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I need to find better maps, and do a more careful estimate, but it looks like Highlands is 5 or 6 times most of my list and 2 or maybe 3 times Jackson.

That's the comparison I'm looking for.

I think I can do it, but it will be a big investment of time and energy.

An accurate list is still something I will put on my "to do" list.

Uh... yeah you can totally do it. Obviously skill wise skiing you can do it. There is no doubt. It's worth the investment of time and energy but I recommemd finding a partner or small group. Makes it more enjoyable . One of the great runs in the country. Worth half a day. Even a day. You will remember it for a long time, more than six runs down whatever trails

If you want to convince yourself you can hike - practice at Snowmass hiking next to the poma at the top. It's not as steep but the altitude is as much or more. Can always click in and ski down. Even get off the poma half way and hike.
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I strongly encourage you to spend a whole day at Highlands.  As @SHREDHEAD
 said, transit time will be considerably longer mid-day.  I believe that there is a Highlands Direct bus which leaves Snowmass Village at 9:00 and 10:00 (with direct returns to Snowmass at 3:00 and 4:00 from Highlands).  The "direct" routes do not mean the buses won't make their usual stops along the way, it just means that they do not return to the main bus depot in town, which saves about 15-30 minutes on the normal bus time getting from Snowmass to Highlands.

Good to know about the direct bus, thanks.  I'm sure it will be a near game time decision.  We'll have kids in ski school at Snowmass so I wouldn't want my wife and I both away at another mountain all day and I doubt I'd want to spend a full day away on my own either.  That's why I was thinking a half day, but the bus logistics may make that decision for me.   

I strongly encourage you to go to Aspen Highlands and Ajax. Maybe put the kids in school over there? The mountains become different. They are less high desert rounded peaks type as in Snowmass. They become steeper rocky peaks that one associates with "mountains". Top of Aspen Highlands Bowl is one of the best views in ski land and is unique. But so is the top of Aspen which you can reach by gondola and eat at a decent cafeteria style restaurant. Top of Ajax, Aspen Mt, is alao one of the best views in the country. Certainly of the views that's easy to obtain by lift and you can stay inside to eat at.

Honestly, going to Snowmass without going to Aspen is missing out on a lot. Especially for your kids. It really is spectacular. And sonaccessible by bus and lifts. Snowmass is nice, but you should see the difference in geology. Mountains are not all the same.

If you're only going to do one, and you're not skiing AH bowl, then go to Aspen. Though I'd encourage both. Go to ski patrol hut at AH, buy the straps learn how to use them, take the cat and don't hike but ski back. That's totally worth it. Don't get trapped at Snowmass!

You could also show the kids where the x games are on the way as the bus passes the half pipe. Of course there's Buttermilk....that's why it's such a great place to ski. 4 mountains.
post #122 of 134
Hiked from Elk Camp to Longshot. Maybe 50 or so, ten minutes. No altitude issues.

I found powder today. Not a lot but pretty amazing considering it's been a week since it snowed. But that's a story for another thread.
post #123 of 134
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Thanks to everyone for their responses - very helpful.  While there were a few responses that give me hope that its realistic, the great majority have given me somewhat of a reality check.  Overall, this discussion actually makes me want it even more, but I don't think I'm quite ready for it just yet and definitely doesn't seem like a good idea to go for it on my own. I think I'll stick to Snowmass this trip and check out some of the harder terrain there that was mentioned in this thread as the week goes on.  I plan to take at least one group lesson on Day 2 so I'm sure I can get a little insight there of where i should really consider.  

 

I may also try to spend some time on the milder parts of Highlands one day. Is it worth the travel time over to Highlands from Snowmass even for a half day?  

Your call but if you ski with an Aspen instructor, it's worth the investment and you could survive it happily! Anyway, to perhaps further stoke your interest, here is my filming not Bob Barnes' of our Highland Bowl climb, and you can see that I am cautious no question...but did it..from minute marker 0'16" to 2'29" - rest is Snowmass, Ajax etc but that excerpt may encourage you further ... am a terminal intermediate but trying hard and relatively new skier (6 years into it now) . And you may notice, some of the prettiest women in Aspen were there chilling out at the peak of Highland Ridge..and looking totally relaxed. Needless to say, did not get time to chat though we chilled out too..just some additional incentive to climb!

