Who Owns Aspen Ski Resort? The Founding Members

by Frank V. Persall

Looking for some summer adventures at the Colorado mountains and resorts? Ready to conquer the mammoth mountain trails? 

You can thank Henry Crown and his family as owners of this beautiful ski area and resort!

Let's go over the Aspen Skiing Company, its timeline, and recent developments to give you a better understanding of what to expect when you head to the winter park.

Who Owns Aspen Ski Resort? The Founding Members
Who Owns Aspen Ski Resort? The Founding Members

 Who Owns Aspen Resort? Ties With The Alterra Mountain Company

Henry Crown and his family are currently the full-time owners of Aspen Skiing Co.

In 2017, a private equity firm called KSL Capital Partnersjoined forces with the Crown family to form a duopoly called Alterra Mountain Company.

FUN FACT: KSL Capital Partners also owns Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows, located in the California area.

The newly-formed alliance bought the following resorts:

  • Eastern Sierra’s Mammoth Mountain
  • June Mountain
  • Snow Summit
  • Bear Mountain

David Perry, the president, and CEO created this new company with a purpose:

...to protect and enhance what makes each destination special, inviting guests back to their favorite mountain, and enticing them to visit new destinations on their bucket list.

List of Alterra Mountain Co Ski Resorts

Alterra Mountain Company
Alterra Mountain Company
Here are the following ski resorts owned by the Alterra Mountain Company.

However, don't expect to see the "Alterra Mountain" label on Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley, or any of the resorts we're about to mention.

REMEMBER: The company wants to highlight the uniqueness and individuality of each ski area. Just go over David Perry's vision to refresh your memory.

Let's take a look at these iconic locations and resorts!

  • Big Bear Mountain Resort (California)
  • Blue Mountain (Ontario)
  • CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures (British Columbia)
  • Deer Valley (Utah)
  • June Mountain (California)
  • Mammoth Mountain (California)
  • Snowshoe (West Virginia)
  • Steamboat (Colorado)
  • Vermont's Stratton (Vermont)
  • Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (California)
  • Tremblant (Quebec)
  • Winter Park (Colorado)

The four mountains STILL belong to Aspen Snowmass and NOT Alterra Mountain Co. These are:

  • Snowmass Mountain
  • Aspen Highlands
  • Aspen Mountain
  • Buttermilk Mountain 

 What Is The History Of Aspen Skiing Co?

In 1946, 5 individuals founded Aspen Skiing Co., namely:

  • Friedl Pfeifer
  • Walter Paepcke
  • Judge William E. Doyle
  • James J. Johnston
  • H. F. Klock

Paepcke, one of the founding fathers of the ski company, wanted to separate their company from other resorts by coming up with a VISION:

"Make Aspen Mountain a place to take you out of your usual life, expose you to new ways of thinking through art, culture, science, music, and conversation, and send you off to repair the world."

Is it just us, or do these ski areas have a thing with value-driven philosophies and visions?

Its Connection and Response to Real-World Issues

The COMPANY VISION is worth mentioning because these founders are ALSO 10th Mountain Division veterans who were coming off a traumatic World War II experience.

They needed an escape from the madness brought about by FASCISM and WARFARE.

What separates this company from other ski resorts is its commitment to becoming an agent for positive change in the world.

They tackle issues such as:

  • Climate change
  • LGBTQ rights
  • Racial justice
  • Political issues

Indeed, it is more than just your average Alterra mountain resort.


There are so many resorts to choose from if you are searching for possible destinations to visit.

However, Alterra Mountain Co and Aspen Skiing Co outdo other resorts because they provide more than the bare minimum.

They deliver top-tier service to tourists and stay focused on the main theme of becoming agents for positive change.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and try out any of the resorts and sites we discussed.

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About Frank V. Persall

Frank is originally from the UK, but he has a passion for skiing that knows no bounds. He has made it his life's mission to visit the best ski resorts across the USA and the World. Frank loves spending time with his wife and three children on ski slopes, as they all share his love for the activity.

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