My boyfriend and I are heading to Aspen/Snowmass for our first trip of the year from Jan.26-Feb.2.
I have looked at the trail map and read a bunch on these forums - very helpful. I was wondering if I could get more specifics from those who know the place. My boyfriend is an intermediate skier, I am an advanced intermediate snowboarder, who will be taking ski lessons again after 20+ years of not skiing. We are both in our mid-30s. I have been ice skating a lot recently, so I hope the edge work will help me.
I will prob split time 60/30 between skiing and boarding, depending on how my ski lessons go. If I prove to be worse than I think, I might board more in order to see more of the mountain....But note that I am determined to ski again, as the technical aspects and graceful movements are more appealing to me nowadays. Since I never got into jumps/tricks/park with snowboarding, there seems to be little else I can do to "progress." I've hit a wall and am kind of bored. Getting up gets harder and harder! There seems to be more to learn in skiing. And honestly it looks kinder to the aging body.
Most of all, we just want to have fun and take full advantage of the scenery. Neither of us has ever been to Colorado or the Rockies. I know we will want to take it easy and cruise the first few days. Once the excitement kicks in, we will push ourselves.
My questions: Can anyone suggest an itinerary, or progression of runs, given my description above? I know it is supposed to be a huge place, so I want to minimize wasting time deciding on what runs to take/ getting lost. We are staying right next to Fanny Hill.
Finally, we are also interested in cultural activities, authentic atmosphere, etc. Not interested in anything fancy/posh. Would rather hang around local dives and off-the-radar places - to the extent that those exist in this area. Anybody have experience with any of the Aspen ice rinks? Thinking of bringing my skates as well.
Sorry for the rambling email. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.