On the hill! We're looking at some fun, seldom-tried activities
for you while we're there. You'll be able to find more details here as the trip fills.
Dates. We're planning to leave on Friday afternoon, January 13, 2006, and ski the
next three days, returning late Monday evening. Our bus will arrive at WYDOT at 3 PM, and
we'll leave at 3:30 PROMPTLY!
Lodging. It worked so well last year, and at such a reasonable cost,
that again we'll be staying at the Comfort Inn and Suites at Carbondale. Hot tub,
pool, continental breakfast, free wireless internet await you there. We'll
also be having a Wine & Cheese reception on Saturday evening before we hit
Carbondale's growing restaurant district.
For members, the costs of transportation, the usual bus amenities,
and three nights lodging are:
# of People
A $50 deposit at signup is required to be put on
Tickets. There are two ways to approach your tickets. Aspen offers its
ClassicPass for sale before the season starts. If you purchased the Pass last year, you
can renew it online by
November 11. It provides 4 days of skiing for $139, or 7 days for $219. These can be
any days of the season, consecutive or not. There are no blackout dates, and are
valid on any of their mountains. If you did not purchase it last year, you can do so at
the Colorado Snow Sports Expo we'll be attending on November 5, or at certain retail locations
along the Front Range. These ticket stations are open only on weekends, but all
sales end by November 20.
Group rates are another option, but we need 20 people daily to qualify. Rates
will be $51 per day. This would give you some flexibility at very little extra cost.
You'll need to pre-purchase these from the trip captains by
Without one of these options, window prices will be $78.
Dining. We can report that the food on the mountains remains at least
a couple of notches above the usual ski area fare. Gwyn's High Alpine at Snowmass is
very highly rated and has a full-service dining room. Kind of makes you want to
stop for a long and leisurely lunch. You may want to stay in Aspen on Sunday and eat at
one of their famed restaurants, then return to Carbondale on the RFTA bus. Your call.
Nordic. Right on the edge of Aspen is the country's largest free,
groomed Nordic system. Tracks are set for classic
and skating. Snowshoers are welcome too! You'll also find an wealth of Forest
Service trails and a couple of fee-based trail systems nearby. How 'bout skiing to
the Pine Creek Cookhouse for dinner?
Getting around Aspen. From our drop-off point at Snowmass,
you'll be able to take local shuttles to points throughout Aspen. And RFTA can get you up and down the Roaring Fork Valley for
points more distant.
Wintersköl. We'll be there right in the middle of the 55th
Wintersköl, Aspen's annual toast to winter. Snowmass Splash, a canine fashion show,
snow sculptures, and uphill ski races are just a few of the more than 40 eclectic and
exciting events on Friday through Sunday. You can whet your taste by viewing last
year's schedule of events. Spend an evening in Aspen enjoying the activities,
dining at one of their exciting restaurants, and returning to Carbondale on the RFTA bus.
Where do I sign up? You can be assured of a spot on
this trip by signing up at one of our meetings, or by contacting one the captains,
Otis Halverson 635-8596 or Janet Cathcart 637-8137.