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Would you take this group to Aspen?

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We are a group of 12-15, mostly in our 40s, advanced to expert skiers. Our annual weeklong trips have been most successful where the crowds are thin (Jackson, Alta midweek, Fernie) and the terrain varied, with great snow quality and enough sustained pitches and chutes to keep the better skiers happy. We are impatient with liftlines. There is a contingent that prefers to have cross country skiing available, but that's not a deal breaker. We like to share one detached house (can't share a wall, as the music gets louder with every bottle of wine...used to be beer, but we ARE 40-plus), within easy walking distance (max 10 minutes) to lifts. Granted, at Aspen we know we'd be in for shuttling to other hills...so info about the shuttle experience would be appreciated. Nightlife is WAY less important than the ski experience. Our 3 finest trips involved exactly zero bars. We do want good restaurants for our first and last nights' dinners, but I somehow doubt that will exclude Aspen . We are off to Whistler this year, back to Alta in '08, then tentatively looking at Jackson in '09. So you have 2 years to formulate your detailed replies and get back to me. Would anyone here forego Jackson for Aspen? Why? Why not? Thanks!
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Aspen is a very solid choice for advanced expert skiers.

Aspen Mountain has steep shots, great bumps and long high-speed cruisers (Spar, Copper) early before crowds.
Highlands has lots of steep shots, trees and, of course, the Bowl.
Snowmass (under-rated IMHO) has Hanging Valley and Cirque - chutey, trees, cliffs.

Off the mountain, Aspen has everything. It won't be cheap - but if you rent houses at Whistler and Jackson, the prices should be similar.
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Aspen is probably a great choice. Snow quality as you know varies with the weather. All other requirements you are looking for are available in Aspen. chrisc's analysis of the terrain and options are spot on.
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I think you would like the Aspen area a lot. The cross country system is the largest free system in the US; they call it the 5th mountain.

The shuttle buses work very well. If you rent a place in town you definitely don't need a car. Snowmass has tons of big ski in/out houses, but there you may need a car, the shuttles don't go up the hill that far.

There are no lift lines.
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