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Aspen or Vail at Christmas 2017?

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Aspen or Vail at Christmas 2017?

I would appreciate any knowledge about the snow in Aspen at Christmas time. We are beginners (have skied 3 times) & have been to Aspen before so I know the drill to catch the shuttle and do classes at Snowmass.

Is there more reliable snow at Vail compared to Aspen? Would it be better for beginner skiers? Thanks!

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1. Re: Aspen or Vail at Christmas 2017?

You would not find any comparable differences in snow between Aspen and Vail other than non-predictable local situations at the time. I would not make that a decision point between the two. As you probably know, there are four separate mountains in Aspen. Buttermilk would be best for beginners and is just a short distance out of the city of Aspen. Snowmass probably next and that, as you know, is up in a different area. Personally I prefer Vail. Both will be crowded but more so at Vail.

Have fun.

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2. Re: Aspen or Vail at Christmas 2017?

TW is an expert.

Vail is very easy to drive to, and is self contained with buses.

Be certain to read the difference between the two.

We have skiied both, and your selection is personal preference.

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3. Re: Aspen or Vail at Christmas 2017?

Lift lines at Vail are typically very long at Christmas. Here in Aspen we rarely wait more than a few minutes. The areas both have good options for beginners. I think the town of Aspen is much nicer than Vail, especially since Vail is located right on the interstate. Also, the Aspen airport is much closer to town than the Vail airport.

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4. Re: Aspen or Vail at Christmas 2017?

If you have been to Aspen why not give Vail a try?

Did you like Aspen? If so, why? Might help to know to provide advice.

The snow is unpredictable but likely to be similar in both.

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