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post #181 of 720

Did I mention I already have my flights (1 from Toronto ON and one from Chalotte NC into Aspen) I dont have to worrie about driving weather, paying for rental, paying for gas, parking, warming up car, finding my lodge. If its only 300 extra right into Aspen well I would really look hard at it.



 



Just sayin

post #182 of 720
About 3 1/2 hours from DIA to Aspen, right?
post #183 of 720
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I've seen enough SUVs and Trucks in ditches in my time to know that 4wd is definitely no magic bullet, I'd take the worst rental car driven with extreme care over a fully winterised rig driven by an overconfident dick anytime.

 

AWD is good for not getting stuck. It doesn't help much when you're already pointing in the general direction of a ditch and trying to stop.

 

Anyway, got flights in and out of Aspen with some padding for moderate weather delays and a good price for a room on Airbnb, so hopefully I'm set. Now all we need is some snow.

:ski 

post #184 of 720
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I've seen enough SUVs and Trucks in ditches in my time to know that 4wd is definitely no magic bullet, I'd take the worst rental car driven with extreme care over a fully winterised rig driven by an overconfident dick anytime.

 

AWD is good for not getting stuck. It doesn't help much when you're already pointing in the general direction of a ditch and trying to stop.

 

Anyway, got flights in and out of Aspen with some padding for moderate weather delays and a good price for a room on Airbnb, so hopefully I'm set. Now all we need is some snow.

:ski 

Yeah, I choose abnormally long layovers when I book connecting flights.

post #185 of 720

In case anyone's just subscribed to this thread and not checking for others, there's another thread to gauge interest in lessons/workshops during the Gathering... 

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142069/lessons-at-aspen-2016-gathering

post #186 of 720

Hey Brad

Great skiing with you as well

Havent got far on the accommodation yet,Dano T has replied ,hes thinking about options as well

I might yet have to start a specific accommodation thread

Do you know anybody else travelling solo?

Maybe they missed my post?

 

Im off to my local,(3 1/2 hrs away) ski field tonight ,for hopefully three days of fun ,weve just had a couple of 30-40 cm dumps and the base is now at approx 1.40mts which is about the minimum we need on our volacanic mountain .We have to cover volcanic rocks the size of small buses! No trees or meadows to ski around for us unfortuneatly!!

Let it snow ,let it snow

 

Cheers

John

post #187 of 720
Thread Starter 

Thread Organization

 

This discussion has grown large enough that some specific topics need to be broken off into their own threads.  Otherwise it's going to be really hard to find information when people start coming back in the fall.

 

The platform provides a "group" mechanism to keep related discussions together.  Past experience has shown that attempts to corral threads doesn't usually work -- most of the info for past Gatherings was not in the group created for them.  I am not going to fight this, but instead will use the group as a place to put bookmarks (or pointers) to the real threads.  If you save a shortcut to the group on your home screen, this should let you open the relevant thread with 2 clicks.

 

(Pointer threads are not mandatory -- use them if we want to be able to find and refer to a new thread a few months from now.  Too many pointers to threads without a long-term future will make it hard to find the nuggets later.)

 

The group I started is located here: http://www.epicski.com/groups/show/55/2016-epicski-gathering-at-aspen-february-3-through-9.

 

I've started creating related threads and will make more as I get to  it.  Other people should feel free to start threads as well.

 

I suggest related threads should have a thread title in the form of "<the real topic> -- Aspen 2016 Gathering".  Including that tag helps people recognize it on the new posts page, but putting it last avoids the real topic getting lost.  (For one thing, the ends of long titles do not display on mobile.)

 

 

(Roll call thread is coming soon -- maybe day after tomorrow.)

post #188 of 720
7 days of skiing. What's the best way to get passes for Aspen/Snowmass?
post #189 of 720
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7 days of skiing. What's the best way to get passes for Aspen/Snowmass?

 

Here is the price from last season (it's no longer on the Aspen website apparently) :

 

 

So 7 days are $693 (last season). 

