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Snowmass day parking/day lodge.?

post #1 of 7
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I'm thinking of a day trip to Snowmass while staying in Vail, first week of March. I've skied there before, but it was a 3 day stay, so parking was not an issue.

What is the best way to access the mountain coming in as a day skier? We'll want to change into our boots inside and not trudge through a parking lot in them.

Also, is a weekend day really crowded like the I70 resorts get?

Thanks all
CB
post #2 of 7

My experience is that Aspen is pretty tame on weekends -- it's too far from Denver to get much commuter traffic.

 

I'd park at the intercept lot.  It's at the base of the road that heads up toward Snowmass.  There's a large park and ride there -- park, hop a free bus, and mosey on up to the base of the ski area.

 

Mike

post #3 of 7

Parking: Town Park Station (formerly Rodeo Lot), shuttles depart starting at 6:40 a.m. every twenty min. until 7:20 a.m. for the ski area. 10 minute service 7:20 a.m. – 5:10 p.m. HOV (four or more) park free in lots C.Paid Parking: Lots C, E, and Two Creeks $13 per ... can be purchased from the parking attendant from 7:30 a.m. until noon daily in Lot C. Two Creeks permits can be purchased from the parking attendant from 8 a.m. until noon daily.FREE Bus Service: Snowmass skier shuttle runs every 10 - 15 min. from Rubey Park in Aspen. Shuttles run from SM ...

Aspen doesn't experience the skier volume of Summit County. Conditions have improved alot in the past few weeks.

post #4 of 7

Two Creeks has a nice lodge and you'll probably be one of the only ones there.  Only problem is it's hanously flat coming back if it's slushy.

Mybe hit longshot on the way back, but I think they may close the top gate at 3?

Not many lift lines, ever. 

post #5 of 7

I agree - I think Two Creeks is the way to go.  It's usually pretty slow over there.

post #6 of 7

Have you ever been to Highlands?    Snowmass is great, but it's kind of a lot like Vail.   Highlands is a totally different experience and it has a very nice parking garage,  very close to the lift.     Highlands has some decent intermediate terrain, but very limited beginner.  But the expert terrain is why you go to Highlands and even if you don't hike the bowl, you can get to a lot of great stuff.

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Have you ever been to Highlands?    Snowmass is great, but it's kind of a lot like Vail.   Highlands is a totally different experience and it has a very nice parking garage,  very close to the lift.     Highlands has some decent intermediate terrain, but very limited beginner.  But the expert terrain is why you go to Highlands and even if you don't hike the bowl, you can get to a lot of great stuff.



This is great advice. If you're going to drive to Aspen from Vail, hit something that is a whole other animal. I have nothing against Snowmass, but Highlands is the jewel of that valley. Plus the parking is easy as pie. If you can't tell, I really love Highlands.

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