Aspen/Vail Summit County Snow Report

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Back Country Skiing Advice
1. Never ever ski in the back country, or gladed terrain alone.  Always ski in 3's minimum.
2.  Check the weather and avalanche reports before you leave the door.
3.  Check to make sure your avalanche transceiver has fresh batteries and spares.
4.  Check to make sure avalanche probe and shovel are in working order.
5.  Make sure you have a spare base layer set, protein bars, and water just in case.
6.  Make sure you have a mirror or signal strobe.
7.  2 Marine flares for signally or starting fire.
8.  LEAVE WORD WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY ON  WHAT YOUR ROUTE IS AND WHEN YOU PLAN TO RETURN.
9.  Make sure you know basic first aid.
10. IF YOUR SKI BUDDIES DON'T HAVE THE GEAR WITH THEM, THEN DON'T GO INTO THE BACK COUNTRY WITH THEM

ALTITUDE SICKNESS AND AWARENESS
Now being at altitude can have a wide range of effects on your body.  Headaches, Cotton Mouth, Dizziness, and shortness of breath are all part of it.  The best thing you can do on your vacation to help with this is the following.
1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER-This will help you more than anything else.
2. Take a good multivitamin if you do not already do so.
3. Get plenty of sleep.  I know you want to go out at night and party here in Aspen.  But do so in moderation if you want to ski/snowboard

COLD WEATHER ADVICE
1. Spare  socks to change out of after your first 2 hours of skiing. Will make the feet feel warmer, plus the break inside to change the socks will be great too.
2.
Spare gloves/mittens to change into at the same time.
3.
Put Vaseline on the following areas using a very thin layer. Vaseline is cheaper than the creams and is basically the same product without the coloring. On your "head at the space between your helmet and goggles so you don't get the Ice Cream Headache, the tip of your nose, upper cheeks, chin, addams apple, and earlobes*** .
4.
Cover all exposed skin with sunblock. Suns ray's at altitude are much more intense.  I use and SPF of 45 rating on my sunscreen
 

GROCERY SHOPPING & PHARMACY'S
Now Grocery shopping at Aspen/Snowmass or any resort can be expensive when flying into Aspen.   However, we have two main grocery's stores for Aspen/Snowmass.  "City Market" and Clark's.  A way to save a bunch of money when you fly in and have to buy grocery's is to go to the "City Market Customer Service" desk and get the "City Market" customer card.  Takes 2 minutes to fill out the form but will save 20-25% on your grocery bill.  

If you fly into Eagle/Vail, or Rifle get your grocery's at Glenwood springs at the Safeway, City Market., or the Walmart in Glenwood Springs.  Safeway is located on the right hand side of the road driving towards Aspen from Glenwood Springs, the Walmart and City Market are located on the left driving towards Aspen.


Closer to Aspen in "El Jabel" there is a City Market, and a Whole Foods.  This is really where I suggest you do your grocery shopping.
  
**unfortunately in Aspen they make you pay a 20 cent tax for paper bag use so shop down valley is my best suggestion**
If you are on a tight budget.  Then I suggest purchasing your grocery's at the "Family Dollar" in Glenwood Springs or in Carbondale.  Family Dollar in Carbondale is easy to get to.  Take the 82 like you are going to Aspen, but turn right at the 133hwy light.  Family Dollar is 3/4 down the road on the left.

TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN TO SKI
***PLEASE DO NOT TEACH THE CHILD YOURSELF. KEEP YOUR FAMILY HAPPY ON VACATION AND PUT THEM IN A CLASS.***
Teaching a toddler how to ski or snowboard can be a very frustrating experience for a parent.  I strongly recommend having your child start skiing/snowboarding with a professional instructor.  Now if your child does take a class.  
Please meet the instructor first, and then introduce your child to the instructor. This will show your child that the instructor is an authority figure and not a teenage baby sitter. When the lesson is done. Ask the instructor how your child did, and what tips he/she can tell you that will help your child's skiing/snowboarding. And don't forget to TIP the instructor. They earn it. Trust me on that one.

  
PARKING, TAXIES, AND BUSES
Parking can be crazy in the town of Aspen.   I suggest using the great bus system we have here when going to ski at our Four mountains.  park at intercept lot and ride buses to the mountain of your choice.
 
HOSPITALS
There is the Aspen Valley Hospital, and the Snowmass clinic.  Visits there can be expensive.  I suggest getting "Temporary Travel's Health Insurance" to be on the safe side of things.   Follow this link to buy temporary  visitor health insurance


SKI & SNOWBOARD THEFTS
Unfortunately you have a ski and snowboard theft problem at any resort. Little gangs of people up to no good want to steal your skis or snowboard. Mostly they look for high end demo's which they can adjust the binding to fit them and get away very quickly.

Mix matching your skis with a ski buddy really is not a deterrent to thieves. The thieves watch for that. Lock your stuff up. Not with the little cable locks either. They cut through those very quickly. Buy one of the LOCKs that are sold in every shop here in Aspen. We have many racks that these LOCKs  can be used all over the mountain
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***if you really want that secure feeling use the ski valet at the bottom of each of our four mountains. I highly recommend it.***





 
 

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