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Old 11-13-2009, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a friend that moved to Aspen this spring and I have decided to plan a girls trip to visit and ride with her..(sadly she was my riding partner last season and now she has jumped ship).I am wondering what resort to hit up, and also KILL where are you located compared to Aspen. Thinking I might just make her meet me at Loveland because the other girl has business to attend to , near Loveland....can't afford too much travel time.

I ride trees, powder, groomies if forced, but mogul's are a form of Satan's treachery. Weather doesn't bother me, and I am used to the shittiest of shit lifts so no need for gondola's if the resort doesn't have them.....I kinda get freaked out actually if the resort has any class what-so-ever.....

The gal that has business is our weakest rider...she has been informed that she will be ditched...as long as we leave her something to smoke and drink she will be fine. The other gal has skills but no balls and I have balls but no skill.... We make a great team!
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey there! Aspen is the best party ski town in the US. Hands down. You can literally ride down Aspen Mountain right into downtown Aspen, walk across the street and get a drink.

As far as the riding there. Snowmass is huge and has some great terrain up in the Cirque. AMF (adios mother fucker) is the classic chute up there. Generally good snow to be found in that area. That's about all I know of Snowmass, I'm sure some locals can point you to good spots. My favorite mountain there is Aspen Highlands. It's basically a knife ridge (with a big flat sharp end of the knife) with steep terrain falling off of either side. The ridge is where all the intermediate beginner terrain is. Go left or right off the lift and everything goes to 40-45 degrees instantly. It's worth the hike up to Highlands Bowl, especially on a powder day. The further back you go generally the better the powder. I haven't been there since the new lift went in, but lapping it should be way easier.

As far as Aspen goes, it's about a 3 hour drive for me to get there. It can be done, preferably for a weekend. Lift tickets are ridiculous there, but Marble peak has some fantastic looking backcountry I've been itching to hit.

Loveland would be around a 2 hour drive from Aspen. Berthoud or Vail Passes would be the bc spots of choice. For Vail Pass, you'd want at least snow shoes, at Berthoud you can get away with boot packing but snowshoes or a split will let you explore more. Of course you want avy gear. As sketchy as Utah's snow pack is, it's worse in Colorado. I can come by a beacon or two if needed and know both Vail and Berthoud passes well enough that I should be able to keep people out of trouble. Everything you are looking to ride can be found in spades at Bert. Well except for groomers. Pow and trees though, heaping helpings of that...
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when are you ladies planning to head out here to begin with?
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Awww snap...k change of plans in order for it to be a "business" deal we have to hit the lumber mill in Montrose.....as far as when...it will all depend on snow....we have flexibility so we will kinda watch and see what the weather is like...it will be in January sometime...unless it starts dumping then it could be December..
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Montrose puts you close to Telluride. Which is far away from where I live, but looks like a sweet resort for sure. I assume you are still hitting Aspen, it's not that far away. From Montrose you could also easily make it to Crested Butte and Monarch. Silverton is close by too.
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Telluride sounds super pricey so I think we will just waste a day in Montrose...then head to Aspen and stay there....you should try to cruise out.

At Aspen Highlands, does the lift take you to the ridge your talking about or do you have to hike it....secondly.... is it controlled?

Hopefully my friend will make some good friends before I come, so I have a tour guide....lol
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Highlands bowl is a hike. They call it lift six or something like that, I remember the sign goes something like (this eco friendly lift takes around 10,000 steps to the summit...) kind of funny. It is avy controlled though, but gives you a bit of a back country experience without the danger. Having a guide around there is huge without a doubt. Your friend should have a pretty good feel for the area by the time you get there. I might try to make the trip out there. Though I am more inclined to go hit up Marble Peak. If you get the chance, check out the new Powder Whore's movie (I know teleskiing, but they live up to their name), it features a segment from that area and it look like a 'effin riot.
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Oh yeah, Shredbetties (kelly) lives in the Roaring Fork Valley (where Aspen is), you might send her message asking about some tips for that area.
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Good to know....I hope her lame ass gets some knowledge behind her belt before I get there!

Tele-skiers are badass....one day I might attempt that, but every time I watch them dip their knee's pre-season it makes me cringe....

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Oh yeah, Shredbetties (kelly) lives in the Roaring Fork Valley (where Aspen is), you might send her message asking about some tips for that area.
Thanks I will check with her.....
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