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post #61 of 76
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Day 4 - Breckenridge

 

Started at 10 am due to some work conf calls, and it was quite crowded when I got there. I noticed immediately all the slopes were facing east. Maybe psychological, but the snow felt softer than other resorts for the same time of the day. Started out from Chair 6 and worked my way down south. Overall decent skiing, although I didn't particularly care for unpaved and far remote parking--in abundant skiing this week, I'm starting to nitpick trivial things here. Btw, I could see the backside of Keystone from the mountain tops. 

 

Now that I have checked off the boxes for I-70 EPIC resorts and finally got it out of my system, I can enjoy some real skiing...chuckles..of of course I'm just being silly here. Or maybe not.  All of that, while working close to 8 hrs a day. This is not vacation, but a flexible off-site work arrangement rather.

 

In terms of where I'm off to this morning...Aspen/Snowmass or Copper Mt. I'm leaning towards A/S although CM looked really good from the freeway. 

post #62 of 76
I would ski Aspen & Highlands over the weekend.
Thursday could be sketchy.
post #63 of 76
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Tomorrow is my last day in CO...and I skied Snowmass and Aspen today and in that order.

Day 5...got busy with work again so started at 10AM. I worked my way from the far NW down to the SE. Obviously the snow was good in the upper mountains, slushy lower. Coverage in the lower mountain was quite bad. I liked the indoor parking right next to the gondola..like Beaver Creek. My wife liked the facilities at the base..

After late lunch I went over to Aspen. What a nice little town and neat setup unlike any other resorts I have been to. There is a lot to like about the town, nice stores and restaurants. I saw a bunch of Kastle demo skis on display in the street upto the gondola. I remember reading Aspen skiers like Kästle skis.

It says that the gondola has the world's first solar powered music player. Well, that may be the case, but that gondola probably is the world's slowest gondola I have ever been on. Frequent stops too. I listened to 5-6 songs on my ride up.

Once I got up, the snow was good and had some good old skiing fun. Then again, the chairs were slow. There is only one express chair up there if I'm not mistaken. After several runs, it started snowing and the visibility got very bad very quickly. I bowed out. I should've listened to my wife and started out at Aspen first.

...I get the charm and draw about the town, but purely from the skiing standpoint, I didn't see anything extraordinary about A/S. If I had to pick one out of the 6 areas I skied in the last week, my vote goes to Vail for its size, variety, and fast chairs.

And of course, my wife loves Aspen.

I'm off to Utah tomorrow. I may squeeze in a couple of hrs of skiing at Vail before I go. Skiing/working wasn't easy but I'm content that I'm getting it done.
post #64 of 76
The Gondi was running slow and stopping often, because the disabled vets are in town this week.
The skiing's been phenominal, you just need to know where to go and when.
post #65 of 76
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Ah got it. It makes sent. Hats off to the vets...EDIT--I actually like Aspen. There is something about the town that draws me. Skiing wasn't bad either. Quite good for afternoon skiing actually. I'll probably come back when I have enough points for St. Regis.

ADDITION -
Day 6:
No skiing but work and travel. I figured my old body needs a day of rest. I arrived in Park City in the evening via 64/40. It took over 7 hrs from Vail. The last 1 hr on 40 was scenic but 70 is probably nicer. It's supposedly a short cut but may not be the fastest route with handful of small town thru traffic, stops and lights. No center median so I can imagine a bit more weary drive in sub optimal driving condition. I recommend I70.

I'd like to say a few comments on lodging:

- Hotel Park City: probably one of the top 5 nicest Marriot hotels I have been to, including the Ritz. As a life time platinum at Marriott, I have been to quite a few...I immediate noticed Joe Pass Virtuoso album playing in the lobby so knew I was in a good place...A cottage style set-up by a golf course and lake is nice. Two inside and one outside fire places, private zacuzzi outside, a bose system, full kitchen/cooking and eating set, two comp buffet breakfast at a steak restaurant (yet to try), washer/drier, a tub with jet stream, waterfall shower, Bulgary toiletries, nice decor, etc. No parking by the cottage is one of very few downsides...it really exceeded my expectation that was greatly tarnished by Marriot Vail. Highly recommended.

- Marriot Vail: it's not the worst I have been to, but in that group considering how many points and cash I had to pay. Rated Cat 9, the highest by Marriott's internal rating I believe, but feels like cat 3-4. Requires $35 daily resort fee plus mandatory $30/day valet. No meals included. It's a Marriott brand so no kitchen included except a small fridge. Loud acoustic music every night in a forgettable lobby bar/restaurant, uninspired front desk staff, old rooms, wifi that doesn't like to cooperate--I used my mifi for work the whole time. The location is nice though - a few min walk to valet, a ski valet service, car valet guys are good, there a an inhouse shot/tune service that maybe useful for some... I should've let my wife book hotels. I did it in a hurry without due diligence. I hear that Marriot Streamside is nice condo-style and helps you save money net net. All in all not a satisfying experience thus can't really recommend it except for the covenient location.
Edited by nochaser - 4/3/15 at 6:19am
post #66 of 76
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Day 7 - Park City and Canyons.

