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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Follow Shaun White in Aspen

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4. Insider’s Tip


Hike to the top of the Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands for open, backcountry-type runs.  

Outclimb the tourists to untouched powder by hiking to the top of the Highland Bowl, infamous for its unparalleled double-black ski trails. Ride the Exhibition up to the Loge Peak lift, which will take you to the top of the mountain. Then head up the slope—a steep 30- to 60-minute climb to the peak, where you can soak up a view of the Maroon Bells mountain from 12,392 feet. The rugged hike weeds out beginners, leaving 3,500 steep feet of open, backcountry ski runs down the bowl—even midday—for those who make the trek.


Published on Feb 25, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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