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post #1 of 20
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Does anyone have suggestions for someplace to stay between Vail and Aspen? All my years living in Denver I never made it to Aspen...and I'm doing it this year dammit!

I want to drive out and ski Vail one day then head towards Aspen that night and stay somewhere. Ski Aspen the next day then drive back to Denver that night. Any suggestions on something affordable outside the Aspen area?
post #2 of 20
X-Cop and Shredhead are the experts on the Aspen area here. Their recomendations in the area are top notch.

If you want to stay inexpensively, look in the Glenwood Springs and Carbondale area. Check out their Chamber of Commerce website. It is about 45 minutes to the Aspen Group on a well maintained road. Just take note that there is an exodus toward Aspen each morning. Time the trip accordingly and it is really easy. If you hit the rush, it can be aggravating.

If you feel the need for a 'day off', try a morning at Sunlight. ...Inexpensive, interesting terrain, and really laid back; but no high speed lifts.

One lowlander item of note: The Glenwood Springs area offers the same sleep altitude as Denver proper; without the need to cross a high altitude pass in transit to either Vail/Beaver Creek, or the Aspen Group. Transit times are an hour to Vail, and 45 minutes to Aspen; from an almost guaranteed symptom free overnight stay.
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by feal:
X-Cop and Shredhead are the experts on the Aspen area here. Their recomendations in the area are top notch.

If you want to stay inexpensively, look in the Glenwood Springs and Carbondale area. Check out their Chamber of Commerce website. It is about 45 minutes to the Aspen Group on a well maintained road. Just take note that there is an exodus toward Aspen each morning. Time the trip accordingly and it is really easy. If you hit the rush, it can be aggravating.

If you feel the need for a 'day off', try a morning at Sunlight. ...Inexpensive, interesting terrain, and really laid back; but no high speed lifts.

One lowlander item of note: The Glenwood Springs area offers the same sleep altitude as Denver proper; without the need to cross a high altitude pass in transit to either Vail/Beaver Creek, or the Aspen Group. Transit times are an hour to Vail, and 45 minutes to Aspen; from an almost guaranteed symptom free overnight stay.
Thanks Feal, although I was hoping for rec's closer than Carbondale. There has to be some smaller B&B's or hotels outside of Aspen.
post #4 of 20
There is not really much between Carbondale and Aspen. But you can actually stay in Aspen pretty cheap. I would try one of the older lodges that have formed an association called the Gems of Aspen.


http://www.aspendailynews.com/Search...derNumber=5892

If you have any questions feel free to ask.
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Shred,

Thanks, I was looking at the Tyrolean Lodge. $89 a night looks like a good price unless there's something drastically wrong with the place I should know about?

We'd like to have something within walking distance of a lift and town to go out that night. Looks like the Tyrolean fits the bill.
post #6 of 20
There's definitely some affordable places to be had in Aspen, I've always just gotten lucky and found them. The St. Moritz has hostel rooms for about $30 - $40 /night /person. I had friends stay there a few years ago and enjoyed it.



Glenwood Springs is another nice option, especially if you want to ski Snowmass or Sunlight. Last year I stayed at the Four Mile Creek bed and breakfast for two nights. It was awesome. The cabin next door wasn't booked so they just let us sleep there. I'm not sure how many days you want to spend in the area so it's difficult to say whether Sunlight is worth it. I'd try to get in a day at Ajax and Snowmass first.
post #7 of 20
I am not real familiar with the Tyrolean, but for one night, how bad could it be. I do know the Limelight, Boomerang, Mt. Chalet and the Hearthstone House all have a lot of return business.

When are you going?
post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by SHREDHEAD:

When are you going?
Well, we're planning on being in Denver around January 10th. the plan is to come up to Aspen and Vail for a few days. At the prices of Aspen lodging compared to Vail...I'm leaning toward staying the 13th and 14th in Aspen and catching some runs at Vail on the 15th on my way back to Denver. We'll be skiing the corridore the rest of the time from Denver.
post #9 of 20
Apologize for jumping in, but we may try for Aspen 12/12 - 21 - hoping to avoid the holiday crowd. Will probably spend most of our time at Snowmass, but will have a car for transportation to the others. Hoping to wait until early December to book to be sure of conditions. Is that unreasonable?

