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post #31 of 48
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Just when I think its decided, Lorian has to muddy the waters. This does make my decision a little tougher. I had just about settled on Snowmass.


johnny
post #32 of 48
Please keep in mind that Telluride is ranked in the 'medium' sized category among its competing resorts. Add to that an islolated location, and an altitude situation that is almost guaranteed to produce some difficulties for flatlanders; and you see why so many people tend to push Telluride to the back of their 'to do' list. I am sure it is a wonderful place, but a week long vacation there wouldn't have the opportunities built in, that a trip to the Aspen group or Park City would.

If you crave isolation and can deal with limited options, Tellluride is your place. Otherwise, some of the more popular options would seem to take center stage.
post #33 of 48
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Add to that an islolated location, and an altitude situation that is almost guaranteed to produce some difficulties for flatlanders;
Telluride and Snowmass look to be similar in altitude for both top of ski area and lodging. But you are right that there will be more variety at Snowmass.

johnny
post #34 of 48

Telluride

Why the negativity? Is it a reflection of our times? Look at our President's political advertising.

I attempted to answer a members question about Telluride relating to intermediate skiing.

Telluride is not for everyone (thank god). Go to one of the more popular resort and enjoy the teeming masses.

OTHGIskier let me know if you decide on Telluride and I'll give you restaurant recommendations.
post #35 of 48
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Lorian, I hope you don't think I was being negative towards you in my reply. I didn't read anything else as being negative, just opinionated, and opinions are what I asked for.

Do you think Snowmass (and its companion mountains) will be crowded in early March?

johnny
post #36 of 48

Telluride

OTHGIskier: my comment wasn't aimed at you.

I think all of the resorts will be crowded mid-late March due to spring break. Telluride due to it's "isolated" nature will be less crowded. Lift line at the village core can stretch to 5 minutes, but once you're on the mountain there is no wait.

March can be delightful in Telluride (but also in lots of resorts). I'm planning on skiing with the family this March and can't wait (either can my kids).
post #37 of 48
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Well, the Snowmass trip ends March 12 so maybe it will miss the spring break crowds. The Telluride trip is Feb 12-19 so that shouldn't be a problem either. I'm leaning towards Snowmass right now.

johnny
post #38 of 48

enjoy

Enjoy! A week in the Rockies is my idea heaven.
post #39 of 48
OTHGI..,
Be aware that no other mountain's grooming can meet Mammoth's. Just a warning.
post #40 of 48

Snowmass is Awesome!

I'm a little late to the party here, but I must chime in that Snowmass is probably my favorite resort in the West - at least, of course, of the ones I have been to! It is huge, it is well laid out, and I think you will find a ton of the type of terrain you are looking for. The rest of the Aspen group, I was not quite as enamored with; thought the layout at Aspen Mountain was horrible. We spent a week in Snowmass right before Xmas last year, and we skied most of our days at Snowmass because we just fell in love with it.

Telluride is not bad, we were there last year as well, but having skied both, I much prefer Snowmass. My main problem with Telluride was that I didn't think their lift system was well thought out - it was difficult to get from one area to another, I felt. And, not as big as Snowmass, so not as much to explore, which was another negative for me in a week of skiing. Of course, it is nice and uncrowded....however, if you plan right, I don't think Snowmass will be crowded either; it's not like Snowmass is close enough to get much in the way of day-trippers from a major city. (It was NOT crowded the week before Xmas.)

Anyway, I know you'll have fun wherever you go! (And if you don't get there this year - you MUST get to Utah sometime - the Utah resorts rank right up there for me as well! - and, it seems for many other posters!!!!)

Kristine
post #41 of 48
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Originally Posted by MilesB
OTHGI..,
Be aware that no other mountain's grooming can meet Mammoth's. Just a warning.
How do you mean that? In the amount of area groomed or in the type of grooming? How does Snowmass' grooming compare to Mammoth's?

johnny
post #42 of 48
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I've got one more question about Snowmass. I've mostly skied in California, Mammoth and Lake Tahoe, and of course everyone calls that "Sierra Cement." Never the less, I've had wonderful days sking on it.

The Colorado ski resorts are supposed to have dryer snow. How does Snowmass rank in the "dryness" cateogry? How will it effect my sking experience?

johnny
post #43 of 48
You live in Little Rock and do most of your skiing in California? That just seems odd. I would figure that you could get better deals going into Utah or Colorado.

