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post #61 of 75
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I was at Snowmass for just one day as a tourist and might not have been navigating the mountain the best.  Memory was that it took 3 lifts including the Poma to lap the hanging valley.  There was another interesting area lookers left on the mountain that took 2 lifts to lap.

 

Thanks for the tip on La Quinta.

 

Also again thanks everyone for your input.  The pictures in particular make the thread more enjoyable.

That's probably accurate, but the terrain between the two lifts is really fun too.  I am not sure (exactly) what lifts we took because I was with an instructor (ESA) and we just followed him.  He took us to some pretty amazing terrain, all of which was fun to access.  

IIRC we ended up on "long shot" at the end of the day and it took a few cat tracks to get back to our base area.

Still, it was all fun. 

post #62 of 75
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Originally Posted by Maineac View Post
 

I was at Snowmass for just one day as a tourist and might not have been navigating the mountain the best.  Memory was that it took 3 lifts including the Poma to lap the hanging valley.  There was another interesting area lookers left on the mountain that took 2 lifts to lap.

 

Thanks for the tip on La Quinta.

 

Also again thanks everyone for your input.  The pictures in particular make the thread more enjoyable.

That's probably accurate, but the terrain between the two lifts is really fun too.  I am not sure (exactly) what lifts we took because I was with an instructor (ESA) and we just followed him.  He took us to some pretty amazing terrain, all of which was fun to access.  

IIRC we ended up on "long shot" at the end of the day and it took a few cat tracks to get back to our base area.

Still, it was all fun. 

It is better to make a big pattern where you work your way across the mountain than to lap a particular lift.  I enjoyed the variety (cruiser stretch, bump stretch, odd corner, etc) on the way back to the lift, too.

post #63 of 75
Aspen locker room just below the Gondola.



You really should ski all four.
post #64 of 75
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Aspen locker room just below the Gondola.



You really should ski all four.

I did not find that one.  I am remembering (perhaps incorrectly) a couple of lockers in a hallway leading to the public restrooms.

Is this open to the general public (as opposed to seasonal locker renters)?

I want to collect this sort of info for the Gathering.

post #65 of 75
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Hard to picture myself sliding down Buttermilk 

post #66 of 75

Generally speaking La Quinta is one of my first hotel searches. The only La Quinta I've stayed in that I didn't care for was the one in Steamboat. I could definitely stay there for a night, but it was pretty dark, we had trouble with the card keys, we had to park on a patch of glare ice, and we had to leave the building in order to get to the continental breakfast, which was ... basic. 

post #67 of 75
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Also again thanks everyone for your input.  The pictures in particular make the thread more enjoyable.

I was looking for an excuse to post more of my photos:D

Here is some photo stoke for you from some of the places I have visited recently on your list.  Hope you have a GREAT trip.  Be sure to pace yourself, because once you get a couple weeks into it you'll really get your ski legs and start to feel your oats.  I still have a deep feeling of satisfaction in my gut from my 9 week ski trip last winter.  You might say it scratched a lifelong itch.

 

Aspen Highlands, first close-up look at Highland Bowl will blow you away.

 

View of the Maroon Bells (14000'+) on the hike to Long Shot trail at Snowmass

 

My son shredding Bear Paw glade at Aspen Mountain.

 

High Rustler at Alta.

 

Somewhere in Mineral Basin at Snowbird.

 

Epicski member Spikedog at Jackson Hole.

 

 

Heidi's Rock on Red Dog Ridge at Squaw Valley.

 

South Face at Alpine Meadows.

 

View from Highline Ridge at Taos.

 

My other piece of advice is reach out to peeps on this site before and during your trip for companionship and local knowledge.  They are uniformly fun and generous because we're all in our friggin' happiest happy place together when we're on the slopes!  All the best days of my trip were when I teamed up with someone rather than skied alone.

post #68 of 75
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Hope to be seeing Ajax on Sunday and Aspen Highlands on Monday.

 

My mom, who I have been the primary helper of-she is in assisted living-went bat guano over the holidays and took up most of my time.  Just finished building my platform.  It goes in the car tomorrow-hope it fits.  I feel like I have a plan for keeping food in my cooler-lots of stored water mass which I can heat with my stove; window shades and Li+ brick battery with a USB fan; warm bag and warm clothes.

 

So far for a strong el Nino I have been surprised by the winter the West has had. I think the consistent cold the west has had is what was not where I would have laid money.

post #69 of 75
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Originally Posted by Maineac View Post
 

Hope to be seeing Ajax on Sunday and Aspen Highlands on Monday.

 

My mom, who I have been the primary helper of-she is in assisted living-went bat guano over the holidays and took up most of my time.  Just finished building my platform.  It goes in the car tomorrow-hope it fits.  I feel like I have a plan for keeping food in my cooler-lots of stored water mass which I can heat with my stove; window shades and Li+ brick battery with a USB fan; warm bag and warm clothes.

 

So far for a strong el Nino I have been surprised by the winter the West has had. I think the consistent cold the west has had is what was not where I would have laid money.

 

While in Aspen, check out the Aspen Basalt Campground. It is right on highway 82 and for around $50/night you get an electric plug in, access to shower room and laundry room. I don't know if they accept car campers.

post #70 of 75

If you're looking for a hostel while you're in Mammoth I can recommend the Davison Street House.  http://www.mammoth-guest.com

I have stayed there and enjoyed the place.  The accommodations were comfortable and the people were interesting.  

 

The bus system in Mammoth is good, though if you want to drive up to a lift and be able to return to your vehicle periodically I recommend "the Mill" at chair #2 or if you're at the Davison House you're only half a mile from the Canyon area.

post #71 of 75
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Thanks Dano, would be cool to run into you on the road.  For that cabbage I am going to go for a hotel room

 

river-z that is some good intel there.  Most likely will be in Mammoth mid-March and I will be camping someplace out of town and driving to the hill.

post #72 of 75
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Originally Posted by Maineac View Post
 

Thanks Dano, would be cool to run into you on the road.  For that cabbage I am going to go for a hotel room

 

river-z that is some good intel there.  Most likely will be in Mammoth mid-March and I will be camping someplace out of town and driving to the hill.

 

$50 will get you a Motel6 room in Sandy, Utah and Jackson, WY but that is about it for ski country cheap rooms other than hostels. As for me, I'm not a hostel guy.

post #73 of 75

I've stayed at a bunch of dumps in SLC in the past. America's Best Inn was the worst.   Now I'm too old.

Now I use Priceline or Hotwire,  nothing less than 3stars and the price is normally about the same.

Usually a Hampton Inn or  Court Yard Plus,  instead of a Comfort Inn/Motel 6.

You don't get to choose the location, but once your in the valley, your driving anyhow.

post #74 of 75
Thread Starter 

I liked the Motel6 in Jackson and the rates are even better by the week.  The Motel6 in Sandy was so so at best.

 

Bad mattresses, old gross carpet-I am over that.  I think South Lake Tahoe has the worst hotels I have ever seen. 

 

I have had good experiences at hostels, but I bring ear plugs and flip flops.

post #75 of 75

The Motel 6 in Jackson was remodeled a few years ago and it makes a big difference. I was hoping that the Motel 6 in Sandy had also been remodeled. I don't really care if there are low lifers or drifters there but I might sleep in my own bed in my camper with ear plugs.

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