Popular with snowboarders of all levels, Buttermilk has the best park and pipe. Located just 2 miles west of Aspen proper, it has 44 trails across 470 acres. With a 22ft superpipe, riders who want to jump and try out their bag of tricks can do so to their hearts' content. The resort is also an ideal playground for newbie riders and skiers.

Afraid to climb onto that lift for the first time? Buttermilk has instructors and terrain forgiving enough to get you contemplating snowboarding's toughest black-diamond runs before you know it.