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Hello all.  We are headed to Snowmass mid-March.  We've skied Park City, Steamboat, and Beaver Creek the last few years and wanted to hit the Aspen resorts.  

 

Anyway, I thought it would be real easy to find loads of information on trail recommendations, food, etc.  Not so much!  So....

 

Family of 4.  My 13 yr old and I are both probably level 7/8, me on the way down and him on the way up.  Younger son is a solid 5, probably 6 by end of trip.  Wife is 6, but won't sniff anything not groomed.  Snowmass seemed like the place to set up shop, as we can all do what we want.  Kids likely in ski school first few days- older son thinks we cramp his style and ability to ski what he wants, younger son needs technical advice that dad can't give, and wifey strangely enjoys spending alone time with me on the slopes.  

 

We are staying on the mountain, can ski down to the gondola base.  I've seen sporadic suggestions on what to ski.  Looking for wide cruisers, some light glades mixed in, maybe the ability to ski parallel runs where I can be a bit more challenged and she can relax while we meet at an intersection of trails, etc.  

 

Also, and as importantly, suggestions on restaurants.  Kids behave like normal 10 and 13's- will sit and talk like gentlemen until the meal drags past the 1:30 mark...then get antsy.  Good food, reasonable time.  Definitely want to be in Aspen at least two of the nights, would eat in Snowmass or anywhere else the others.....

 

Thanks!  

post #2 of 10

Sometimes a directed Google search is a lot more effective for finding relevant threads.  Try something like "snowmass food: epicski" and see what pops out.

 

Have you looked at the EpicSki resort page for Snowmass?  Look under Resorts.

post #3 of 10

Based upon your family, I can't imagine you not having a great time at Snowmass.  It really is a huge mountain and should provide plenty of great skiing for the whole bunch.  As for wide cruisers (with light glades mixed in), you pretty much have described both the Elk Camp and Big Burn areas of Snowmass.  The Elk Camp restaurant (at the bottom of Elk Camp and top of the Elk Camp gondola from the base) is a wonderful on-mountain restaurant for your days on the slopes.  As for parallel runs, your best bet is probably the Sam's Knob area where you can tackle The Slot while your wife enjoys Moonshine.  And if you are up for taking off the skis and working up a short sweat, it's probably worth it for both of you to make the small hike from the top of Elk Camp to experience Long Shot.

 

You should have a great time and I hope you check back and tell us what you thought.

post #4 of 10

Another place to find relevant threads is at the bottom of the EpicSki Resort page.  Can click on the "tag" (hot link under "Snowmass") that was added in the right hand column under Topics Discussed.

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Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post
 

Based upon your family, I can't imagine you not having a great time at Snowmass.  It really is a huge mountain and should provide plenty of great skiing for the whole bunch.  As for wide cruisers (with light glades mixed in), you pretty much have described both the Elk Camp and Big Burn areas of Snowmass.  The Elk Camp restaurant (at the bottom of Elk Camp and top of the Elk Camp gondola from the base) is a wonderful on-mountain restaurant for your days on the slopes.  As for parallel runs, your best bet is probably the Sam's Knob area where you can tackle The Slot while your wife enjoys Moonshine.  And if you are up for taking off the skis and working up a short sweat, it's probably worth it for both of you to make the small hike from the top of Elk Camp to experience Long Shot.

 

You should have a great time and I hope you check back and tell us what you thought.

 

 

I agree with most of this, except maybe taking your wife down Long Shot.   They only groom it occasionally and it's a very long run without any escape route.  Maybe check it out yourself first.

 

Take the family up the gondi on the first day and then as you work your way west the runs get a little bit harder.

 

The Stewpot is a very family friendly restaurant in Snowmass.  In Aspen, Little Anne's, Finnbar, Hickory House and Boogies.

 

You'll have a great time!

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks all!  In response to checking the forums first, I strangely could not find much relevant information on Snowmass (though it's quite possible I haven't mastered the search technique yet on here!).  These suggestions give me a good idea on where to start.  Kids will be in school first few days, and while I've found I can take them on a run not particularly suited to their skill set and get away with an "oops...didn't realize it would be that challenging", that doesn't work as well with the wife!  

