Aspen area - Pitkin County
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The first time I came to Aspen was about 7 years ago to play in the Motherlode Volley Classic. A bunch of my friends from Kansas City drove out to play in the doubles volleyball tournament. It is a long drive! But it was worth it because it is a blast!
I really fell in love with the town just the same way I did when I first came to Boulder Colorado. All labor day weekend long all you can see around Aspen are volleyball nets setup on every spare inch of grass in town.
I liked it so much, I came back for several years after that to play with my Kansas City friends. Kind of ironic that now that I live in Colorado I have not been back since to play in the tournament.
During the labor day weekend there are many other events going on at the same time like the The Aspen/Snowmass Jazz Festival. The town is in full party mode, it is kind if the last summer event before Aspen slows down before they gear up for the winter skiers.
When we came out to Aspen from Kansas City, we came out with about 40 people. Kansas City was always well represented. You would meet people from all over the country come to this event. And the competition is very good.
The tournament is set up as a double elimination for the first round of play, if you lose you go to the losers bracket. So since you would only play a few games if you keep losing the whole Kansas City contingency would cheer on the Kansas City team playing at that time. This made for some really exciting and competitive games.
You'll think Vail pricey and luxurious...that is, until you get a load of Beaver Creek, CO.
Just down the highway from Vail and a short drive through Avon, Colorado, you'll drive through a gated entry into the town. Your ascent will take you past a United Nations-Worthy parade of flags, and leave you wondering if the citizens from half the countries represented could afford to buy even a cup of coffee in the town.
On your right, you'll get a view of some of the finest homes and condos in the region. On your left, you'll take in more pricey real estate adjoining an incredible golf course (that is, if it's not covered in snow), the Beaver Creek Golf Club. You need to be good shape to golf this course because you gain quite a bit of altitude by the time you get to the last hole.
Continue through a Welcome Gate to Beaver Creek Village. The village has first rate hotels (check out the Hyatt), restaurants and shopping.
Only in Beaver Creek do the skiers take escaladers up to the slopes. What ever happened to the days of tow-ropes?
Vacation home buyers and renters can also look in neighboring Avon, Edwards and Arrowhead. All are in the immediate vicinity of Beaver Creek.
When you walk into the village you will notice a Disney World feel to it. It seems like when they planned the village out they all sat around the planning table and agreed that this village has to blow the doors off of Vail's village. You can tell it was planned down to the smallest detail, similar what you see at Disney.
Don't get me wrong, I like the place but to me it doesn't have the same feel that Vail Village has. Vail almost has a rustic feel to it compared to Beaver Creek's village. I just think the planners spent just a bit to much time on the all the small details. It is not very Colorado-ish, if you are looking for the Colorado experience you have come to the wrong place.
I have seen workers touching up paint on ski racks at the end of the day. The lack of imperfections give it a somewhat fake feel. Spare no expense.
I think the skiing is better at Beaver Creek than Vail, the terrain fits me.