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needed;local reports and insider tips for aspen

post #1 of 15
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hi there, i am visiting aspen for the first time in january 2008, fro the uk, and was after some local guidance on how things work there :
i have booked a couple of lessons etc, but apart from that i will be skiing on my own , as my wife doesn't ski.
so if anyone has any good insider tips re; skiing, eating out, etc they would be most appreciated
post #2 of 15
There are four fairly different mountains there... what type of skiing do you like?
post #3 of 15
^^^^^Ditto.

What do you like, where you staying?

Skiing is really good right now, you will have a great time!
post #4 of 15
Hello Neilski.
My son and I are heading out to Aspen/Snowmass in early January for what we refer to as our Annual Father And Son Ninja Ski Mission From God. Though I'm not a local, I've been there a few times and have a fair grasp of the terrain. You may wish to join us for a day, (or part of one,) and because I insist that he take at least one lesson per trip, I'll have a solo day should you care to meet up for some turns. You'll discover that the four mountains have a broad variety of terrain, and you will no doubt develop a particular fondness for at least one of them. We're kind of partial to Aspen Highlands and Snowmass.
Cheers, Bazzer
post #5 of 15
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skisw/scissors; i like to ski on piste blues and blacks, but whilst in aspen i am hoping to improve on bumps and varied terrain, i have booked an instructor who will hope fully be able to show me all four of aspens ski hills

shred head; we are staying at the little nell at the bottom of aspen mountain
as said above i love to ski groomed blues and blacks but really want to take the opportunity to master bumps and maybe some glade skiing
post #6 of 15
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Hello Neilski.
My son and I are heading out to Aspen/Snowmass in early January for what we refer to as our Annual Father And Son Ninja Ski Mission From God. Though I'm not a local, I've been there a few times and have a fair grasp of the terrain. You may wish to join us for a day, (or part of one,) and because I insist that he take at least one lesson per trip, I'll have a solo day should you care to meet up for some turns. You'll discover that the four mountains have a broad variety of terrain, and you will no doubt develop a particular fondness for at least one of them. We're kind of partial to Aspen Highlands and Snowmass.
Cheers, Bazzer
hi bazzer many thanks for the invite, i am out there from the 10th to the 17th
and would love to meet up for some turns, will let you know as soon as i get confirmation of when my lessons take place , we are staying in the little nell in aspen but plan to ski all four hills, i can't wait
post #7 of 15
You will really like the Little Nell, it's a very nice hotel. You will probably end up skiing Aspen Mountain the most, since the gondola is about twenty feet from the hotel. It actually has the best bumps and glades in the valley.

Get out early!
They groom Copper, Spar and Ruthie's every day and they are always buffed to perfection. Then start skiing the east facing runs in the morning, Back of Bell, Walshe's and the Mine Dumps. Then follow the light to the west facing runs in the afternoon, Face of Bell, the Glades and Jackpot.

Highland's is a great ski area, with some of the steepest terrain in the valley. You just have to hike the bowl. Take some water with you and do it on a nice day.
It might be good to have an instructor with you, she can carry your skis!

Snowmass is cruiser paradise, sprinkled with a little extreme terrain. Don't go there when its windy!

Buttermilk has some of the best beginner terrain anywhere. I think you should get your wife to learn. They have great instruction and it will keep her out of the stores, thereby saving you some real money!

It's really hard to find a bad meal in Aspen, if a restaurant isn't good, it doesn't last long in this town. I like Campo de Fiori, Blue Maze, Taka Sushi, Jimmy's and Cashe Cashe. I would also recommend the cabaret show at the Crystal Palace. The food is only ok, but the show is outstanding!
post #8 of 15
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SHREDHEAD; thanks a million for the tips, have managed to get an instructor for five half days ,who will take me to all four hills and so i hope to see a bit of all that aspen has to offer, also booked for the crystal palace on saturday night, this was also recomended to me by lots of folk from the uk
thanks again regards neilski
merry xmas to all
i see you are from chicago, we have a four hour stopover there , what is the aiport like , do i need to book a lounge??
post #9 of 15
Just hope you only have a four hour layover! ORD is huge and is known as hotel O'hare, from all the people that end up sleeping in the terminal. There are a few decent restaurants over in Terminal 2 & 3. I use the Red Carpet Club, but I wouldn't pay extra if I wasn't already a member.
post #10 of 15
neilski, when are you going to be there? The EpicSki Academy will be there from 20th. Me and Nells are flying out of Heathrow on 19th and staying to 26th in Snowmass.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat View Post
neilski, when are you going to be there? The EpicSki Academy will be there from 20th. Me and Nells are flying out of Heathrow on 19th and staying to 26th in Snowmass.
unfortunately we are out on the 10th and back on the 17th, did have a look at the acadamy weeks but couldnt get that week off work, maybe next time.
hope you have a great week
post #12 of 15
I love Aspen. It's really set up for skiers, not needing a car etc. Snowmass has a lot of vertical and some great cruisers, usually the Burn is nice for a high altitude spin. I'm actually always amazed how long you can carve and carve at that place. My legs usually give out before my desire though . There's some interesting terrain at the top with a rope tow - we got 8 inches of snow as it rained at the bottom (was late in the year when I visited) - because of the vertical there can be different weather up top vs down bottom etc. There are some chutes and cliffs etc also at Snowmass - Headwall and Hanging Valley Wall. Watch out because there are "air out" areas, although I think most are marked.

Highlands has some of my favorite steeps anywhere and it is the real deal - amazing long steep runs off a center ridge and of course the Bowl.

Bring your pocketbook as it is extremely pricey with many fine shops and restaurants.
It's Aspen - you won't be disappointed!
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post #14 of 15
Here you go:

Eating Out in Aspen

And for your wife:

Aspen Spas

Have fun! It's a truly great place!
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
thanks all that helps alot
wow just seen the snow reports and forecasts for aspen, its looking good for my trip in january, i can'tttttttttt wait
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