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Colorado not worth it right now. what to do?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

So my family is headed out west on x-mas for a week or so to ski / look at colleges for a family member.  Original plan was to ski a day in Colorado and then 2 days in Utah.  Based on snow reports we've already decided (unless something miraculous happens) that we will ski all three days in Utah instead.  However, that means we have a free day in CO (staying in Silverthorne).  Could anyone recommend some outdoor things to do around that area that don't involve skiing (x-country is alright - parents don't alpine ski).  I'm a little worried about something super strenuous, though, just because we won't be used to the altitude.  

 

Id love to hear some input.  Thanks a bunch.

post #2 of 26

Snowshoeing? Sightseeing? 

post #3 of 26

Go tubing at Copper or go walk around and have a nice lunch in Breckenridge.

post #4 of 26

Not exactly close to Silverthorne, but on the way to UT you could visit the hot springs at Glenwood Springs: http://www.hotspringspool.com/

post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 

thank for all the input.  

 

toecutter: were going to hotspring somewhere in UT, not sure if thats the one or not tho.

 

Would  you have any input as to what are some of the sights not to miss in and around silverthorne?  Or of any great places to snowshoe/x-country that aren't too difficult in terrain?

post #6 of 26

Cal, Silverthorne is like your local strip development/shopping center.  Why not go to nearby Loveland and ski!?  You can get tickets for $56 here:  http://www.skiloveland.com/ticketsandpasses/offsitetickets.aspx

and they've got about 1500 of vert open now with snow in the forecast.  If you come from the East what Loveland is offering right now is probably better than anything you've got back home.
 

If the nonskiers like to gamble there are casinos in Blackhawk, CO about an hour from Silverthorne while passing right by Loveland.

post #7 of 26

Skiing gromers at Loveland would be more fun than snowshoeing or xcountry.

post #8 of 26
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Skiing gromers at Loveland would be more fun than snowshoeing or xcountry.

 

Agreed, but he specifically said, "things to do around that area that don't involve skiing."

post #9 of 26
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thank for all the input.  

 

toecutter: were going to hotspring somewhere in UT, not sure if thats the one or not tho.

 

Would  you have any input as to what are some of the sights not to miss in and around silverthorne?  Or of any great places to snowshoe/x-country that aren't too difficult in terrain?

 

Summertime I'd hike and bike, but I'm really not sure what I'd do up there in the winter that didn't involve skiing.  Eat and drink a lot?  

post #10 of 26

Lots to do that involves some snow - and by the way, we've gotten plenty of snow recently.  Summit County, CO ski resorts look completely different than they did two weeks ago. I have been skiing bumps, soft snow (on certain days) and even some trees.  But aside from skiing, you can snowshoe, for example, or if it's packed down, hike with spikes.  There's a trailhead starting from the western of the two Frisco exits that winds through beautiful trees.  Frisco has an "adventure park" with a tubing hill and a man-made base: http://www.townoffrisco.com/adventure-park/winter/  Silverthorne of course has the huge outdoor outlet mall, if any of your troupe enjoy shopping.

post #11 of 26

Leave Silverthorne early and on your way to Utah rent a mtb and ride assuming its rideable right now. Rabbit Valley on the Border is usually good to go in the winter.

post #12 of 26

It looks like there are some dogsledding and snowmobiling outfits in the general Summit-Eagle vicinity. That'd be what I'd be looking at.

post #13 of 26

Choo-choooooOOOOOOO!

 

http://georgetownlooprr.com/

post #14 of 26
There's a lot of snow right now, so if you don't want to ski on it you could check out some sleigh rides or dog sledding. Frisco has a Nordic center that might be good, because....well...it has been snowing.
post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 

my parents don't ski so were trying not to do too many days with the siblings separate. but if it has really been snowing (resorts arent reporting any new?) then that may change and we could ski.  Its killin me that the week we decide to go west its looking dry out there while back home Jay is supposed to get pounded. Makes me much less willing to want to pay to ski groomers. Lousy luck i guess.

