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The lowest-priced single-family home on the market in Aspen is listed for $559,000. It's located in a trailer park.

 

From: The Most Expensive Town in America, WSJ

 

Surely this is not employee housing...

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They don't let the employees live in Aspen. 

 

 

I never would have thought that Jackson would be a relative bargain.

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From: The Most Expensive Town in America, WSJ

 

Surely this is not employee housing...


Smuggler Trailer Park is deed restricted to employees only.

 



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They don't let the employees live in Aspen. 

 

 

I never would have thought that Jackson would be a relative bargain.


Actually Aspen has the most progressive employee housing program in the country.  Yes, it's expensive, but wages are considerably higher than at any other ski area that I've been too?

 

post #4 of 24

"Aspen is like a small Manhattan"

 

So, why would I want to go there then?

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Surely this is not employee housing...



 



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They don't let the employees live in Aspen. 

 

Actually, I thought Brice Kellog's condo was the employee housing..

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Aspen isn't so much the place to live and ski as it is the place to be seen skiing or hanging out with others there to be seen there.
 

 

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I heart Aspen.

 

 

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I heart Aspen.

 

 


What real estate guru doesn't?  I've had some good times at Highlands while crashing with some friends of friends' pads over at CMC.  But, I can think of lots of other more utilitarian things to do with a million dollars that would include a ski house elsewhere and plenty of cash left over to donate to genuinely charitable causes.

 

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What real estate guru doesn't?  I've had some good times at Highlands while crashing with some friends of friends' pads over at CMC.  But, I can think of lots of other more utilitarian things to do with a million dollars that would include a ski house elsewhere and plenty of cash left over to donate to genuinely charitable causes.

 


Touche'.  wink.gif

 

Actually, my love of Aspen goes back to the winter of 1970/71 when I took winter quarter off from college and lived as a ski bum in Aspen.  A friend and I lived in a rented Winnebago that we parked at the KOA campground in Basalt.  I skied every day at Ajax and went fishing on the Frying Pan river a lot of the afternoons.  I learned to ski powder on Aspen Mountain and had more fun than any 20-year-old should ever have.

 

I know the place is different now from what it was then, but I've thought fondly of Aspen ever since.  There's a massive amount of good skiing there.

 

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Touche'.  wink.gif

 

Actually, my love of Aspen goes back to the winter of 1970/71 when I took winter quarter off from college and lived as a ski bum in Aspen.  A friend and I lived in a rented Winnebago that we parked at the KOA campground in Basalt.  I skied every day at Ajax and went fishing on the Frying Pan river a lot of the afternoons.  I learned to ski powder on Aspen Mountain and had more fun than any 20-year-old should ever have.

 

I know the place is different now from what it was then, but I've thought fondly of Aspen ever since.  There's a massive amount of good skiing there.

 


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I think it is the best skiing in Colorado.  CRGILDART, you may think it is more of a place to be seen skiing than to actually ski, but that is only true of some people at Aspen Mountain.  The vibe is entirely different at Highlands.  And there is some fantastic skiing on Ajax itself.  Sure, the Bogner suits are a bit over the top, and many of the men and women look scarry because of the amount of work they've had done, but there are also real skiers at Ajax.

 

My ex-boss and I almost bought a condo at the base of Highlands in January.  Unfortunately, they seller renigged on our verbal agreement.  I'd have loved having a place in Aspen.  While a lot of the people there are a bit much to put up with, there are few places as beautiful in the US.

 

Maybe Bob can get me a deal in Jackson instead.

 

Mike
 

 

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The thing about Aspen is that its really tiny in comparison with some other awesome ski resorts. I would much rather live elsewhere and ski elsewhere.

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I've never skied Aspen's main mountain, resort of Vail for that matter.  I wouldn't turn away opportunity to do so (for a really sweet deal like free).  I've never had a bad time skiing in Colorado at several other places there..(er um anywhere else).  It just seems that on a budget one can ski five (or six) days at other resorts for the same cost of four days at  Aspen or Vail.  Why wouldn't  I?  Are Aspen or Vail really 120% the skiing experience of Breck, Highlands, Steamboat, Copper, etc?th_dunno-1[1].gif  If Aspen or Vail were cost competitive I'd certainly have checked it out by now.

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Have you stopped to consider that the ticket pricing might be designed to keep the riff-raff away and the paying customers ski experience UP?


 

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Have you stopped to consider that the ticket pricing might be designed to keep the "COMMONERS" away and the ELITIST customers ski experience UP?


 

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If they just wanted to eliminate riff raff all they have to do is ban snowboardersduck.gif

 

 

 


Edited by crgildart - 3/10/11 at 5:47pm
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You can get unlimited skiing at Vail/Beaver Creek for $699 a year. Not exactly expensive for a season pass.

