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post #1 of 11
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Hi folks

 

SO I have a meeting in CO SP on Nov 28 and want to hit the closest most interesting resort while out there on the 29/30th...I map quested and it seemed Breckenridge is pretty close within 115 miles? I know I can drive back through Denver and hit some others along the pass...Just wondering what would be an ideal place to hit for my two solid days of skiing out there....on my new TSTs which are to arrive this week...cannot WAIT! thanks for any local knowledge on this...Thanks again!

post #2 of 11

Breck is a good mountain, probably won't have much open. Arapahoe would be a good place to consider. Just check the mountain weather reports before you go, if any of them get snow then you know where to go. Loveland has been getting a little more snow at this point. Best of luck!

post #3 of 11
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I skied A Basin last year which was awesome.....I think giving Loveland a go would be interesting....Thanks for the feedback...How far to drive from CO SPR to Loveland?

post #4 of 11

Key is how much snow each resort has received/made, and thus the open run list on their websites.  For instance A-Basin right now has about 4 runs open, but to be honest it really is one long run that branches into two for the bottom half. It was OK on Sunday, but not anything like March/April skiing there of course.

 

Recommend checking the snow reports, on any number of sites, and then hitting the places that look good to see the number of open lifts/runs.  November can be very variable.  Last year Copper, Keystone and Breck had a lot of terrain open  by late Nov, other years a lot less.

 

You can go straight west up US24 through Ute Pass to Fairplay and then over Hoosier pass to get to Breck, or you can go north to I70.  In late November should have no traffic issues with I70.  Google maps on the route choice will give you the time differences.  It is an easy loop, as you said, to go to Breck first, and then come back on I70 hitting any number of places.

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Key is how much snow each resort has received/made, and thus the open run list on their websites.  For instance A-Basin right now has about 4 runs open, but to be honest it really is one long run that branches into two for the bottom half. It was OK on Sunday, but not anything like March/April skiing there of course.

 

Recommend checking the snow reports, on any number of sites, and then hitting the places that look good to see the number of open lifts/runs.  November can be very variable.  Last year Copper, Keystone and Breck had a lot of terrain open  by late Nov, other years a lot less.

 

You can go straight west up US24 through Ute Pass to Fairplay and then over Hoosier pass to get to Breck, or you can go north to I70.  In late November should have no traffic issues with I70.  Google maps on the route choice will give you the time differences.  It is an easy loop, as you said, to go to Breck first, and then come back on I70 hitting any number of places.

Exactly- if mostly man made snow, my picks would be Copper, Keystone, A-Basin/Loveland with Breck last.  All of them will be much improved with natural snow.  Breck has the potential to get some interesting terrain open first...last year I skied some fantastic stuff at Copper before Thanksgiving as everyone picked up some nice snow. 
 

 

post #6 of 11

It's just under twice as far but if you want interesting and tons of REAL snow go to wolf creek. They've had 100" this year already. Yes, keystone has more runs open but they're all greens and it's actually less total acreage than abasin. (63 compared to 96 so neither has much to speak of). copper is usually pretty great early season and will be less crowded because everyone and their brother has the 5 mountain pass but not many get the copper/wp. it really just depends how much it dumps and where but if you get a little fresh stuff while you're there, I'd have to suggest wolf creek for a day. 

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

I know I heard Wolf Creek got bombed with snow as I may consider this too....will mapquest it from col springs now...but nevertheless it will be a game time decision depending on who gets what snow then,....

post #8 of 11

nobueno makes some good points as Wolf Creek can be a snow magnet.  River run at Keystone is already open and it is not something I would take a beginner on.  Agree with keeping an eye on the snow and terrain status then gtd.

post #9 of 11

I skiied Wolf Creek the last three days and it was very, very good.  Good base with 12 inches of fresh.  If you like to do a little backcountry there is LOBO pass just across the highway with a readily available trailhead.  The trial head is at the very top of Wolf Creek Pass witht the trailhead on the north side of the hwy.  Wolf Creek Ski area is very good with some decent side country as well, and it typically gets a lot of snow.  As someone else mentioned it already has 100 plus inches this season.   

post #10 of 11

You aren't realistically doing Wolf Creek from COS on a business trip with 2 days unless travel time doesn't matter two you - it is 5-6 hours drive each way assuming good weather and you are on Rt. 50, not I-70, which means a greater chance of road closures if it happens to be stormy.  Summit County is 2 hours from COS - Loveland/ABasin is pretty much the same, maybe you can shave 15 mins on the I-25/C470/I-70 route.

 

Forecast for the I-70 corridor over the next couple of weeks is decent - we are seeing a good amount of northwest flow in the forecast, which favors the northern mountains over the San Juans.  Of course, if travel time doesn't matter and the mountain snow accums aren't consistent....YMMV...

post #11 of 11

I am suprised no one mentioned Monarch Ski area.  It's about a 2 hour drive from COS.  It's the same general direction as Wolf Creek so they may have lots of snow too.  Since Monarch is the opposite direction, you wont have any Denver crowds.  They aren't open yet but will be by end of Nov.  It's not a huge ski area but what will matter is what's open and Monarch could have a lot open.

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