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Hello,

 

Our Midwestern family is planning to take a Ski trip to Colorado later this week. I have heard about the lack of snow and unfortunate abundance of warm weather. We are staying in Dillon. Where would you recommend skiing? If the ski town, Vail for example, shows weather being in the 50s, how will the high elevation runs be? We especially enjoy runs through the trees. Thanks for your advice.

 

Steve

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I was at Loveland yesterday and while the snow is bit thinner than we like everything was open and lots of fun.  By the afternoon it was softening up from the crustiness.  Loveland is at a really high elevation so the snow.  There are some fun, if short, tree runs on the northerly parts.  


In general, conditions will be fine throughout Summit County, though not ideal.

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Don't have any recent experience with CO skiing, but my one piece of advice: Just bring a spring skiing attitude. Spring skiing is great, so long as you're not psyched up for winter conditions.

 

The first time I went to Summit County (and the West in general), I had visions of bottomless powder blanketed perfectly over open bowls and precisely spaced trees. I got there, and it was 70 degrees for my entire trip. Disappointing at first, but once I got over the fact that I wasn't going to get that quintessential western powder experience, it was beautiful riding and a great time.

 

You should have a great trip, so long as your expectations aren't too high (not sure the forecast, but I wouldn't get too excited even if there's snow in it, the way this season has gone). I'm guessing groomers might be a better bet than trees, though.

post #4 of 8
Corn is almost as good as powder in my book.

I'd recommend skiing the higher elevation resorts. Try A-Basin or Loveland. You might also try Copper; it gets less traffic than Breckenridge and the spring break crowds may have done more damage to Breck. I'm not sure how any of these are skiing as I've been out of town for the last two weekends and rode my bike today instead of skiing.

I'd see if you can get a report before making the trek to Vail. It is substantially lower than Summit County. I suspect the back bowls are quite thin, of not bare.

Mike
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Thanks for all of the replies guys. I have been discussing Copper and A-Basin opposed to Vail with my family. I looked at weather forecasts for this Thursday and Friday in area ski towns. Looks like high 40s to mid 50s. With temps like these, what kinds of mountain temperatures and conditions should I expect? Thanks.

 

Steve

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Thanks for all of the replies guys. I have been discussing Copper and A-Basin opposed to Vail with my family. I looked at weather forecasts for this Thursday and Friday in area ski towns. Looks like high 40s to mid 50s. With temps like these, what kinds of mountain temperatures and conditions should I expect? Thanks.

 

Steve


Breck has been great on the trails the past couple days -- I took this photo a few hours ago.

 

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This morning at 8:30.

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Thanks for all of the help everyone, we had a great trip!

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