The flights to SLC from Buffalo aren't yet looking good price/time-wise, and the group might want a change of pace after two years going to Utah... The next best I figure logistically would be Colorado... especially if we make the trek down to Detroit where we can fly direct on numerous airlines.
We are advanced skiers and boarders (definitely not experts). As such, on our first and only visit to Colorado (in '05) we liked Vail and Keystone but did not like the low vert of the lifts at Breckenridge and did not like the uber-posh feel of Beaver Creek (the snow was the worst of the four too by a good margin, and the layout wasn't the best either)... valet parking... really?????
That said here are my questions...
- I think one day at Vail would be in order. I figure we could cough up the mega-price of a one-day pass, because it was the fave last time. If they lowered ticket prices, I think we'd be good there for 4 days of our 5, but the prices are just too high, even if you go multi-day. After that, I'd hook into a bunch of 2 for 1 coupons I've seen in floating around in past years for Copper and Winter Park, probably with a day at Loveland too. All that said, does Copper and Winter Park serve up a lot more fun for an advanced group than Breck... especially in the lift/run length dept.
- I think we'd shoot for an early arrival on day 1 and go for a half day somewhere... possibly Loveland or Keystone for the night skiing... is that good?
- On the last day (when we fly out), I think I read Winter Park is best for I-70 traffic avoidance... is that right? If we had a 7:00pm flight at DEN, what time would be safe in leaving WP? 2pm?
- Last time, we stayed at Breckenridge, and the altitude was felt by pretty all of us to varying degrees. I'd definitely like to stay lower if it will help. Would Georgetown work as a base since it's about 1000ft lower? What about Idaho Springs which is 2000ft lower... (too far)? Would a place in Dillon or Silverthorne help vs Breckenridge given they are only about 500-750ft lower than Breck? Any other ideas?
Any other suggestions would be appreciated too! That said, if Southwest added the morning flight they had last year for BUF-SLC and/or dropped the prices back down, we'll probably be back in Utah.