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Aspen Snowmass recommendations january 2014 [traveling from UK]

post #1 of 11
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Hi, we are planning 9 days in Colorado and have decided on Aspen, we ski mainly on piste (trails) and it seems like a reasonable area.

 

We arrive midweek in the first full week of January, fly into Denver and then will either hire car or take the CME bus.

 

Accommodation is the challenge, we want something comfortable mid range even a guest house, also which is the better area to stay in for eating out and a quiet beersmile.gif

post #2 of 11

Probably would help to know how many people are in your group.  Are you thinking of mainly skiing at Aspen, or is there a good possibility of exploring elsewhere for a day or two?

post #3 of 11
Hi, we spend a week in a condo named The Gant. Nice and spatious, swimmingpool and hot tube. Fuiven minute walk to town and transport to the gondola. From Aspen to Snowmass is about 25 minutes by bus. Very easy! Enjoy Aspen!
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My wife and I spent two nights at Mountain Chalet Aspen about 5 years ago. The room we had was not fancy, but clean and could have slept three or four. They have parking underneath hotel and a great location across street from $1,000/night St. Regis with a short walk to the following: Aspen gondola, free buses to other Aspen ski area, downtown Aspen. Even shorter walk to lift 1A. It has been a real skiers hotel since 1954 with pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and includes big cooked to order breakfast. Before the two powder days when I was there, everyone seemed to get to breakfast early. We went at the end of March/beginning of April and they had great rates that included allowing us to buy two-day all-Aspen ski area for less than price of a single day today. January rates are nearly double late March/early April and may require a week stay from Saturday to Saturday.


Edited by tseeb - 8/31/13 at 11:30am
post #5 of 11

I prefer to stay in town rather than at Snowmass.  Closer to the gondola is best, but that's spendy.

The Hotel Aspen is on Main St is OK.  IT's on the busline to Highlands and Snowmass, but it's a long walk tot he gondola.

The Limelight is a better location, but it might be too pricey for me since it was rebuilt.

The St Moritz is small and cheaper, but it requires a lot of walking in your boots. 

You are better off without a car in Aspen.  You can walk anywhere in town, and there's a free bus to Snowmass and Highlands.  The bus costs a couple of dollars in the evening, but bartenders will give you a free pass.

 

BK 

post #6 of 11

We usually stay in snowmass as my party is to big on skiing aspen mtn.  While snowmass does have a few dining places for dinner, your best bet for dinner is in Aspen.  However pricing for accommodations will be cheaper in snowmass with many ski in/ ski out.

 

You can also check out www.tripadvisor.com  for more options.

 

I am looking forward in going back in March providing airfare gets better.  I am not paying 800+ to fly in/out of aspen.

 

There transportation system is one of the best I have seen.  On par with Park City.

 

Good luck 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Probably would help to know how many people are in your group.  Are you thinking of mainly skiing at Aspen, or is there a good possibility of exploring elsewhere for a day or two?

hi, there will be two of us

post #8 of 11

One of my friends sent this to me.  I'm looking for a week.  I prefer to stay in town, but this is a good deal.

 

http://view.guest-touch.com/?j=fe6210757164017c7011&m=fef413727c6702&ls=fde21d757c6706787c17777c&l=fe611770726407757c14&s=fe281d787d63047c741475&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe2e167976630478711671

 

Mike

post #9 of 11
I've had nice stays at the Annabelle Inn, and I would call it mid range. It's in Aspen so you can walk to dinner, and it's near a bus stop that will take you to skiing. I hear the cheaper, street side rooms are very noisy, so you might want to avoid those.
post #10 of 11
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Hi, have booked our accommodation chose the Molly Gibson and decided to let CME take the strain rather than renting a car, does anyone have any dinning recommendations?, we aren't looking for fine dinning just good food the Hickory House has been recommended

With the skiing any recommendations, we ski mainly trails, and are reasonable intermediates.

Happy New Year
post #11 of 11

favorites trail at snowmass for me is bull run right off the Elk camp lift.  it is so wide with many different lines to take.  It is a blue.

 

Off Big Burn lift: Sheer Bliss and Micks gulley are blue 

 

for an easier black try campground or slot.  These are nice long runs off the Village Express lift.

 

I did big burn once but the hike up wasn't for me.  I wasn't prepared for the altitude change from back east.  It was ungroomed from what I recall but that was several years ago.  I would like to try it again if I can find someone in my group to do the hike.

 

have fun!

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