 

The other thing folks seem to be doing (me included) is buying a Mountain Collective Pass... it's also currently not on sale, but will be in the fall. Depending on price it might be worth getting as you get two days at Aspen, and 50% off additional days. mdf in another thread put together a graph showing that at 5 days you broke even, BUT that was assuming you got the third bonus day for an early MCP purchase, which may not be available when they go back on sale. (And it assumed last season's prices.) Here's the link to that :

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/133467/mountain-collective-2015-16/90#post_1894456

 

7 days of skiing might still make it worth buying an MCP, because you'd also get 2 days at a bunch of other great resorts.

 

Outside of all that, I have no idea bout any other discounts (Liftopia, local discount coupons or cards, etc.) Has Aspen gone the way of Vail and guaranteed that their own online sales are the cheapest?

post #190 of 720
post #191 of 720

The MCP is doing a special deal for a few days, ends at noon on Aug. 1.  $389/adult with a bonus day at one pre-designated destination.  Since skier31 is organizing a group discount, probably only makes sense for people who can figure out how to ski at another MCP destination in addition to attending the Aspen Gathering in early Feb.

 

http://mountaincollective.com/#lastChanceSale

post #192 of 720
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Originally Posted by Old Boot View Post

Did I mention I already have my flights (1 from Toronto ON and one from Chalotte NC into Aspen) I dont have to worrie about driving weather, paying for rental, paying for gas, parking, warming up car, finding my lodge. If its only 300 extra right into Aspen well I would really look hard at it.



 



Just sayin


First time I went to Aspen, I had flights scheduled in and out on Aspen Airways. I ended up taking the bus from DIA and back because of weather issues.
post #193 of 720
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First time I went to Aspen, I had flights scheduled in and out on Aspen Airways. I ended up taking the bus from DIA and back because of weather issues.

What's your point? It does happen but there are many times it does not. When people have limited time, flying to Denver and driving adds a whole lot of time to the journey.
post #194 of 720
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What's your point? It does happen but there are many times it does not. When people have limited time, flying to Denver and driving adds a whole lot of time to the journey.

 

Well based on hearing a few of those kinds of experiences, I think I may book through to Aspen airport, then have a (cancellable) SUV reservation in Denver just in case.

 

I know things can be unpredicatable. I came pretty close to cancelling my SUV for a regular sedan on my trip last winter, since the weather report looked good right up until a couple of days before going. And we wound up driving through heavy snow.

 

I'm also struggling with the thought of not having a car in Aspen (depending on where I end up staying - I don't know where yet). I'm so used (addicted?) to having a car and driving - we even drove (and paid) to park in Vail rather than take the bus since it was so easy, and close to the rental shop and Gondola. If it had been more painful, we'd have been more likely to take the bus (which was pretty convenient to where we were staying). 

 

What's the system like in Aspen/Snowmass compared to driving? I'm sure it's a good bus system, but if driving and parking is really convenient, I'd be more likely to want a car. If parking is annoying (long shuttle ride anyway, hard to find a spot, etc.) I'd be more likely to bag the car.

post #195 of 720
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Well based on hearing a few of those kinds of experiences, I think I may book through to Aspen airport, then have a (cancellable) SUV reservation in Denver just in case.

 

I know things can be unpredicatable. I came pretty close to cancelling my SUV for a regular sedan on my trip last winter, since the weather report looked good right up until a couple of days before going. And we wound up driving through heavy snow.

 

I'm also struggling with the thought of not having a car in Aspen (depending on where I end up staying - I don't know where yet). I'm so used (addicted?) to having a car and driving - we even drove (and paid) to park in Vail rather than take the bus since it was so easy, and close to the rental shop and Gondola. If it had been more painful, we'd have been more likely to take the bus (which was pretty convenient to where we were staying). 

 

What's the system like in Aspen/Snowmass compared to driving? I'm sure it's a good bus system, but if driving and parking is really convenient, I'd be more likely to want a car. If parking is annoying (long shuttle ride anyway, hard to find a spot, etc.) I'd be more likely to bag the car.

 

The bus system in Aspen/Snowmass is fabulous.  Parking is difficult in Aspen.  I live in Snowmass in the winter and do not drive my car.  

