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Best way to Get to Snowmass?

post #1 of 26
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I had another thread going asking for resort advice and based on that input I've selected a trip to Snowmass. We are staying in the Stonebridge Inn which is in Snowmass Village. This will be in early March. The trip is over by the 12th.

According to the information I have, it is 15 minutes from the Aspen airport and 30 minutes from the Eagle County Airport. So I guess either of these two would be convenient to to the Inn.

Does one have any advantages over the other? More reliable, more flights, whatever? I presume we would have to fly into Denver and catch a puddle jumper into one of these airports. How would we get from the airport to the Inn? There is a free shuttle from the Aspen airport, so that's one advantage to Aspen.

I should mention we will be flying from Little Rock, AR.

If we chose not to take a puddle jumper (neither my wife nor myself are eager to fly those things), are there shuttles from the Denver airport to Snowmass? I know these wouldn't be free. That would be a 4 hour drive according to my information.

I guess we could rent a car, but that would cost us over $500 since we're going to be a Snowmass for 10 days and most of the driving is going to be between Denver and Snowmass.

Recommendations, please.

johnny
post #2 of 26
We Were In Snowmass Last December And It Was Great. We Had A Flight From Northwest Arkansas Xna To Dallas And Then Direct To Aspen (ase). We Had About 7 People And Took A Van From The Airport, It Was A Little Pricey (55.00) But Very Short Ride.

Snowmass Is Great. Elk Camp Very Nice Place To Ski.

Have Fun.

Danny In Ar
post #3 of 26
I sure would like to know how that 30 minute drive time from Eagle to Snowmass can be done. At the wrong time of the day, you might spend 30 minutes just crawling through Glenwood Springs. ....Really, the drive from Eagle to Snowmass is probably 2 hours at best, and much more than that if Mother Nature is kicking up her heels.

Aspen airport is your easiest and most convenient choice. ..If $$$ are a concern, you might want to look into availble routings on America Worst( errr, I mean West) into Grand Junction. The drive over to Aspen is as easy as from Eagle, and you just might find some real bargains for the taking.

Hope you have a wonderful time!
post #4 of 26
I agree, fly directly into Aspen!! No contest....
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by feallen
Really, the drive from Eagle to Snowmass is probably 2 hours at best, and much more than that if Mother Nature is kicking up her heels.
I based those times on info from the Inn website. Obviously there's a lot of sales fluff in them. Good thing I'm asking questions here.

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Originally Posted by DannyW
We Were In Snowmass Last December And It Was Great. We Had A Flight From Northwest Arkansas Xna To Dallas And Then Direct To Aspen (ase). We Had About 7 People And Took A Van From The Airport, It Was A Little Pricey (55.00) But Very Short Ride.
Hey, another AR skier, glad to meet you. villagenut is also an AR skier.

Was that $55 for all 7 passengers? It couldn't be for each could it? That's a short ride, I think. BTW, is it really 15 minutes from Aspen airport to Snowmass Village?

johnny
post #6 of 26
OTHGIskier;
This will be our 4th trip in a row to snowmass this year. By all means fly into aspen!
There is no need to rent a car during your stay in snowmass. Stonebridge has a shuttle that will pick you and your party up at the airport and then return you in time to catch your flight home. While in aspen\snowmass the transit system is one of the best for a resort. From the village there are buses leaving every 10mins. between all four ski areas. By the way, this is free!

I notice you are from Arkansas. Fly Northwest to Memphis in the morning and arrive in aspen before 11:00am. This is a direct flight into aspen from Memphis with jet service.

If you are worried about weather cancelling flights out of aspen, it does happen. I found that if aspen is closed to traffic, so is Eagle. Nothing wrong with a little extra time spent skiing!

We have stayed in your condo as well as Timberline condos. You will not be disappointed. If you have any questions please pm me.
post #7 of 26

Fly into Aspen!

No question, fly into Aspen, and take advantage of the Stonebridge Inn's FREE shuttle service from the airport (I just checked on their website, and the service is free, no doubt you have to call & tell them when to pick you up!)

You won't need a car in Snowmass, the shuttle service is great within Snowmass, and the buses to get to Aspen and the other mountains for skiing and dining are also convenient and reliable. I think you have to pay to go to Aspen in the evening, but it's reasonable and convenient, especially compared to dealing with a car. There are adequate dining choices in Snowmass so you don't have to leave for dinner, but it is fun to spend a night or two in Aspen.