Both areas had about 40% or less of the trails open. It was crowded, but manageable. CO ski areas definitely have far better snow coverage, but it was still fun for me to explore new places. The snow held up well into mid afternoon thanks to low temp. I thought Canyons had interesting trails around Peak 5 and Tombstone. I liked Prospector at PC, but wished it 5 times longer. The coverage at DV didn't look good afar from PC. Unless I can find a deal, I may pass on DV this time.

post #67 of 76
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Originally Posted by nochaser View Post

I hear that Marriot Streamside is nice condo-style and helps you save money net net..

I own 5 Marriott timeshares with a 2 bedroom at Streamside. I think it's great and provides easy access to the mountain via a short shuttle ride to Lionshead.
post #68 of 76
Are you at Marriott Mountainside or Marriott Summitwatch? I stayed at Mountainside a few years ago, although not in a cottage, and agree it was very nice. Even standard rooms have nice kitchenettes.
post #69 of 76
I think you're confusing Park City with Vail accomadations. The 2 properties you mentioned are Marriott properties at PC. They are both very nice.

Marriott Streamside at Vail is the only timeshare property at Vail. I own in the Evergreen building there.

The Streamside situation is a little funky compared to most Marriott properties. Typically there is one owners board that governs/manages the whole property but that's not the case at Streamside. Because some buildings were built by Marriott and some were purchased they are all nice but certainly not equal in terms of size and condition.

Another confusing factor is there are a few buildings on the property called VRI at Streamside that Marriott does not manage for one reason or another.
Edited by Coach13 - 4/4/15 at 6:38am
post #70 of 76

He did say "Day 6: ...I arrived in Park City in the evening via 64/40." and "Hotel Park City: probably one of the top 5 nicest Marriot hotels I have been to...". Unless I'm reading it wrong.

post #71 of 76
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Yes, I'm at Hotel Park City Autograph now and was at the Vail Marriott (next to Ritz time share).

I mistakenly thought Streamside is a condo/hotel like Westin Monache, but it is a TS only property.
post #72 of 76

I didn't know there was a third Marriott in Park City. Must be new to Marriott as I'm pretty sure it wasn't a Marriott a couple years ago. 

post #73 of 76
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Yes, I'm at Hotel Park City Autograph now and was at the Vail Marriott (next to Ritz time share).

I mistakenly thought Streamside is a condo/hotel like Westin Monache, but it is a TS only property.

You can book rental nights through the regular Marriott.com site. Same for all Marriott Vacation Club (timeshares) properties pending vacancies.
post #74 of 76
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Ok good because I thought I saw streamside as an option when I booked the other. So I was right.
post #75 of 76
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Ok good because I thought I saw streamside as an option when I booked the other. So I was right.

Yep-In their timeshare properties there are Marriott owned units they hold specifically for that purpose. Marriott also offers it's timeshare owners an option to offer their units for rent through Marriott as well which also shows up in their rental inventory.
post #76 of 76
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Day 8: Deer Valley

I responded to 4 discounted pass ads on KSL Classifieds. One of them said postive for a transaction at the DV base. I show up and the guy flakes out at the last minute, "sorry man, sold".......

I checked out all six mountains and almost all runs except some greens. In hindsight, I should've stayed at the low mountains and worked my way up instead of the opposite. I thought it was a warm day but the runs were icy (or slushy). I spend the most of my morning smearing on the ice on the Bald Mt trails. Then Flagstaff. By the time I got to Lady Morgan and Empire, the trails were bare and/or slushy. I went back to Bald Mt afterwards and the ice still hadn't softened up. A few runs on Bold Eagle Mt were good, on my way to Little Bold Peak. I had to hike a bit from a trail to another as I couldn't find a way down to Little Baldy Peak from Bald Eagle. The runs down from Bald Little Peak were good in the upper area but wet and slushy toward the bottom. The St. Regis Hotel looked good from the outside.

Overall, DV had far better coverage than PC or Canyon...75-85% of the marked trails were open, but the most of them were icy. Maybe it's the man-made snow with high moisture content turned into dense ice that doesn't easily soften up. Or maybe it's the dull edges on my skis. I haven't tuned my skis since Day 3.

Overall good skiing or skating rather. I stopped by Fresh Mkt and cooked some ribeye steak at the cottage, and oh it was gooood!
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