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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
We were thinking of traveling from Calgary, Canada to Aspen in mid-February, but our web searches are showing very little available accommodations. We are now concerned and have a few questions that we are hoping members can provide some insight.

We understand Feb 19 is President's Day, but is the entire week a school holiday?

We haven't found any of the "chain" hotels in Aspen. Is this really the case?

Any advice on accommodations greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 13
worst case scenario, stay in Carbondale or Glenwood Springs, drive (or take RFTA - the local bus) to Aspen.
post #3 of 13
There are no low end chain hotels. But there are plenty of nice older lodges.

http://www.gemsofaspen.com/

I would be suprised if you can't something. Even when they say fully booked, it's rarely 100%.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. Wow, we are shocked that Aspen is nearly full and the few rooms available are way expensive. Not too sure if it is a US school holiday, if Aspen is always this full or if it is b/c snow is lacking in Europe and elsewhere in north american. We are certainly reconsidering just staying here in the Canadian Rockies instead.
post #5 of 13
It depends on the state but for many states schools are closed the entire week and your paying holiday rates the whole week.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by CalgarySkier View Post
Thanks for the replies. Wow, we are shocked that Aspen is nearly full and the few rooms available are way expensive. Not too sure if it is a US school holiday, if Aspen is always this full or if it is b/c snow is lacking in Europe and elsewhere in north american. We are certainly reconsidering just staying here in the Canadian Rockies instead.
That week is a holiday week and we get very full. This year, we've got great snow and busy times.

Hope you can find something.
post #7 of 13
Hi;
That's a very tough week! We come out from the East every year and stay away from that week.
IMHO, Jan is too early to count on an expensive vacation turning out good in regards to snow conditions. Sure, you can do well, but we wait for the week or two before "President's Week" to go out. The rates are lower, the crowds less, the down side may be the cold.
The week just after Pres Wk is good, but unless there is new snow, we figure that the hill may be somewhat beat up from the crowds the week before. If you wait until March, the snow is great, but you'll have to put up with "Spring Break" with the colleges. We hit that once and it was a bit of a zoo. I did that 40 years ago and don't have the tolerence for it now!
Hope everything works out well.
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. C.B., you sure paint a bleak picture. Maybe you are just trying to keep us away? Just kidding. We are fairly certain we are going elsewhere now. Too bad, I was really looking forward to Highlands!
post #9 of 13
try www.vrbo.com for other options in/around Aspen.

quickly checked one bedrooms (not sure how many you are) and found http://www.vrbo.com/20586 in Aspen or http://www.vrbo.com/31174 at Snowmass. I'm sure the are others open for that week. It is a busy week, however. Probably still less crowded than Summit/Eagle county mountians.
post #10 of 13
you picked the worst weekend of the year for US to go skiing considering crowds.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Too many vacation days banked and I'm being "encouraged" to use some up in mid-February. We never realized that Presidents' Day was a week long holiday for school kids.

I checked again in Aspen/Snowmass and see there are now more availabilities. Maybe some cancelations or they were holding some rooms back. Our plan was to drive Feb 16, 17 and 18 with a stop in SLC to do some sightseeing and skiing at Alta before moving onto Aspen. We were initially planning 3-4 nights only in Aspen, but after having spoke with a reservation agent she adivses 5 nights since many places require 5 nights in February high-season. Now we are reconsidering...again . We are considering a few days in Steamboat and Jackson or Big Sky on the drive back home for a total duration of 10-14 days.

Thanks again for the info and advice.

BTW, conditions up here in the Cdn Rocky Mtns were fantastic all season up until 2 weeks ago. We haven't seen snow since nor skied for the last 2 weeks. Forecast is calling for snow later this week. We're hoping! Same for our American firends .
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by CalgarySkier View Post
Thanks for the replies. C.B., you sure paint a bleak picture. Maybe you are just trying to keep us away? Just kidding. We are fairly certain we are going elsewhere now. Too bad, I was really looking forward to Highlands!
Calg:
Don't mean to paint it black...it''s not by any means, you'll still have fun! Always beats work!! My advice was for next time and was my opinion. I really don't like crowds.
Enjoy your trip!!!
C.B.
post #13 of 13
New York schools are closed for the week of President's Day. You get all that Wall Street money looking for a place to spend it and Aspen is a good place to spend it.

I know in Telluride some of the instructors get booked every year for the whole week by the same Manhattanite. I'd pay for two "early bird" private lessons and think it was serious money. Not sure what it costs to have an instructor the whole day for 5-6 days.
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