Ski-in/ski-out is wonderful; you're going to be spoiled! And Stonebridge Inn looks nice; we almost stayed there when we went, but my sister-in-law ended up traveling with us as well, so we rented a condo at Crestwood (also ski-in/ski-out, reasonably priced, with a wonderful staff, so I recommend that as well for anyone looking for a condo in Snowmass.)

Have fun! I LOVE Snowmass!

Kristine
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by ragin' cajun'
I notice you are from Arkansas. Fly Northwest to Memphis in the morning and arrive in aspen before 11:00am. This is a direct flight into aspen from Memphis with jet service.
From Memphis to Aspen direct? I didn't know you could do that. That length of flight, it must be a large jet. Is this a commuter jet or a regular large jet?

johnny
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by B40
Ski-in/ski-out is wonderful; you're going to be spoiled! And Stonebridge Inn looks nice; we almost stayed there when we went, but my sister-in-law ended up traveling with us as well, so we rented a condo at Crestwood (also ski-in/ski-out, reasonably priced, with a wonderful staff, so I recommend that as well for anyone looking for a condo in Snowmass.)Kristine
The Stonebridge Inn is not a condo type place, but more like a hotel, as I understand it, but it does look nice. According to our trip hosts it is steps from the slopes.

I've learned to take ski in/ski out with a grain of salt. If I can step out the front door and walk to a lift in 5 minutes (ok, maybe 10), I consider that ski in/ski out. The closest I've come to true ski in/ski out is at Northstar at Lake Tahoe. There I could walk out the front door, walk around to the back of the condo, but on my gear, and ski down to the lifts.

BTW, I just went to the site and priced the rooms today and they are $89, but they go up to over $200 during ski season.

johnny
post #10 of 26
I agree with the Cajun. The NWA direct from Memphis is a nice flight on a RJ85. Four engine regional jet, same design as a BA146, great plane. I've only been diverted to Grand Junction once on this flight and North West did a good job of getting buses to the airport quickly.
If you don't have good access to North West, fly into Denver and use United. They usually fly the BA146 into Aspen, but sometimes they will schedule a Dash 7. If you fly through Denver, always have a backup one way rental car just in case. If flights get cancelled into Aspen, United will bus you up, but its not very well organized and they keep your cancelled flight credit. If you rent a car, they will either pay the rental or refund you $80-$120 depending on how much you paid for the ticket.

PS: The Stonebridge is right on Fanny Hill, ski in/out.
post #11 of 26
Yes We Are From Arkansas Also. We Fly From Little Rock Or Xna To Dallas And They Also Have A Direct Into Aspen. American Ailines. The $55.00 FOR THE CAB RIDE Was For The Group.

Have A Great Time.
post #12 of 26
Johnny,

Shredhead answered your question. From what i understand these jet planes were developed to fly into high altitude airports. They can land and take off on very short run-ways. They look very simular to a cargo type plane. It's about a 2 1\2hr flight out of Memphis.

As B40 stated, you will be spoiled. This is truely ski -in, ski-out right on fanny hill.
FYI, there is a full size supermarket just as you get into snowmass which is shuttle served. Ski rentals, if needed, are easily obtained in the town center. They even have a shuttle service for your skis should you want them sent to another mountain . The skis will be waiting for you the next day at the mountain of your choice. Great service there.

If any in your party need lessons, The one and only Weems, head of aspen\snowmass ski school and one of Epic's supporters, will bend over backwards to set you up. (ask if Squatty is available).
post #13 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ragin' cajun'
They even have a shuttle service for your skis should you want them sent to another mountain . The skis will be waiting for you the next day at the mountain of your choice. Great service there.
Wow, I like that. So I can ski for a day and put my skis (and boots?) into the shuttle service after skiing and they will be at the other mountain waiting for me? Nah, probably not boots, otherwise I'd have to wear shoes and then store them when I got to the mountain.

johnny
post #14 of 26
OTHGIskier,
The rental companies have over-night ski and pole storage at the foot of fanny hill right off of the mall center. This is where you can request you equipment to be tranferred to another mountain. I've never asked if they transport boots, I really doubt it.

Try to get reservations for the show/dinner at the Crystal Palace in aspen during your stay. Great entertainment!
post #15 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ragin' cajun'
OTHGIskier,
The rental companies have over-night ski and pole storage at the foot of fanny hill right off of the mall center. This is where you can request you equipment to be tranferred to another mountain. I've never asked if they transport boots, I really doubt it.

