There has been several post recently about Aspen trips that have or are going to happen. All have provided great insight, but generally appear to be more geared towards advanced skiers/terrain. As @ADKS, pointed out on several threads I too am lucky enough to tag along on my wife's business trip to Aspen at the end of February. So to start my wife and I are solid intermediate skiers. We will ski blacks, but nothing not too crazy, moderate trees, long fun groomed runs, etc. Though my wife has been skiing for many years on/off and has been to Aspen before. I have only been skiing for about 4 and never been to Aspen. Most of our skiing is in the Midwest w/ annual trips to CO. We plan on showing up a few days before the business aspect kicks in to ski, relax, hang out, etc on our own. I know on one of the pre-business days my wife wants to get spadified, which will mean solo skiing for me at least one day. We will be staying in Aspen proper, not sure what hotel yet though.
1) We have never had any issues w/ altitude and will have one day to chill out before our first ski day. I will ski 5 days and my wife will ski 4 days. So from reading some post it appears that Buttermilk seams to be the relaxing, take it somewhat easy skiing of the four mountains, which seams like a good place to start for our first day of skiing. If this incorrect any other suggestion as to where would be a good place to warm up the skis would be great.
2) The day I get to go solo was planning on taking group lesson either at Snowmass or Buttermilk where they are offered or do the adult performance coaching (which I'm leaning towards) at Aspen or Highlands. I have never really skied true powder and am learning to ski bumps. I was thinking this would be a good opportunity to take advantage of doing while in CO with some instruction attached and also since I will be all by my lonesome. Any suggestions as to group vs performance coaching class and location would be great.
Once business aspect of the trip kicks in we will be skiing w/ the group. I'm sure there will be people who don't ski or won't ski even if they know how to experts that will hike where ever as part of this group. Sure once the pleasantries are done w/ will be able to entertain ourselves skiing a varied amount of terrain, but no plans have been conveyed to that aspect. We figure we will just roll w/ it at this point. I have already started to jot down runs form other post, which has been helpful to visualize as well.
We already have reservations at Element47 and Chef's Club the days we are on our own and the crowd shows up. If there are any other suggestions of must go places in town to chill, have a beer, etc. would be great.
Both of us are getting excited and the bonus part of the trip, no kiddos.
Thanks in advance too all..