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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Next year's trip is to either:

Colorado (Vail or Aspen)

What are good times to go. currently thinking third week of February. Only concern there is that it matches with President's Day weekend and the crowds might be crazy. Afraid that later than that might be too late though, especially if it's a bad snow year (let's hope not thought..)

post #2 of 12
I'd skip President's weekend, go in early march or late february. Don't worry about snow, it doesn't start to melt til at least april. If you can, keep an eye on weather reports and hotel occupancies and try to not make any definite plans until you see where its dumping this winter. I've never skiied either of those places, but i would be surprised to see whistler with no snow in march.

Free your heels, poke your eyes out!
post #3 of 12
Never been to whistler (pobrecito!) but some advice on CO. Aspen will give you much better skiing & real ski town feel. When you go will be guided by a few things. Their ticket prices & lodging prices change by season. SO need times (not prez weekend)will amount to better savings. weekend right after places will be generous w/ deals depending when Comedy Fest or gay ski week fall. both of these events fill town to the top. Also, Aspen ski co discounts tix the farther in advance you buy them & if you by multi day pax. Fly into Grand Junction & rent a car. easier, cheaper & more reliable than the aspen airport or driving from DIA.

I am glad you are not considering Utah. Snow is bad there in feb!
post #4 of 12
Late February/early March tends to be the best time of the year in the Vail area. If you can wait until after the Presidents Day/Spring Break weekends, most of the lodging and ticket rates start to drop. You can fly direct to the Vail Valley Jet Ctr (Eagle, CO), from most major cities and either rent a car or take the Colorado Mtn Express shuttles. If you are going to be in the area, keep in touch and maybe we can make a few runs together.
post #5 of 12
Aspen hardly ever has lift lines anymore, maybe the Gondy @ 10:30, but 1A side to Ruthes is always empty. Highland's empty, Buttermilk/Tiehack empty. Snowmass mall is a zoo, but Two Creeks and Campground are empty.
So I don't think I would worry about lift lines during Presidents weekend too much.

Aspen Comedy Fest, 2/27/02-3/3/02, is one of the best times to go to Aspen. Some great comedy. Tons of people, but most of the Hollywood types don't ski. The only problem you will have is getting a dinner reservation!
post #6 of 12
Vail will be busy at Pres Weekend, but you knew that already. Something to consider is Beaver Creek, rarely has the lines that Vail has, even on peak weekends. If your staying past the weekend I would ski BC Sat-Sun then the rest at Vail.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
I guess that's the question. For President's day, are resorts usually busy just for the weekend, or are they real busy the whole week (due to many people taking advantage of the extra day off to make it a week long vacation). We would probably be coming in on a Saturday, with Sunday being the first ski day.. and are really considering Whistler or Aspen over Vail. Not sure if Pres' Day affects Whistler, and how much it affects Aspen since it's not as close to the big city as Vail (I think..).
post #8 of 12
My family skis the week of presidents weekend for the reason of saving a day for the nieces and nephew to be able to get away from school. We have found that it's usually very crowded Saturday (we are usually traveling, Sunday and it tapers off monday afternoon. then it's usually pretty quiet the rest of the week. We have done Alta for the past several years.

Remember also that Canada does not celebrate president's day so that will make it a little less busy but there are probably a lot of skiers heading over the border to take advantage of the exchange rate. I will be in Whistler this year for president's day and the following week.
post #9 of 12
I was in Aspen/snowmass this past presidents day weekend. the crowds at the base of snowmass sucked if you dont get there early, its a huge mountain though, so the crowds spread out nicely, hardly anyone on the steeper stuff. the people at ajax are too snooty for me, and the terrain doesnt compare to snowmass or highlands. highlands is empty and the terrain is awesome. i hiked up to highlands bowl and got first tracks in about a foot of freshies, unforgettable.
post #10 of 12
I think April or early May is an outstanding time to hit Whistler. Mid-December is good also. It's far less crowded and you can stay right next to the Gondolas cheaply. The last 2 years, I stayed at the Listel Best Western before Xmas for $99/night CDN ($65US).
post #11 of 12
Vail President's Day Weekend = Mass insanity
post #12 of 12
The Aspen-Snowmass area should serve just fine for your Feb. holiday. Unlike Vail, your Aspen ski lift ticket is good at all 4 ski areas, and you have a very efficient bus system to use free of charge. I very easily skiied all four one day last March and thought it was just wonderful that I had such choices. I thought Highlands was MUCH better than Ajax, but Snowmass is in a league of it's own in terms of Colorado ski areas. I don't think you will be dissappointed with the skiing in the Roaring Fork Valley!!
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