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Denver Area - Last week of Jan

post #1 of 33
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Going to be out in Denver on business the week of Jan 30 and looking to get a couple of days of skiing at the end of the week (Thu/Fri) before heading home.

 

I know conditions have been pretty poor for many of the Colorado areas.  Trying to figure out what my best options would be.

 

Meetings through the day on Wed.  Prefer to head up to the mountains Wed evening rather than Thu AM, so Summit County resorts seem like the best bet (but I'm open to suggestions).

post #2 of 33

If you don't mind the extra drive, Aspen probably is the best in co at the moment.  Otherwise I'd hit Copper.

 

Mike

post #3 of 33

Winter Park.  Closest drive to Denver and has the most snow aside from Wolf Creek and Silverton.  You could not pay me to ski Aspen.

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  You could not pay me to ski Aspen.


Seriously, why not?

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Winter Park.  Closest drive to Denver and has the most snow aside from Wolf Creek and Silverton.  You could not pay me to ski Aspen.


WP was nice today after a quick 3" before noon.  About 300 acres of off piste opened up this week...a foot or so coming this weekend...

 

post #6 of 33
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I think Aspen's going to be a little too far.  Winter Park sounds good, but wondering how the drive up Rt. 40 is at night.  I'll probably be heading out of Denver around 4:00.

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Seriously, why not?

Too many distractions?  

 

 

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I think Aspen's going to be a little too far.  Winter Park sounds good, but wondering how the drive up Rt. 40 is at night.  I'll probably be heading out of Denver around 4:00.



For just two days, I would agree. I think Copper or WP would be just fine.   Rt. 40 could be easy or it could be hell, depending on road conditions?

 



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Too many distractions?  

 

 

417

 

 



Yeah, I get distracted easily too!

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For just two days, I would agree. I think Copper or WP would be just fine.   Rt. 40 could be easy or it could be hell, depending on road conditions?


40 over Berthoud is likely to have some snow on it...not a good bet in a storm (or even quick passing squall) in a rental car.  I-70 is a safer bet in that regard.

 

 

post #10 of 33

This is Berthoud on a easy day.   

 

 

And this is Berthoud a little more challenging but not really very bad.  It can get a lot, lot worse.

 

 

And in the summer.............


Edited by daysailer1 - 1/23/12 at 2:04pm
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How's Loveland these days? Easy drive from Denver OES, just before the Eisenhower Tunnel and a great mountain.
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How's Loveland these days? Easy drive from Denver OES, just before the Eisenhower Tunnel and a great mountain.


Skied there yesterday after the big storm.  They just don't have much terrain open.  Breck has opened e-chair (although the rocks are pretty awfully purportedly on all of the entrances and lots of little trees), the 6 chair, and the t-bar. I don't know how all of that is skiing.  Copper has opened a-lift, resolution, and has some directed skiing off of Sierra.  Loveland has been really scoured by the wind limiting the terrain open. Think snow!

 

Mike

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So I'm making the call on Copper.  Thanks to all who replied.

 

Love to try Winter Park, but driving an unfamiliar Rt. 40 at night in a rental with "all season" tires isn't going to fly.  If I was driving during the day - or had an extra day or 2 in the bank - I would give it a go, but this time around I'll try and maximize my 2-days with an easier drive :)

 

Sounds like some terrain is opening up - which is great!  I'm feeling a bit rusty so I'll probably be taking it a bit easy anyway.  Hoping for some more snow by next week!

post #14 of 33
Copper is a great mountain, you'll love it!
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4-7 inches forecast for Thursday night/ Friday morning. Enjoy!

 

Mike

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Yep, another 4"-8" or so.  Good timing biggrin.gif

 

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Vail reported 11" and I hear my place is covered

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8 days an counting.....Man, I sure hope I get an 11" day at Vail!

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Well, they reported 11", but I can tell you that blue sky was knee to waist deep today.  It was also a fairly heavy snow for Colorado, so good base builder.  The forecast for next week is multiple storms rolling in back to back.  They also opened quite a bit of new back bowl terrain today.  It's shaping up really quickly here.

