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So I am meeting some friends at Snowmass for a long weekend (Sat-Mon) this weekend.  I have never been to the area (in the winter anyway) and am very excited to knock off another couple of resorts from the bucket list.  I checked the forecast and it looks pretty spring-like as follows:

 

Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 52.

Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22

Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 50

 

There have been a ton of Aspen related questions and advice given this year on the forum but my question is solely focused on the best skiing given the springtime conditions.  Any input?  I will be skiing on my own for one day and with two terminal intermediates from D.C. for most of the other two days.  I am sure we will primarily ski Snowmass the two days I am with them and I will head to Aspen Mountain or Highlands (or both) on the third day.  Thanks.

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Skiing is fabulous at both and you could easily ski both in a day. Aspen Mt is open till 6pm this Saturday.

Get the early bus to Highands. Hit the groomers off the top all the way down Thunder Bowl. Then catch the first cat to the Bowl and drop one of the sunny lines like Whips. Then back up the top of the Bowl.

@1 catch the bus to Aspen to finish yourself off on the Face of Bell, Jackpot or Bingo.
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Aspen Mt is open till 6pm this Saturday.

That's cool.  Do they do this every Saturday?  (I'll be there in early April)

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Aspen Highlands is very much worth a full day, IMO.  In addition to hiking the bowl, the lift served terrain off the Deep Temerity lift is top notch.  Lots of steep trees and open runs that are an absolute blast in spring conditions.  Here's what the skiing looked like there March 8th with a foot of new:

 

 

I've been there on a slushy spring day and had a lot of fun on that same terrain.  The trees and various exposures give you lots of options for finding good surface conditions, as long as it gets warm enough to soften.

 

That's awesome Ajax stays open until 6pm on Saturday.  I'd combine that with Snowmass for a day with your friends.  Then they can say they skied "Aspen" too.  They will want to see the town for sure, as well.

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You don't even have to get to Deep Temerity to have great skiing at Highlands.  The P Chutes off of Thunder Bowl are pretty nice as well, and you also have Oly Bowl not to mention fun lapping the groomer on Thunder Bowl itself...

 

Mike

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That's cool.  Do they do this every Saturday?  (I'll be there in early April)


  No, but they do run Bell chair most weekends and if it's really nice they will sometimes keep it open till 5pm.

 

Snowmass has the gondi and Elk Camp area open every Friday till 7.

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Thanks guys--this is exactly the sort of information I was hoping to get.  I am going to suggest this for sure:

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 ~~That's awesome Ajax stays open until 6pm on Saturday. I'd combine that with Snowmass for a day with your friends. Then they can say they skied "Aspen" too. They will want to see the town for sure, as well.

 

One other question, will Aspen or Aspen Highlands typically ski better in the afternoon with spring conditions?

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  No, but they do run Bell chair most weekends and if it's really nice they will sometimes keep it open till 5pm.

 

Snowmass has the gondi and Elk Camp area open every Friday till 7.


Thanks Shredhead, I forgot about that Snowmass program and I will definitely do it (staying at Snowmass)  Might hit Aspen the next day if my wife is up for it.

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