or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Aspen Mountain This Sunday [Opening Day before Thanksgiving]
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Aspen Mountain This Sunday [Opening Day before Thanksgiving]

Poll Results: Should I go to Aspen on Sunday?

Poll expired: Nov 22, 2014  
  • 50% (2)
    Yes
  • 50% (2)
    No
4 Total Votes  
post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Aspen Mountain will be opening 5 days early this season, which means it will be opening on Saturday instead of Thanksgiving day. I was curious as to what kind of crowds to expect should I decide to get a jump start on the season. Also, is it really worth it? It's slightly over a two hour drive for me and I'm really on the fence about it. Considering going Sunday. Are opening weekends pretty crazy? And is the fact that Aspen Mountain is an advanced intermediate - expert mountain going to act as a deterrent for large crowds, or will the novelty of being able to ski again bring the crowds out? Can anybody speak from personal experience from previous opening weekends? Thanks.
post #2 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by WalterdogEllis View Post

Aspen Mountain will be opening 5 days early this season, which means it will be opening on Saturday instead of Thanksgiving day. I was curious as to what kind of crowds to expect should I decide to get a jump start on the season. Also, is it really worth it? It's slightly over a two hour drive for me and I'm really on the fence about it. Considering going Sunday. Are opening weekends pretty crazy? And is the fact that Aspen Mountain is an advanced intermediate - expert mountain going to act as a deterrent for large crowds, or will the novelty of being able to ski again bring the crowds out? Can anybody speak from personal experience from previous opening weekends? Thanks.


Yes - Opening Days are crazy but that's a big part of the fun.  Get there early, ski the fresh corduroy with all the other salivating zealots for a couple of hours (or more, if you like) and then head home.

 

You will remember the experience for a long time.

 

Yes, you might be looking over your shoulder as you ski down to make sure some OOC rider/skier isn't about to clock you but that's part of the experience also.

 

Opening days are a time-honored part of the skiing gestalt.  Doing it at Aspen would make it even MORE memorable.

 

For sure you should go participate.

post #3 of 11
It will be Aspen crowded, but not front range crowded. Maybe 5 minutes at Ajax Express and probably walk on the Gondi, after the morning rush.
Even on a powder day, nobody gets to the Gondi before 8 and they always open 15 minutes early @ 8:45.

I wish I was there, but I have to wait till Friday.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Next question: What can I expect at Aspen Mountain on Thanksgiving day? Most people inside having meals with family, or can I expect lift lines viewable from space?
post #5 of 11

Thanksgiving Day probably won't be very crowded.  

 

Wednesday before Thanksgiving is usually  Aspen Valley Ski Club benefit day and they sell discounted tickets, I think it's in the  20-$25 range.

 

Keep in mind the top will be good, with a couple of expert runs like Blondie's, Summit and maybe Reds.  But Spar and Nells will be a little WRODish.  Lot's of good skiers in town, so the pace can be pretty high and pretty much everybody straightlines Nells.

You don't have to worry too much about the old guys on race skis, but watch out for the jibbers on clownshoes. 

 

Do you have any kind of pass?   They're asking $79 this weekend, so Ski Club day might be the day, if you don't.

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Thanksgiving Day probably won't be very crowded.  

Wednesday before Thanksgiving is usually  Aspen Valley Ski Club benefit day and they sell discounted tickets, I think it's in the  20-$25 range.

Keep in mind the top will be good, with a couple of expert runs like Blondie's, Summit and maybe Reds.  But Spar and Nells will be a little WRODish.  Lot's of good skiers in town, so the pace can be pretty high and pretty much everybody straightlines Nells.
You don't have to worry too much about the old guys on race skis, but watch out for the jibbers on clownshoes. 

Do you have any kind of pass?   They're asking $79 this weekend, so Ski Club day might be the day, if you don't.


My wife and I have the Mountain Collective with a bonus day at Aspen, so I think we are all set, I'm thinking we will probably hold off on opening weekend and probably have our opening day on Thanksgiving Day. Pretty much every other major resort in the state will be open then including Snowmass. Which I can only assume will further dilute the crowd at AM. Also if I'm not mistaken, Aspen is supposed to get a pretty decent amount of snow between now and next Thursday which will hopefully open up a bit more terrain. I see waiting for Thanksgiving as a win win scenario.
post #7 of 11

That's probably a good idea.  

 

If you think you will make it to Aspen resorts more than the 3 days you have on your Mt. Collective. 

See if they will give you the 50% off the current $79 day price.  My wife has a classic pass and they do that early season for her.

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

That's probably a good idea.  

If you think you will make it to Aspen resorts more than the 3 days you have on your Mt. Collective. 
See if they will give you the 50% off the current $79 day price.  My wife has a classic pass and they do that early season for her.

I expect to get 10 days or so at Aspen resorts, so trying to get the half off of $80 is an awesome plan. It's a lot less expensive than half off of $130. Thanks for the thought!
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Yet another question: Aspen MTN or Snowmass on Thanksgiving Day? I kinda think it's going to be a game time decision, but can anyone give me some pros and cons of each? Will Snowmass have significantly more terrain open? The only reason I'm asking, is my wife wants to 'ease' into ski season, and she is a little intimidated by Ajax's reputation. I think ultimately we both want as much terrain to be open as possible, and while Ajax is most definitely my first choice, I want her to be comfortable and have access to as much advanced beginner terrain as possible. I consider myself an advanced intermediate and I want to be challenged, but I want her to have fun. My ego can wait.
post #10 of 11
Aspen usually skis better early season. But Snowmass will almost certainly have more terrain for your wife. It might be rocky and the ski out at the bottom could be thin.
I'll have a better idea by Wednesday.
post #11 of 11

I once did a mid November Blackcomb opening (Whistler closed) with about 5,000 other skiers. They had 5 lifts open on the upper mountain, the shorter singles lines were 15-20 minutes all day, and every person that I met was a Whistler area local, no one from Vancouver.

 

The next day after some wet snow overnight, there were about 1,000 people skiing.

 

Sun Peaks will open on Saturday and there will likely be some skiers who will show up an hour before opening so they can ride the first chair. By the 9 am opening they will have 200 or so skiers waiting in line. The skiing will be on the almost 2000' vertical beginner run: Cahilty to the 5-Mile on man made snow. They might also open up O.S.V in he PM once the race training camps which have been operating for the past week, are done for the day.

 

It is SNOWING RIGHT NOW, so SP might be able to open the upper mountain's Crystal Chair with natural snow. There could be powder turns (with no consolidated base underneath) if one knows where to go...and I am one.:D

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Aspen Mountain This Sunday [Opening Day before Thanksgiving]