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Also I think your underselling the expert terrain at Snowmass, it's very good too. The best lift served stuff at Snowmass is better than Highlands or Ajax's best stuff in my opinion, it's just not as convenient to lap.
Sure we all have our different opinions and I certainly think the Highlands is a great expert spot to ski, it's definitely better than Ajax mountain for expert terrain. I thought the mountain overall though was very narrow and the vertical on the expert runs are not all that long either as the toughest runs go over the sides of the mountain for the most part.Agree to disagree. I'm no expert on Aspen, but I have skied both Highlands and Snowmass 4 times each while 100% open. Highlands expert stuff felt steeper and for much longer, sustained vertical. The stuff at Snowmass while good are in short bursts.
Yes I definitely want to try it there fully opened under good conditions. The closed terrain did look great. Hopefully next season. I've been to alot of resorts as well but not as many as you. I'd say Alta Snowbird has the best overall terrain and Aspen Snowmass has the best overall experience for whatever that is worth.You have to go back to Highlands when it's in full bloom esp since you like gnar. I consider it one of my very favorite ski areas, I like Snowmass and Ajax too. The three are an amazing combo close together. When people ask me my favorite ski area i say the aspen group, esp for a vacationer. Even though I also love Snowbird.