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Snowmass on a budget

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I think I'm going to set a record for posts that include the words "on a budget"; every year when it comes time to ski I am always on a budget and uncertain if it will happen or not. This year I want to fly to Snowmass, and will be looking on Couchsurfing and Airbnb for a stay, and I'll be using public transportation.

 

Has anyone used this route from the airport APC, Aspen-Pitkin Airport to Snowmass? (They have it on the map as ABC which is probably a typo.)

http://www.rfta.com/snowmass.html

 

I am also curious about a route to Glenwood Springs because I want to be going to the hot springs there every night after skiing:

http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us/transpo/1a-1.htm

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I am also curious about a route to Glenwood Springs because I want to be going to the hot springs there every night after skiing:

http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us/transpo/1a-1.htm

 

From one cheap James to another;), Glenwood is pretty darn far to do that every night, about an hour each way and probably longer if you are using public bus.  You'd be better off just to climb a fence and jump into an outdoor hot tub at dozens of condo complexes around Snowmass.  Just make sure you have an apres-tub plan for drying off and getting clothes back on.

 

There is a hostel in Glenwood Springs (Hostel Colorado) and there is public bus service between GS and Aspen, not sure of hours when it runs.  But I guess staying in GS would sort of negate the advantage of flying into APC.

 

Here's an old thread from someone who did Aspen fairly cheaply.  Might have some ideas for you:  http://www.epicski.com/t/82279/aspen-ski-safari-5-resorts-4-days-300-person

post #3 of 11
The airport's identifier is ASE. The airport business center(ABC) is across the street and were you catch the down valley/Snowmass bus.
The buses to Glenwood are frequent, fast, cost $7 and run till 2am.
The hot springs are nice, but there's a plethora of hot tubs, including a free public one in Snowmass.
post #4 of 11

JamesX, I'm not sure if you're going solo or with a group.  I've done cheap Aspen trips with a group many times.  What I've concluded:

 

Transport: Flying to DEN is cheaper and has a lot more flight times than ASE.  Rental cars can usually be found for around $20/day.  With multiple people per car, that's dirt cheap and gives you more options as well as quicker travel times generally.

 

Lodging: I've had great luck with basic hotels in Glenwood.  They're cheap and some will sell you Discounted Aspen lift tickets. ($75/day last year as I recall)  Travel time back and forth from Glenwood is 45min-1hour each way which isn't ideal but not too bad for the price.  Free parking is pretty easy for everywhere but Ajax.  I'd love to find some sub 100/night lodging closer to aspen and also a deal on lift tickets but I'm not sure it exists. (I'd love someone to prove me wrong)  Hard to beat Glenwood's 105/day/person lift & lodging deal. 

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From one cheap James to another;), Glenwood is pretty darn far to do that every night, about an hour each way and probably longer if you are using public bus.  You'd be better off just to climb a fence and jump into an outdoor hot tub at dozens of condo complexes around Snowmass.  Just make sure you have an apres-tub plan for drying off and getting clothes back on.

 

There is a hostel in Glenwood Springs (Hostel Colorado) and there is public bus service between GS and Aspen, not sure of hours when it runs.  But I guess staying in GS would sort of negate the advantage of flying into APC.

 

Here's an old thread from someone who did Aspen fairly cheaply.  Might have some ideas for you:  http://www.epicski.com/t/82279/aspen-ski-safari-5-resorts-4-days-300-person

The Glenwood Springs Hostel is a good idea price-wise, but an hour on the bus each way might be too much time taken away. I am going to have to do some calculation if it's worth to stay in Glenwood Springs or pay the extra to stay around Snowmass area. I was hoping for a night skiing too, but looks like none of the four resorts have it.

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JamesX, I'm not sure if you're going solo or with a group.  I've done cheap Aspen trips with a group many times.  What I've concluded:

 

Transport: Flying to DEN is cheaper and has a lot more flight times than ASE.  Rental cars can usually be found for around $20/day.  With multiple people per car, that's dirt cheap and gives you more options as well as quicker travel times generally.

 

Lodging: I've had great luck with basic hotels in Glenwood.  They're cheap and some will sell you Discounted Aspen lift tickets. ($75/day last year as I recall)  Travel time back and forth from Glenwood is 45min-1hour each way which isn't ideal but not too bad for the price.  Free parking is pretty easy for everywhere but Ajax.  I'd love to find some sub 100/night lodging closer to aspen and also a deal on lift tickets but I'm not sure it exists. (I'd love someone to prove me wrong)  Hard to beat Glenwood's 105/day/person lift & lodging deal. 

I am solo. No driving for me. I'm from Florida... would be afraid to try driving on icy conditions. I've flown to Denver couple of times and took shuttle to Winter Park, and to Frisco the second time. Then last year I paid extra $200 to fly and stay in Eagle, and those $200 I would've lost in paying for a ski shuttle anyway. So, flying to the smaller airports isn't that more expensive when you factor-in that you don't have to pay for ski shuttle to Denver.

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The airport's identifier is ASE. The airport business center(ABC) is across the street and were you catch the down valley/Snowmass bus.
The buses to Glenwood are frequent, fast, cost $7 and run till 2am.
The hot springs are nice, but there's a plethora of hot tubs, including a free public one in Snowmass.

That free public one -- Penny Hot Springs -- would be nice but it looks like it is on the other side of the mountain.

post #8 of 11

Buy a Mountain Collective Pass before you go if you plan to ski more than 4 days.  

post #9 of 11
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That free public one -- Penny Hot Springs -- would be nice but it looks like it is on the other side of the mountain.

 

Penny Hot Springs is nowhere near Snowmass. It is on the other side of Sopris by Redstone. It is completely natural and very low volume, meaning that it is good to soak in knee deep at best water in the shoulder season, but is not really going to be doable in the Winter.

post #10 of 11

As others have said, staying in the Aspen area and going downvalley to Glenwood and back is 2 hours of driving time, more by bus.

 

If you really want to go to the Hot Springs, Consider staying in Basalt or Carbondale. That will put you in the middle of the valley with each being about 30 minutes away. I've stayed at the Days Inn in Carbondale a few times to ski Aspen and Sunlight, it is inexpensive, has a pool/sauna, and the rooms are basic and clean, but obviously its not the Jerome.

 

But really, its a long way away using public transportation.

post #11 of 11

I have stayed in the Hostel in Glenwood Springs and highly recommend it. Two big advantages: one, they sell Aspen tickets at a $20 discount (no one else does that as far as I know), two, it only costs $16 per night (at least 4 years ago that was their rate). Also, we met some really interesting people and we slept better than any other ski trip as there is absolutely nothing to do but sleep once in your room. The hot springs are a little disappointing (really just a smelly pool fed by hot springs) but the town is kind of cool. The drive by car is only 40 minutes and no mountain passes. Sunlight ski area is also a lot of fun and right in Glenwood Springs. It is definitely worth a day. See my earlier post for more details.

 

 

 

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/82279/aspen-ski-safari-5-resorts-4-days-300-person

 

Glenwood Springs Hostel

http://www.hostelcolorado.com/hosteldetails.php

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