Another topic - will also post under instruction. Anyone with experience with Lito Tejada-Flores "breakthrough on the new skis" video.

Thanks.
post #10 of 20
Those are both good times, there won't be any crowds at all.

CJB: Yes, you can easily wait. I think you could actually drive into town and find a place no problem. That's a great week too, 24hr of Aspen starts on 12/13 so skiing on Aspen Mtn. will be somewhat limited, since copper and spar are both closed.
But Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk both open that day. Highlands will be a bit of a frenzy early, but should simmer down fairly early, especially if they open the bowl.
If you don't need the super steep terrain, Buttermilk can be really good. Tiehack has some great easy black runs that will be deserted.
Depending on snow and if the race get's delayed. Aspen Mountain will open back up Spar and Copper and hopefully all the runs that lead into them, Dumps, Bell and the Glades, Monday.
This is one of my favorite weeks of the year. All of the shops are fully stocked for Christmas and the employees are still happy and excited about the coming season. I can do all my Christmas shopping in one or two nights. I will be there 12/12 thru 12/15, hope to see you and have fun.
post #11 of 20
Taylormatt,
Eighty-nine bucks a night is a good price in Aspen but it's not walking distance from the Gondola and it's not the swankiest spot. Looks like an Aspen crack-house but I'm sure it will do ...But it's right on the bus line so a free ride to Highlands comes by your door every 15 or 30 minutes (that's sweet ). To get to the Gondola you'll have to cross Main street and take a free-shuttle (5 minutes )to the base .Snowmass is 25-30 minutes by bus.
I would avoid staying anywhere north of Snowmass-Aspen...to far to drive from Carbondale, Glennwood.
If $100 is about the price range then check out Snowmass Village there are quite a few beds. The price ranges for the properties under my corporations belt start at 300-400 /night but I think some condos in the area can be had for less...almost slopeside

I found rates starting from $99.00 and $113.00 on up in Snowmass mid-January Reservation query web-site for Aspen and Snowmass
Most of these locations will be slightly more Posh than the Tyrolean....they are in Snowmass ( the shuttle service is great to any of the 4 moutains )....I personally like Snowmass for it's large size, variety, and ease of use... Scary steeps up top, miles of cruisers everywhere else, backcountry access all over.....so there's my 2 cents
post #12 of 20
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Originally posted by thexcop:
Taylormatt,
Eighty-nine bucks a night is a good price in Aspen but it's not walking distance from the Gondola and it's not the swankiest spot. Looks like an Aspen crack-house but I'm sure it will do ...But it's right on the bus line so a free ride to Highlands comes by your door every 15 or 30 minutes (that's sweet ). To get to the Gondola you'll have to cross Main street and take a free-shuttle (5 minutes )to the base .Snowmass is 25-30 minutes by bus.
I would avoid staying anywhere north of Snowmass-Aspen...to far to drive from Carbondale, Glennwood.
If $100 is about the price range then check out Snowmass Village there are quite a few beds. The price ranges for the properties under my corporations belt start at 300-400 /night but I think some condos in the area can be had for less...almost slopeside

