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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.

 

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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.

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- Where's a good cheap meal in Snowmass?  

 

- Is there anywhere worth going in your ski boots for Apre or early dinner at the bottom of Ajax?

 

  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.

 

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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).
Try:
http://www.mezzalunaaspen.com/

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

Finbar

Little Anne's

Justice Snow's.

 

Expensive places with good bar menu's:

 

La Hosatria

Campo de Fiori

Pinion's

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.

post #32 of 37
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Little Cottonwood will be significantly more crowded than Aspen at anytime.  They also may have significantly more fresh but that will just exacerbate the overcrowding. 

As far as the MCP is concerned, I've skied Jackson, Alta, and all of Aspen's hills except Buttermilk this season. By far the most crowded mountain was Alta. Obviously it's proximity to SLC explains this, but I was in Jackson Valentines Day/ President's Day weekend and it still wasn't even close to Alta in terms of lift lines. Unless I can get there on a weekday I don't see myself spending much time at Alta or the Bird unfortunately. But you're also right about the snow. Alta had the best.

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Oh and The Snowmass Inn is in a good location.  Bus to town and other areas is directly across the street and you can ski to within 50/60 yds of it at the end of the day.  Easy flat walk the rest of the way as well as to the slopes in the AM.  It shares a pretty good pool/hotub with the Pokolodi Lodge which is next door across a nice looking wide courtyard.  No great views or anything but I think you'll love the location.

 

I'm curious - were the buses to town and back pretty frequent?  Did they run late?

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Starting 3/29, Tyrolean Lodge rooms right on Main St in Aspen are $80-$90.  

 

I just got back from 2 days (Snowmass and Highlands), and coverage is quite good. (Much better than Vail, where I was a week ago.)

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Starting 3/29, Tyrolean Lodge rooms right on Main St in Aspen are $80-$90.  

 

I just got back from 2 days (Snowmass and Highlands), and coverage is quite good. (Much better than Vail, where I was a week ago.)

I'll likely be in Aspen on Saturday, which mountain was holding up the best?

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I'll likely be in Aspen on Saturday, which mountain was holding up the best?

Well, hmmm. We skied Snowmass Tuesday, after 6 or 7 in. was reported, but honestly stayed mostly on mellow runs because as well as the new snow skied, it still wasn't quite enough to cover up the off-piste type stuff after the warm temps. Skied a lot off High Alpine. Some of the Cirque was open, but we got lost and missed the entrance to where we were going and so never made it. 

 

Yesterday was Highlands; we lapped more mellow untracked off Cloud Nine in the morning and then spent the rest of the day in Temerity. The trees were skiing great. Again, the pitches that had seen a lot of sun were still in need of more to cover the refreeze, but inside the trees was really really nice. I was scared that trees might be out of play the rest of our season, after the warm temps, but they were fine.  A few rocks and stuff here and there, but nothing too bad. By the end of the day, the groomed stuff seemed to be well covered by the new snow, no more scratchy anymore.

 

So, I guess it depends on what you want to ski. Looks like Saturday will have warmed up and normal spring "follow the sun" recommendations will apply, which will give you lots of options. But it was just too cold and cloudy those two days to allow softening of the surfaces under the new snow. (Don't get me wrong, the skiing was fantastic! Just had to be very aware of avoiding the underneath.)

post #37 of 37
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I'm curious - were the buses to town and back pretty frequent?  Did they run late?

Buses are frequent and run late. Check out www.rfta.com
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