We fly in on Sun. the 24th into Denver and get in around 11am. Is that a typically busy day on the roads heading into Aspen at that time? I came across an old post where it was mentioned that Sun afternoon traffic can be a bear, but if I read correctly, I think that was if you were heading East?
I know the mountains won't be open until the 28th and DH hoped to ski that day since we leave on the 29th (purpose of this trip is not to ski, but to spend a quiet, relaxing holiday away with friends in the mountains, plus I don't ski!). Is the first day typically crazy? I've skied ONCE in my life, but am willing to try a bunny slope. Which is better to look into for that, Aspen or Snowmass? Is there such a thing as a one day basic class where I then can "ski" down an itty bitty mountain? Seems crazy to be in Aspen, and not try it if the conditions present themselves! We are staying at the Gant.
Car. We have reserved a SUV since we are 4 adults and I don't pack lightly, but I wonder if we even need it once we get to Aspen. I looked into a shuttle from Denver, but that cost more for the 4 of us roundtrip than our SUV rental. My thoughts were since the bulk of our trip will be during the "sleepy" time before the mountains open, we may want to have transportation for a day trip or two.
Which leads into my last question, day trips. Any recommendations or is the time of year we will be there really not conducive to that sort of thing? This FL girl is concerned about snow and road conditions!