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Hi, I am planning a ski trip for next year and i was just wondering if there are any good low profile ski areas in Colorado with good snow and a good mountain.  I want the full Colorado skiing effect without all of the crowds.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 23

 A basin and Loveland are good ones. Silverton is a must if your in the area. Telluride doesn't get too crowded. Wolf Creek too (most snow in CO but the smallest).

post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by skidevil View Post

Hi, I am planning a ski trip for next year and i was just wondering if there are any good low profile ski areas in Colorado with good snow and a good mountain.  I want the full Colorado skiing effect without all of the crowds.

 

Thanks


I believe "full Colorado skiing effect" includes crowds! ;-)

 

Seriously, Aspen is probably the least crowded resorts. Not sure if it fits your definition of "low profile" though. ;-)
 

 

post #4 of 23

Sunlight is a nice little hill, so is Monarch.  Aspen, CB, Telluride, Steamboat and Silverton aren't really crowded and may offer a little more amenities.

 

Just stay away from the front range?

post #5 of 23

Silverton offers more amenities? Think that was a typo. Below is a photo of its base lodge and someone exiting the swanky bathroom facilities... You can see a couple of the "high speed lifts" in the background.

 

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Ski Cooper near Vail is another small Colorado mountain.

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Originally Posted by skiking4 View PostWolf Creek
 

 

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post #7 of 23

Crested Butte! All of these other posts are glamour resorts or crowded local Denver resorts. Fly to Gunnison from Denver and ski CB. Its Aspen 30 years ago.

post #8 of 23

I've enjoyed both Crested Butte and Wolf Creek.

CB needs a good snow year to be fully appreciated.  WC almost always has good snow, but has less terrain (the steep bits are short).

 

If you go to CB, stay in the real town, "Crested Butte", not "Mount Crested Butte".  It was a seven minute free shuttle ride to the base area.  Or for real economy at the expense of considerable inconvenience, stay in Gunnison and take public transportation to CB.

 

Monarch looks like fun, but I haven't made it there yet.  If you are driving from Denver or Colorado Springs, it is a good stop-off on the way to the western part of the state.  (The airlines seem to have decided to offer reasonable fares and connections to Gunnison now, so there is much less reason to make that long drive, though.)

post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
I was wondering how far Aspen is from the airport. I would also like some feedback on pros and cons of Aspen. Thank you!
post #10 of 23

Downtown Aspen is 3 miles from Sardy field (ASE) and serviced by a free bus.

 

I'm biased.

 

Aspen is a great town and with the four mountains, the best skiing in Colorado and top 5 in North America.

 

 

It doesn't get as much snow as some places.  Aspen doesn't have to be, but can be expensive?

 

 

post #11 of 23

Avoid the I-70 resorts as well as Steamboat (unless before Christmas or after April 1).

 

Ski Cooper, but not for more than a couple days. Monarch (again, not for very long). Haven't skied Durango, but heard good things about it. Same for Wolf Creek (I heard it's overrun with Texans).

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Avoid the I-70 resorts as well as Steamboat (unless before Christmas or after April 1).



Is steamboat really that crowded during non holiday/non spring-break weeks?  I haven't been in years, but was thinking about visiting next January or February.

post #13 of 23

It really depends on the week (avoid President's, Christmas, MLK, spring break). I lived there for 4 seasons (moving in 2003). No matter what the day, it will be super crowded if a powder day (everyone loves powder!).

 

Even during good early season snow years, I can remember walking right on the gondi prior to Christmas break. I also had empty mountain powder days during the last 2 weeks of the season.
 

Lift lines are all a matter of relevance. 3 minutes is way, way too long for me and I don't patronize a hill that has waits like this (you east coasters are thinking "3 minutes is long?).

post #14 of 23
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Avoid the I-70 resorts as well as Steamboat (unless before Christmas or after April 1).

 

Ski Cooper, but not for more than a couple days. Monarch (again, not for very long). Haven't skied Durango, but heard good things about it. Same for Wolf Creek (I heard it's overrun with Texans).



 

The only resorts on I-70 that are crowded are the Vail Resorts....Copper is NOT crowded but don't tell the hordes that buy the Epic Pass that.....we like it that way.

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Downtown Aspen is 3 miles from Sardy field (ASE) and serviced by a free bus.

 

I'm biased.

 

Aspen is a great town and with the four mountains, the best skiing in Colorado and top 5 in North America.

 

 

It doesn't get as much snow as some places.  Aspen doesn't have to be, but can be expensive?

 

 

And the lowest profile Aspen ski area is Aspen Highlands, a fantastic mtn for advanced skiers.  If you use Denver as your gateway it is about a 4-5 hour drive to Aspen.

 



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 A basin and Loveland are good ones. Silverton is a must if your in the area. Telluride doesn't get too crowded. Wolf Creek too (most snow in CO but the smallest).

Abasin for steeps and Loveland for open intermediate bowls.  These two are a truly great low profile combo that will give you a nice taste of the best of CO, but will require daily commutes from neaby lodging, there is none slopeside.  They are just a few miles apart when Loveland Pass/Rte 6 is open.
 



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The only resorts on I-70 that are crowded are the Vail Resorts....Copper is NOT crowded but don't tell the hordes that buy the Epic Pass that.....we like it that way.


Copper is a pretty dang good compromise for convenience/snow/terrain/crowds/prices, 
 

 

post #16 of 23
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Is steamboat really that crowded during non holiday/non spring-break weeks?  I haven't been in years, but was thinking about visiting next January or February.


No it's not. I've been there all of the various times of the winter, including winter break with my kids a couple of years ago, and it's typically far from crowded.

 

post #17 of 23

Umm, yeah, the boat is all jammed up all the time......  OK, I can't lie, WTF!  No the boat other than christmas week, spring break and other holiday weekends is basically empty. Even on a powder days you will not find it crowded unless you count 2 minute lift lines crowded.....  Weekdays are totally safe. I love a good dump on a tuesday....

post #18 of 23
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...Same for Wolf Creek (I heard it's overrun with Texans).



Wanna Race?

 

 

Telluride has very small crowds mid-week. Little to no lift lines. Fantastic mountian.

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Telluride has very small crowds mid-week. Little to no lift lines. Fantastic mountian.


Telluride has very small crowds even on weekends.

 

Everybody's "low key" means something different. Some mean it low cost, others mean it's not crowded, still other mean it has mellow terrain... Whatever the OP was looking for, he didn't say. So the suggestions are all over the map!
 

 

post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 

Im basically looking for low crowds.

post #21 of 23

Yea, lots of places with that.  What kind of skier are you, and what kind of terrain do you like?  What other amenities do you want?

post #22 of 23

Telluride definitely has no crowds.  When I was there last year, on most lifts you could usually ski right up to the chair.  At the base of the bunny hill you'd have to wait in line for maybe 3 chairs' worth of people.

 

I'll also echo the others' suggestions for Wolf Creek, Monarch, and Crested Butte, but I haven't been to them since the 90s (I took a bit of a break from skiing in the early/mid 2000s).

post #23 of 23

Wolf is more than over run by TEXANS!

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