- from jmoicu 3 years 31 weeks agoA) Switch to snowboarding - the boots are much more comfortable. B) Load up on pain killers. C) Tighten your boot buckles...or loosen them. D) Get custom footbeds/insoles/linings. E) Get new boots. F) Get a snap-on cast and stay in the lobby/bar and spend your money on drinks instead of a lift ticket! :-)
- from mamiel 3 years 28 weeks agoUhhh...Google??
- from pumicepal 3 years 17 weeks agoAbsolutely! Oh...bummer...too late. We actually thought about going there the same week for our honeymoon! But ended up going to Aruba instead. Wish I had seen this sooner, but I think my blushing bride would have turned a brighter shade of red if I had ditched her to go with you!! Oh well, at least that way I wouldn't have left her at Baby Beach in Aruba!! (joking...OK, bad joke...that was other people, the week before, and they weren't married!) Then we get back and find that Chile had some huge snow! Waaaahhh!! Hope it was great for YOU!
Staying at Snowmass, day trip to Aspen or Highlands? Our family is a mix of 2 intermediate and 3 advanced/expert skiiers/riders.from joycel 3 years 14 weeks agoMy general anser for staying at a ski-in/ski-out area is to STAY there and SKI(board)!! Any time spent traveling and preparing at another area will eventually be looked back on as wasted time. But, if you have the prestige-gathering urge to ski the iconic mountains of Aspen, go for it! Aspen Mountain (Ajax to locals) has NO green runs - that is - they won't label them that way on the map. They want to keep their prestige that way. But I did not find the blues any harder than the blues at any other big mountian. (Steamboat's blues seem to average harder than most other mountains. And probably Jackson, but I haven't been there!) Aspen Highlands has some amazing views, and vertical. But it is straight up and narrow. I found it a little confusing to get where I wanted to go - and I'm a fanatic with studying maps. Snowmass is SO well laid out, and the grooming is excellent. I would rarely venture out if I was staying at Snowmass.
- from martindjag@comc... 3 years 9 weeks agoWhy even look for a ski "Destination" if you are all beginners?!! Why spend the air-fare and lodging for Bunny Hills?? Ski the hell out of the little hill close to home until you are all at least mid-intermediates. Then you can enjoy a good BIG hill! OK here's some I like, and the reasons -- AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA -- Small, friendly & cheap(er) - Sunlight: one base, near Glenwood Springs (hot springs) and Aspen; Sol Vista: 2 mountains, one base = easy to get back together; Ski Cooper (not Copper Mtn): beginner runs all come to one base (side lift has the hard stuff); Loveland: has one very small ski area (Valley) with bunny hill and a top-to-bottom green, and another large ski area (Basin) with 3 (of 6) chairs having top-to-bottom green runs. -- BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB -- Big Resorts - Keystone: a resort with 3 mountains, and all greens are on the front mountain, but has a beginner chair and a magic carpet at the TOP of the mountain for great snow for beginners (avoid the urge to ski "Schoolmarm" until you are sure 3 miles non-stop will not wear your most beginner out! -- so down-load the gondola to be fresh for the next day), central to all of Colorado; Breckenridge: great town, 2 mountains with green, and a third (Peak 7 ) with very easy blues, lots of other stuff to do; Copper Mtn: "naturally separated terrain" means the greens in one part with "green" base, blues to the left and black further left, also has a more-difficult green area at the top. -- CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC -- I DO NOT suggest Steamboat for beginners!...basically the only green runs are at the low-altitude base which can be sparse or slushy snow, there are no greens above the gondola, and the few from there are LONG catwalks (often narrow) and one run will likely exhaust you for the day, expensive and discounts are rare....however, a great town with lots of other stuff to do.
- from jashford 3 years 10 weeks agoDang Ski posting...all my nice formatting & paragraphs got lumped into one! Also, beware the dreaded Breck cross-mountain traverses. They will be alternately too hard, or too flat - and always too long. Avoid the urge to switch mountains as soon as you do one run you don't like. You can spend all day traversing the mountain...then trying to get back! Even worse for snowboarders - the flats will sneak up on you and have you walking more than boarding! Instead, if you don't like the grooming on one run, watch for ways to catwalk or cut easy trees between runs. The terrain, and skier population, will vary greatly from one run to the next.
- from jashford 3 years 10 weeks agoBogus answer! Peak 7 has the best Easy Blue! So easy, they should be Green in some parts, but because of the rolling nature, true beginners would be freaked out, and then walking the flats! The easiest, and VERY "long cruiser", is Monte Cristo (the very furthest run to the right on the trail map), except for the steap entry pitch at the very top. Or go left off the chair, down to the left, then a left traverse back under the chair to get back back to the Cristo. Then stay left all the way down for a "blue" run so easy you'll be bored. The other three runs that split off this side of the chair are similar, but average a little steeper with fewer flats. Wirepatch, Lincoln Meadows and Angel's rest are the targets of "gang grooming" in the afternoon, and you can be the first down after 4-6 cats turn each run into one smooth sheet of "Hero Snow". Claimjumper is also easy enough - the opposite loop off of the chair. Again, two choices for entry: the catwalk-seeming beginning of Lower Forget-me-not, but this has a missable left turn into a potentially powdery-wide-tree area. I suggest the beginning of Pioneer, then take Claimjumper at the split. Swan City & Fort Mary B also offer simple looking alternatives off of Pioneer - but beware - Swan City ends in one of the steepest pitches on Peak 7. A few other steep pitches are scattered on Claimjumper and Pioneer, but both runs are wide enough that working a traversing drop will get you past them easily. These 2 runs are usually the most crowded on Peak 7 - watch out for speed-demons! Once you have worked all these, you will find the perfect "Easy Blue" for you . . . or you'll decide that you are better than you thought you were!!!