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post #31 of 47
I had to look it up. Code for the Aspen Airport.
post #32 of 47
Mr golf

Aspen has 4 mountains all on the same ticket/pass. You can buy a Mt Collective pass and get 3 days free. -- all additional days are 50% of the window rate. You also get 2 days free at Whistler, Alfa/Snowbird, Squaw/Alpine Meadows, mammoth, and Jackson Hole.

You could do multiple mountains f you based in Frisco. With an Epic Pass you could ski A Baisn, Keystone, Breckenridge, Vaul. And Beaver Creek. You'd need cars though.

Mike
post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Mr golf

Aspen has 4 mountains all on the same ticket/pass. You can buy a Mt Collective pass and get 3 days free. -- all additional days are 50% of the window rate. You also get 2 days free at Whistler, Alfa/Snowbird, Squaw/Alpine Meadows, mammoth, and Jackson Hole.

You could do multiple mountains f you based in Frisco. With an Epic Pass you could ski A Baisn, Keystone, Breckenridge, Vaul. And Beaver Creek. You'd need cars though.

Mike

 

 

Thanks Mike. I'm doing a lot of research as you guys are giving me ideas, BTW.

 

I keep coming back to Aspen as a nice possibility . It certainly has a lot of the Cottonwood attributes once you arrive, like discount tickets, transportation, convenience and amenities. The problem is getting there on a long weekend schedule. For instance I can get a non stop flight from Phoenix to Denver for $138. I takes an hour and forty eight minutes, pretty good. If I fly in to Aspen the price jumps up to $553 and it takes three hours and forty seven minutes! Quite the difference in time and cost.

 

Obviously if Aspen is better once you get there it may be worth the extra time and money.

post #34 of 47
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Originally Posted by MrGolfAnalogy View Post

Not really.

I was hoping for a little local insight, especially with passes which change so frequently and have seasonal deadlines. Some areas improve, whilst others decline and road conditions seem to vary with the weather. Most of what I can find on Google is less than reliable marketing blurb. Have we come to the point where Google trumps personal recommendations?

You asked for a site where you could book everything, which a short Google search could have provided even quicker than sibhusky. Have we come to the point where grown adults can't deduct "check visitors bureau" without three+ recommendations from e-peers?

Google works for all kinds of stuff, like so: https://www.google.com/#q=ase+airport
post #35 of 47
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

In the US, there is no other airline hub with ski areas a hop and a skip away. Might look at Europe though.. Maybe Munich?

Innsbruck or Salzburg would be better than Munich, which seems more like Denver in terms of ski access. Smaller cities, but not hard to find flights from my limited experience.
post #36 of 47
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You asked for a site where you could book everything, which a short Google search could have provided even quicker than sibhusky. Have we come to the point where grown adults can't deduct "check visitors bureau" without three+ recommendations from e-peers?

 

 You presume I came here without an extensive search of the resources?

 

This site is full of people with expertise; of equipment, clothing, travel, technique, training, resorts, conditions. It's more than just general knowledge, it's local insight. Valuable information you can't get anywhere else. That's one of the reasons people like me populate the site, to get expert advice. We are the thousands who support the site in our own way.

 

I never understand this attitude of "go look somewhere else and stop wasting our time".  The internet is so flooded with marketing, it is hard to find genuine, unsolicited opinions. And when you do, guess were the reference is, Epic! Yes, Google tells you to come to Epic for your answers, then you tell us to go back to Google?

 

I thought my question was fairly clear. As is expected, I gave all the relevant information to get a good answer. Yet I still get Munich. Really,  Munich for a weekend of skiing!!! And Aspen, I'm sure it's a favorite, but it clearly doesn't fit the criteria. And no, it's not ungrateful to say that it won't work.

 

Now I do sound ungrateful. What is it about this site that makes otherwise polite and intelligent people act like jerks?

 

Thank you to all you gave your help and insight.

post #37 of 47
No, your questions showed that you did not. You could have answered your original question within about 10 minutes. Then you wouldn't have to argue over the only viable suggestions.

The attitude is more like, "don't waste your own and others' time asking questions that you can easily answer yourself." Like where can I get a bunch of info about the resort and/or what airport do those letters stand for. Figure that out, then you can ask more specific questions that actually benefit from local knowledge. Or come in and act ill researched and combative, but don't be surprised when everyone's not holding your hand and singing kum ba yah.

As for Munich, your profile gives no indication of where you're from and the point stands: if you want access as convenient as SLC, you'll have to go to Europe to get it. That actually is some helpful peer-peer advice. Really.
post #38 of 47
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Originally Posted by MrGolfAnalogy View Post

 You presume I came here without an extensive search of the resources?

This site is full of people with expertise; of equipment, clothing, travel, technique, training, resorts, conditions. It's more than just general knowledge, it's local insight. Valuable information you can't get anywhere else. That's one of the reasons people like me populate the site, to get expert advice. We are the thousands who support the site in our own way.

I never understand this attitude of "go look somewhere else and stop wasting our time".  The internet is so flooded with marketing, it is hard to find genuine, unsolicited opinions. And when you do, guess were the reference is, Epic! Yes, Google tells you to come to Epic for your answers, then you tell us to go back to Google?

I thought my question was fairly clear. As is expected, I gave all the relevant information to get a good answer. Yet I still get Munich. Really,  Munich for a weekend of skiing!!! And Aspen, I'm sure it's a favorite, but it clearly doesn't fit the criteria. And no, it's not ungrateful to say that it won't work.

Now I do sound ungrateful. What is it about this site that makes otherwise polite and intelligent people act like jerks?

Thank you to all you gave your help and insight.

