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Steamboat vs Aspen vs Vail

post #1 of 10
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I'll be going out to Colorado the 19th of February, and skiing the 20th, 21st, and 22nd, then flying back the 23rd. So a short trip to say the least. I've never skied out west before, so I'm wondering which you more familiar folks would recommend skiing at. I wanna get the most bang for my buck (obviously) and would prefer the inclusion of night skiing (which I know Steamboat has but I'm unsure of the others).

 

Any input welcome, thank you in advance! Feel free to throw me a curve ball to and mention a whole other resort. 

post #2 of 10

That's the end of President's Day week and may be a busier ski week as a result.  I personally would go to Aspen.  But then again, you've not provided info on what type of terrain you prefer to ski, how important is night life and restaurants, etc.  Aspen has (IMHO) the best skiing in Colorado and is never crowded.  Add in the best nightlife and restaurant scene and you've got a winner.

 

As to night skiing, if you really want that, you didn't ski hard enough during the day.

 

Mike

post #3 of 10

Aspen for best steep terrain, best town, best restaurants.  Steamboat for less steep and for reasonably priced slopeside condos.  Vail for best valet parking near an interstate.

Aspen is my favorite in Colorado, Steamboat is where we take the family. 

 

BK

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input guys, it helps.

I haven't skied in a good 5 years or so, so while the steepness of Aspen attracts me, I question if I'll be able to take full advantage of it or not.

The night life aspect is also a good point, because this whole trip is going to be my 21st birthday present to myself, and I'll be alone most likely, so a lively place would be nice.

post #5 of 10
If you don't have an Epic Pass, just scratch VR resorts off your list.

Aspen vs Steamboat, they're both really nice places. I'm sure you could have fun at either.
post #6 of 10

Haven't been to Steamboat, but Vail & Aspen are both kind of expensive and Aspen has better terrain and a much better town versus Vail's village.  I like Vail and have had 6 awesome powder days out of my 14/15 days there with light crowds.  But Aspen for me is superior in every way at about the same cost or even a little less.

 

If night skiing is really important then it appears Steamboat is the choice.

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post
 

That's the end of President's Day week and may be a busier ski week as a result.  I personally would go to Aspen.  But then again, you've not provided info on what type of terrain you prefer to ski, how important is night life and restaurants, etc.  Aspen has (IMHO) the best skiing in Colorado and is never crowded.  Add in the best nightlife and restaurant scene and you've got a winner.

 

As to night skiing, if you really want that, you didn't ski hard enough during the day.

 

Mike

 

 

Mike you know as well I do that the answer is always (ok almost) Aspen.  

post #8 of 10

I've skied all three and can honestly say that the answer is so stinkin' simple.  In fact, while I hate using the expression it really is a "no-brainer."  ASPEN ASPEN ASPEN ASPEN.  Like you, I do not live out West.  Like you, I want to get the most bang for my buck.  Like you, I love the idea of night skiing.  However, what I have found is that when you ski out West...you don't want to ski at night.  Seriously.  You ski like you've never skied before during the day and when 3:30 PM rolls around, you are ready to relax.  If you really want to experience the best of what skiing "out west" has to offer, then Aspen is where you should go.  My last two trips out West were to Steamboat and Aspen...Aspen was far superior.  Vail lags so far behind in this competition (imo) it's not even worth discussing.

 

DISCLAIMER: Aspen = Aspen Highlands + Snowmass + Aspen Mountain (in that order, never skied Buttermilk).  Can't wait to go back.  As for it being pricey, sure it is...so is every other ski place.

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by moderntease View Post

Thanks for the input guys, it helps.
I haven't skied in a good 5 years or so, so while the steepness of Aspen attracts me, I question if I'll be able to take full advantage of it or not.
The night life aspect is also a good point, because this whole trip is going to be my 21st birthday present to myself, and I'll be alone most likely, so a lively place would be nice.

There's a ton of terrain for every level of skier. If you are a beginner, buttermilk. If an intermediate, Snowmass. If an expert, highlands, snowmass, or Ajax.

Stay in tow. Take the free bus.

Mike
post #10 of 10

Aspen is less crowded than Steamboat.

 

Steamboat is a very, very, very intermediate mountain.

 

If you are not dying for tree skiing, go to Aspen, where there is good tree skiing too on much steeper terrain.

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