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post #31 of 33

Still suprised that nobody considers all the DAY TRAFFIC from Denver all the front range/vail/WP resorts get. Especially over xmas.

 

If I'm paying $100+ to ski it will be the resort with 5,000 less people bumbling about. 

post #32 of 33
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If you are committed to Aspen, you might want to consider staying a bit closer. The Aspenault in Basalt is nice, has decent amenities (hot tub next to creek), is within walking distance of many restaurants and much closer to the skiing. It'd give you the options of an evening or two in Glenwood as well. I haven't been, but I hear Carbondale has some fun and intersting action going on too.


I looked into this, and Carbondale looks pretty nice, but we have 2 nonskiing mothers and the husband of one is worried about nonskiing activities for them. He looked up Carbondale and liked the look of Glenwood better. We have definitely decided on Aspen instead of WP because of more to do for the nonskiiers, the ability to lose crowds at Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands/Mtn, and also the ski school. I've heard on these boards repeatedly that the Aspen ski school is maybe the best in the country, and I really want the never evers to have a great time.

 

In reply to the post about being able to ski Loveland/Abasin/Keystone if we go to Winter Park: We would not be doing that for this vacation. We would be booking everything in advance so that's a no go. I might be making a solo trip to WP/Copper or SLC later this winter when it's cheaper and less crowded because I'm graduating from college in December.

post #33 of 33

W/P lacks any alternative life to skiing, I think, because of the ease of returning to Denver ... a city whose museums and concert halls I have still not adequately explored. It has far more to offer than anything in or around Aspen. And, in the other direction from Winter Park, there is the Steamboat/Craig/Meeker scene ... a more genuine rural environment. It is a region where cattlemen and sheep ranchers still squabble. Tucked in amidst the open range lands are a few hot springs ... but, more importantly, just a different (very rural) way of life.,

 

Just a suggestion... I, personally, grow weary of "the strip" extending from Copper to Aspen and beyond, that godforsaken wasteland of all that I-70 has to offer.

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