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post #61 of 81

Since you mentioned that you might ski Vail over thanksgiving, you might check out the Epic pass website.  One thing you can get is a 4 pack, which is good for Arapahoe Basin or Keystone (not sure if Thanksgiving is blacked out, though):

 

http://www.snow.com/epic-pass

 

Copper has a 4 pack and you can buy it from their website.
 

post #62 of 81
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Weeds,

 

I'm from the Mid-west and I've done the trip you're talking about for the last 6-7 years, except always during Spring Break.  Here's my advice.

 

If you decide to ski Summit Co., stay in Dillon/Frisco/Silverthorne and ski whichever resort has the best snow for the day.  Note, all resorts will be crowded during Spring Break, so try to stay high on the mountain to avoid the atrocious lines at the base.  There's free parking to be had at Vail.  Get to Vail early and beat feet to Blue Sky, Big Rock Park and Cloud 9 are a couple of our favorites.  You can get a pass that will let you ski Keystone, Breck, Vail, and BC, your pick.  Ask around on here for discounted friends pass to Copper.  I like the flexibility of going to a different mountain each day.  We usually ski Monday, Tuesday, take a break on Wed. do some sight seeing, ski Thursday and Friday - this depends on the snow; if it's bombing on Wed. we're skiing.  And we usually ski all day, try to time it so you're on the lift a few minutes before it closes and that last run is on basically an empty mountain.

 

As far as altitude is concerned, just follow the basics the first few days; plenty of water, take it easy, plenty of rest, and lay off the PBR.  I've never had a problem.

 

Regarding the West black/blue/green vs. the Midwest black/blue/green debate, the only difference I've noticed is the runs are much, much longer out West with more varied terrain.  You can run into a steep (black) spot on a blue run.  So when you see one of those big yellow signs in the middle of a run that says SLOW - slow down because chances are there's steep section just ahead of it.  If you can ski blacks in the Mid-west you'll be fine out West, but your legs will be burning by the end of the day.  If I were you I would avoid green runs unless you need to get to a particular lift.  You really need to plot out how to get up the mountain to the areas you want to ski. Most hotels will have a weather report and grooming map for all the resorts, or you can get that info. online.  And if you get on a mogul run, that can get very tiring really fast - I'm not a mogul skier. 

 

Whatever you decide on doing, you'll have a blast.  Ski all day, hit the hot tub at the end of day with friends and a few drinks, embellish the days exploits, then go out for dinner - do it all over the next day.

Great info, thank you

post #63 of 81
Already looking really bad for Colorado this Thanksgiving .

All the moisture is streaming up to the Northwest .

I was planning to go out to Vail next week . I will likely cancel
and go out later .
post #64 of 81

Is Loveland higher up then Vail????

post #65 of 81
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post #66 of 81
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Is Loveland higher up then Vail????


Oh yes. Vail's summit isn't too much higher than Loveland's base.
post #67 of 81

Yes.
 

post #68 of 81
Copper will have the most terrain and the least crowds but it will be packed everywhere with limited terrain!! Copper will open Timberline Express on Friday scattering the holiday crowds which will be huge!! come another time later in year when some natural snow opens more terrain?.
post #69 of 81
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Copper will have the most terrain and the least crowds but it will be packed everywhere with limited terrain!! Copper will open Timberline Express on Friday scattering the holiday crowds which will be huge!! come another time later in year when some natural snow opens more terrain?.

There still doesn't look like much terrain can be opened . Alot of snow melt this week with warm
temperatures and no snowmaking during the day as it got into the 30's and 40 's .
post #70 of 81
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Never?  I've had hundreds of good days before Christmas!  I still have a reservation on SWA for Highlands opener on 12/8, but I can also cancel or change it w/o charge.

Achem....

 

Never say never, but come on, ALMOST NEVER.  Case in point - this year.

post #71 of 81
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A great place for breakfast before driving up the mountain in Denver is Snooze but go very early as both locations get busy fast .

Snooze gets too crowded from out-of-town'es. A better place is just north of I-70 is the Mountain Lyon Cafe in Silverthorne. Oh crap.

post #72 of 81
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Is Loveland higher up then Vail????

Ummm.... They're (meaning Loveland along with A-basin) are usually open before and close later in the year than most other places because of their elevation... but it's for that reason they're not great choices for flatlanders....

post #73 of 81
Honestly go to washington state .
post #74 of 81
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After reading everyone's advice, I think we are going to try and go for a week sometime in February, right now we are looking at vail.

I think around Valentine's weekend the prices go way up so you might want to avoid that time when you come. 

post #75 of 81
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After reading everyone's advice, I think we are going to try and go for a week sometime in February, right now we are looking at vail.

I think around Valentine's weekend the prices go way up so you might want to avoid that time when you come. 


Right now the conditions at Vail may be the worst I've seen in 30 years or so .

I don't think it's snowed since early November ,so February is a very good choice.

I just hope the bowls are open by then . They are usually open by Christmas , at least a few of them but
they will have to get several big dumps for this to happen this year.
post #76 of 81

Honestly right now I'm thinking my mid-January trip is going to be a dud. Looks like its going to be another season of icy groomers and thin cover with none of the good terrain able to open.

 

It just is not snowing at all and it looks to be that way at least for the next 2 weeks.

post #77 of 81
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Ummm.... They're (meaning Loveland along with A-basin) are usually open before and close later in the year than most other places because of their elevation... but it's for that reason they're not great choices for flatlanders....

 

I live at an elevation of about 200 feet.  I always hit up either A-Basin or Loveland when I head out to Colorado.  I've done it on the first day.  You'll definitely feel the altitude there (or at least more so then at other Summit County areas)...  But A-Basin and Loveland are two pretty special places.  They shouldn't be missed just because they're at higher elevations.  Plus, most of their lifts (at least at Loveland...) are old, slow, fixed grip chairs, so you have a nice long rest and a chance to get some air back in your lungs.  icon14.gif

 

That said, if it's your first time to altitude, and you don't know how it'll affect you, it's probably not a good idea to go from sea level to 13,000 feet in one day.  But they shouldn't be skipped.

 

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Honestly right now I'm thinking my mid-January trip is going to be a dud. Looks like its going to be another season of icy groomers and thin cover with none of the good terrain able to open.

 

It just is not snowing at all and it looks to be that way at least for the next 2 weeks.

 

Projecting mid-January conditions because Colorado has gotten skunked through November seems like a bit of a stretch...  Things can turn around in a hurry.

post #78 of 81

Skiing is cancelled in CO this year, sorry guys. 

post #79 of 81

I know you can't predict mid-January conditions at all, but at best I'm hoping for mediocre early season conditions in mid-Jan conditions this year.  At best it may snow again by 10 days out.  Even in Colorado gets decent snow from that point out, they are essentially starting from nothing. 60" in a month would be amazing but that would hopefully get thin coverage at best by New Years.

 

 

Vail webcams are pretty depressing.   This looks more like what the mountain looks like in October.

http://www.vail.com/mountain/current-conditions/mountain-cams.aspx

post #80 of 81

Yeah looks like west coast and PNW will be the places to go this year if the patterns don't change much.  Mammoth is looking good already and they were brown until well after x-mas last year.  Mt. Shasta is supposed to get multiple feet of snow this weekend if temps hold.

post #81 of 81
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Skiing is cancelled in CO this year, sorry guys. 

Ah, tell the truth. That's only for terrain under 14k.

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