I've been to all the places on your list and based on what you've listed (and what I've "assumed" about your group), I'd say GO TO SNOWMASS. You can get some variety by skiing at Buttermilk, Highlands and Ajax plus the TOWN of Aspen can't be beat for variety and quality of restaurants.

Steamboat is my all time favorite resort (I'll be there while you're in Snowmass) but you'd be stuck at one resort all week. I'm a big fan of variety!!

As others have said, Park City also offers that variety with Deer valley and The Canyons close by...on top of the other resorts within an hour's drive. I think your group would be in HEAVEN at Deer Valley. There is no resort that has better SERVICE, better FOOD or better GROOMING.......PERIOD!!! Snowbasin (an hour away and site of the Olympic downhill) is awesome as well. Groomers that run forever and then you get to get on a gondols nearly every time to rest your legs. Great food and the nicest bathrooms I've **EVER** been in...including 5 star hotels.
post #44 of 48
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Originally Posted by K2rider
You live in Little Rock and do most of your skiing in California? That just seems odd. I would figure that you could get better deals going into Utah or Colorado.

I've been to all the places on your list and based on what you've listed (and what I've "assumed" about your group), I'd say GO TO SNOWMASS.
Well, I am going to Snowmass and I was wondering how different the snow is going to be from my California sking.

While I live in LR, I was born and raised in California. I first learned to ski in CA, and often choose to ski there because its like going home for a visit. Also, I have to fly whether its CA or CO and I don't think there's that much difference in air fair. In fact, we've checked into flights into Snowmass and its over $700 roundtrip. I've never paid that much to fly to Reno (Lake Tahoe or Mammoth). It's been closer to $400. I admit the price of gas might make it hard to compare to previous trips.

I think I've mentioned that I've tried to ski Steamboat and Taos. Both times, the snow was less than ideal and the trips were shortened. Steamboat because the only two days I skied, I wondered why I felt so bad. I was diagnosed with pneumonia. At Taos, I fell at a very slow speed near a lift where the snow was hard packed and cracked some ribs.

So in one way, I don't think I've skied those mountains. If someone asked me how I liked either, I'd say I don't know.

johnny
post #45 of 48
Early to mid March at Snowmass should provide some of the most manageable and ideal packed powder snow conditions on the continent. With a nice chance for fresh powder too. But I would say that about Taos and Steamboat at that time too.
If you are a strong intermediate, which you should be by the end of the week, I would say check out the reasonable intermediate trails from the top of Aspen Highlands where some great scenery can be found.
Keep shopping for airfares. I should think you could connect in Denver and fly into Aspen for around $300 total. My wife had one of the most harrowing, rocky flights of her life in there one time, but it's very convenient to the Aspen ski areas.
post #46 of 48
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Originally Posted by Jamesj
Keep shopping for airfares. I should think you could connect in Denver and fly into Aspen for around $300 total. My wife had one of the most harrowing, rocky flights of her life in there one time, but it's very convenient to the Aspen ski areas.
Its been sugested I should wait until after labor day to buy tix. Don't think I'll mention the "harrowing" part to my wife.

This still leaves one question unanswered. Can anyone describe how my sking experience will differ from sking on Sierra Cement to CO powder/packed powder?

johnny
post #47 of 48
If you are a good upper intermediate and want to ski groomed slopes 100% of the time there might not be an apparent difference at first. ..The biggest difference I have noticed is that untracked snow in the sierras can have a 'sticky' feel to it, while you shouldn't experience that 'tack' in your excursions off the groomed in Snowmass. Chopped snow should also require less effort and expertise. ...It probably won't be like what you encounter at the top of Grand Targhee or Sunshine Village; but it does have qualities over most Sierra snow, that will soon become evident.
post #48 of 48
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Originally Posted by feallen
The biggest difference I have noticed is that untracked snow in the sierras can have a 'sticky' feel to it, while you shouldn't experience that 'tack' in your excursions off the groomed in Snowmass. Chopped snow should also require less effort and expertise. ...it does have qualities over most Sierra snow, that will soon become evident.
That 'sticky' feel is when the snow seems to grab your skis and the upper body goes forward. I do know that feel. I'm glad the sticy will be gone. I'm looking forword to the trip even more now. Thanx.

johnny
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