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Snowmass 2/7-2/17 Our first trip!

post #1 of 12
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Well, after all of the questions asked here and good advice received we made the plunge and took the family to Snowmass for a nice vacation and introduction to skiing for my wife, my 7 year old and myself. I have many years of skiing under my belt but had taken a 22 year hiatus to focus on career.

Let me first say that any concerns I had about my ability to still ski after such a layoff have been dispelled. I have my same form just not a much stamina. I think that the shaped skis make a big difference. I made arrangements to have 3 days of privates for myself and the wife, although she was a absolute beginner. We were given a fantastic instructor named "MC" Reveal, a very nice lady from Lyon france. My wife loves her and it was an instant hit. We would all ride the elk camp gondola and I would ski down while she worked with my wife. Within 2 days my wife is now skiing the funnel bypass and dawdler on the village express and loving it! Mission accomplished... my wife is asking me to talk to the real estate agent about buying a condo! (she doesnt realize how expensive it is here)




My son took the first turns class on saturday and group kids yesterday. In 2 days he has gone from a level 1 to a level 3 and we skied the village express mid station down dawdler, accidentally over towards sams knob and down a blue to the fanny hill. The kid is an absolute control, excellent turns, great speed control and smiles ear to ear.





The fact that we are having such a good time must be repayment for the torment we went through to get here. Our plane was late coming from orlando and we had to rn to the next gate to catch our dash8 into Aspen. The ride out was bumpy and we promptly flew into a snow storm over the front range. I couldnt see the wing tips it was soo thick. We orbited the airport for an hour and finally the captain said we were heading back to Denver. At Denver all of the flights were getting cancelled so they had arranged busses. We were able to jump on the first one.. Thank god, the 2 year old was getting pretty cranky. The ride out was a freak show, 70mph winds, cars and trucks stuck in snow banks, etc. We just made it through the tunnel and vail pass when they closed it. Finaly we got into aspen at 10pm. we had been in transit for 20 hours from the time we left orlando. Next time we are going to Eagle and driving the last 2 hours.
post #2 of 12
Congratulations! This sounds like a very sucessful trip report! You did everything right with the ski lessons. I see lots of smiles.

Sorry for the wind but that's what happens this time of year. A small price to pay for the fantastic snow we are having this season.


New Smyrna Beach, mmmmmhhhhhhh yum. I haven't been to this place in a year. Good grouper sandwich's and things aren't bad from 4-7 either. They did however discontinue carrying New Belgium Brewery's Fat Tire.


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My son took the first turns class on saturday and group kids yesterday. In 2 days he has gone from a level 1 to a level 3 and we skied the village express mid station down dawdler, accidentally over towards sams knob and down a blue to the fanny hill. The kid is an absolute control, excellent turns, great speed control and smiles ear to ear.





. Next time we are going to Eagle and driving the last 2 hours.

BH1 Those smiles say it all!!!!!

Eagle is by far a more reliable airport to fly in and out of, even in poor weather. Take the mountain taxi service into Snowmass from Eagle...no need for an auto! Aspen airport has made my life miserable on several occasions.....However, if you're a gambler, I have left Lafayette at 6:30am and was skiing by 11:30am in Snowmass weather permitting....
post #4 of 12
Looks like a great family trip

I've never been to Snowmass. Is it a big area on it's own, or would you get bored quickly and have to head to the other Aspen areas?
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Looks like a great family trip

I've never been to Snowmass. Is it a big area on it's own, or would you get bored quickly and have to head to the other Aspen areas?
Principal Douglas, I've been going every year over past seven...still find runs i haven't skied!! If you spent a week out there you would never be bored.....
post #6 of 12
Can't wait. We leave with our 7 year old in 22 hours, 55 minutes. (But who's counting?) Flying into Eagle, so hoping all will be smooth.
post #7 of 12
Should ahve warned you about flying into Aspen. Flyng into Eagle/vail is a better bet. or just Denver and drive it.

Anyone going to Aspen/Snowmass must go take a ride with Jon Barnes:

www.ultimatetaxi.com
post #8 of 12
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I have left Lafayette at 6:30am and was skiing by 11:30am in Snowmass weather permitting....
Me too. I-70 permitting.:

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Anyone going to Aspen/Snowmass must go take a ride with Jon Barnes:

www.ultimatetaxi.com
I agree. He's been known to have guest professional musicians perform.
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Principal Douglas, I've been going every year over past seven...still find runs i haven't skied!! If you spent a week out there you would never be bored.....
Thanks

That is good to know. It might be an option for next winter...
post #10 of 12
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I gotta say that it would be difficult to ski every trail in a week. This place is huge. We are very happy with the level of service that the area provides. Yesterday we had a little situation on the Elk Camp Gondola.... When I pick up mu son from ski school at 3 pm I usually take him for a run down the mountain and head to the condo. Well at the end of the run he wanted to go up elk camp and cut across the mountain to get home. When we got to the Gondola they were closing the gates but the girl let us slide through. About three quarters of the way up the gondola stopped... and we waited, and waited.... then it would move about 50 feet and abruptly stop. There we were swinging in the breeze! After about 20 minutes we see snowmobiles headng up towards the upper station. After about 45 minutes she began to move very slowly. Now mind you I was thinking that we may be stuck for longer and it was snowing like crazy. In fact, visibility was pretty bad. When we did get off they handed us lift tickets for the next day for the trouble.

Now there I am with my 7 year old in the middle of the crazy snowstorm with dusk approaching and nobody else around. We worked our way down but it was hard because the signs were getting tough to read and the snow was thick on the trails. It was quite the adventure. My son has really become a good little skier in the past week. when we did get back to the condo we were both exhausted. Another adventure!

This is the mid station on the village express about 30 minutes before the Gondola adventure began.


The kid cant get enough!


Soo close... yet soo far!


The powder made it hard for him to keep up so I had to stop often. The other issue was that his bindings are set very soft so he had his ski pop off a few times which required that I hump back up the hill to get him squared away. It was spooky being up there in those conditions.
post #11 of 12
Good deal - you guys look like you're having a great time! Hopefully this will open up a lifetime of good times in the mountains.

Aspen is great - Snowmass is such a nice place too - plenty of cruiser runs and vertical!
post #12 of 12
At least you were in a nice warm Gondola. Can you imagine how cold you would have been on a chair?

In 1969. I was evacuated by rope from the Funnel Lift. They gave me an $8 adult lift ticket. I thought that was great, because I was 11 and a kids ticket was $2.

Try dinner at Krabloonik, it's quite nice!
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