Try to get reservations for the show/dinner at the Crystal Palace in aspen during your stay. Great entertainment!
Is there a charge for the transfer service? What kind of show/dinner does the Crystal Palace put on? Price?

I just priced some flights going into Aspen either thru Dallas/Denver/Aspen or Memphis/Aspen and the prices are very similar. Over $1400 for two, round-trip. I know it didn't cost me that much to fly out to Reno last year.

Fortunately we have a Quicken card that will get us $400 off each ticket. Still, I've gotten spoiled usually paying smaller amounts for my air faire.

BTW, the airline website is listing the plane out of Memphis as a Mesaba Aviation-Jet Serv/NW Airlink. Doesn't give a model number. Do you suppose that's the RJ-85?

johnny
post #16 of 26
Johnny,
There was no charge to transfer skis, however tipping goes a long way. These resort employees work very hard for your enjoyment.

I beleive the price was $75/pp which included your dinner. Refreshments were extra.

The flights for our group were 475.00/pp which were booked in Oct last year. I have not made reservations for flights yet. I find that right before ski season better deals seem to show up. The flight service is Mesaba out of Memphis but I can't say for sure if it is indeed the RJ 85 spoken about earlier. The last 3 years it has been the same plane.
post #17 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ragin' cajun'
The flights for our group were 475.00/pp which were booked in Oct last year. I have not made reservations for flights yet. I find that right before ski season better deals seem to show up. The flight service is Mesaba out of Memphis but I can't say for sure if it is indeed the RJ 85 spoken about earlier. The last 3 years it has been the same plane.
Well, air fairs seem to be in an upward trend and crude is going the same way. I kinda wonder if the tix won't just keep getting pricier.

johnny
post #18 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by OTHGIskier

Fortunately we have a Quicken card that will get us $400 off each ticket. Still, I've gotten spoiled usually paying smaller amounts for my air faire.


johnny
Johnny,

What's a quicken card?
post #19 of 26
Thread Starter 
We get airline miles for the dollars we spend using the card on the Quicken Visa card. There's a lot of cards with offers like that, this is the one we have. If you go to www.quicken.com you should find some link for applying for one.

The good thing is that its not restricted to any one airline.

johnny
post #20 of 26
Mesaba is just a regional carrier under contract to NWA. Just like Air Wisconsin flies for United. Yes, they will be flying the RJ. You should be able to get the Memphis flight for under $500.00 rt/each. Try right after Labor Day, they usually have a sale then.

The Crystal Palace is a really fun time! The food is good, but not great, but you go for the show.
post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 
Shredhead, thinks for the info. We will try again after labor day. BTW, can you describe the Crystal Palace show? I know that the group I will be skiiing with will be asking me questions.

johnny
post #22 of 26
It’s a cabaret show about current events. The waiters and waitresses sing and do comedy skits. It’s a little edgy, but I still take my kids.

I heard Ken Lays wife walked out after they did a skit about him.
post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 
I like topical shows. We'll have to check it out. Thanx.

johnny
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by OTHGIskier
Best way to Get to Snowmass?

Executive jet, of course. Gulfstream V is recommended. Don't forget to pack your Bogner. *grin*
post #25 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GeoffD
Executive jet, of course. Gulfstream V is recommended. Don't forget to pack your Bogner. *grin*
Yeah, right!

johnny
post #26 of 26
Thread Starter 
Well, we have just learned that my wife's job is being moved to Jacksonville, FL. and we are moving with it to keep her employed. So now I'm checking into flights from Jacksonville to Aspen.

So far, I'm not seeing any bargains out there, the prices seem high to me, but will continue to watch for a bargain.

Edit: Just for fun, I did a search on flying from Jacksonville to Denver and the price of the tickets drop by more than half. Comparing the two itineraries I was looking at, the price dropped by $581 for 2 round trip tickets.

Of couse you don't save that much because then we would have to take ground shuttles between Denver and Snowmass and that is over 4 hours, weather permitting. I wonder what those shuttles cost?

Edit: Did some research and with my OTHGI discount, a one way shuttle to Snowmass is about $85. 4 times that for 2 round-trips and the airline savings really gets eaten up. Will probably end up flying into Aspen.
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