Since my season is over, it’s time to think/plan/dream about next season. I’m a flatlander who has already purchased a Mountain Collective Pass for next year and I’m thinking about the possibilities. At the moment, I’m specifically thinking about “a place where the beer flows like wine...where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano...a little place called Aspen.”
I’ve yet to ski at Buttermilk, but have been to (and loved) the other three areas at Aspen. For a given number of ski days at Aspen, how would you divide things up among the four areas? If convenience and snow conditions were equal (of course, they never are), here’s how I think I would divvy up my ski days.
2: 1 AH, 1 S
3: 1 AH, 2 S
4: 1 AH, 2 S, 1 AM
5: 2 AH, 2 S, 1 AM
6: 2 AH, 2 S, 1 AM, 1 B
7: 2 AH, 3 S, 1 AM, 1 B
Based on those breakdowns, Aspen Mountain only makes the cut if I would have at least four days and Buttermilk only on trips with at least six days of skiing. But should Buttermilk even be considered? I’m a confident Level 7 who enjoys all types of terrain, but no interest in terrain parks.