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First time going to Aspen

post #1 of 22
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I will be going to Aspen at the end of the week for 6 days.  Do you guys have any suggestions for things that I should do while there?

post #2 of 22
Skiing's really good, you'll have a blast.

Hike the Bowl, do the free first tracks on Aspen, dine off the bar menu, tip your servers well, see some live acts at the Belly Up, get a cookie at Paradise, do your Christmas shopping after dinner, but most of all just enjoy yourself!
post #3 of 22

What level skier are you?   

 

If up for the challenge, consider hitting Highlands on opening day 12/14.   It's a whole mountain of freshies... for an hour of so.  Even if you don't want to be on the front lines of the pow fight, it might be a cool experience to see and feel the opening day vibe.  Or, hit AJAX that day... it will be empty!

 

Watch the snow forecast for a storm mid-next week:

http://opensnow.com/dailysnow/colorado

 

There is still a ton of terrain at Snowmass that will be progressively opening after the next storm.  The fun this time of year is hitting a run after the rope drops for the first time of the year.   It's full on pow for a run if you time it right, and fun soft snow for the rest of the day.

 

Have fun... you'll have fantastic skiing on empty slopes!

post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Skiing's really good, you'll have a blast.

Hike the Bowl, do the free first tracks on Aspen, dine off the bar menu, tip your servers well, see some live acts at the Belly Up, get a cookie at Paradise, do your Christmas shopping after dinner, but most of all just enjoy yourself!

^^^What SHRED says.   Hickory House BBQ (ribs and 1/2 chicken)  after a full day on the mountain.  Breakfast there ain't bad either.  You owe it to yourself to ski Highlands at least one day.  Pick a blue bird day; skiing and vista can't be beat.  Belly Up for sure!   You gonna love it!

 

BTW, welcome to Epic Ski!

post #5 of 22
I skied three days at Snowmass last week. It is skiing fantastic! Incredible coverage, soft snow. It's more like February than early December..

Mike
post #6 of 22

What they said.  If it's me, I'm doing 3 days at Highlands, 2 days at Ajax and 1 at Snowmass, but maybe that's because I'm not local and don't know my way around Ajax or Snowmass very well.

Also, pineapple cheeseburgers at Gwens.

 

BK 

post #7 of 22

I love Highlands, but log more time on Ajax.  Partly due to being ski in/out, but it also skis better early season.  Aspen has really good lines and it's a very social mountain.  I never ski alone very long there, were as at Highlands, I just don't see that many people at all.

 

Snowmass was the first resort I ever skied out west and it will always have a place in my hart.  But I rarely go out there unless the wife want's too.   She likes Tiehack almost as much, it's closer, and the parking is unbeatable.  There's never anyone at Buttermilk.

 

I'm flying out this afternoon for the first trip this season and I'm PHYSICKED!

post #8 of 22

Eat at the top of Aspen (Ajax). One of the best views of any mountain. Food's good and not that expensive. Sometimes they even have massage.(not free)

 

Hike to Highlands Bowl if capable skier, hiker. If not, go to Highlands Ski Patrol house top of Temerity lift anyway.  Buy hiking strap. Buy more than one as gifts - they are cheap and very cool if you learn how to use it. (They'll show you) People will wonder what it is, will like it for the colors and the words, then one day they see how useful it is. Seriously, it's a quality item for very little money.

 

If intermediates or beginners in group definitely go to Buttermilk. Plus, that's where the X games are and maybe they're building the half pipe now.

post #9 of 22

Good stuff above - I'll add that you should get a beer at the J-Bar in the hotel jerome.  While the hotel is pretty gentrified, it's still the only 120 year old hotel in town, and where the 10th mountain guys used to hang out when they came over from camp hale and then basically created the american ski industry.

 

If you are skiing snowmass, up 4 pizza at the top of the burn lift (lift 4...) is a good lunch spot too, especially if the cirque opens.  If there's fresh and you don't want to hit the steeps, turn right off the burn chair and follow the power line into the trees all the way down, good intermediate glade.

 

If it's your first time, all 4 mountains have something to offer, even Butterhack.  Aspen mtn (ajax) is my favorite, even though (maybe because) it's compact and right in town.  Gondola to the top, cruise down under the ajax quad to warm up, up chair 6/FIS, mine dumps down, spar gulch to bell mountain chair, your pick of back of bell, big swoopy turns down copper, gondi up to rest, then maybe down the other side to the flying couch lift (Gents ridge).  You can end it all by watching the .001%ers apres at the Nell; there's a new bar there too but I don't know what it's like.

 

No matter what, enjoy!  I'm jealous, always have a soft spot in my heart for Aspen.

post #10 of 22
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If up for the challenge, consider hitting Highlands on opening day 12/14. 

That's might be an interesting scene, but don't even think about hiking Highlands Bowl the first day arriving from sea level.  You could get sick and impair the next few days.  I like Highlands a lot and would spend 2 days of your trip there, but the Highlands Bowl hike should be saved until you have slept several nights at 8,000 feet.

post #11 of 22
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That's might be an interesting scene, but don't even think about hiking Highlands Bowl the first day arriving from sea level.  You could get sick and impair the next few days.  I like Highlands a lot and would spend 2 days of your trip there, but the Highlands Bowl hike should be saved until you have slept several nights at 8,000 feet.


