I have a more specific question regarding the "budget" housing options. I've been scanning the options for about a week now and it seems that the cheapest options in Snowmass are Holiday Inn Express/Wildwood and Snowmass Inn, which both range from 140-199 per night.
Has anyone stayed at either of these places? And if so, can you please comment? I'm totally fine with spartan living conditions and do not need anything fancy, but I am particular when it comes to sanitary conditions/cleanliness & weird lingering smells.. For a 6-night stay, I wouldn't want to be stuck in a hovel!
It's been a while, but I've been in both. I doubt anyplace in the valley would qualify as a hovel. Either should be fine.
I'm at the Snowmass Inn. I would enjoy meeting you and doing a few runs together. Your posts (along with those from @tball) were a big part of why Aspen was one of the candidates for this trip.
(I will probably start a meet-up thread in a few days and see if we can shake out anybody else.)
I look forward to skiing with you. I arrive back on the 30th.
I like the Stewpot in Snowmass.
Ajax Tavern has it's moments right after ski, but you pretty much want to get out of you boots most places.
You can leave a pair of old shoes under the benches at the bottom of the gondola. You might invest in a lock for your stick(s).
for apre. wood fired pizza $8 beers around $3-4 for their special
Yep, lot's of shoes under the benches. You can check your skis for a couple of bucks and they will transport them to your mountain of choice for the next day, so you wouldn't have to tote them around.
Relatively inexpensive places:
White House Tavern
Expensive places with good bar menu's:
Campo de Fiori
Cashe Cashe - the Coq au Vin is to die for, but kind of messy if your trying to impress the hot milf next to you.