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Old 02-24-2010, 09:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We're headed out to Colorado on Saturday for a week. Going to go to Aspen for 3 days (staying in Glenwood Springs), then will head to Summit County (staying in Dillon) to hit Breck for a day and keystone for a day. Any ideas on:

1)Discounted lift tickets - Before I pay full price at the window (fully expect too), just want to make sure I can't save a few bucks...Do any grocery stores/gas stations/retailers have any sort of promos going this year for the mountains we're going to go to? Any other legit online sites? I did find a deal on liftopia.com for keystone that I'll probably do, but they don't seem to have deals for the aspen area or breck. Since we're only doing 2 days at breck/keystone we miss out on the 3-day promo.

2)Any recs for the Aspen mountains - must hit areas? We're intermediate boarders who have done intermediate/advanced runs. We'll be staying out of the park (although may stop to watch). I've never been to Aspen so not sure what to expect. Breck/Keystone we've been to before, so I think I remember the areas we had fun.

3)Any recs for places to eat either in the aspen area or Glenwood Springs? Any other recs for things to do? We will be going to the glenwood springs at least once. Oh - and what about board shops - any recommended?

4)Recs for Summit Co places to eat/things to do? I remember going to Breckenridge Brewery; which was pretty good. What about any board shops?

5)Anything I missed?

Thanks in advanced for any info you can give me - haven't had as much time to research this trip as I did 2 years ago. Fingers crossed for snow/good weather. No matter, we'll have a good time seeing as we're normally on the hills of Wisconsin!
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dillon area food:

Pug Ryan's (micro brewery)
Nozawa (sushi, asian food)
The Mint (steak house)
Bamboo Garden
Dillon Dam Brewery

Blue Valley Ski Rental / The Grind is about the only local board shop I know of with decent stuff. There is MSO and Christy Sports, but those both have that big box store feel.

Stuff to do on that side of the county is basically drink. That is just what we do here when the lifts are closed. The Snake in Keystone always has really great music, but it gets crowded. Goat is a good ski town bar.

If you go to Breck, Salt Creek Saloon or the Gold Pan are nice spots. You can go to Cecilia's or Liquid Lounge if you want to mix in with the other tourists, but most locals stay the fuck away from those spots unless they are trying to get some fresh tail.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks AWNOW! I was beginning to think no one had recs for aspen or breck/keystone/dillon! I remember some stuff from when we went 2 years ago, but always nice to get up-to-date feedback as things can change.

We're mostly looking to chill after riding - we may not be expert boarders, but we push it hard while we're out there to make the most of our time and last time, just wanted to be laid back at night. Thanks for the recommendations - appreciate it!
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ok, here goes.

1. Gonna have some trouble getting discounted anything in Aspen. best bet would be a three day 4 mountain package which is like $200 or so. You can also save a day and hit sunlight mtn, which is MUCH cheaper than aspen and is a really good, uncrowded mountain and only 15 miles from glenwood.

2. must hit areas of aspen include the Highlands Bowl (epic) which is an 800ft vertical hike to the top but 42 degree wide open slope down and is the highlight of the aspen mountains. I'd stay away from aspen mtn itself cuz it funnels down into one area and gets bumped out SUPER fast. Snowmass is the mountain you'll enjoy the most. Its a huge mtn with tons of killer trails that you'll love for your level. I highly recommend these trails: longshot, green cabin (top to bottom 4000 vertical), anything off of the elk camp lift, the campground area, and the big burn. you'll find tree runs, groomed trails, powder, and just about anything else you could want.

3. food in glenwood: juicy lucy's cooks a mean steak, beau jo's has awesome pizza, May's Palace has killer oriental food with everything 1/2 off (recession special), glenwood brew pub has good beer and food, and the bayou does really good creole/cajun. drinking spots are doc hollidays, the springs, the bayou, and loyal brothers lounge. all are right on the main drag and reasonably priced. the first three are mostly chill spots while loyal brothers gets clubby at night. food in aspen: Johnny maguires has amazing sandwiches, little annies has good food and a badass drink special (beer and a shot $3), bad billy's is the burger joint/locals bar, kenichi and matsuhisa are the best with sushi, and zanes has an apres wing special (35 cents/wing). food n drink in snowmass: zanes (again, one at each mtn), brothers grille, the mountain dragon, and the office at the circue. All of these are apres hangouts only. killer breakfast burritos at fuel in snowmass as well.

best boardshops are casual culture in carbondale, D&E at all mountains, and polar Revolution and Radio in aspen.

hope that helps
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Thanks for all the great info on the aspen area! We traveled pretty much all day and even had a scare that we wouldn't have our snowboards Our luggage made the flight but for whatever reason our snowboards (and about 20 other people's equipment) didn't make the flight. Thankfully it was on the next flight, so while annoying well worth sticking around Denver airport for 2 hours before we drove out to Aspen.

Trying to decide what to mountain to go to tomorrow and looking at the trail maps. Looks like snowmass has the most stuff so may decide to do that tomorrow, highlands Monday and leave Tuesday up for snowmass again or buttermilk. Not sure yet.

Hope to check out the shops you recommended and already went to Beau jo's for some pizza. Thanks for all your help!
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no worries dude. I'll be at buttermilk monday and tuesday so say hi if ya see me. I've got a dark blue jacket, blue graffiti lookin pants, and a white helmet. have fun
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I just got back from snowmass i suggest doing longshot, a 5.3 mile run from the top of the mountain to two creeks. there is defintly a little of everything there. it was well worth the trip and i didnt want to leave.
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Belated thanks to everyone for their advice. Unfortunately on day #1 (Sunday) at Aspen Highlands, the husband was doing some tree snowboarding (something he does regularly without problems)...his board struck a tree (he did not) and the force and how his board spun was enough to break his ankle! He thought it was just sprained at first and limped out of the trees but did end up having to go down with ski patrol. Since he figured it was just sprained, we did go to an urgent care clinic on Sunday where we learned it was broken. Ended up spending Monday at Aspen Valley Hospital waiting to have 2 pins placed.

Needless to say, this wasn't the best snowboard trip! We ended up heading home early. Thankfully, got full refunds from all the places we had pre-bought lift tickets from, as well as on our hotels too. Oh well, we'll just have to plan another trip next year!
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Oh sucky! That's too bad. If there is going to be a bad injury it always seems to happen on the first day. The most dangerous day of the trip IMO. What a bummer. Well at least it'll probably snow again somewhere next year.
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