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March 2014 trip to Denver - Avalanche training and skiing

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Hi all. My wife and I are taking a trip to Denver for avalanche training and some skiing (of course). We will be staying with friends in Denver. I need some advice on a) where to rent skis if we do rent b) what skis to rent and c) where to ski. Sorry in advance for the thousand questions... but I appreciate any recommendations you all could give. We are doing the Level 1 avalanche cert. in Estes Park. We would like to get the feel for AT skiing during this process (i.e. using an AT setup for the avalanche training navigation). It would be nice to get out on an AT setup and ski some crud and deeper snow if possible. Should we rent AT skis for a few days and use them for the avi training? We would like to do more AT/backcountry/sidecountry skiing in the future and want to see what these setups feel like. Should we take a rented AT setup somewhere and ski on it for a day or two to get the feel for it? We both are from the Midwest and have typical Midwest skis (i.e. K2 Apaches - 78mm waist). If we do rent, where would we find a good setup in the Denver area? Could we use our boots with an AT setup (except for the specialized bindings like Dynafits; I have Solomon Performa 4's - i know I need to upgrade). We prefer (somewhat - 45 deg) steeps and trees and have skied Breck a couple times (we liked the bowls as well as runs like Debbie's Alley and Vetigo on Peak 8). We like crud/crust/soft snow - though we have not hit deep powder yet (anything over 6 inches). I was thinking A-basin would be a great place because it is supposed to have great advanced terrain. Other recommendations within driving distance of Denver? Again, thank you all for your time and feedback in advance - you don't need to address all these questions - i know there are alot.
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Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder rents AT gear...

 

Mike

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Also try Bent Gate Mountaineering in Golden for AT and other gear.

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