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post #31 of 44
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Snowmass was my first western resort in 69.
I moved there right out of college in 81 and was actually the first legal skier in the wall.
It's debatably the best all around mountain in Colorado. I love Snowmass!
Once I moved into town, I rarely go back.
That's how good the skiing is in the Rouring Fork Valley.
Today was off the charts!
well said, it is my favorite place to ski also.  I will be there next week.  Snowmass is awesome in April.  Great times.
post #32 of 44
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+1 on Snowmass having more than enough to keep an advanced skier happy.  That's based on only one day last week using the MCP to check out all three mountains for the first time.  Definitely want to get back to Aspen in mid-season conditions.

 

For those who haven't heard, the EpicSki 2016 Gathering will be at Aspen.  Look for more details in the fall.

You did Highlands, Snowmass, and Ajax in one day? That is commitment.


Sorry for the confusion, I meant one day at Snowmass.  We spent three days total after a warm up at A-Basin (started from Denver), so 1 day at each place.  Had fun in powder at Snowmass, then spring skiing at Ajax, and really warm spring skiing at Highlands.  I chose to use the bonus day for my 2014-15 MCP at Aspen.  My ski buddy had the usual 2 days, plus 50% off for the extra day.  We already skied at Alta/Snowbird in late Jan.

post #33 of 44
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Sorry for the confusion, I meant one day at Snowmass.  We spent three days total after a warm up at A-Basin (started from Denver), so 1 day at each place.  Had fun in powder at Snowmass, then spring skiing at Ajax, and really warm spring skiing at Highlands.  I chose to use the bonus day for my 2014-15 MCP at Aspen.  My ski buddy had the usual 2 days, plus 50% off for the extra day.  We already skied at Alta/Snowbird in late Jan.

No problem at all. I actually considering attempting all three mountains yesterday for the novelty of it, but I couldn't bear to leave Snowmass once I got there.

post #34 of 44
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Sorry for the confusion, I meant one day at Snowmass.  We spent three days total after a warm up at A-Basin (started from Denver), so 1 day at each place.  Had fun in powder at Snowmass, then spring skiing at Ajax, and really warm spring skiing at Highlands.  I chose to use the bonus day for my 2014-15 MCP at Aspen.  My ski buddy had the usual 2 days, plus 50% off for the extra day.  We already skied at Alta/Snowbird in late Jan.

No problem at all. I actually considering attempting all three mountains yesterday for the novelty of it, but I couldn't bear to leave Snowmass once I got there.


What we did try to do was cover as much of Snowmass in a day as possible.  Started on the side with Long Shot.  Didn't realize the timing for the Cirque poma and barely got in line in time before it closed at 2:30.  So missed the chance to go over to Hanging Valley because the rope was already up when we got to the top.  Did at least get to see the view.  The bumps in Garrett Gulch were soft all the way down.  I certainly intend to get back sooner rather than later.

post #35 of 44
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I like to ski the double diamonds at Snowmass whenever I can which turns out to be 3 to 5 times per years. I've been doing it since the 1980s. My favorite way into Hanging Valley is down the Headwall because it's steeper than Roberto's and I think it holds better snow. That's a different "Headwall" than the one that drops into the Cirque. That Headwall isn't too steep and it drops you pretty quickly into the valley between Big Burn/Sheer Bliss and High Alpine. It's a fairly long run through the valley. None of it is groomed and you'll have to work your way around rocks, cliffs and through the trees. Great fun!

 

Powderhorn is not very steep at all, but I don't think they ever groom it so you'll have to be prepared for anything snow-wise. I've never understood why they label it a double diamond. Maybe it's to keep the sight seers (which means anybody else that might track up the powder) off the run to preserve the soft snow. Camp 3, although much, much shorter, is steeper than any point along Powderhorn.

 

As mentioned above, the whole Hanging Valley Wall area is huge and has so many lines it takes many, many runs to really see and ski the whole thing. Plus, going from the top of High Alpine (with the short hike) to the bottom of Alpine Springs is a great, long run with a pretty good vertical drop.

Once you get into powderhorn, there is no exit so the weak skier has a few miles of black/double back terrain to manage.  Patrol labels it accordingly, and closes it a bit earlier because many a times have they been on their clear and stumbled upon a few skiers way out of their league.  

 

 

Would love to show some good skiers around Snowmass' gated terrain if anybody has interest next year.

post #36 of 44

A reminder - the 2016 Gathering is at Aspen/Snowmass/Highlands.

 

As noted here http://www.epicski.com/t/133467/mountain-collective-2015-16/60#post_1879951 (and in the next few posts after that one), it will be Feb 3-9 (Wednesday through Tuesday).  A big splashy announcement will be forthcoming soon.

