywhere in Colorado.

For a special treat, build your own stir-fry at the Mongolian barbecue at the Cliffhouse, located at the top of the mountain, offering a spectacular view of the Maroon Creek Valley. At the Cliffhouse, you pick out the veggies, meats and sauces, then it all gets stir-fried on what looks like an oil drum. Bumps, Buttermilk’s bottom-of-the-mountain mainstay, serves up cafeteria food with homemade pastas, soups, salads, and grilled sandwiches and burgers.

The ESPN Winter X Games return to Aspen/Snowmass the seventh year from Thursday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. Perhaps the biggest on-mountain spectacle of the season, Winter X Games TWELVE will bring hundreds of ski, snowboard and other athletes from across the globe. Events include nighttime concerts during the nationally televised competition.

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