I'm not so sure of that. I think NFL teams fly into Denver as close to game time as possible so they can get the game over before altitude starts to take effect.  I usually feel OK the first day anywhere I go, and I've hiked the bowl my first day in Aspen.  Aspen is comfortable for me, but I usually feel worse and worse every day when I have to sleep above 8000 feet or so.  I never stay anywhere long enough that I feel like I acclimatise to altitude. YMMV.

post #12 of 22

Highland Bowl looks like a war zone this morning... some serious shock and awe blasting up there:

 

http://aspen.roundshot.ch/highlands

 

I think I'd be doing laps on Deep Termnerity looking for pow in the trees at least until it's tracked up anyway.  

post #13 of 22

Check the Aspen Snowmass Facebook page.  There's been some serious snow out there this season.  

 

Don't bother with Snowmass - no good terrain there.  Seriously, just let me suffer in all that deep untracked powder.  The crowds and liftlines are unbelievable.   I jump off my skibike and run through the maze to snag a chair.    I have to put up with 2-3 people on the same long expansive run I'm riding.

post #14 of 22
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Check the Aspen Snowmass Facebook page.  There's been some serious snow out there this season.  

 

Don't bother with Snowmass - no good terrain there.  Seriously, just let me suffer in all that deep untracked powder.  The crowds and liftlines are unbelievable.   I jump off my skibike and run through the maze to snag a chair.    I have to put up with 2-3 people on the same long expansive run I'm riding.


You're on a ski bike? Have you uh..."biked" with Don Denver? Just curious.

Agree with Snowmass - just awful. Nothing to see there...just move along. In fact, same with Aspen and the Highlands. Only place to go is Buttermilk.

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You're on a ski bike? Have you uh..."biked" with Don Denver? Just curious.

Agree with Snowmass - just awful. Nothing to see there...just move along. In fact, same with Aspen and the Highlands. Only place to go is Buttermilk.

 

I didn't know Don Denver took up biking too!   I afraid I've now completely defected from snowboarding.   Starting last season I was officially hired as a skibike instructor at Winter Park.   I only rode a snowboard twice last season.   The lessons give the customer and the instructor a better on hill experience which generate better tips.   Guests are sliding in control by the end of the lesson without alot of falling while learning.   They are much easier to teach physically than snowboarding.

 

All the skibike instructors this season own their personal Lenz Sport skibike.  

 

I'll be instructing skibikes Christmas Day, the day after, and every Saturday and Sunday starting December 28th.

 

Agree.  Buttermilk is the only mountain worth skibiking, snowboarding, or skiing near Aspen.


Edited by daysailer1 - 12/12/13 at 11:41am
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I didn't know Don Denver took up biking too!   I afraid I've now completely defected from snowboarding.   Starting last season I was officially hired as a skibike instructor at Winter Park.   I only rode a snowboard twice last season.   The lessons give the customer and the buyer a better on hill experience which generate better tips.   Guests are sliding in control by the end of the lesson without alot of falling while learning.   They are much easier to teach physically than snowboarding.

 

All the skibike instructors this season own their personal Lenz Sport skibike.  

 

I'll be instructing skibikes Christmas Day, the day after, and every Saturday and Sunday starting December 28th.

 

Agree.  Buttermilk is the only mountain worth skibiking, snowboarding, or skiing near Aspen.

heheh...

Let's just say you'd have to do a conversion on him. Maybe he'd accept skibiking at Buttermilk though since it's the best place to go skibiking.

post #17 of 22
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heheh...

Let's just say you'd have to do a conversion on him. Maybe he'd accept skibiking at Buttermilk though since it's the best place to go skibiking.

 

Skibiking at Buttermilk and a few other places.

 

post #18 of 22
Sneaky's Glades at Snowmass are a blast. Not too technical but tight enough to be fun (insert joke here smile.gif
post #19 of 22
Skiing is fabulous! Soft everywhere and very few bumps or people.
post #20 of 22
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I think NFL teams fly into Denver as close to game time as possible so they can get the game over before altitude starts to take effect. 

That may work at 5,000 feet, but it's dangerous advice for 12,000.   For the majority of people 12,000 is the number where sea level based people need multiple days of sleep acclimatization at a resort level of 8,000 or so to be doing sustained climbing, which is a lot different than just getting off a lift and skiing back down the hill.  I had no issues at all with Highlands Bowl, but I had spent a week at the Epic Gathering in Summit County before I arrived in Aspen.

post #21 of 22

Drink water! Don't be slammin' beers or drinks on the plane, airport, night before etc.

 

I've gotten sick twice. 1st time dehydration with stomach bug, second god knows what. Last time missed the hike at Highlands.

Can't say it was solely altitude, but hydration important.

1st time sick was on my 6th day. Staying at Snowmass. Drank little water all day due to light skiing with bright sun, warmish temps.(mid 20's)  All other days had used camelback and re-filled at lunch.

Went to Aspen Hospital. Cost price of trip for few hours.

post #22 of 22
Highland's opens today with over 90%, Aspen opens 1A for 98% and Snowmass is even opening Longshot and the new Burnt Mt. Glades.
Skiings really good and it's snowing right now!
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