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My family and two other families are traveling to Aspen/Snowmass for Spring Break starting on April 1 (we're late this year).  All have booked lodgings through VRBO or other contacts and are now trying to figure out lift tickets, rentals (or bring our skis) and lessons.  The Aspen/Snowmass booking site seems really expensive unless you book your entire vacation through its service.  Are there any other options to purchase tickets, particularly since we have a decent size group (6 adults and 9 kids ages 9-13).  I'd figure that time of year that rentals could be a "rent when you get there decision".  Would lesson options also be easier to sort out once we arrived?  I doubt we'd do more than two days of lessons for any of the kids as all are very good skiers for flat landers.  A lesson with our group and the right instructor would also be intriguing (best day of skiing I ever had was in Steamboat where an instructor took my family out as a group).  Any advice on any of these issues would be most appreciated.  The Bears are the best resource on the web for skiing!

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I will be there first week of April also.  That is always a great time to be in Snowmass.  For rentals go to Gene Taylors in the Snowmass mall.  Nice, friendly people working there.  Really good prices and a nice selection of demo skiis, even for the kids.  Have fun.

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My family and two other families are traveling to Aspen/Snowmass for Spring Break starting on April 1 (we're late this year).  All have booked lodgings through VRBO or other contacts and are now trying to figure out lift tickets, rentals (or bring our skis) and lessons.  The Aspen/Snowmass booking site seems really expensive unless you book your entire vacation through its service.  Are there any other options to purchase tickets, particularly since we have a decent size group (6 adults and 9 kids ages 9-13).  I'd figure that time of year that rentals could be a "rent when you get there decision".  Would lesson options also be easier to sort out once we arrived?  I doubt we'd do more than two days of lessons for any of the kids as all are very good skiers for flat landers.  A lesson with our group and the right instructor would also be intriguing (best day of skiing I ever had was in Steamboat where an instructor took my family out as a group).  Any advice on any of these issues would be most appreciated.  The Bears are the best resource on the web for skiing!


Does everyone have skis and boots?  What about boot bags and ski bags?  Baggage fees?  With that many people, worth doing the math to compare the options for skis.  Bringing boots is always the better idea for adults.  For kids too if they have boots that fit well.  Especially since the kids in your group are old enough to carry their own stuff.

 

Since you are flatlanders, consider skiing at Buttermilk the first day.  It's not really that small since it's 600 acres.  Has all levels from easy greens to legitimate ungroomed blacks that are pretty long.  One advantage for a mixed ability group with tweens is that you are more likely to be able to be comfortable splitting up for a while and meeting at either the base lodge or the summit lodge.  Much harder to do at Snowmass because it's huge.

 

Do spend a day at Aspen Highlands, which also has terrain for all levels.

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Buttermilk!
Eat at top there plus one must eat at top of Aspen (Ajax). For the views. Or just have water.
Could one get a group rate with 6 adults 9 kids?
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Can't really help you with tickets.  Next year get the Mountain Collective Pass.

Buttermilk is a great option,but get there soon, it closes after the 3rd.

If you have a car, park at the West Buttermilk and do a picnic at the drive up tables.

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