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New York, New York
March 15, 2006
From journal Skiing Aspen
Holly Grove, Arkansas
October 14, 2005
Snowmass has 3128 acres of skiing, with 6% easy, 50% more difficult, 12% most difficult, and 32% expert. The summit is 12,510 feet and the base is 8,104 feet. There are 88 trails and the longest run is 5.3 miles. There are 22 lifts and never seemed to be a crowd. There are also many shops and restaurants in the area. I rented my skis and boots right by the slopes, too.
The runs were all nice, wide, and nicely groomed. They were also all downhill, so you didn’t have to pole thought flat areas like at some places. I would love to ski Snowmass again in the future. Rooms can be a little costly in this area, though.
From journal Vacation in Aspen
by Kristen Cherry
January 12, 2005
From journal EPIC Powder in Snowmass
New York City, New York
December 20, 2001
The first thing you realize when looking at a map of - or driving up to - Snowmass mountain is how HUGE it is! It's truly overwhelming. You don't really know where to start, but we asked some folks and found that there are two main preferred areas: one is called Big Burn, the other, Alpine Springs. We did Big Burn in the morning, and loved every minute of it.
Unfortunately, there's no gondola and it takes three separate lifts to get you to the summit. But once there, you could spend a full day just exploring Big Burn, which is filled with long, wide, well-groomed and beautiful slopes, and fun twisty trails that snake through the trees. If you're a mogul fan (which I am not!) you'll also have plenty to choose from here. My favorite run was called Sneaky's, which takes you past breathtaking scenery - massive peaks in the near distance and millions of snowy pine trees blanketing the hills.
The lodges at Snowmass didn't seem to be as high-end as the Sundeck Lodge on Ajax Mountain, rather more like your typical ski lodge: cozy and cute, with basic amenities and food. Fine with us. There are also lots of restaurants on the mountain including a pizza joint at the top of Big Burn.
We headed to Alpine Highlands in the afternoon, via a verrry long, snaking trail crossing the paths of dozens of slopes. I'm glad we made it, though, because we squeezed in a few last runs on some nice trails includung Naked Lady and Coffee Pot. The lifts close at 3:30, too bad, since we'd have loved to fit in an extra run or two!
From journal Aspen, Colorado: Fantastic Skiing and Much More