Ask anyone to name a classic backcountry skiing destination, and chances are, Aspen will be at the top of the list. The town’s situated in a sweet spot within the Elk Mountains and the Sawatch Range. Massive backcountry objectives — via lifts or skins — have something for every skill level. Aspen is home to four world-famous resorts, and their stunning backcountry terrain includes Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. Destinations include Hunter Creek, the Sugar Bowls, and the iconic Independence Pass. If you’re in search of bigger terrain with rewarding challenges, you’ve come to the land of 14,000-feet peaks.