 

post #124 of 134
I think I am going to go over to Highlands tomorrow and hike the bowl.
Went almost bell to bell today at Snowmass and I feel pretty good.
post #125 of 134
Go for it! Take some water and a pack for your skis, if you got one. If not buy a strap from the patrol shack at the top of loge.
I'm pretty sure Wednesday's they have free guided tours, just to take the edge off a little.
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post #126 of 134
Sweet!
Do me a favor and take a photo of the picture of Cher at Aspen in the late 60's early 70's. Black and white photo. Can't find it online. It's in the mid mountain lodge. A great place to eat btw. It used to be in the bathroom but i think they moved it with the renovations.
Edited by Tog - 1/27/15 at 7:17pm
post #127 of 134
Love the view from atop of Highland Bowl!

Do it with friends. That is all I can add.
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Sweet!
Do me a favor and take a photo of the picture of Cher at Aspen in the late 60's early 70's. Black and white photo. Can't find it online. It's in the mid mountain lodge. A great place to eat btw. It used to be in the bathroom but i think they moved it with the renovations.

There is a small lobby outside the downstairs restrooms. That is where it is. The lower level was roped off, but I asked a manager and he took me down and pointed it out to me.

With and without flash.

Sorry it's askew, can't see close up with my contacts.
post #129 of 134
Yes!! That's it.
Such a great shot. Of the period, skiing at the time, fashion, a young star before she's huge, and the joy of skiing. ( or being at the ski area) Just great.

Now... Can we get it a wee bit better? :-)
post #130 of 134

I WENT THERE A FEW YEARS AGO ON OPENING DAY WITH MY WIFE. WE ARE ADVANCED, SURVIVAL SKIERS, AND WILL GO ANYWHERE EXCEPT CORBETTS COULOIR ONCE. THERE ARE NO MANDATORY CLIFFS OR GREATER THAN 10 FT DROPS. HIGHLANDS IS DOABLE BY ANYONE WHO IS IN GOOD ENOUGH SHAPE TO DO THE HIKE [THE HARDEST PART IMO]. YOU WILL NOT DIE SO JUST DO IT. I MEAN IT DEPENDS ON YOUR LIFE VIEW. IN MY EXPERIENCE, STEEPS ARE SAFER THAN GROOMERS, BECAUSE THE ADRENALIN KICKS IN. IT WAS 3 FT POW WHEN I DID IT AND I DID NOT HAVE POWDER SKIS. I FELL AND IT TOOK A WHILE TO GET DOWN BUT I DEFINITELY WANT TO GO BACK, AS I CONSIDER IT TO BE ONE OF A DOZEN OR SO EPIC RUNS  (FORGET COPPER, TRY JACKSON, WHISTLER, ALTA, WINTER PARK). GOOD LUCK!

post #131 of 134
STOP YELLING!!!!
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I WENT THERE A FEW YEARS AGO ON OPENING DAY WITH MY WIFE. WE ARE ADVANCED, SURVIVAL SKIERS, AND WILL GO ANYWHERE EXCEPT CORBETTS COULOIR ONCE. THERE ARE NO MANDATORY CLIFFS OR GREATER THAN 10 FT DROPS. HIGHLANDS IS DOABLE BY ANYONE WHO IS IN GOOD ENOUGH SHAPE TO DO THE HIKE [THE HARDEST PART IMO]. YOU WILL NOT DIE SO JUST DO IT. I MEAN IT DEPENDS ON YOUR LIFE VIEW. IN MY EXPERIENCE, STEEPS ARE SAFER THAN GROOMERS, BECAUSE THE ADRENALIN KICKS IN. IT WAS 3 FT POW WHEN I DID IT AND I DID NOT HAVE POWDER SKIS. I FELL AND IT TOOK A WHILE TO GET DOWN BUT I DEFINITELY WANT TO GO BACK, AS I CONSIDER IT TO BE ONE OF A DOZEN OR SO EPIC RUNS  (FORGET COPPER, TRY JACKSON, WHISTLER, ALTA, WINTER PARK). GOOD LUCK!

Seriously, it's hard to read.
post #132 of 134
It's still easier to read than the many mono-paragraphs in this thread. Seriously
post #133 of 134

Ran across a thread from Jan 2013 about the Highlands Bowl.  Video in this post is fun to watch.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/117263/hiking-aspen-highlands/30#post_1539569

post #134 of 134

Found a 2014 trip report about a father-son hike.  The boy was 5 when he decided he was ready for it.  A top Nastar racer for his age.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/125243/highland-bowl-with-a-5-year-old

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