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Snowmass Recommendations?

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My son and I will be skiing at Snowmass for four days in a couple weeks.  Anyone have any "must ski" recommendations?  We're comfortable on single black diamonds, still enjoy groomed slopes, but also like ungroomed, partially groomed, and bumps.  I'm still learning tree skiing; my son is good at it.  He likes terrain parks, but since he broke his wrist in one back in January, that may be less of a priority.  

Also, any recommendations on good places to eat?  We don't need haute cuisine.  Places to avoid?  

Thanks.   
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Haven't been there in many years, but consider the area one of my favorites in the US to ski. Pretty much can't lose by riding lifts to the top and pointing skis downhill. The Big Burn is nearest thing to groomer heaven on Earth. Maybe someone here will comment on the steep skiing in Hanging Valley. Here's a bit of info on it from the web: http://www.breakthroughonskis.com/Pages/_ski_travel/travel32.html

Snowmass can keep you busy for many days, but if your ticket allows, would highly recommend bussing over to Aspen Highlands for one day or halfday. Amazing scenery near summit.

post #3 of 10
 Ski everything, you can't go wrong.  It's a great hill, so take some time to explore.

I recommend going into town to eat.  Some places to consider: Woody Creek Tavern (closer to Snowmass than to town), Little Annie's, and that BBQ shop on Main St. just as you're coming into town.  There's also some good restaurants to be found in Basalt these days.
post #4 of 10
Sam's Knob will have the single blacks with manageable bumps you are looking for.  Try Campground as well.  Powerline Glade is a good intro to tree skiing.  For great blue groomers take the gondola to Elkhead and do laps up and down there.  Great resort for what you are shooting for.
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Thanks to all who responded.  I'm counting down the days...
post #6 of 10
Lot's of good advice.  When are you going?
post #7 of 10
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Flying out evening of 3/18 (one week from today!)  Will have four ski days: 3/19-22.  Return flight (  ) is 3/23.   
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

Haven't been there in many years, but consider the area one of my favorites in the US to ski. Pretty much can't lose by riding lifts to the top and pointing skis downhill. The Big Burn is nearest thing to groomer heaven on Earth. Maybe someone here will comment on the steep skiing in Hanging Valley. Here's a bit of info on it from the web: http://www.breakthroughonskis.com/Pages/_ski_travel/travel32.html

Snowmass can keep you busy for many days, but if your ticket allows, would highly recommend bussing over to Aspen Highlands for one day or halfday. Amazing scenery near summit.



I'm a little late to the party here, but I would like to echo this advice here about heading over to Highlands. Out of all the mountains in the Aspen area, it is by far my favorite (not to knock Ajax and Snowmass, it's like picking your favorite ice cream flavor). If it were me, and I had to split up the four days, I'd do 2 at Snowmass (since you're staying in that area) and then 1 each at Highlands and Ajax. If you like the bumps, then Ajax can be a little slice of heaven.  
post #9 of 10
 I just returned from a great trip out there.  2 days at Snowmass, 1 at Ajax, 1 at Highlands.  Snowmass was my favorite due to the variety, good snow, and size.  My favorite area was Big Burn/ Sheer Bliss and the Cirque.  Big Burn and Sheer Bliss lifts had long, fast cruisers and some great trees hidden in between the runs.  The runs seemed to go on forever.  The Cirque headwall is a double black but skis more like a single black.  Elk Camp also has great, long cruisers.  High Alpine & Sam's Knob have many single blacks with bumps.  Ajax has many short, steep pitches with large bumps on them.  Highlands has a great mix of long, fast cruisers and long, moguly steeps.
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BTW, the trip was amazing.  Great snow conditions.  We stayed at Snowmass for our skiing, and skied many of the places you all recommended.  Had a blast.  Stayed in a studio at the Laurelwood condos.  It was SISO, and just the right size for dad and son.  Best meal was dinner at Il Pogio (sp?) in the "Mall". 
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