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Well, they reported 11", but I can tell you that blue sky was knee to waist deep today.  It was also a fairly heavy snow for Colorado, so good base builder.  The forecast for next week is multiple storms rolling in back to back.  They also opened quite a bit of new back bowl terrain today.  It's shaping up really quickly here.



Can confirm Vail was great today unless you like groomers and barring another month long drought should be at least good for the foreseeable future.  Breckenridge is also good right now, but the bowls that are open and 6 chair need a couple more feet to save your skis.

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Can confirm Vail was great today unless you like groomers and barring another month long drought should be at least good for the foreseeable future.  Breckenridge is also good right now, but the bowls that are open and 6 chair need a couple more feet to save your skis.


I don't know when or where you skied.  I got two runs through Horseshoe today and several down E Chair.  It was good.  Of course, if you ski down the gut, you can find rocks.  But if you have route and terrain skills, the snow was soft, the terrain steep, and the skiing great.

 

Of course, it would be nice to have another couple of feet...

 

Mike

 

post #23 of 33

Watching the weekend morning news, they showed gridlock on I-70 and said Breck had 18,000+ on saturday.

 

Xgames  had 40,000 out at Buttermilk, but Aspen was walk/ski on all day.  Skiing is excellent.

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I don't know when or where you skied.  I got two runs through Horseshoe today and several down E Chair.  It was good.  Of course, if you ski down the gut, you can find rocks.  But if you have route and terrain skills, the snow was soft, the terrain steep, and the skiing great.

 

Of course, it would be nice to have another couple of feet...

 

Mike

 



It goes without saying, that a couple more feet would be nice but why stop at just a couple feet? Let's go with a few feet more than a couple feet! (Almost sounds like a Clint Eastwood ski movie...)

 

For those of us not familiar with the terrain or are new to a ski area, sometimes it comes down to trial and error. I remember my first time skiing Breck and hitting Horseshoe on a pow day, I hit a couple rocks my first run. Figured out which way the wind was blowing, and then adjusted accordingly. Ended up skiing knee deep pow from there on out. Sometimes it goes beyond route and terrain skills, it comes down to an intimate knowledge of where the goods are from years and years of skiing a mtn.

 

I sometimes will see hardcore skiers at my home mtn, all stoked to charge on a pow day, and think they know where the good lines are only to complain at the bottom of the lift that the run they just did sucked. Then you find out they are from out of state. Then they start asking questions, like are you from here? Where do you find the goods, etc? You share a little advice, and their stoke meter rises as they hit the right aspects. I always make it a point to chat up a local if I am at a new mtn and can find someone to share a little wisdom on the lift ride up. If, I'm really lucky, I have had great chair rides up with ski patrol, and usually they are willing to share a bit of knowledge about the mtn. Otherwise, it sometimes comes down to just having fun and exploring the mtn, and finding out for yourself what little treasures a ski mtn holds.

 

I'm hoping for even a little bit of that same vibe that I had my first time I popped my cherry at Breck when I hit Breck next week.

 

 

 

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Watching the weekend morning news, they showed gridlock on I-70 and said Breck had 18,000+ on saturday.

 

Xgames  had 40,000 out at Buttermilk, but Aspen was walk/ski on all day.  Skiing is excellent.



Any pointers for a Snowmass virgin?

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Any pointers for a Snowmass virgin?



Leave the wife and kid's in Snowmass and go to town!

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Leave the wife and kid's in Snowmass and go to town!



LOL...as appealing as that sounds I'm not sure my balls are big enough to pull that one off.  However, I might be able to swing that for a day...

 

Is there really no worthwhile terrain at SM?

post #28 of 33

Good luck OES, hope to see you soon at the B East!!!

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LOL...as appealing as that sounds I'm not sure my balls are big enough to pull that one off.  However, I might be able to swing that for a day...

 

Is there really no worthwhile terrain at SM?



No, there's plenty of terrain, there are no worthwhile bars!

 

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No, there's plenty of terrain, there are no worthwhile bars!

 



Ahhh..got it.  Unfortunately/fortunately this is my annual "family" trip (winter break from school), so ditching the wife & kids is not an option. smile.gif

 

However, for future reference and the benefit of others, what bars would you recommend in Aspen?

 

Also, in terms of terrain (in Snowmmass), any specific suggestions?

 

Thanks again!

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