Likely to driving in from Carbondale or so - best park n ride tips? Lot at Buttermilk?
Some of the, best, yes. I think Highlands Bowl and Temerity are the best, but Snowmass comes in #2.
I'm always amazed that the goods at Snowmass get so little attention on here.
Makes as much sense as anything else I've heard.
The converse- I've got a brother that has lived in Snowmass Village since 2003. A far better skier than myself- I can make it down just about anything inbounds, but he makes it look easy.
For years and years, he spent 90% of his time at Snowmass. He didn't hike Highlands until I came to visit for specifically that purpose- at that point he had been there for 6 seasons. When I asked how he could ski 100 days a year and not find a day for highlands, he told me he just couldn't year himself away from hitting stashes up in hanging valley.
I think people would talk a lot more about Snowmass' terrain if it wasn't right next to 2 other amazing mountains.
Then again, I realize Aspen gets very little discussion here because so few people ski it regularly...
Bob, the Highlands Bowl is incredible, but the climb is a killer if you're not used to the altitude or running routine marathons. I made a run out of it, a couple years ago but would be hard pressed to do it today. Lift served steep terrain can be found at Snowmass. Cirque poma lift. Lots of possibilities, and if you choose to just ski fast groomers, head to the Big Burn or front-side of the mountain. Any more, what I can do, vs what I enjoy is getting a bit less life-threatening.
I don't think you quite need to be at the marathon level, but if you want to drop in at the top or the North side (and the Y zones suck when there is not fresh snow), you will be climbing the equivalent of the empire state building, at 11,000 feet, in ski boots. If you aren't in great shape, plan to end your day after you hike up, ski down, and then ski back down to the bottom of Highlands. If you still have legs, consider it a bonus.
Yeah of course - was just trying to shortcut the what kind of terrain do you prefer question. I'm not mad keen to get on injected race courses but they don't tend to be on offer for the holiday punter and if the entire mountain is breakable crust I can make the judgement of sticking to groomer. So I'm not extremo but equally I don't find myself always looking for the easy way down somewhere like Vail. Now I didn't say I skied it in the ultimate in style etc etc, wasn't a boast just a marker of what I'd be interested in, conditions permitting.
Update. So picked my days carefully and got in a powish Thursday at Snowmass and a powish Monday at Highlands. First chair at Highlands with a Tahoe refugee and no competition blew me away.
Got to say it's a good product. Often think resorts get over hyped but the terrain and lack of crowds seemed to live up to the promise. Rode the Cirque a few times in Snowmass and a couple of laps into Possible on Hanging Valley. Rode the cat and got a few laps in Highlands Bowl (admittedly without the all the way hike).
Bus service a dream - Vail should really take note with their crappy service for anyone not prepared to splurge $$ on close in parking (but I guess it's their way of saying they don't really want me)
Found the town interesting in that for all the furs, facelifts and frou frou little dogs there is still an aging skibum at its heart. Passes my test as one of the few authentic ski towns in N America.
Yeah, the rich folks don't really set the tone of the town because so few of them actually live there outside of christmas week. Lots of cool people in Aspen. If you liked the terrain and ski town feel of Aspen, its time to plan your trips to CB and Telluride.
Yep, one of the best ski towns in America, hands down. Love that town...