The Gist

Here's the basics of the Aspen Trenchin' Convention (ATC)

 In it's 17th year, the Aspen Trenchin' Convention - formerly the Summit Expression Session (SES) - is a non-competitive week of riding for hardboot enthusiasts from around the world. Not only is Aspen one of the world's premier resorts, but it's also the mecca of carving and alpine riding, so there's no excuse to sit this one out. Whether you're new to hardboots or a seasoned pro, we have a week full of clinics and instruction, riding fellowship, social events, and all the demo gear your heart could desire.

Each day we have a demo tent setup at the day’s hill of choice (see schedule below for more info). Industry representatives will be present to explain their gear and to make turns with you! How many people get to say they ride with the person who makes their board!? 

Just when your legs cant take any more there are lots of options to get social with your fellow riders. The week culminates in our end of week party and dinner on Friday evening. Expect to return home with some free gear as we raffle off boards, bindings, boots, and lots of schwag!

The Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: THERE HAS BEEN A SCHEDULE CHANGE! Due to Mountain Conflicts, we had to switch our off-day and Aspen Mountain Day. Here is the current schedule:

Sunday - February 5



We know how much you love Buttermilk, so we’re back here to start off the week. We’re backed up to X Games this year, so be prepared for some activities from that to still be going on, but the buttersmooth will be excellent as always!

Lifts Open: 9 am

Demo Tent Location: Main Side @ the Inn at Aspen

Clinics: Beginner Clinic with Andre-Pierre Lamarche

Parking: Buttermilk features lots of free parking!

Apres Event: SUPERBOWL PARTY at the Bomber House at 1450 Silver King Lane, Aspen. 4pm until the Lombardi is given away. Dinner included!


Monday - February 6



Highlands has beautiful carving terrain with impeccable grooming that spans all of the beginner and intermediate terrain on the mountain along with some of the more advanced runs. This is a great mountain for all levels. 

Lifts Open: 9 am

Demo Tent Location: Far side of the main base

Clinic: Intermediate Clinic with Richard Knapp

Parking: Highlands has limited paid parking. We recommend the Highlands Shuttle, which leaves from the  Buttermilk parking lot and several locations in downtown Aspen.

Apres Meet-Up: Highlands Ale House

Tuesday - February 7



Optional Powder Tour: A few years ago, a rider put one of these together independently and it was a total blast, so we’re offering it as an official add-on to your week. Space for the tours is VERY limited, so you must book right away if you want to lock in your spot. The cost of this trip is also not included in any packages and is offered as an add-on only. See the Lift Tickets and Package section for more info!

The tours are via a snow cat and access untouched powder terrain off the back side of Aspen Mountain. You must be experienced with riding powder and have appropriate powder gear (read: a FAT board) with you to join us.

Note: the Powder Cat Tour is SOLD OUT

Wednesday - February 8



Aspen Mountain has the misconception of being a difficult mountain to ride, but what you can’t see from the bottom is all the great mellow terrain that the top! If you’re a beginner rider or uneasy about riding down to the bottom, we suggest downloading the gondola when you're ready to depart.

First Tracks: Meet at Gondola Plaza no later than 7:45 am;  intermediate riders and above. 

Lifts Open: 9am for non-first tracks participants.

Demo Tent Location: Top of Gondola

Clinics: Advanced Clinic with Richard Knapp

Parking: It's complicated. Or, take the bus.

Apres Meet-Up: Justice Snow's @ Mill St. and Hyman Ave.


Thursday - February 9


If we can call in some favors and get the trifecta groomed, this will be an epic day. Slot, Sheer Bliss, Mick's Gully....

Lifts Open: 8:30am

Demo Tent Location: At the end of the Snowmass Mall, just below the top of the Cirque (aka “Skittles”) Gondola near the Village Express 6-pack chair.

Parking: We recommend parking at the Rodeo/Town Park Lot where parking is free as is the shuttle. 

Clinics: Women's Clinic with Richard Knapp

Apres Meet-Up: Slow Groovin' BBQ on the second level of the Snowmass Mall, above Christy Sports.

Friday - February 10


Lifts Open: 9 am

Demo Tent Location: Far side of the main base

Clinics: Beginner II Clinic with Andre-Pierre Lamarche

Parking: Highlands has limited paid parking. We recommend the Highlands Shuttle, which leaves from the  Buttermilk parking lot and several locations in downtown Aspen.

Apres Event: Almost Closing Night Dinner aka Shwanquet | 6:30pm @ the Inn at Aspen at the base of Buttermilk, Tiehack room

Saturday - February 11


First Tracks: First Tracks down Copper again. For those of you who want to play at Buttermilk all day, we’ll meet you there.