 

bounce thanks for the snowshoe trail.  that sounds like a great idea.  seems like there are plenty of places to rent them around there.

good to know theres nordic trails close too.

 

toe, the train sounds cool too, but were already taking the trainride from Denver to SLC which is supposed to be beautiful. so another train would probably be a little overkill...

post #16 of 26
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my parents don't ski so were trying not to do too many days with the siblings separate. but if it has really been snowing (resorts arent reporting any new?) then that may change and we could ski.

 

Where are you looking, I wonder?  If you follow e.g. "Breckenridge Ski Resort" on Facebook, you'll see they've been opening new stuff left and right, all of which is natural snow.  I believe the same is true at Copper.  I skied some yummy trees at Vail a few days ago.  In the last two weeks I suspect we've caught up to typical late December stats (although that assertion might start a flame fest).  There's supposed to be more snow coming early next week, too - the perfect Christmas present.  Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee fresh snow the exact days you'll be in town - if I had that perfected, I would be using it for my own nefarious purposes =)

 

Of course, none of that helps when the goal is to spend time with non-skiing family members.  Breck and Frisco both have some excellent restaurants, bars, etc - for breakfast, Frisco's Butterhorn is very popular, as is Breck's Blue Moose (cash only) - both are popular enough that you may find yourselves standing in line before being seated.  Maybe you guys could hang out for a leisurely breakfast and then split up?

 

I'm mostly mentioning Breck/Frisco because those are the areas with which I'm familiar.  I'm sure there's similar stuff at each of the resorts, except A-Basin, which is amenity-free (but close to Keystone - in fact, I think you can park at Keystone and take a bus to A-Basin).

post #17 of 26
Jay's website shows 32 trails and four lower mountain lifts running. You could rename this thread 'Hangin' with mom and pops in Colorado, can you point me to some weed?' Then we could help you out.
post #18 of 26
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toe, the train sounds cool too, but were already taking the trainride from Denver to SLC which is supposed to be beautiful. so another train would probably be a little overkill...

 

That should be really cool.  I believe it takes the North route through Winter Park, Granby, etc. right?  I like that part of the state -- it's less commercial than the I-70 corridor (or at least it was the last time I went there).

post #19 of 26
Thread Starter 

well the goals to do family stuff and ski. But this is our last big family vacation before everyones away at college so id rather hang with them then ski groomers. not the same if conditions are great tho (wierd thinking?).  I guess i should check facebook then for snow, but copper's website says no new snow in 72 hours and the pictures look prettyyy bare.

 

bounces, thanks for the restaurant ideas. breakfast is usually our big family meal so those sound great.

 

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That should be really cool.  I believe it takes the North route through Winter Park, Granby, etc. right?  I like that part of the state -- it's less commercial than the I-70 corridor (or at least it was the last time I went there).

Not sure exactly the route, but I know its supposed to be 14ish hours through a lot of beautiful areas.  Its one part of the trip im really looking forward to

 

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Jay's website shows 32 trails and four lower mountain lifts running. You could rename this thread 'Hangin' with mom and pops in Colorado, can you point me to some weed?' Then we could help you out.
 

jay loves to put the entire mountain on wind hold, but once its up and running (or hiked to) its always great.  I tried to persuade them to have a little family toke sesh since its legal there... but they didn't seem to be too cool with that.

post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by cal22 View Post

well the goals to do family stuff and ski. But this is our last big family vacation before everyones away at college so id rather hang with them then ski groomers. not the same if conditions are great tho (wierd thinking?). 

