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.