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
Stay Thirsty My Friends - Falcon-O