First, have to thank the many on this forum who guided this small family on their spring break vacation destination. We selected Aspen-Snowmass exclusively after reading, conferring and consulting wise counsel on this forum at this particular thread which for anyone in the future - "It is a treasure trove of information" :http://www.epicski.com/t/126588/april-week-w-kids-vail-beaver-creek-summit-county-vs-aspen-snowmass-vs-alta-snowbird-a-users-guide
Now, we were privileged and lucky to ski with Bob Barnes at Highland Bowl for the first two days (And getting him online was tough!-) and Sker31 (Nancy H) was so helpful in connecting us ... this Epic Forum is 'IT' for families for sure).
While a detailed trip report will follow later when Dad gets time to stitch together a film etc. but a few samplers are definitely worth sharing:
Highlands with Bob Barnes, most graciously filmed and edited by Bob himself: Bob Barnes skied with us, took us sea-level-dwellers upto Highland Bowl on Day one, and he filmed, directed, cut, edited a beautiful fun video of the 11 year old who was leading the charge under Bob's guidance
1. Youtube: Please do WATCH IN HD Max level, Bob's filming is pretty amazing:
Description on YouTube:
Skiing Aspen Highlands with uber-instructor Bob Barnes who filmed these clips and put together this movie. The brown snow are remnants from an Utah-origin sand/snow storm which preceded our arrival. Bob Barnes got Dax and his Dad up right from sea level the day before, up to 12,396 ft, top of Highland Bowl on day one. The hike up the ridge-line from the patrol shack at Loge Peak (with Cat ride for 100 metres or so) to Highland Bowl top is about a 1600ft climb, and more than mile - took us 50+minutes. Dax made it, and with snow conditions icy, the ridge was 3-4 boot widths wide in parts with rocks on both sides, rather scary ascent. And it goes on and on. Anyway, as he put it "Skiing in Highland Bowl was easy, the hike up was really scary" . Tired at the top but by the time the steeps at G-6 were hit, he got his mojo back and it shows.
The more careful and slow skiing at the end is the outcome of seriously tired legs/painful knees as a result of the mogul runs Bob took us on, some workout on Day 2! After that expedition to Highland Bowl on Day 1 !!!
2. if you prefer Vimeo : here is the link - HD version
3. Here is Dax with our awesome instructor, guide and new friend Bob , i.e. Mr. Barnes himself:
More details to follow later in a full TR. But in one sentence about our digs "Staying at Snowmass Village - best place we have stayed at ever".
Thank you all for the great words of wisdom and counsel, we would never have made it to Aspen-Snowmass without your input and nudging and arguing (amongst all) and all that invaluable data!
PS: The Viceroy at Snowmass has the best service we have experienced at an hotel establishment anywhere, on terra firma or in the mountains!-) And late season, costs are pretty darned reasonable.