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Taking a trip to Aspen in December and we are taking some lessons to improve. We are both beginners who have skied several times in the Midwest. I just wanted to know if anyone has ever enrolled in classes at Buttermilk in Aspen? If so, how were the lessons and is there any thing we should know about the school at Buttermilk? Any instructor we should ask for?

Thanks in advance,

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My first day on skis was in March '98 at Buttermilk. (As other Bears roll their eyes - : - like that and mutter, "Oh no, not again.") I was in an adult beginner class with four or five others. A FANTASTIC lesson, and I was hooked. I don't know whether or not he is still there but my intsructor that day was a great guy and superb teacher named Curtis Caparrella(sp?). Everything and everyone about the day was exceptional, including the guy in the shop who fit me for boots, skis, etc. All very, very encouraging and good spirit all around.
I suspect you'll be highly satisfied.

[ October 03, 2002, 07:24 AM: Message edited by: ryan ]
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Hi Ty,

Understand, that Aspen Mountain has no beginner terrain. In fact Little Nell, the easiest run on Ajax, might be considered the most advanced hill at many Midwest ski areas. So by default, it is Buttermilk for beginner lessons, if you are staying in Aspen. You should know that there is a free and very efficient shuttle bus system to all four of the Aspen ski mountains.

If you are going Xmas week this is a very croweded time in Aspen. Least crowded mountain is Aspen Highlands right next to Buttermilk, and I believe since recent imporvements, now actually lift connected. Buttermilk/Aspen Highlands is about a 5-7 min bus ride from the bus station in Aspen.

If you are staying At Snowmass, the alrgest in acreage of all the Aspen resorts, then you will find everything you need there. It is about a 20-30 minute bus ride, depending on traffic and weather conditions, between Snowmass and Aspen.
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Well we wish it were connected--between Buttermilk and Highlands--but it didn't happen.

If you are a beginner, Buttermilk or Snowmass, are definitely the places to go.

And yes Curt Capparella is still there and goin' strong. Or go out and get Wigs at Snowmass. Realize, of course, that one of the differences between a private and a class is that you can't choose the pro in a class.

However, I've got a lot of confidence in our people, and I believe that you'll be delighted. If not, they're guaranteed, so call me from any phone on the mountain at 3088 (my extension) and leave a message how I can get back to you. Call me anyway, just to say hello.

I highly recommend the Wizard at Buttermilk. It is a simulator (rolling deck) and gives you the opportunity to have struggle free, fall free learning with "real-time" feedback. It is huge for improvement.

I gather this is not your first time. If you've skied a few times, we really still recommend Snowmass and Buttermilk, but in no time at all, you will be able to ski at the Highlands and even on some of the upper/easier trails on Aspen Mountain.

And yes, the free shuttle service between all these places is very good.

Welcome to Aspen.
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Oh Ty, one other thing.

If you're staying in town, rent your skis at Buttermilk. We use special lengths for new skiers. No matter what anyone advises, if you've only skied a couple of times--we're talking 130 or 140 cm, depending on your size.

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Just FYI,
We are staying at Buttermilk and mainly staying there because it is a beginners mountain. We wanted to ski a place that would challange us and still would not discourage us! Thanks to all for your information.

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Thanks for the responses. I am so ready to get to Aspen and head down Buttermilk! I am sure it will be wonderful!!

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If you use the Aspen/Snowmass site for level of skiing ability I would say I am a Level 3 on most days, on a good day I would go to Level 4. We are both solid Level 3's! I can get down midwest greens with no problems I just want to look better doing it and progress to the blues and then counquer them!

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