I found rates starting from $99.00 and $113.00 on up in Snowmass mid-January Reservation query web-site for Aspen and Snowmass
Most of these locations will be slightly more Posh than the Tyrolean....they are in Snowmass ( the shuttle service is great to any of the 4 moutains )....I personally like Snowmass for it's large size, variety, and ease of use... Scary steeps up top, miles of cruisers everywhere else, backcountry access all over.....so there's my 2 cents
Thanks for the info! It doesn't have to be anything great, just so there's a warm, clean bed for 2 nights. We'd like to stay in Aspen to do the Aspen nightlife thing conveniently and not have to drive (we plan on partying). The plan now (it's changed so many times, lol) is to drive in Tuesday morning the 13th, do a half day lift at Snowmass then check into the Tyrolean (or somewhere in Aspen) and ski all day Wednesday at Aspen/Highlands, stay Wed. night, then head out early for some turns in Vail on the way back down to Denver. We hadn't really planned a Western trip for this year, but some old friends are hounding us to come back to Denver so we're trying to do it and do it on the cheap this time. Four pack at Winter Park Sun/Mon, Tues 1/2 day Snowmass, Wed Aspen, Thursday Vail then fly home Friday. Any other suggestions for cheaper (~$100 a night) rooms in Aspen? Not really interested in going as low budget as a Hostel type though.
post #13 of 20
By all means t-matt stay at the Tyrolean...from your itenerary A-Highlands full / Snowmass half day then it's a good central locale..Plus all the partying you can ask for and still be able to "walk" back to your room.

The more I browse the open beds for January the more I realize that the rates can be affordable..Not just the Tyrolean but Hotel Aspen, Little Red Ski Haus, Etc....
The Lodge Terrace, on Durant is claiming $89.00 ...close to the Aspen gondola.

For what you want to do the Tyrolean would seem to accomodate your needs....if you want to explore other properties around Aspen check out the link in the prev. post...they list any available unit or price range you could ask for....
post #14 of 20
Taylormatt:

If you are just skiing a half day at Snowmass. Park at the Divide lot above campgrounds new high speed lift. That will be the fastest way up to Sams Knob. I would avoid the village.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by SHREDHEAD:
Taylormatt:

If you are just skiing a half day at Snowmass. Park at the Divide lot above campgrounds new high speed lift. That will be the fastest way up to Sams Knob. I would avoid the village.
Good info, thanks!
post #16 of 20
Quote:
Originally posted by SHREDHEAD:
Taylormatt:

Park at the Divide lot above campgrounds new high speed lift.
Campgrounds has a new high speed lift? *drool* I think might be making a trip over to Snowmass.
post #17 of 20
Hey Gurus, how about DISCOUNTED lift tickets for the Fab4; we could stay/ski anywhere from 10-14 days....

Gracias!
post #18 of 20
I am looking for the Aspen shuttle bus route map on the net, but I can't find it. Can anyone verbally tell me where the route is? I have an Aspen street map, but it does not have a bus route.

We are interested in getting a condo near the bus route, so that we can go to any mountain. I have stayed in the Fifth Ave Condo years ago and thought it was nice enough. Any recommendation for a moderately or slightly above priced nice condo near the bus route? These are my women friends of mine who prefer finer things in life since they only get to go skiing once a year, if at all.

Any restaurants we shouldn't miss? Any thing that might interest some of these 40 something women? Any tips would be appreciated. Any ski instructors like T.J. or something out there who can teach skiing/riding to my friends?

Thanks.
post #19 of 20
The free skier shuttle runs from Ruby Park west down Durant, North on Aspen, then West down Main Street. It will stop about every two or three blocks if there are riders at the stops.

I would suggest something close to down town for the ladies. North of Nell, Aspen Square, Durant or any of the Chateau units are really close to down town and the bus stop. I am sure there are lots more that would fit the bill.

You really can't go wrong dining out in Aspen. If there not very good they don't last long. Some of my favorites are Pinion's, Campo De Fiori, Steak Pit, Taka Sushi, Blue Maze. The cabaret show at the Crystal Palace is always fun.

I think in Aspen they do the ski school line up a little differently, the instructors ski down and the clients get to pick!
post #20 of 20
Shredhead,

Thanks for the info. I guess I'll have one shrimp cocktail from Taka Sushi, then.

You gotta be kiddin’ me! Do the ski instructors actually do a show in front of the clients prior to purchase? Doesn't that sound like something that only happens in Denmark? The ladies gotta love it. So, there is some element of truth in the movie ”Aspen Extreme”?

dr no
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