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aspen/snowmass or steamboat?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
we're looking into flying into denver the last week of march to do some skiing. we have never been to colorado and have no clue what to expect as far as conditions go this late.
I'm worried that this may be to late in the season, and am wondering if one resort might be a better bet than the other this late. I only mentioned aspen/snowmass and steamboat because they are two resorts I've always wanted to visit but if our chances of better conditions are better elsewhere I'd go there instead.
any advise?
post #2 of 13
Given that the elevation of Aspen/Snowmass is around 2,000ft higher, you should still have great spring snow conditions. With 4 mountains in the Aspen area there will at least one skiing well. Summit has several areas ,A Basin for one, that has great conditions through May in some years. I have skied Steamboat in spring but find Aspen/Snowmass more predictable for good skiing conditions that late....
post #3 of 13
Aspen/Snowmass. Four mountains, very wide variety of terrain, excellent bus system to get around. Conditions most likely to be spring conditons, but a big dump is not unheard of. Town is pricey but there are less expensive places to stay and eat as well.
post #4 of 13
Given the amount of snow both rec'd this year, they should both have great spring conditions (assuming no massive warming trend). I have had powder days on closing day twice at Steamboat. Should be able to get a decent deal that time of year too. More laid back than Aspen.
post #5 of 13
I've never been to CO but if you're looking for midwinter conditions wouldn't someplace in Summit County be a reasonable choice. You might look at http://members.aol.com/crockeraf/ which gives lots of information aspect and typical snow conditions.
post #6 of 13
Aspen has an altitude advantage and much more northerly exposure than Steamboat. IMHO it is the best resort in the state, especially if your an expert.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by RISkier View Post
I've never been to CO but if you're looking for midwinter conditions wouldn't someplace in Summit County be a reasonable choice. You might look at http://members.aol.com/crockeraf/ which gives lots of information aspect and typical snow conditions.
Except that Summit County has H-U-G-E weekend crowds. If going mid-week, not that big of a deal. Did I mention the weekend crowds are huge?!
post #8 of 13
I've traditionally ridden Snowmass on Closing Weekend in mid-April for the past 15 years. It can be slushy at the Mall but incredibly nice up top. Utterly no crowds and a relaxed atmosphere. You can also get powder dumps then too. Check closing dates for the Highlands and Buttermilk. They usually close two weeks before the others. It is possible to get low season rates if you look around and your dates are flexible.

Steamboat can be a swamp then. That's why they moved the NASTAR Nationals dates. That said, I've ridden powder there on closing day before. Closing Day is rather interesting too. Bring a Halloween costume.
post #9 of 13
Highlands and Buttermilk close a week later than last year, 4/6 this year. Low season rates probably start 3/30.
post #10 of 13
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Except that Summit County has H-U-G-E weekend crowds. If going mid-week, not that big of a deal. Did I mention the weekend crowds are huge?!
Actually, during March weekends get less crowded because front rangers are starting to do other things in their awesome weather and weekdays get more crowded because of destination spring breakers. I'll ski pretty much every day in March and won't wait in line more than 5 minutes once. Spring break phases in starting last weekend and phases out at the end of March. April is never crowded on any day. The biggest weekend crowds are early in the season when all the lifts aren't open and everybody is excited about skiing. But by all means listen carefully to someone in MN...
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

thank you!!

thanks to all who provide the wonderful advice, but our plan have changed and I"ll have to put off my desire to ski colorado for a year, on the plus side it is now a road trip from superior wi to red lodge to grand targhee to jackson hole.

thanks again
post #12 of 13
Iceworm,

I know your plans have changes, but I wanted to provide a link to something Tony Crocker put together and posted a while back answering one of my questions.

In this guide, http://webpages.charter.net/tcrocker818/fam_ski.htm, Tony ranks many resorts for both Christmas and Spring Break conditions. I have found it quite useful in my planning.

Take care,
Cliff
post #13 of 13
I would AVOID Steamboat late season.

It's a low elevation, west-facing mountain that warms up every day and freezes hard overnight. You need to wait for sun to bake that surface....a while.
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