No you're the one wasting everyone's time with questions easily answered by 2 minutes on Google. There is no place in the North American continent like the Cottonwoods. End of story......

There are plenty of other places to ski and you've clearly skied some of them.....once again there is no place like the Cottonwoods. If that's what you want go there, if not you've been given some nice Colorado options.
post #39 of 47
The question I was answering was:
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Is there an 'organization" for Aspen with package deals or ski passes that cover the various resorts, or will we need to construct our own vacation.

The answer is, of course, Aspen Central Reservations. You did not ask for local insight, you asked where to go for packages for Aspen.

By the way, it was also late in the game where you told us this was just for a weekend AND let us know that cost was a big issue. You can't assume we can read your mind. If you need specific information, you need to provide all the facts.

I think you'll need to return to Utah. Or decide what are your priorities and constraints. Hitting a new resort every day speaks to me of people who like putting notches on their belts rather than learning about a place. Sampling, rather than finding hidden stashes. If that's the goal, fine. Does the group all have the same goals or are you actually trying to keep a very diverse group all provided with options? Are you going to ski together everyday or just meet at night? All we really know is that you are coming from all different directions and don't like a lot of driving, and are worried about cost.
post #40 of 47
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Originally Posted by MrGolfAnalogy View Post

Phoenix to Denver for $138. I takes an hour and forty eight minutes, pretty good. If I fly in to Aspen the price jumps up to $553 and it takes three hours and forty seven minutes! Quite the difference in time and cost.

Obviously if Aspen is better once you get there it may be worth the extra time and money.


Fly into Denver, wait for your buddies delayed flight, take shuttle to rent car, drive 90 minutes to motel 6 and then drive 30 minutes to the mountain every morning, late because buds overslept, stand in line.

Or fly into Aspen, meet buds in the bar, walk to lift, walk to restaurants and take the short free shuttle to other hills that also have no lift lines.
post #41 of 47
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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

"don't waste your own and others' time asking questions that you can easily answer yourself." Like where can I get a bunch of info about the resort and/or what airport do those letters stand for.

That's half the threads here....:rolleyes

post #42 of 47
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Fly into Denver, wait for your buddies delayed flight, take shuttle to rent car, drive 90 minutes to motel 6 and then drive 30 minutes to the mountain every morning, late because buds overslept, stand in line.
 

You just described my life. :ROTF

post #43 of 47
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You just described my life. ROTF.gif

You seemed to be working it pretty well in Aspen at Christmas!
post #44 of 47

Hi MrGolfAnalogy, seems like several people are giving you a pretty hard time, don’t let them get to you.  I’d prefer people just didn’t respond if they think a question is rude.

 

Aspen is a great recommendation.  I frequently do long weekends and fly into Denver.  ASE has it’s pluses, but the price and reliability of direct flights to Denver make it a no brainer for me.  I get a cheap rental car for 100 or less most of the time.  You can make multiple reservations in case one guy is delayed (no cost if you no-show).  Depending on your flight options you can make a stop near Vail/Summit on the way out or back.  You can either stop just to ski or stop and stay one night.  My most typical itinerary is to stay one night in Dillon and ski a full day before heading to the airport. 

 

I ALWAYS plan my travel such that I avoid the weekend ski rush hours.  (fly out on Monday instead of Sunday for example)  As long as you avoid those rush hours, travel on i70 is very smooth.

 

I’m a big fan of going to places like Aspen that are far enough away to avoid the Denver crowds.  You could also consider Steamboat or Crested Butte.  Neither has a second ski area nearby but you could do one or two days in Vail/Summit on the way back to add variety.

post #45 of 47
Thread Starter 

Why do so many of you here see this threads as an opportunity to go on the offensive, to find fault and deliberately misinterpret, to act offended without intent, to be deliberately cynical and obstreperous.

 

 At want point did skiing stop being joyful and become a reason for your derision. Is this really how you want to represent the sport of skiing?

 

Guess that will teach me to ask for help.

post #46 of 47

If it was just one person saying you were off, maybe it's him. When it's four or five, well, it ain't him. 

 

Hell, you're still off. You got two pretty earnest answers since you last posted and you decide to keep it negative. 

post #47 of 47
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Originally Posted by MrGolfAnalogy View Post

Guess that will teach me to ask for help.

So look harder at Summit County, being careful for altitude issues (hard to check that box if you don't know).

People make way too big of a stink about Denver. If you stay in Dillon or Frisco, you are under 30 mins to:

Breckenridge
Keystone
Arapahoe Basin
Loveland
Copper
Vail
Beaver Creek (ok, maybe 35 mins)

Depending on length of stay / home mountain / rest of season plans, the Epic Pass is certainly in play. We have a current thread where an epic skier hit Copper, A-Basin, and Loveland on a three day tour that should help....essentially avoiding the Epic Pass.

http://www.epicski.com/t/126691/summit-county-colorado-trip-questions/60#post_1716301

Aspen may be ideal....except not for your group where a major international airport enables cheap flights and batch arrival carpooling. I think that is a "type of group" call. If you have to move 20 people around together or the whole thing falls apart...then maybe summit isn't great. If it's a few of you in each vehicle and people can depart based on hangover mitigation at Denny's and meet on the mountain with those wonderful mobile devices that can send and receive texts and calls...then I am personally not sure what the fuss is all about.

Of course, we move four kids and two large dogs 2+ hours each way in a Land Cruiser for ski days so when adults have problems managing arriving at a major modern hub airport, renting vehicles, and then having to choose between 7 world class and highly varied destinations each day of their ski vacation I think it was perhaps a cluster to start with wink.gif.

Having said all that and with some channeling of TCC's masterpiece, just say "Steamboat" a bunch of times softly and see what happens...
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