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Aspen-Snowmass & Brecke region tips

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hello all,

 

There's a real chance now that we can fly to CO and head up to mountais for some runs from March 19.

 

Believe me, like a restaurant with a 10 page's menu, it's very hard to chose a place on CO to ski, since they have so many... But after long family discussions and considerations,  we're looking for 3 days at Snowmass/Aspen and 2+ at Breck region. This choice keep many questions in account, as distances, prices, and other things to do.

 

Since it will be our first time there any kind of tips, hints, warnings and so on will be very welcome!!smile.gif

 

 

BTW, there are some kind of guided tour on these resorts? I think it is a great way to a quickly understanding about the runs, conditions, and related things.

 

So, thank you all in advance!beercheer.gif

 

Eduardo

post #2 of 19

Aspen/Snowmass has ambassadors on the hill that will give you limited tours.  I think If you stay at a ski corp property, Limelight or the Little Nell, the concierge can schedule them ahead of time.

 

If I only had one tip to give anyone, it would be stay away from the front range area's on the weekends!

Weekends at Breck can be very crowded.  So definitely try your best to be in Snowmass for the weekend.

post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the tip.

 

I'll avoid weekend at Breck, for sure.

post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 

Also,

 

Are there better prices for lift and ski elsewhere than the official sites?

 

Thanks!

post #5 of 19

I don't know of any.  I think a package thru the ski corp is probably your best bet for individuals.  I do know that they are pretty aggressive in marketing to ski clubs.

post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 

Ok, thanks!

post #7 of 19

My recommendation is to avoid Breckenridge on the weekdays as well (mainly because I just don't care for that mountain).  I like the town and have actually stayed there but would rather drive to Copper Mountain and/or Keystone rather than ski the wind-swept icy flats of Breckenridge.

post #8 of 19
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My recommendation is to avoid Breckenridge on the weekdays as well (mainly because I just don't care for that mountain).  I like the town and have actually stayed there but would rather drive to Copper Mountain and/or Keystone rather than ski the wind-swept icy flats of Breckenridge.

 

I didn't want to be the first to say it, but I'd just stay in Aspen the whole time. You won't be missing much.   Just fly right into ASE and you won't need a car, it's really easy. 

If you get some quotes and have questions about specific properties, post them up.

post #9 of 19

I completely agree.  There is more than enough to keep you busy for five days at the Aspen venues.

post #10 of 19

I agree with Shredhead also. I used to ski Colorado a lot and Aspen was my favorite. Four mountains, lots of terrain variety, low crowds, good town.

post #11 of 19

Agree with what Shredhead has said.  More than enough skiing for a week in Aspen.  If you really want to hit Summit County avoid Saturday for sure and Sunday if you can.

 

I've only hit Aspen once and stayed at the Pokolodi Lodge at Snowmass.  About as cheap as you'll find and 75 meters from the slopes.  Close to everything in Snowmass village and the rooms are standard hotel fair, but clean with continental breakfast and great pool/hot tub.  The town of Aspen would be great to, but I don't think you'll find anything as cheap (cheap is relative in Aspen) as Pokolodi in Snowmass Village.  Of course you may stumble across a good package deal.

post #12 of 19

Shredder and J giddy give great advice. If staying in Aspen the logistics can be a little daunting if you gonna ski Snowmass or the Highlands
(use of the bus system which is free).  I notice you're traveling with family...are they all real good skiers?  If you have a few intermediates in your crew go ski Snowmass.  Huge mountain with tons of great blues.  Expert terrain is as good as any other mountain.  Stay in Snowmass with less expensive lodging, even ski-in/ ski-out will be less than Aspen.  If you want to stay in Aspen, my family stays at Aspen Condos right smack in front of the Gondi.  City Market right across the street.  Great town to experience from reasonable to extravagant.  You will be back.  BTW, Snowmass  base at 56" with more than 1' forecast for the next few days.  All four mountains are skiing great right now.

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 

That's the kind of questions we have. And you all gave us the answers we're  looking for.

Yes, I'm coming with family. I'm intermediate, about level 5, my son, far better than me, level 7. My wife is a beginer one.