 

The Aspen Classic pass gets you 5 days at any of the Aspen resorts for about $45.00 per day. Not a bad deal either.

 

I love Snowmass and Highlands.   Great skiing and small crowds. 

 

The Roaring Fork Valley is a great place to be in the summer. There is plenty of mountain biking, road biking and kayaking.  There are plenty of hard core athletes there which is an entirely separate culture from the uber-rich crowd. 

 

 

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Have you stopped to consider that the ticket pricing might be designed to keep the riff-raff away and the paying customers ski experience UP?


 


Ouch. So, riff-raff encompasses everyone but the wealthy? Give me the riff-raff any day!

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I've never skied Aspen's main mountain, resort of Vail for that matter.  I wouldn't turn away opportunity to do so (for a really sweet deal like free).  I've never had a bad time skiing in Colorado at several other places there..(er um anywhere else).  It just seems that on a budget one can ski five (or six) days at other resorts for the same cost of four days at  Aspen or Vail.  Why wouldn't  I?  Are Aspen or Vail really 120% the skiing experience of Breck, Highlands, Steamboat, Copper, etc?th_dunno-1[1].gif  If Aspen or Vail were cost competitive I'd certainly have checked it out by now.


Walk up rates:

 

Aspen $104

Vail/Breck $108

Steamboat $99

Copper $98

 

I don't see that much of a difference.  Aspen doesn't discount as much as the front range resorts, because they feel that it degrades the experience?  It's been a while since I've skied the front range, but I would have to agree with them. 

 



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The thing about Aspen is that its really tiny in comparison with some other awesome ski resorts. I would much rather live elsewhere and ski elsewhere.

 

True, Aspen Mountain is only 675 acres.  But it's still an awesome resort, with a lot of really good expert terrain. 

Ton's of acreage doesn't mean squat,  if you have to pole to get down it!

Have you ever lived or skied there?  It's not for everyone, but it seems a lot the people that slam it, haven't done either?
 

 



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If they just wanted to eliminate riff raff all they have to do is ban snowboardersduck.gif

 

 

 



Aspen Mountain use to have a ban on snowboarders.  Lifting the ban,  really didn't make any difference what so ever.  Most of the boarders on Aspen Mountain are really good. 

 

Last year Aspen had $49 lift tickets, $29 with any season pass,  during the extended season.  They haven't announced prices just yet, but I would expect pricing to be similar. 

In addition to Highlands, I think they will also keep Aspen Mountain open till 4/24,  since we have a really good base. 

I won't say Aspen's the best skiing, because I think that changes daily.  But it does have very consistent, high quality skiing!

 

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Walk up rates:

 

Aspen $104

Vail/Breck $108

Steamboat $99

Copper $98

 

I don't see that much of a difference.  Aspen doesn't discount as much as the front range resorts, because they feel that it degrades the experience?  It's been a while since I've skied the front range, but I would have to agree with them. 

 


 

How about lodging costs?th_dunno-1[1].gif
 

 

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I think it runs the gamut?  But I'd imagine a lodge in downtown Aspen usually runs more than a Motel 6 along I-70?

 

Here's a place that is clean, cheap and only a couple of blocks from downtown for $99/night after 3/20.

 

http://www.stmoritzlodge.com/

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My wife and I took our ski vacation at Aspen many years ago, and I've skied there only a couple days since. IMHO a great place to ski and it's the granddaddy of them all ASPEN.When we drove down from Vail a few years ago for a day we saw Klaus Obermeyer ripping it up on Ruthies. Hoefully he's still able to get out and do it.

 

You can't help but be taken back by skiing at a location that represents  the heritage of American skiing. As pricey as Aspen is, (the day I skied there a girl old me her ticket for $50) and I saw John Clenndenin walk by when I was paying for it) we parked in the town garage for $7.50. Not bad. I would guess parking is a good bit more now, but I bet still less than the "screwing" the Town of Vail treats evrybody to at $25 a day.

 

Would like to go back again for a few days but have a free condo I can stay at in Avon, Epic Pass etc makes Vail the much better economic for me.

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My wife and I took our ski vacation at Aspen many years ago, and I've skied there only a couple days since. IMHO a great place to ski and it's the granddaddy of them all ASPEN.When we drove down from Vail a few years ago for a day we saw Klaus Obermeyer ripping it up on Ruthies. Hoefully he's still able to get out and do it.

