OFFICIAL 2022 National Gathering at Aspen - February 26 - March 5, 2022

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2022 National Gathering at Aspen, CO, February 26 - March 5
NOTE : This is a living post and will be changed as new information becomes available (last updated 6/10/2021)

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It's official... the 2022 National Gathering will be at Aspen/Snowmass from February 26th through March 5th, 2022. The decision was made early to facilitate those who want to plan early. More details to come in coming months...

STAY TUNED!!




 

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Pulled the trigger on the Silver Season Pass for $549. Early bird pricing is good to 6/15.

American wanted almost 100,000 miles RT from ILM to ASE so the cash option was modestly better. The resurgence in leisure travel is evident in mileage redemption requirements and retail pricing. Identical tickets purchased in February, for an Aspen trip three weeks prior to The Gathering were considerably cheaper.
 

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Guess I'm an early planner.

I've got a condo booked at Snowmass Village. I'm looking at airfare to ASE as well as DEN, or a combination of the two (fly into ASE, and rent a vehicle at the end of the week and drive to Copper for a few days, then to Denver. Or vice versa. It is early to plan, but airfare from $530 to $625 looks pretty good from a small airport (Paine Field in Everett, WA) to another smaller airport (ASE). It's cheaper from SeaTac to DEN, but I'm thinking this is the year I lean towards convenience. I realize flying into/out of ASE can present challenges with weather but I've built some cushion time into my travel to allow for rerouted flights and shuttles.

I'm also considering driving, but my SO does not want to come on this trip, and it's a 20 hour drive so 2 days of driving by myself each way, and longer if I stop to ski anywhere on the way. I've estimated the cost of fuel conservatively would be $350, which is more than airfare from SEA to DEN.

But this post isn't just about the details. I'm committing early because I really missed seeing people this past year, and I'm looking forward to seeing the usual suspects in 2022, plus people I've never met or had the chance to ski with. This will be my first trip to Aspen and while I know I could explore the place on my own, it's great to have guides and good company.
 

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Sounds good, got my Aspen/Jackson Hole upgrade on my Ikon pass already. I'll probably wait and see where everyone is getting their housing before crossing that bridge. I usually stay in Carbondale.

Don't forget the free Wednesday parking day at the Highlands.
 

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I'll be interested to see the details when they're available. I live about 1 hr 20 min away so I could be convinced to show up for a bit.
 

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I will be staying at Snowmass Village, Sat 2/26- Sat 3/5, probably flying into ASE and then picking up a car rental and driving to Copper for a few days, then drive to Denver for the return flight to SEA. Alternatively I could fly in to DEN, spend a few days at Copper, drive to Snowmass and drop off the rental, then fly out of ASE after the Gathering. I’m not seeing the need to have a car during the Gathering week.

Any suggestions/recommendations for accommodations for Copper? I’m looking at a few Air BnB’s at Copper, as well as Frisco. Also if anyone wants to meet up at Copper that would be cool.
 

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Any suggestions/recommendations for accommodations for Copper? I’m looking at a few Air BnB’s at Copper, as well as Frisco. Also if anyone wants to meet up at Copper that would be cool.
We stayed here a few years ago and loved it. It is cute, cozy, and within an easy walk of downtown Frisco and (if you wish) the shuttle service to Copper. We preferred to drive to the ski resort and have our car locker. The owner is great and the cabin had everything we needed.
https://www.vrbo.com/1187005?adultsCount=4&noDates=true&petIncluded=true&unitId=1737763

ETA... I did check and it is quite a bit more expensive for the week of the gathering than the week we went in March. Yikes.
 

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Any suggestions/recommendations for accommodations for Copper? I’m looking at a few Air BnB’s at Copper, as well as Frisco. Also if anyone wants to meet up at Copper that would be cool.
I don't know the name, but there is an on mountain lodge at Copper that has a deal that gets their guests on the 6 pack lift a half hour before the general public. Could be worthwhile on a powder day or for a longer day.
 
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Just so I'm clear - This means arriving 2/26, skiing 2/27 through 3/4, and departing 3/5?
Yes, officially. That's what I plan to do. But of course for Gatherings everyone is free to flex around those dates as they see fit.
 

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Any suggestions/recommendations for accommodations for Copper? I’m looking at a few Air BnB’s at Copper, as well as Frisco. Also if anyone wants to meet up at Copper that would be cool.
No clue on who may have the best price right now. I would compare everyone including Copper lodging. You might get a slightly better price by including a lodging package that allows you early access to Eagle lift as Dano mentioned. My suggestion is to make your lodging reservation asap regardless of who you go with. Another thing to consider is the drive thru Officers Gulch if you stay in Silverthorne or Frisco. Just mentioning because it seems like CDOT is quicker to close I70 these days than in previous years. Odds are you won't have an issue but just throwing it out there. You can get a cheaper rate at the standard hotels in those locations but even the Hampton Inn is over $440 a night during that time frame now. Crazy.
 

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$440 a night is crazy for what I need.

I've done some searching on VRBO, AirBnb, Hotels.com, Trip Advisor and Copper lodging. At this point I'm leaning towards Frisco since I'll already be staying right at Snowmass Village for the Gathering, and maybe try being a short drive or bus ride away.

Any reason to book something ASAP? Are things filling up that far ahead?
 

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So looking at the map , can you get to Ruthies run from the gondola ? If so it looks like 100% of the runs are accessible from one lift .
Interesting.
 

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So looking at the map , can you get to Ruthies run from the gondola ? If so it looks like 100% of the runs are accessible from one lift .
Interesting.
I have never done it, but I think the answer is not easily because there is an uphill stretch. I always took 6 to get to the Ruthies side.
 

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So looking at the map , can you get to Ruthies run from the gondola ? If so it looks like 100% of the runs are accessible from one lift .
Interesting.
I think there is also some uphill to get to the top of Bell Mountain chair, which was not running the last couple of times I was at Aspen.
 
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So looking at the map , can you get to Ruthies run from the gondola ? If so it looks like 100% of the runs are accessible from one lift .
Interesting.
There is some uphill to get to Ruthie's... you can't reach the top of Ruthie's from Midway, if you're looking at the trail map. Tourtelotte Park is downhill from the top of Ruthie's toward Midway. I've usually taken the FIS chair to get over to Ruthie's.
 

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OK, I've been watching flights and the price dropped $40 so I booked it, SEA to ASE on 2/26 then DEN to SEA on 3/8 for about $357.

I also requested an AirBnB in Frisco for 3 nights after the Gathering for a couple days at Copper 3/6 and 3/7.

A car rental picking up at ASE and dropping off at DEN is actually about $100 less for 3 days than picking up at DEN and dropping off at ASE. I don't think I'll need a car otherwise.

Guess I'm committed.
 

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