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Old Nov 8, 17, 4:44 pm #1
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Aspen or Park City, UT - newbie ski trip

Wife's bday is in xmas week and she would really like to learn skiing (or attempt) so I am thinking of taking her to either Park City or Aspen. Given that I have never been to either city or put on a pair of skis myself... I could use good advice.

Length of trip: 3-4 days (incl xmas weekend)

Aspen/ Snowmass area seems to be fairly well developed and looks like a trendy party town which can be fun. However getting there from DEN is a PITA... almost becoming a 4hr drive each way whereas Park City is less than an hour away. This almost takes a full day away from activities. Flying into ASE is turning out to be fairly cost prohibitive.

Park city is not cheap on flights either however it's a fairly big time saver given proximity to SLC. However, I am not sure if the area would be good for our trip.

Few concerns being...
1. Given I'll be there for xmas weekend, not sure if Aspen would be a better choice.
2. Availability of easy-peasy ski slopes.... ski schools, ski valet etc. I really need some hand holding here.
3. other activities if if attempting to ski turns out to be an epic fail
4. Restaurants etc on dec 24/25... which city would be better?

Would appreciate some advice.
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Old Yesterday, 7:55 am #2

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In Utah you have shuttles that take you to the different ski locations which are not that far from the airport.

Aspen from Denver ---you have weather issues in driving through the mountains. In Colorado you have other places to ski like Vail/Breckenridge area, Steamboat springs, and others.

I don't recall which place would be best for a newbie to learn how to ski. Some places don't have many entry level runs.

All these areas have small towns associated with them that have restaurants/things to do at night.

Christmas week is a big time for ski resorts where prices are inflated.
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