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Snowmass, Steamboat or PCMR?

post #1 of 13
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Planning a trip with wife & 7 year old for sometime in the next month or two.
My son is very comfortable on beginner trails, and needs to follow me on intermediate trails.

Snowmass gets rave reviews as a Family resort, yet only shows 7% of their terrain as beginner. What are their intermediate trails like? My son did fine last week at Bromley, but not sure how to compare. This past week was also his first days out this year, so with a month to get ready, he should be better.

I'm also interested in the ski schools, as he will probably spend at least a couple of days or 1/2 days there.

I'm leaning towards Snowmass or PCMR, only because I haven't been to either. My wife just wants a vacation. If they are both happy, I will be too.

Thanks,
Gary
post #2 of 13
This is easy:

SNOWMASS

No question.

Check the archives for a more lengthy discussion and tips on SNowmass. I'll post more here later if i can. Especially for the wife it's the right choice
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork View Post
Snowmass gets rave reviews as a Family resort, yet only shows 7% of their terrain as beginner. What are their intermediate trails like? My son did fine last week at Bromley, but not sure how to compare.
Of course 7% of Snowmass = 2 normal sized resorts. I'd rate Snowmass' intermediate groomers as my favorite blue cruisers anywhere (although I've never skied Steamboat so can't compare directly). Great pitch & they go on and on forever. Just perfect.

Ask Weems about the Aspen ski schools . Great reputation...
post #4 of 13
I've been to all three, but I would have to say that Snowmass is the best single mountain I've ever been to. Add in the fact that most of the lodging is ski in/ski out, and you can usually get a good deal on a ski and stay package, plus the convience of the Snowmass Mall makes it a no brainer in my book. I also like the more laid back atmosphere as compared to staying in Aspen. And you always have the option of going to Aspen for shopping or dining via the free shuttle, and the lift ticket is good at all four mountains should you get bored with Snowmass (not likely).
post #5 of 13
Can't say it with authority, but I doubt you can go wrong with any of them.

Steamboat has been getting pounded lately though
post #6 of 13
Gary,

A couple months back, I started a where in the world to ski thread, and the folks here ultimately guided me to Snowmass. Here is that thread: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=60478

Of particular interest given your concern about the lack of green trails at Snowmass, here is what Tony Crocker had to say about that:

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But at your described level of ability I like the Snowmass suggestion better. Remember that trail markings are relative not absolute (except in my resort guides , shameless plug). Snowmass is a much flatter mountain on average than Vail or Beaver Creek. You and your wife can ski anything marked blue at Snowmass right off the bat IMHO.

If you can get a trail map that shows both length and vertical of the chairs, use that instead of the trail colors to gauge steepness. If the length to vertical ratio is over 4 to 1 (as most of them are at Snowmass) you'll be fine on anything groomed, and you can asess the ungroomed while riding the lift and watching other skiers.
I'm heading to Snowmass March 14th - 20th.

Good luck!

Take care,
Cliff
post #7 of 13
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Steamboat has been getting pounded lately though
Aspen/Snowmass has had a record December with 118" of snow in the month of December alone.

-Cliff
post #8 of 13
Idid both , 2 weeks at steamboat and 2weeks at snowmass over 4 consecutive seasons with my daughter and wife . I would give steamboat the edge for their ski school and its a nice mountain ,great western feel and good eats. But Snowmass is a terrific mountain with lots of terrain options that I think you and your son would love.Their skii school is excellent as well but the Aspen/Snowmass/highlands experiance is fantastic. Your whole family will love it.
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Originally Posted by powderkid View Post
Idid both , 2 weeks at steamboat and 2weeks at snowmass over 4 consecutive seasons with my daughter and wife . I would give steamboat the edge for their ski school and its a nice mountain ,great western feel and good eats. But Snowmass is a terrific mountain with lots of terrain options that I think you and your son would love.Their skii school is excellent as well but the Aspen/Snowmass/highlands experiance is fantastic. Your whole family will love it.
Any specifics about Snowmass' ski school? Was it full day or 1/2 day? Not sure what I want to do yet. My son would prefer to ski with us, but he could use some lessons to get him out of his power wedge.
post #10 of 13
I've been to Steamboat and PCMR but not Snowmass. I liked the ski options at PCMR better than being at Steamboat. Plus the restaurant slections at PCMR, although pricier are better IMHO. You can ski Deer Valley, the Canyons or make a short trip to Snow Basin or over to Alta\Bird. It's a much longer trek fm Steamboat to the Summitt Country ski resorts.
post #11 of 13
Snowmass is probably the best bet. Beats the hell out of PCMR. Plus you can also hit, Ajax, Highlands, and Buttermilk (ok, you probably don't want to go to Buttermilk) while you are there. Plus the Apres ski scene around Aspen is one of the best anywhere.
post #12 of 13
Been to all three numerous times. For what you are looking for, I think Snowmass is your best bet. It has a huge amount of groomed blue and green terrain appropriate for families, and in my experience it's less crowded than Park City and Steamboat. Plus you have Buttermilk which is also very kid friendly, and Ajax and Highlands for more variety. Take a look at the web site at www.aspensnowmass.com for the lowdown on the kids ski school program.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Mac View Post
I've been to all three, but I would have to say that Snowmass is the best single mountain I've ever been to. Add in the fact that most of the lodging is ski in/ski out, and you can usually get a good deal on a ski and stay package, plus the convience of the Snowmass Mall makes it a no brainer in my book. I also like the more laid back atmosphere as compared to staying in Aspen. And you always have the option of going to Aspen for shopping or dining via the free shuttle, and the lift ticket is good at all four mountains should you get bored with Snowmass (not likely).
Concur.
Another small point, there is some great scenery of Maroon Bells and such from higher points at Snowmass and AH, adding to the wow factor for vacationers.
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