We flew in to Salt Lake on Christmas Eve and woke up Christmas morning to this -
We wanted a quiet day after traveling so we cruised around town and the took the kids tubing and mini snowmobile riding at Gorgoza Park - they loved it.
Next day we skied at Alta but most time was spent at Snowbird. Conditions were grand, crowds were not too bad. Loved skiing in Mineral Basin after experiencing sh## conditions there in the past. LCC has 'blow your mind scenery'.
A couple more days at Snowbird - similar fantastic conditions. Despite what I keep being told Snowbird has plenty of terrain for intermediates. Our one ride on the tram was an experience I won't strive to have again. Wonderful lift system though. Here's our red trolley -
Spent a day at Brighton. Beautiful snow but pretty crowded. I would imagine it would be good skiing in a storm compared to much of Alta or Snowbird due to the wealth of tree lined runs.
We drove from SLC to Moab for a couple of days to check out Arches NP. Absolutely stunning.
Took the kids horse riding on a ranch that was used to film a John Wayne movie back in the day. My daughter in particular loved it. Her horse was Hondo.
Took an easy drive to Aspen.
I will take the time to say the rumoured high prices aren't true if you don't want them to be. On mountain dining is similar to all other ski resorts I've been to and restaurants are reasonable for the great food. Alcohol prices are standard. We won't be doing any 'retail' so I can't comment on clothing/ski gear prices.
The hills themselves offer different things. We loved Aspen Highlands for the easy blues. Snowmass is huge. So much variety. There are no crowds. We haven't waited in a lift line. Seriously - not for more than 10 seconds. The lift systems seem great. The crowds.
My 9 year old son loved the jumps in the terrain parks at Buttermilk while my wife liked that she could slay the 'black' runs on the Tiehack side. She quipped 'Now I know I can ski black runs I should have done some with you when we were in Utah'.
We had lunch with the beautiful people at the Sundeck on Ajax mountain.
Didn't really like Aspen mountain greatly. Can anyone say bumps? And more bumps. Probably won't go back there. Had the obligatory Apre beers at Ajax Tavern. Aspen town is busy. I'm sure most of the people in town don't ski or board. The amount of fur and over the top makeup is amazing.
Accomodations have been excellent. We typically opt for clean and basic but in a great location. You Americans are spoilt with cheap lodging options. Kids love the heated outdoor pool. The like to swim while it's snowing.
So far it's been a great trip. Top service, friendly locals.
To be continued.
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