From what I've looked at, yep. Long story but a family member was working in Aspen, had a 2nd apratment, that was offered to us for a week in March. Even with free lodging it would've been a fairly expensive trip. Lift tickets are $78 a day and I couldn't find a line on decent discounts, unless you live in CO. Anyway, he left the job and we're out of luck. Everything I read about Aspen is real sweet, however. Aspen village is supposed to be very charming and lively. There are four mountains on the pass and all are linked by what is described as a very efficient bus system. Aspen mountain is supposed to have good steeps and big bumps, Snowmass is described as an intermediate's cruising paradise with some good expert terrain, Aspen Highlands is supposed to get relatively little traffic and some describe it as the best all arounder. An buttermilk is described as being as good as it gets for beginners and novices. I was really looking forward to that trip -- easy come, easy go.
Marcski, I think you're going to love Alta. I haven't skied that many places and I'm certainly not good enough to get the best Alta has to offer, but we absolutely loved skiing there last year.
I ahve been thinking about a Alta/Snowbird trp myself. About how much is it, round trip tickets and all PP if you don't mind me asking...
I'll jump in. In part, it really depends where you stay and where you're flying from. If you want to go inexpensively, I think it's the place to go. If you're willing to stay down in the burbs (Sandy or Midvale area) of Salt Lake City you can get some screaming deals. You're only 12-15 miles from the ski areas. Like a decent hotel with breakfest, lift passes to any of Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, or Brighton, and use of the UTA buses for about $170 per night for two people. The Best Western Cottontree has been recommended to me. You can go even cheaper if you stay in one of the Extended Stays. The www.skiutah.com web site has links to lots of hotels and information. We can fly from Providence to SLC more inexpensively than to any other airport near Western ski areas. If you live near an airport that serves Jet Blue you can often do better. There's very little in terms of a village at Alta or Snowbird. It's basically just a few lodges that have pubs and restaurants. May be what you want, or it may not. Don't know how much the various places cost but in general more than staying down in Sandy or Midvale. I've been looking at various ski destinations and in terms of money I can't find anything that comes close. Another nice thing about skiing in Utah is that it's very convenient to get from the airport to the ski areas.
Getting back to Aspen. What about moving there. Anyone have any perspective on that? Seems like it is a great town, situated next to 4 great ski areas. Is this a crazy thought. I mean. I am young and going nowhere with my current job. I rent. I am going to change jobs and I might as well move there next summer and make a go of it. I could ski 10 times as much as I do now. And it seems that the town has a lot to offer in terms of culture and economics.
Posted: Dec 04, 2005 - 1:07 AM GMT
Edited: Dec 05, 2005 - 3:18 PM GMT
I'm in process of booking a Feb. trip to Aspen. Never been there so does anyone have some info? Thanks
I’ve been to the Aspen area for two multiday visits over the years. That hardly makes me an authority on the place. Nonetheless, I’ve seen enough to consider it my favorite of the ~50 ski areas I’ve been to in 12 US states and Europe. The place has 3 great mtns in close proximity with big verts over 3k, plenty of all kinds of extremely photogenic terrain, including big challenges for black diamond skiers (particularly @ Highlands), very good snow record, great happenin’ apres ski town with loads of restaurants, bars, shops, babes, celebs. Some people are sickened by the crassness and pretension, but I choose not to take it so seriously and just enjoy the wide palate of recreational and cultural stuff going on. As mentioned, the big downside of Aspen is expense. I beat costs in the 70s by sleeping in my car. I beat costs in the 90s by staying in leaky old cabins at rustic T-Lazy 7 ranch near Highlands (believe no longer offered on short term). Jsvits MUST jump on that free lodging deal, but you’ll wish you wrangled more days because Snowmass alone could easily eat up 3 by an aggressive snowrider(the Big Burn is that int paradise someone mentioned). Though much smaller than town of Aspen, the village of Snowmass (10 miles away) has a pretty active après ski scene too. If you only have 3 ski days go to Snowmass (huge) and Highlands (great character), then return to fav of those two or hit Ajax. Ajax could be slightly disappointing because it seems smallish at first blush, but the aura of the place is pretty unique and you can ski 3k descents all day on the gondola-kind of like Wildcat on steroids.
I harbor the dream of being a 60 year old ski bum in about 8 yrs and have thought of retiring in Colorado. Aspen real estate costs are in the Manhattan stratosphere, but I believe 20-30 miles down the road in places like Carbondale and Glenwood Springs home ownership or rents are a little more reasonable. Unfortunately, the road between sees heavy traffic in peak times.
pbolo, cost of living is high and the salaries for working stiffs are inadequate, but you might make it with a lot of sacrifice if living in a great ski town is your dream, certainly for a few yrs anyway. Denver or Salt Lake would offer more high paying long term career jobs.
Should add that while I've skied Little Cottonwood Canyon I did not stay "up canyon" so I envy markski's trip plans. Almost 20 yrs ago I met a stranger on the Snowbird tram who came from near my home town in DC area, but relocated to live in LCC as a property manager at the Gold Miners Daughter. This thread stirs thoughts in me about how that guy managed to live his dream and if he's still doing it??
I rent in Greenwich Connecticut and work in Stamford. I am used to the riduculous cost of living associated with these areas. It is just that I am not close to a world class skiing resort. I spend a considerable amount of my free time and money trekking up to VT as much as I can. If I don't do something like this now, then when will I? I don't just want to ski bum in Aspen. I want to start a career there; and have access to a world class ski mountian in my close proximity. Crazy thoughts or rationale thinking?
Should add that while I've skied Little Cottonwood Canyon I did not stay "up canyon" so I envy markski's trip plans. Almost 20 yrs ago I met a stranger on the Snowbird gondola who came from near my home town in DC area, but relocated to live in LCC as a property manager at the Gold Miners Daughter. This thread stirs thoughts in me about how that guy managed to live his dream and if he's still doing it??
Jim....ohhh, have I spent many days thinking this same thing. The pro's and cons of making the move to mtn life. I still do think about it and like you have thoughts of retiring in ski country. I'm just not sure the wife has the same thoughts.
I stayed in the canyon last year for the first time and I have to admit, you can certainly ski cheaper but at this stage in my life (I work hard and am past the sleeping in your car days) I spend it for this trip. I am generally fairly frugel and above all, skiing is my passion. If I don't do it now, who knows if I may ever get the chance again. At least that's the way I see it.
pbolo. I think if you're going to do it, do it sooner than later...otherwise you may never get the chance. Worst case scenario....you get dishpan hands and ski your butt off for a year or two and then come back. However, if you're serious about making mtn town your home, I believe you'd be smart to research a bit more. Property values in aspen are as mentioned extremely high. If you're able, and many have, to make a succesful career in a mtn town, you'd be better off in an up and coming area where property values are more in line with reality. You have to remember, the people buying homes these days in aspen made their money elsewhere. (Just my thoughts. But hey i live within 25 miles of manhattan so what the heck do i know).
Marcski... You are right. I absolutely need to do as much research as possible before making a move. I was thinking about securing employment (perhaps in my current vocation) and then work on getting a real estate license. Another option would be to work in retail, with the aspiration to own my own boutique/store. Worst case, work my ass off and ski hard. If I don't make it, then at least I tried. Anyway, I should wait a month and see how I feel then. It would be nice to find the right girl to bring along!!
I have friends who live there, and my sister lived there recently for about eight years. They all enjoy/enjoyed living there...BUT housing is a BIG problem. It is very very expensive. Most people who work in Aspen live in places like Carbondale and commute to work. That having been said, I'd go for it!