I'm looking to go somewhere the last week of January. Since I have a Mountain Collective Pass, and I'm intrigued by Highland Bowl, Aspen is on the short list.
If I fly to Aspen and skip the rental car, it comes out about the same as flying somewhere else with car and gasoline (Albuquerque for Taos, for example). Lift tickets with discount are about a wash. So the big items are lodging and lessons (if I went to Taos, I'd do a ski week).
Does anyone have experience going to Aspen by yourself without a car? Any tips on where to look for lodging (either places to look for or agencies to call)? What happens if the Aspen airport gets weathered out? Do the airlines get you there eventually, or dump you in Denver and say "good luck"?
Any experience with the "Adult Performance Coaching" group lesson product? (Much as I'd love a private, they are too rich for my blood.) I'm an advanced-to-almost-expert skier.
How about grocery stores (for morning cereal+milk)? Any within walking distance or on an easy shuttle route?
The forecast for the next storm just tipped me back towards Aspen, so I haven't done much serious googling yet. Personal experience is always welcome.