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December 5th -9th, Keystone area or Steamboat

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I have to take my weeks vacation or lose it for this year.  Decided to buy tickets to Denver now need to decide where I should take my chances on early snow.  East coast skier making first trip to Colorado.  Any advice?  I know Keystone opens early but also read that Steamboat is better even though they wont be open until late November.  Thanks.

post #2 of 11

Steamboat typically gets more snow than Keystone. However, that is pretty early. Especially with a persistent high pressure ridge parked over West through at least the end of October.Getting  lodging will not be an issue at that time. I would wait and see what happens in November before committing to any one place.

post #3 of 11

Most of the resorts in CO should be open by then...out of all of them...Keystone would likely be my very last choice.  

 

JMO and YMMV

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks SkiDawg.  What would be your top 3 recommendations for early December? (please, no golf courses).

post #5 of 11

Copper opens the same time as keystone and is a much better ski resort. Naturally divided, less crowded, better variety of terrain. Last year by the beginning of Dec they were practically 100% open (that was a la nina year but it's supposed to be back). You could also check out Abasin while you're there, provided you're not a beginner skier. They've been open for a week and should have plenty open by then. If you're there for a week you could always make the drive from summit co. to steamboat, it's a little over 2 hrs. I'd have to agree though, keystone is one of the last resorts I'd visit. Loveland is small but fun and has cheap lift tickets. 

post #6 of 11

I've posted about this a few times in the past, but my choice of early season resort depends on if there is much natural snow or not.  If the answer is NO, then Copper and Keystone ahead of Breck, A-Basin or some of the others.  This is because they blow snow on some reasonable blue and a bit of black terrain, while all the man made is very flat at Breck.  

 

If there is a good bit of natural snow, then the list opens up.

post #7 of 11

How do you figure abasin isn't on the snowmaking list? They already have high noon open, will be opening ramrod w/ in a week or so and then will have two more runs by mid nov. that go all the way to the top. It's not on my list if you're a beginner but they have plenty of black and blue terrain by the beginning of december. That said, they won't have some of their best terrain, like east wall or zuma bowl open by then. 

post #8 of 11

Just book your air and wait for the lodging. It's a really slow time and you won't have any problems getting a deal anywhere.

 

Steamboat usually has better natural, but if that doesn't fall,  their snowmaking is nowhere near as extensive as the Summit County resorts.

post #9 of 11

I'm going to head out there in late November... and the plan is to play it by ear.  Steamboat is a risky commitment because there's not a lot of other nearby options.  Whereas if you're up the I-70, you have a-basin, keystone, breck, vail, copper, etc. and can ski based on what terrain is open and looking the best based on current conditions.  That's my plan anyway.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks all.  I think I will stick to Summit county and choose based upon what's good when I'm there.  Thinking of staying in Frisco.  Looks like a good jumping off point to several mountains.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by nobueno View Post

How do you figure abasin isn't on the snowmaking list? They already have high noon open, will be opening ramrod w/ in a week or so and then will have two more runs by mid nov. that go all the way to the top. It's not on my list if you're a beginner but they have plenty of black and blue terrain by the beginning of december. That said, they won't have some of their best terrain, like east wall or zuma bowl open by then. 

I'd put A-Basin #2 in October (less crowds at Loveland), but feel that that the top to bottom terrain that opens in Nov at Copper and Keystone is more interesting than what they blow on at the Basin (as well as being closer to my place in Frisco).  Agree that A-B is better than Breck for man made unless you are looking for some flats with a few rolls.   
 

 

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