 

The Snowmass terrain described above is fantastic, as is the terrain at Ajax and Highlands.  We are going to have a great time.

post #37 of 44

BUMP for those who weren't around during the summer.

 

Joining the EpicSki Group (look for the Join Group button) for the Aspen Gathering is one way to stay informed.  Joining the group does not mean you are committed to attend.  Or subscribe to the general Gathering thread.  There are links to the most useful Gathering threads in the Group.

 

http://www.epicski.com/groups/show/55/2016-epicski-gathering-at-aspen-february-3-through-9

 

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A reminder - the 2016 Gathering is at Aspen/Snowmass/Highlands.

 

As noted here http://www.epicski.com/t/133467/mountain-collective-2015-16/60#post_1879951 (and in the next few posts after that one), it will be Feb 3-9 (Wednesday through Tuesday).  A big splashy announcement will be forthcoming soon.

 

The Snowmass terrain described above is fantastic, as is the terrain at Ajax and Highlands.  We are going to have a great time.

post #38 of 44

that is robertos saw it today

post #39 of 44

I made a comment on the char at Snowbasin that their doble blacks go from ...reeally skis like an easy black to holy fracking s#$&!

post #40 of 44
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I like to ski the double diamonds at Snowmass whenever I can which turns out to be 3 to 5 times per years. I've been doing it since the 1980s. My favorite way into Hanging Valley is down the Headwall because it's steeper than Roberto's and I think it holds better snow. That's a different "Headwall" than the one that drops into the Cirque. That Headwall isn't too steep and it drops you pretty quickly into the valley between Big Burn/Sheer Bliss and High Alpine. It's a fairly long run through the valley. None of it is groomed and you'll have to work your way around rocks, cliffs and through the trees. Great fun!

 

Powderhorn is not very steep at all, but I don't think they ever groom it so you'll have to be prepared for anything snow-wise. I've never understood why they label it a double diamond. Maybe it's to keep the sight seers (which means anybody else that might track up the powder) off the run to preserve the soft snow. Camp 3, although much, much shorter, is steeper than any point along Powderhorn.

 

As mentioned above, the whole Hanging Valley Wall area is huge and has so many lines it takes many, many runs to really see and ski the whole thing. Plus, going from the top of High Alpine (with the short hike) to the bottom of Alpine Springs is a great, long run with a pretty good vertical drop.

Once you get into powderhorn, there is no exit so the weak skier has a few miles of black/double back terrain to manage.  Patrol labels it accordingly, and closes it a bit earlier because many a times have they been on their clear and stumbled upon a few skiers way out of their league.  

 

 

Would love to show some good skiers around Snowmass' gated terrain if anybody has interest next year.


Forgot that the OP mentioned Powderhorn as an example of a Snowmass double black that he was curious about.  Ended up doing it on my last day at Snowmass in early Feb with a ski buddy.  It's a good thing that that two of us have improved a fair amount in the last few years during our annual trips out west that usually includes a lesson.  While nothing was that difficult since the bumps were big and soft, it's a very long trail.  It's impossible to get a sense of what's to come when standing at the entrance gate.

 

Since it took longer than we expected (I was looking for something else), it took some fast skiing to get from the base of Campground to the base of the gondola between 3:00 and 3:30.  We parked at Two Creeks so needed to get back over there to join up with our other friends.  (Free parking at Two Creeks if 4 or more in the car.)

 

Definitely better to explore Snowmass double blacks with a ski buddy to start with.

post #41 of 44

Nothing on Powderhorn is all that hard.  It's just really long and the bottom of Belly Grabber Pitch can be quite variable, due to the low elevation.

 

FYI:  You can get to Two Creeks from the top of Alpine Springs by traversing across Turkey Trot.

They don't really advertise it, but I've always parked for free at the Divide Lot and then skied to Campground lift.

post #42 of 44
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Nothing on Powderhorn is all that hard.  It's just really long and the bottom of Belly Grabber Pitch can be quite variable, due to the low elevation.

 

FYI:  You can get to Two Creeks from the top of Alpine Springs by traversing across Turkey Trot.

They don't really advertise it, but I've always parked for free at the Divide Lot and then skied to Campground lift.


Ah . . . at 3:00, it was not a good time to go exploring places we hadn't been before.  Definitely need more days at Snowmass to figure out how to get around better.

post #43 of 44

Understandable.

 

Snowmass probably closes the gondi right on time,  since there probably isn't that much traffic on it late in the day.

Aspen Mountain always gives you an extra 5 minutes.

post #44 of 44
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Definitely need more days at Snowmass to figure out how to get around better.

 

I definitely need more days at Snowmass too...because I love skiing Snowmass!

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