 

The Aspen/Snowmass system is better than Vail (IMO).   It does take a little bit of getting used to in terms of the schedule but the drivers are friendly and helpful.

 

Depending on where you stay, there are town shuttles in Snowmass that go to most of the condos and grocery store areas. The RFTA bus system goes from Snowmass/Buttermilk/Highlands and Aspen and is free.  You really do not need a car.

post #196 of 720

It is always good weather when I fly in or out of a ski destination, then closes in behind me. Ya better fly same time as I do to be sure:snowfight

post #197 of 720
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Originally Posted by dbostedo View Post
 
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Well based on hearing a few of those kinds of experiences, I think I may book through to Aspen airport, then have a (cancellable) SUV reservation in Denver just in case.

 

I know things can be unpredicatable. I came pretty close to cancelling my SUV for a regular sedan on my trip last winter, since the weather report looked good right up until a couple of days before going. And we wound up driving through heavy snow.

 

I'm also struggling with the thought of not having a car in Aspen (depending on where I end up staying - I don't know where yet). I'm so used (addicted?) to having a car and driving - we even drove (and paid) to park in Vail rather than take the bus since it was so easy, and close to the rental shop and Gondola. If it had been more painful, we'd have been more likely to take the bus (which was pretty convenient to where we were staying). 

 

What's the system like in Aspen/Snowmass compared to driving? I'm sure it's a good bus system, but if driving and parking is really convenient, I'd be more likely to want a car. If parking is annoying (long shuttle ride anyway, hard to find a spot, etc.) I'd be more likely to bag the car.

For what it's worth, if I were planning a 1-week solo trip to Aspen that included lodging at Snowmass or in the town of Aspen, I would fly via ASE and not  bother with a car.  On the other hand, with a group who shares the cost of a rental SUV and a condo/house in Basalt or Carbondale, it could be a bit cheaper.  Assuming everyone flies into DIA at about the same time.  Also assumes the group skis full days and is on the save wavelength about late afternoon/evening stuff.  Cars with 4+ passengers can park for free near Snowmass lifts or at Highlands.  The Highlands parking garage is very convenient but small, so need to arrive relatively early.

 

The bus rides between Snowmass, Aspen, Highlands are relatively short.  Buses often enough at peak times that you don't have to worry that much about meeting a particular bus.  The town of Aspen is pretty small.  Walking around makes much more sense than driving and parking.  Getting around Snowmass Village and resort condos/houses by walking or taking a Snowmass bus is much more sensible than driving a car.

post #198 of 720
Sounds fun, I live here and happy to show a few people around some of the moremexcited expert terrain of Aspen mountian and Aspen highlands. Sadly, I don't know the terrain at snowmass nearly as well as I spend very few days over there.
post #199 of 720
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Sounds fun, I live here and happy to show a few people around some of the moremexcited expert terrain of Aspen mountian and Aspen highlands. Sadly, I don't know the terrain at snowmass nearly as well as I spend very few days over there.

Great! I'll be in touch.
post #200 of 720
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Great! I'll be in touch.

 

 

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Sounds fun, I live here and happy to show a few people around some of the moremexcited expert terrain of Aspen mountian and Aspen highlands. Sadly, I don't know the terrain at snowmass nearly as well as I spend very few days over there.

 

I have a friend who lives in Basalt and I skied a day at Snowmass last year with her and her friends, so she may be available as a guide. Send me a PM if you think you might need an extra guide. No rush as I have yet to tell her my ski trip plans for 2016.

post #201 of 720

WOW Roll call sheet is up!!!

I was just thinking the other day "I wounder when the roll call will be added"

Crazy how these things just happen some times!!!

 

See you all on the list

PS Thanks GM

post #202 of 720
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Originally Posted by Gathermeister View Post
 

Thread Organization

 

This discussion has grown large enough that some specific topics need to be broken off into their own threads.  Otherwise it's going to be really hard to find information when people start coming back in the fall.