Lifts Open (Aspen): 9 am

Lifts Open (Buttermilk): 9 am

Demo Tent Location: Buttermilk on the Main Side. Important: demo tent will open a 10:30 am.

Clinics: Use your new skills and go ride!

Parking: Please consult parking advice above.

Apres Meet-Up: Casual hangout at the Bomber House. Bring some dinner and a few drinks and wrap up the week recapping your favorite moments.

Lift Tickets and Packages

We've simplified this year. While it may seem like there are less options, they make more sense!

Step One: Register for the ATC

We're making it easy! Registration includes the opening night Super Bowl party and dinner, a ticket to the Schwanquet with 6 raffle entries, and a bag 'o schwag. All demos are included in the price of registration. Apres meet-ups are open to all participants and are now pay your own way. We figured this was the best way to cater to what you want: drinks or no drinks; food or no food; social time or alone time.

Step Two: Select Lift Tickets

Since lift tickets are now stand alone, we have included every increment of ticket from a single day up to a nine-day. Lift tickets range from $125 for a single day to $599 for seven-day. Savings increase as you increase the number of days on your ticket, but in general, the total savings average $30 per day less than a window ticket or online pre-purchase options through Aspen Sking Company. Tickets valid February 3rd - 12th.

Step Three: Select Extras

Because we've simplified the registration options, the only stand alone extras we're offering are: Cat Tour (space limited!); Luggage Depot; and the Banquet. The modestly priced "full" registration is highly recommended for the majority of attendees - it includes demos! The standalone dinner ticket is for those attending that day/weekend of the event who may not want the full goodies. Raffle tickets not included.


Here are some of our recommendations for your stay.


Sitting on Aspen's Main Street, this hotel is a 13-minute walk from the gondolas at Aspen Mountain. All of the understated rooms have free WiFi, cable TV, CD players and iPod docks, plus wet bars, mini fridges and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add Jacuzzis and balconies with mountain views. Suites add private decks and microwaves.

Complimentary continental breakfast is offered, and there's free wine and cheese in the afternoon. There's also an outdoor pool and a hot tub, plus free on-site parking.

Located at 311 West Main Street in Aspen


A block from Main Street, this roadside lodge and hostel is a 12-minute walk to Aspen Mountain. The pared-down rooms in the lodge have free WiFi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and fridges. Some add kitchenettes. Condos have 1 or 2 bedrooms and add full kitchens. The hostel rooms are private or shared, and have shared bathrooms.

Free continental breakfast and après-ski drinks are provided. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub, a steam room and a book library. There's also a BBQ area for après-ski parties. Parking is available.

Located at 334 West Hyman Ave in Aspen


Located at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. Contemporary rooms feature free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, minifridges and coffeemakers, in addition to humidifiers, and balconies or patios. Suites add separate living areas with pull-out sofas.

There's a casual restaurant, as well as a pub, plus an outdoor pool, hot tub and fitness center. Free amenities include an airport shuttle, ski lockers and parking. Meeting and event space, as well as laundry services are available.

Located at 38750 on Highway 82 at Buttermilk

visit the Inn at Aspen online


This stylish boutique hotel is 0.6 miles from the Aspen Ski Resort chairlifts and 3.4 miles from Aspen Pitkin County Airport. Rustic-chic rooms come with upscale linens, coffeemakers, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with DVD players. Upgraded rooms add fireplaces and whirlpool tubs.

There's a year-round heated pool and hot tub, and free buffet breakfast. In ski season, there's a daily afternoon wine and cheese reception. Parking is free, and there's a complimentary airport shuttle as well as an in-town and ski-area shuttle bus.

Located at 101 West Main Street in Aspen



In downtown Aspen, this modern ski hotel with mountain views is 0.5 miles from the nearest ski slope. The stylish lodgings all include en suite bathrooms, and have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with DVD players and iPod alarm clocks, as well as minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add fireplaces or outdoor hot tubs on private patios.

A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is provided, and there are free, early evening wine and cheese receptions during the ski season. There's also a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as free parking and shuttle service to and from Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.

Located at 110 West Main Street in Aspen


This classic budget ski lodge is a 1-minute walk from the Sky Cab Gondola, an 11-minute walk from the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center and 11.6 miles from Aspen. The standard hotel rooms include private bathrooms, cable TV, free WiFi access, microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers.

A free continental breakfast is served every morning. There is a year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub, plus hotel also offers a free shuttle from the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.