 

I understand that reasoning completely.  Breakfast with the family in the Rockies before everyone moves away sounds ideal.

post #21 of 26

Are you looking at schools in CO? Or it just happens to be on your way to and from colleges? (B/c there are no colleges in Silverthorne, really .. .just trying to figure out where you are going to be and if you must be in Silverthorne, or is it that lodging is paid for in Silverthorne and you have to go there?)

post #22 of 26
Thread Starter 

my bro's looking at schools. its a school search / skiing trip so we're staying a day or 2 in silverthorne cuz we'd hoped the skiing would good and its paid for. so now were just looking for some exciting things to do around there.  we're also going to be in boulder and fort collins and a couple places in utah where schools are at for him to check out.

post #23 of 26
Wolf Creek is worth it. Much better skiing elsewhere in the state outside of summit county. Especially true for good snow years.
post #24 of 26

Out of Golden Peak, Vail offers some back country nordic and snow shoeing day trips to several different National Forest trails.   You could also go tubing or Nordic skiing in Frisco and Keystone.  Breck has ice skating and a nice town to walk around.  If shopping is your thing, the Outlet stores in Silverthorne are outside walking between stores)...it is snowing pretty good right now, so I would bet that Christmas day will provide some nice skiing.    

 

Tuesday/Thursday look to be on the cool side, so dress warm

 

Weather for Silverthorne, CO

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Light Snow      
Wind: S at 14 mph      
Humidity: 81% 34° 16° 28° 19°
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post

 

Where are you looking, I wonder?  If you follow e.g. "Breckenridge Ski Resort" on Facebook, you'll see they've been opening new stuff left and right, all of which is natural snow.  I believe the same is true at Copper.  I skied some yummy trees at Vail a few days ago.  In the last two weeks I suspect we've caught up to typical late December stats (although that assertion might start a flame fest).  There's supposed to be more snow coming early next week, too - the perfect Christmas present.  Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee fresh snow the exact days you'll be in town - if I had that perfected, I would be using it for my own nefarious purposes =)

 

Of course, none of that helps when the goal is to spend time with non-skiing family members.  Breck and Frisco both have some excellent restaurants, bars, etc - for breakfast, Frisco's Butterhorn is very popular, as is Breck's Blue Moose (cash only) - both are popular enough that you may find yourselves standing in line before being seated.  Maybe you guys could hang out for a leisurely breakfast and then split up?

 

I'm mostly mentioning Breck/Frisco because those are the areas with which I'm familiar.  I'm sure there's similar stuff at each of the resorts, except A-Basin, which is amenity-free (but close to Keystone - in fact, I think you can park at Keystone and take a bus to A-Basin).

Flamefest coming.....

 

Most of what Breck and Vail have open shouldn't be open....almost nothing with all natural snow in Summit/Eagle counties is worth skiing unless you like severely damaging your skis and possibly yourself.  The groomers with a man made base are fine but we are NOWHERE near an average year for snowfall and conditions in Summit/Eagle.   

 

That said it is snowing outside as I type so we might get 2-6 tonight.....of course we need 2-6 feet not inches to get things really going good.

post #26 of 26
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Flamefest coming.....

 

Most of what Breck and Vail have open shouldn't be open....almost nothing with all natural snow in Summit/Eagle counties is worth skiing unless you like severely damaging your skis and possibly yourself.  The groomers with a man made base are fine but we are NOWHERE near an average year for snowfall and conditions in Summit/Eagle.   

 

That said it is snowing outside as I type so we might get 2-6 tonight.....of course we need 2-6 feet not inches to get things really going good.

 

I got a small core shot a couple of weeks ago on Crescendo - quickly fixed - and have seen plenty of rocks etc at both Breck and Vail, but also have had plenty of fun.  Maybe I'll change my tune if/when I rip off an edge or injure myself, but I've yet to see a season where I didn't find rocks when looking for good snow.  Then again, I do remember a time not so many seasons ago when just seeing a tree tip stick out of a perfectly nice run was enough to freak me out, so maybe my perspective is not correct for visiting skiers.

 

Game Creek bowl was fantastic last Thursday with excellent coverage and excellent soft bumps.

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