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Aspen: February 22 - March 1

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Forty degrees, soft snow and ample sunshine made for an outstanding week despite the Snow God's week long constipation !!!!! Aspen offers 4 mountains each with a distinct personality starting with Buttermilk - home of the X-Games - for the mellow then adding diamonds, double diamonds with both open and tight glades, bowls and bumps galore on Ajax, Snowmass and Aspen Highlands. Dining, shopping, happy hours  - the choices both on and off the hills are endless. Steakhouse No.316 - Outstanding BUT EXPENSIVE and Jimmy's still very good but a step down in price. Finnbarr, Zane's and the Red Onion offer both reasonable beers and chow and are local hangouts. I lead a group of 35 mostly from Rochester, NY and we stayed at the Gant => highly recommended => which features 2 and 3 bedroom suites with a free go anywhere shuttle and multiple pools and hot tubs. Both Aspen and Snowmass offer first tracks which you must sign up for 24 hrs in advance (free) to get a one hour head start before the slopes open to the general public. Spots are limited and are on first come first serve basis thus disappear in seconds if powder is predicted. I was married in the Aspen Chapel and celebrated my 22 anniversary on this trip thus have an extreme Aspen bias. Never the less, great for beginners, intermediates, experts and extreme - both family and single friendly.

 

Enjoy the pics - Falcon-O - aka Charlie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bam!!

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Nice shots!   I see you caught it on the typical busy day.

 

Congratulations on your 22nd!   We're celebrating our 25th there next week.

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Damn that first slope is shaped weird. Cool pics!

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Damn that first slope is shaped FUN. Cool pics!

FIFY:D

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Dang!  Just got back Sunday from Aspen!  Would like to have met up with you guys!  Had a great time with almost spring conditions.    Bottom of Snowmass/Aspen got a little sloppy late in the afternoons but could not ask for better temps, little wind and un-crowded slopes.  Plenty of base on both mountains; wife and I enjoyed a romantic get-away with just the 2 of us.  Stayed across from you at Aspen Square...first rate accommodations being close to everything.  Glad to hear your group had a great time!  Hope to be back next month after spring breaks.....

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So how is Buttermilk? Been to all 3 a few times but not the 4th.
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So how is Buttermilk? Been to all 3 a few times but not the 4th.

 

Buttermilk is an intermediate's dream - wide, immaculately groomed  cruisers with moderate slopes. There are steeper slopes, moguls and trees to be had but a great place for a laid back day. Locals flock here after a big dump as the virgin stashes can be found all day due to much smaller crowds then at Ajax, Snowmass and Aspen Highlands on a powder day.

 

If you want to apply for a pilots license, X-Games features are in play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So how is Buttermilk? Been to all 3 a few times but not the 4th.

 

It's been a while for me, but Buttermilk is great for beginners, intermediates and those who like to cruise.  It would be a good place if you had younger kids or someone just getting into skiing or a spouse (like mine) who likes mellower terrain.  Its just not big enough and doesn't have the terrain to hold interest for more than a day though - mostly blue and green cruisers.

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It's groomer heaven.  Lot's of little kids, beginners and pretty large contingent of old timers like Klaus.  

One of the groomers used to be the best gelande jumper in the US.  But as you would suspect, he's old and screwed up now.

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Question about the lift tickets: I've often read that the tickets are good for all 4 areas, but can one ticket be used at two different mountains on the same day? So, I ski Aspen in the morning and meet someone at Snowmass in the afternoon?
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Yes. Good at all four, all day.
Late season last year, they would also run Bell chair on Ajax, till 5pm on nice days.
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                                           Stay Thirsty My Friends - Falcon-O

 

just wondering what run this is.

Going in a few weeks and can't wait!

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The run is the Cirque Bowl @ Snowmass off of
the poma lift. VERY NICE but some steeps/bumps on the ski out. Hope you find great snow & wish I was there now.
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The run is the Cirque Bowl @ Snowmass off of
the poma lift. VERY NICE but some steeps/bumps on the ski out. Hope you find great snow & wish I was there now.

doh,   A little above my level...or at least my daughters level.  My wife would shoot me if she found out I took our daughter on a double diamond.  

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