 

You can't help but be taken back by skiing at a location that represents  the heritage of American skiing. As pricey as Aspen is, (the day I skied there a girl old me her ticket for $50) and I saw John Clenndenin walk by when I was paying for it) we parked in the town garage for $7.50. Not bad. I would guess parking is a good bit more now, but I bet still less than the "screwing" the Town of Vail treats evrybody to at $25 a day.

 

Would like to go back again for a few days but have a free condo I can stay at in Avon, Epic Pass etc makes Vail the much better economic for me.

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I get that aspect.  I can see going there as a one time experience or going if some huge discount presented itself.  Heck, I took the family to Disney World last month.  Granted, lodging right down the street was very affordable, roughly the same as a motel across town here.  But park admission was/is obscene.  Still just had to do it (take the little ones) at least once. right? 
 

 

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Oh man, I guess I need to weigh on this thread.  Aspen as a town is a fantasy land to some.  I've lived here for about 15 years now and it has been a wonderful experience.  The locals here are wonderful and genuine folks.  Sure there is the celebrity presence that you can't get away from.  The prices here are inflated bordering on obscene. But let's be honest name a resort town in which the prices aren't ridiculous.  It may be somewhat higher here but it's simple economic theory...charge what people are willing to pay. 

 

For all of the silly fur boots, and 13 year olds with Black Cards there are a lot of kind generous people who live here because the mountains call them.  The resort skiing is quite good, the backcountry opportunities are amazing.  The town isn't for everyone but what town is?  Don't judge because of an article or pictures in a magazine. The people that color the reputation aren't usually here for more than a few weeks a year and I look at them as entertainment.  This is  a mountain town that got lucky

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I've never skied Aspen's main mountain, resort of Vail for that matter.  I wouldn't turn away opportunity to do so (for a really sweet deal like free).  I've never had a bad time skiing in Colorado at several other places there..(er um anywhere else).  It just seems that on a budget one can ski five (or six) days at other resorts for the same cost of four days at  Aspen or Vail.  Why wouldn't  I?  Are Aspen or Vail really 120% the skiing experience of Breck, Highlands, Steamboat, Copper, etc?th_dunno-1[1].gif  If Aspen or Vail were cost competitive I'd certainly have checked it out by now.


IMO the answer for Vail is no but for Aspen is yes.  It is much more than 120%.  

 


 

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The thing about Aspen is that its really tiny in comparison with some other awesome ski resorts. I would much rather live elsewhere and ski elsewhere.


Aspen Mountain skis much larger than it's acreage belies.  And when you add in the acreage of Snowmass and Highlands, you are rivalling the acreage of virtually any other resort in North America.

 

 

 

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Ouch. So, riff-raff encompasses everyone but the wealthy? Give me the riff-raff any day!


There are PLENTY of seriously hard-core skiers, athletes and ski bums in Aspen, skiing there does not require being wealthy. I'm willing to bet I have less wealth than 95% of the members of Epicski, yet I've skied all over North America. If you call yourself a 'Skier' and then pooh-pooh a GREAT ski area because you can't get a 1/2 price ticket and free lodging then you are LYING to yourself about being a skier, you're a chump. Skiing doesn't have to be expensive, but let's face it, the best aspects of the sport sometimes requires a little expenditure to maximize the FUN. Only a chump short changes his/her enjoyment and life-time memories over a few dollars. You'll remember great turns on a beautiful day for the rest of your life, you'll forget the extra $30 you spent to experience it immediately.

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If you do your homework, skiing Aspen/Snowmass is no more expensive than skiing Summit or the Utah mountains.  My family, along with many relatives have been skiing this area for over 11 years now.  In fact, we just returned from our annual Mardi Gras week today.  Still, hands down, our favorite area to ski.  Dependable snow coverage even in lean years offers some guarantee of good skiing.  As a repeat customer to the area, discounts of 20-30% are offered for lodging, rentals and lift tickets pre-season.  Transportation is free to all 4 mountains making car rental not necessary.   As someone who has to travel to ski, I have found Aspen to be the best value for what it offers.  For those who may have casual skiers on board, this area has so much more than just skiing.  Entertainment is tops,  art galleries, restaurants from cheap to 5 star is a walk away  (4 of us ate the best Bar-b-q for a total of $34.00 on Main Street, Hickory BBQ).  There are many aspects that are ritzy and yes there are quite a few that through out that black Darth Vader card...good for them.  The uniqueness of Aspen has always given me pause.  Hard to find a town that has a Prada boutique next door to Snow Sports rental next to a Starbucks. 

 

As Whiteroom and SHREDHEAD stated; ya can find very reasonable rates for anything in Aspen or you can fly in on your private G4 and stay at the Lil Nell!  For those who travel to different resorts, do yourself a favor and book a trip to the 4 mountains...you just might become hooked as I have. 

 

 

 

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