Aspen Expeditions guides lift-served backcountry trips from Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk. You can ride the gondola up at Aspen Mountain and slip out the gate for intermediate terrain and more advanced glades with little to no hiking. But the backcountry accessed from Highlands is moret challenging. Think 3,000–4,000-vertical-foot descents with sustained 40-degree pitches. "From the top of the Highlands Bowl we can drop west or continue hiking from 30 minutes to two hours out the Highlands Ridge for a true ski-mountaineer experience like to Chamonix," General Manager Dirk Bockelmann says.
$280 per person for group of two; aspenexpeditions.com