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AspenThe gentle slopes of Buttermilk are an ideal place for those learning to ski or ride, but it is not a bunny hill in the classic sense. It’s still a big mountain, and with more than 2,000 feet of vertical drop it gives novices some taste of the great views that can be had from the top of an Aspen peak. Residents also call the place Housewife Hill because many people, apparently many of them women, like to hike up Buttermilk for the exercise.

Buttermilk built its 50-year legacy on wide-open and gently rolling trails that cater to beginners and families. Today it’s famous for hosting the ESPN Winter X Games through 2012 and being voted #1 by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine Reader’s Poll for best park and pipe. The 22-foot superpipe in the legendary terrain park does not disappoint, as many X Games winners, Olympians and up-and-comers can attest.