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Solo strikes & (non)family dining in Snowmass

post #1 of 6
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The family and I are going to be in Snowmass for 10 days mid-Jan, and I was looking for tips on:

1) where to find sweet less-tracked expert terrain (inbounds or sidecountry) that I can hit in "solo strikes" when I get an hour or two away from the family to charge hard on my own? 
We will have 8+ ski days, so we'll definitely branch out from Snowmass and hit Aspen & the Highlands, but I'll be juggling my time between skiing with my intermediate wife & our 6 & 3 year old daughters when they're not in ski-school. 

2) Where we can find the best food in a dining atmosphere lively enough that we won't feel obliged to spend more time "policing" the kids than eating? 
I'm afraid we're spoiled diners who find the fare served at most "family restaurants" inedible, but we do have the good fortune of having two little girls who are remarkably well behaved when we take them out, so we are comfortable taking them anywhere but the most formal, hushed, white-tablecloth settings.
We love ethnic cuisine: Thai, Indian, Mexican, Burmese ...
I imagine we'll mostly be eating in Snowmass, but may get out for a meal or two in Aspen as well.
Any recommendations?
post #2 of 6
For quick solo strikes at Snowmass, I always like the terrain off Sam's Knob down to Campground.   It's not real hard, but it's real pretty country, with not much traffic.  Make sure you go around the backside to Powderhorn.  More technical terrain can be accessed quickly by the Sheer Bliss HSQ.  The Wall of off the High Alpine chair is probably the best terrain in Snowmass, but it takes several chairs to access it and takes more time. 

Aspen Mountain and Highlands have really good access for quick expert laps, but they are not the best places for a 3 yr. old.   They could probably ski the top of Aspen Mountain in the morning and ride the gondi down mid day and leave you with a couple of hours the shralp the gondi?

My data on Snowmass Restaurants is dated, but I always liked Krabloonik.  I am sure all the restaurants in Snowmass are kid friendly, pretty much most in Aspen too. Aspen is full of really good restaurants.
post #3 of 6
For on mountain at Snowmass, High Alpine cafeteria at Gwyn's is good. As for restaurants, things are VERY casual even at supposedly nicer places in Aspen, so I wouldn't worry about bringing the kids. There were plenty of families at Nobu, for example, which is good for Japanese/Sushi.
post #4 of 6
Velo, why not hook up with one of Weems' guys.  Squatty or Wigs can take you on Snowmass for a 1/2 day and show you the local goods...well worth the price.  Take your kids anywhere you feel like eating..very kid friendly restaurants.  Try Butch's in Snowmass, great seafood. 
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Sweet. This is exactly the sort of intel I was hoping for. Keep it coming!

Shredhead: any tips for the Highlands & Aspen proper?  We'll likely hit the other resorts on days the girls are in all-day ski school, so I'm actually even more likely to get a significant chunk of solo time there than on full-family days back at Snowmass.

As for food, good to hear that even Aspen dining is relaxed enough to not have to worry about the kids.  We've eaten at Nobu's original location in NYC, and it's definitely not a place you'd be comfortable bringing a 3 year old.

If anyone else wants to nominate a restaurant or solo-strike terrain they feel stands out from the rest, I'm all ears!
post #6 of 6
Aspen and Highlands are both North/South ridges.  I ski the east facing slopes in the morning and west facing in the afternoon.  

Storm days ski Aspen, then hit Highlands the next.  The gondola is just so nice when it's dumping!

You pretty much have to hike the bowl.  If you have water and a ski carrying device, backpack or sling,  it makes it a little easier since you can use your poles.   I prefer days when the visibility is good.  I've only gotten vertigo once and it was in the middle of the bowl in a whiteout. 

Avoid Snowmass on high wind days, unless you want to ski the lower mountain with your kids.   Big Burn and High Alpine aren't fun when it's blowing  25+.

My kids have been is just about every restaurant in Aspen and I've rarely had any issues.   But I go early,  before 7 with kids. 
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