Located at 115 Daly Lane in Snowmass Village

visit the Snowmass Inn online


This modern lodge with ski-in/ski-out access is on Fanny Hill, adjacent to the Snowmass Village mall and 8 miles from Aspen-Pitkin County Airport. Warmly furnished rooms with exposed brick walls all have free WiFi, minifridges, coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs.

Parking and an airport shuttle are free, as well as hot breakfast and lunch during the winter. There's a cozy lounge with a wood-burning fireplace, plus a heated pool and a hot tub.

Located at 115 Daly Lane in Snowmass Village


Aspen Mountain is awesome, plain and simple.  It receives the most consistent grooming of all the four mountains in the valley, and in addition to its mellow blue cruisers up top, sports some of the best carving terrain around.  Copper Bowl and Spar Gulch are two near top to bottom groomers that form natural halfpipes, where you can carve so high up the “walls” that your hips and/or head can be below your feet.  Ruthies is Jim’s favorite groomer in the valley, with variations in terrain and a pitch perfect for ripping turns.

Aspen has it all, which is why we’re stoked to offer a full day at this awesome mountain. If you're an intermediate carver, this is going to be your demo heaven, while newer riders will enjoy cruising Silver Bell and Dipsy Doodle.

Aspen Mountain

Base Elevation 7,945 ft./2,422 m.
Vertical Rise 3,267 ft./996 m
Terrain 673 acres/273 hectares
Number of Trails 76
Longest Run 3 miles/4.83 km
Annual Snowfall 300 inches/762 cm
Lifts 8 Total: 6 primary – 1 gondola (the Silver Queen Gondola, base to summit in 14 minutes), 1 high-speed quad, 1 high-speed double, 1 quad, 2 double chairs; 2 secondary – 1 quad (Little Nell), 1 double (Bell Mountain)
Park and Pipe Who cares?



At 4,406 vertical feet, Snowmass has the most vertical in the country.  Grooming-wise, when Snowmass is on, it’s on!  The triumvirate of Sheer Bliss, Mick’s Gully and Slot will have advanced carvers beside themselves, while the rest of the Big Burn, Elk Camp, and Alpine Springs are just filled with blue cruisers for the rest.

More excitement awaits, as the High Alpine chair is being replaced and re-positioned, making for much easier access of Upper Green Cabin, a fine run that involved a heinous traverse to reach previously.  How else this realignment will affect the carving is anyone’s guess.  But at the very least, UGC will be a destination for many, we’re sure.


Base Elevation 8,104 ft./2,473 m.
Vertical Rise 4,406 ft./1,343 m.
Terrain 3,010 acres/1,218 hectares
Number of Trails 84
Longest Run 5.05 miles/8.2 km
Annual Snowfall 300 inches/762 cm
Lifts 21 Total: 17 primary – 7 high-speed quad chairs, 5 double chairs, 1 triple chair, 2 magic carpets, 2 ski/snowboard school platter pulls; 4 secondary – 1 triple chair (Naked Lady), 1 double chair (Sheer Bliss) and 2 platter pulls (Cirque and Scooper)
Park and Pipe The grooming in the park is some of the best on the mountain. 


Buttermilk (also known as Buttersmooth, The Milk, Milk Land, Carver’s Paradise) is the perennial favorite of ATC attendees and hardbooters of all abilities.  The main side offers mellow, wide open groomers top to bottom, and the Tiehack side offers some of the finest runs around.  Racer’s Edge, Javelin, Tiehack Trail, Buckskin, and Ptarmigan will provide hours and hours of carving fun for all. This is the perfect place to learn how to carve or dial in your growing skills.


Base Elevation 7,870 ft./2,399 m
Vertical Rise 2,030 ft./619 m
Terrain 429 acres/168 hectares
Number of Trails 41
Longest Run 3 miles/4.8 km
Annual Snowfall 200 inches/508 cm
Lifts 7 total – 1 high-speed quad chair, 5 double chairs, 1 handle tow
Park and Pipe Blah blah blah


Highlands is the sleeper of the carving mountains in the Roaring Fork Valley.  The mountain is best known for Highlands bowl and the steep glades and pow runs it has, but the groomers there are spectacular as well.  Gunbarrel (Angie’s favorite groomer in the valley), Thunderbowl, Heatherbedlam, Goldenhorn, and Exhibition all offer a wide range of terrain, pitch and difficulty for every kind of carver. 

Aspen Highlands

BaseElevation 8,040 ft./2,451 m
Vertical Rise 3,635 ft./1,108 m.
Terrain 790 acres/320 hectare
Number of Trails 131
Longest Run 3.5 miles/5.6 km
Annual Snowfall 300 inches/762 cm
Lifts 4 total – 3 high-speed quad chairs, 1 triple chair
Park and Pipe No