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Best run/trail for short pure carving linked turns (in Aspen area)

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hello, I'm headed to Aspen Area, in mid January, travelling from Argentina.
I would like to know please, which trails are the best for practicing short pure carved turns all day.
It should be an very long even intermediate trail. Wide, groomed each day, and with a fast lift.
I'll only be for 2 days, so don't have much time.
I was told:

 

Aspen Mountain
-Copper bowl
-Spar Gulch

 

Aspen Highlands
-Broadway-Kandahar

Snowmass
-The big burn lift area: those trails like Dallas freeway, etc. 

 

What do you guys think? what would you choose for that?
Could you make a top three for me please?

Thanks a lot,
 

post #2 of 10

Snowmass - Sheer Bliss off the Sheer Bliss lift.

 

wide and groomed and not many people

post #3 of 10

Oh gosh, you just scratched two of my favorite itches: (1) making lists, and (2) skiing at Aspen.

 

Aspen Mountain

  1. Copper Bowl
  2. Spar Gulch
  3. Ruthie's Run

 

Aspen Highlands

  1. Golden Horn/Thunderbowl/Smuggler
  2. Broadway/Face of Oly/Gunbarrel
  3. Broadway/Hayden/Wine Ridge

 

Snowmass

  1. Sheer Bliss
  2. The Edge
  3. Dallas Freeway

 

OVERALL

  1. Golden Horn/Thunderbowl/Smuggler (Aspen Highlands)
  2. Sheer Bliss (Snowmass)
  3. Copper Bowl (Aspen Mountain)

 

 

See picture below of the "crowded" run of Sheer Bliss at Snowmass (2200 vertical feet of gorgeous skiing):

 

 

 

If you are only going to be there for two days, I would recommend 1 day at Snowmass and 1 day at Aspen Highlands.  Highlands is pretty compact and has very efficient lifts for racking up some serious vertical.


Edited by Lofcaudio - 10/11/16 at 11:12am
post #4 of 10

I second all of these recommendations 

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot folks! I'll give them a try..

Cheers

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Lofcaudio View Post
 

Oh gosh, you just scratched two of my favorite itches: (1) making lists, and (2) skiing at Aspen.

 

Aspen Mountain

  1. Copper Bowl
  2. Spar Gulch
  3. Ruthie's Run

 

Aspen Highlands

  1. Golden Horn/Thunderbowl/Smuggler
  2. Broadway/Face of Oly/Gunbarrel
  3. Broadway/Hayden/Wine Ridge

 

Snowmass

  1. Sheer Bliss
  2. The Edge
  3. Dallas Freeway

 

OVERALL

  1. Golden Horn/Thunderbowl/Smuggler (Aspen Highlands)
  2. Sheer Bliss (Snowmass)
  3. Copper Bowl (Aspen Mountain)

 

 

See picture below of the "crowded" run of Sheer Bliss at Snowmass (2200 vertical feet of gorgeous skiing):

 

 

 

If you are only going to be there for two days, I would recommend 1 day at Snowmass and 1 day at Aspen Highlands.  Highlands is pretty compact and has very efficient lifts for racking up some serious vertical.

 

 

Your list is very complete.  I personally prefer Aspen to Snowmass, just because the runs are quite a bit steeper.   When they've groomed the entire DH course with Ruthies, Aztec, Spring Pitch, StrawPile to 5th Ave, it is sublime.

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by esteban525 View Post
 

Hello, I'm headed to Aspen Area, in mid January, travelling from Argentina.
I would like to know please, which trails are the best for practicing short pure carved turns all day.
It should be an very long even intermediate trail. Wide, groomed each day, and with a fast lift.
I'll only be for 2 days, so don't have much time.
I was told:

 

Aspen Mountain
-Copper bowl
-Spar Gulch

 

Aspen Highlands
-Broadway-Kandahar

Snowmass
-The big burn lift area: those trails like Dallas freeway, etc. 

 

What do you guys think? what would you choose for that?
Could you make a top three for me please?

Thanks a lot,
 


​Agree with most of your list and the other posts with the exception of Copper bowl/Spar Gulch at Aspen. Those two are usually among the most crowded runs at Aspen and then your stuck with Kleenex Corner/Little Nell and a long Gondola ride back to the top.  All of the blues serviced by the Ajax Express lift are better suited for your stated objective.

 

A couple of others not mentioned:

 

Snowmass- Elk Camp.  Fun blues. serviced by a quick lift. Check the grooming report, if they've groomed Long Shot it would be worth it even though it's two charlift rides back to Elk Camp.

Buttermilk- Tiehack Express.  It's never crowded on this side of Buttermilk and although they don't get as much snow it's not as windy on very windy days.

post #8 of 10

Mod note: edited title to specify Aspen. Original title could reference thousands of trails on hundreds of mountains. 

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Old Duderino View Post
 


Those two are usually among the most crowded runs at Aspen and then your stuck with Kleenex Corner/Little Nell and a long Gondola ride back to the top.  All of the blues serviced by the Ajax Express lift are better suited for your stated objective.

 

If I may quibble, his stated objective was "long even intermediate runs."  The runs serviced by Ajax are neither long nor even.  In fact, I can't think of any sustained pitch worthy of mention that feeds into the area known as Tortilla Flats.  Pussyfoot is usually groomed which provides a nice little steep spot but it is so stinkin' short it's really not worth mentioning.

 

The Ajax lift itself runs for 1100 vertical feet...the top is flat for quite a while and the Tortilla Flats section at the bottom is also pretty big with a huge roller that you have to carry some steam to get over...which leaves not much vertical at all to really make the turns that the OP is looking to make.

 

The OP is only going to be there for two days.  If he's looking for long, even and intermediate (with fast lifts), I can't imagine him not finding plenty at Snowmass and Highlands right in his sweet spot.

post #10 of 10


I worked at Snowmass last season. I would go there and Highlands for the best skiing.

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