 

The platform provides a "group" mechanism to keep related discussions together.  Past experience has shown that attempts to corral threads doesn't usually work -- most of the info for past Gatherings was not in the group created for them.  I am not going to fight this, but instead will use the group as a place to put bookmarks (or pointers) to the real threads.  If you save a shortcut to the group on your home screen, this should let you open the relevant thread with 2 clicks.

 

(Pointer threads are not mandatory -- use them if we want to be able to find and refer to a new thread a few months from now.  Too many pointers to threads without a long-term future will make it hard to find the nuggets later.)

 

The group I started is located here: http://www.epicski.com/groups/show/55/2016-epicski-gathering-at-aspen-february-3-through-9.

 

I've started creating related threads and will make more as I get to  it.  Other people should feel free to start threads as well.

 

I suggest related threads should have a thread title in the form of "<the real topic> -- Aspen 2016 Gathering".  Including that tag helps people recognize it on the new posts page, but putting it last avoids the real topic getting lost.  (For one thing, the ends of long titles do not display on mobile.)

 

 

(Roll call thread is coming soon -- maybe day after tomorrow.)

 

 

In addition to the Roll Call thread, the Gathermeister has also set up a Group for the Aspen Gathering.  While it's not necessary to become a member of the Group, it's helpful closer to the Gathering week.  In particular, the Gathermeister can send easily send PMs to all members of the Group about meet up times/places.  Pretty sure Group members get notifications if any posts are made to Group threads, even if they are not subscribed to a particular thread.

 

If you are reading this thread and would like to join the Group, click on Join Group from the Group homepage (link below).  Note that you do not need to be 100% committed to attending the Gathering before you join the Group.

 

2016 Aspen Gathering Group

http://www.epicski.com/groups/show/55/2016-epicski-gathering-at-aspen-february-3-through-9

 

At the Gathermeister's request, I'm helping maintain the "bookmarks" in the Group.  There is a "table of contents" in the Group's "Announcement thread" of the most useful related threads, such as the threads about potential lessons or group discount lift tickets.

 

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Related threads:

 

General discussion, started by Gathermeister in June 2015

http://www.epicski.com/t/141729/the-2016-epicski-gathering-at-aspen-colorado-in-early-february

 

Roll Call, started by Gathermeister in August 2015

http://www.epicski.com/t/142183/roll-call-2016-aspen-gathering-feb-3-9

 

Roommates and carpools

http://www.epicski.com/t/142084/sharing-lodging-or-carpools-2016-aspen-gathering

 

Potential group lesson/clinic for day or two

http://www.epicski.com/t/142069/lessons-at-aspen-2016-gathering

 

Group discount lift tickets

http://www.epicski.com/t/142077/lift-ticket-discount-aspen-gathering-2016

 

Mountain Collective Pass (MCP)

http://www.epicski.com/t/133467/mountain-collective-2015-16

post #203 of 720
Thread Starter 

I meant to do this yesterday, but ....

 

Woo-hoo!  Only six months till the Gathering!

post #204 of 720

Southwest has sales all the time.  But the current one is pretty good for travel thru Feb. 10th.

post #205 of 720

Just in case some people thinking about the Gathering haven't heard yet . . . Taos and Stowe were added to the 2015-16 MCP, which is on sale again as of 8/11/15.  Price is $399/adult.

post #206 of 720
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Aspen must be on the way then. How about a "stop by"?

 

Aspen lift tickets will be at 50% discount with my Taos pass. The odds are getting better. 

post #207 of 720

Come on, ya know ya waaannnaaa

post #208 of 720
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Aspen lift tickets will be at 50% discount with my Taos pass. The odds are getting better. 

If Mrs Grump can find a lodging deal you probably will bless us with your presence ...
post #209 of 720
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Come on, ya know ya waaannnaaa

 

You know I waaaaannnnaaa and I know I waaannnaa. But both of us know who is the boss. :rolleyes

 

 

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If Mrs Grump can find a lodging deal you probably will bless us with your presence ...

 

Are you sure it is a blessing? :D 

post #210 of 720
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Are you sure it is a blessing? biggrin.gif  
Yeah I forgot ...
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