 

I'll report back here.  My one complaint with going out west is that I get insanely jealous of everyone living there year-round.  

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Originally Posted by golden23 View Post
 

Thanks all!  In response to checking the forums first, I strangely could not find much relevant information on Snowmass (though it's quite possible I haven't mastered the search technique yet on here!).  These suggestions give me a good idea on where to start.  Kids will be in school first few days, and while I've found I can take them on a run not particularly suited to their skill set and get away with an "oops...didn't realize it would be that challenging", that doesn't work as well with the wife!  

 

I'll report back here.  My one complaint with going out west is that I get insanely jealous of everyone living there year-round.  

 

 

Don't worry I feel the same way when i travel to Atlanta....err wait...not so much;)

 

 

Oh and Aspen/Snowmass rocksThumbs Up

post #8 of 10

golden -- I've been to Snowmass twice with my kids during Spring Breaks.   We'll be back there again the last week in March.  It's a great place to ski -- there's a lot of variety and, for the most part, the spring snow doesn't turn into a giant slurpie.

 

For slopes, I agree with Lofcaudio's recommendations as amended by Shredhead.  The blues off the Elk Camp lift are fun and short, so there's time to rest after each run.  I agree with Shredhead on Long Shot -- when I skied it in Spring 2011, it was a bit harder than I expected for a blue.  That might have been the conditions that day:  3-4" of unpacked powder on top of firm hardpack.  For relatively easy glades, the Powerline Glades off the Big Burn lift are fun.  Also, if I remember, most of the runs off that lift will allow you to cut in and out of tree areas.

 

Caveat: when talking about slope difficulty, it's all relative.  We last skied there over three years ago (my daughter as only 10 at the time).  We skied a lot of blacks, but some of the blues were also challenging for us at the time (not over-the-top challenging, but challenging enough to be fun).  If your wife is more of a "blue, but green is nice too" skier, you might want try the above-mentioned slopes on your own (or with your kids) first, before inviting her up with you.  In the green/easier-blue range -- again, if I recall correctly -- she might be happy:

         (a) taking the Village Express lift but getting off at the Midway unloading station, or

         (b) taking the Elk Camp Gondola and skiing the many blues and greens in that area.

 

Food:  My memory is hazy on the names of the places we ate at.  We have yet to go into Aspen; both times we were there we stayed in Snowmass.  Here's what I remember:

    --  the pizza place up in the Snowmass Village Mall (SVM) has awesome pizza.  Not many seats, but great for take-out.

    --  a Tex-Mex place in SVM; we ate there once (loud, heavy drinking by the "adults") and did take-out once.  Good food.

    --  a place in SVM called, I think, something like Big Hoss.  Great for both breakfast and dinner.

    --  in the base village, there's a very nice restaurant -- modern décor, relatively quiet -- with excellent food for both kids and adults.  It's not Sneaky's Tavern, which we could never get into (was always packed) and which has now closed.  But this other place was nice: excellent food as I said -- although pricier than pizza or Tex-Mex.

 

Hope this helps.  All of the above subject is to revisions by those who've been there more recently and/or have better memories...


Edited by Jimski - 2/20/14 at 3:22pm
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Wow jimski. Unbelievably helpful and informative. Thank you!!
post #10 of 10
Great suggestions so far. I would set out with a plan of starting with the Gondola for a few runs, then if you are having fun, head up to the top of Elk camp. If that goes well, think about heading over to the Burn. One caveat, there is a big elevation difference between the top and the bottom. When we were there a few weeks ago it was sliushy on the bottom, hard and almost icy at mid mountain and sweet squeaky stuff at the top. We avoided the mid mountain as much as possible. If the snow is best on top, you may be best heading right up there.
Restaurants: Il Poggio is great (make reservations well in advance) have been there a few times and the service was fast enough that my kid didn't get antsy. Slice is good, and they deliver, so if you are all worn out you don't have to make it to a restaurant.
Have fun!
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