I think I get the point about the week/weekend and the places close to Denver. So, we are planning to go Breck region, get the equipment and ski Breck, Keystone or Copper for 2 days. Go to Snowmass/Aspen for 3+ days.

Since it will be our first time to CO, we are excited to drive around and go to as many place as we can. Ok, if you want all, you probably will get nothing. That said, this plan seem to us as a balanced one.

 

PS: I Think Aspen is a  place for expert? But since the lift allow the two mountais I'll give 2 day to Snowmass and one to Aspens, What you think?

 

Thanks to you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

post #14 of 19

Aspen and Highland's are more difficult mountains, later in your trip you could probably get down them, but they wouldn't be were you spend the majority of time.  I know that you will love Snowmass and you would probably really enjoy Buttermilk.  Buttermilk doesn't get much press, but it's one of the best beginner hills in the US.

 

I think you would be happiest in Aspen.  I understand you really want to visit Breck, but beware that the town is at 9600ft and a lot of people experience altitude sickness

post #15 of 19

If you are set on hitting Summit County, the better deals will be at Copper.  Discount tickets are available at most ski shops and supermarkets.  Only deals for Breck are online and they are really only good for 3 days or more.  If you want to consider A-Basin, shops have discount coupons.  Consider staying in Frisco - central to both Copper and Breck. 

post #16 of 19

I just spent a week staying at the Stonebridge Inn in Snowmass, my first trip to Aspen/Snowmass. I have spent may days in Summit County and Vail, and lately, Winter Park. I liked Snowmass  quite well, but it took a couple of days to find the runs most to my liking. The ambassador tours are supposed to be good, and are geared toward blue skiers and below, like you describe your family. Something I found to be quite worthwhile was the First Tracks program at Snowmass; I took advantage of it on a 6" freshies morning and the next morning, with decent left-over soft snow. You call the day before to reserve a spot and meet at the Village Express lift at 8:00, a half hour before they open the lift to the general public. They take along an appropriate number of ski school instructors to split the attendees into groups of 5-8, based loosely on skill level: there is no formal ski school style ski-off, but they send down groups interested in trees, steeps, or groomers. On that powder morning I went for the trees group and had an excellent introduction to places I had not otherwise discovered on my own in the previous couple of days. I agree that Highlands and Aspen may not be the most appropriate for your family, but from what I hear about Buttermilk, that might be nice.
 

post #17 of 19
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 Something I found to be quite worthwhile was the First Tracks program at Snowmass; I took advantage of it on a 6" freshies morning and the next morning, with decent left-over soft snow. You call the day before to reserve a spot and meet at the Village Express lift at 8:00, a half hour before they open the lift to the general public. They take along an appropriate number of ski school instructors to split the attendees into groups of 5-8, based loosely on skill level: there is no formal ski school style ski-off, but they send down groups interested in trees, steeps, or groomers. On that powder morning I went for the trees group and had an excellent introduction to places I had not otherwise discovered on my own in the previous couple of days.
 

 

 

Fresh Tracks is a great program and unlike most places, it's completely free!  I've never done it at Snowmass, did they take you to the top of the Burn?

post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hi,
Done !
We'll head up to Keystone and Breck, next 18 & 19, after that, we'll go to Snowmass from 21 to 24.

The weather  these last days has been pretty good, snowing almost every night. Also, the forecasts, looks very promising. So, we are very excited to get there.

That said, we want to say thanks you all for the tips.

 

And, we'll definitively try the Fresh Tracks!

Who knows we can meet some other Epic people out  there for some runs?   

 

PS: I suppose the stores are beginning the winter's sales. I need a new glove. Nothing expensive, just a warm one.

Advices on store & brand/model ?? THANKS!!!!


Cheers
Eduardo

post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hi 

Just returning from Colorado And must to say we loved !!!

Breck, Keystone and Snowmass/ Aspen are fantastic places to ski and everything else. 

We experience perfect days, good and lot of snow, sunny days, perfect!

Windy and cold, but not a big deal.

 

I wold like to say thanks to you all for the(as ever), great information!

Eduardo

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