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Help plan next years trip using Monarch season Pass

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I'm planning to buy a Monarch Season pass for the 2013-2014 season and would like some input as to how to plan my trip to use it.  I know I plan to stay in Salida for the first two to three days and buy some boots at Mt. Shavano and ski Monarch while getting the boots dialed in.  The question, is where to stay for the rest of the trip.  I have never skied Loveland, Winter Park or Steamboat, all with one day on the pass.  I love Copper and would love to ski there to.  Is there a central place to stay that I could stay after leaving Salida that is an easy (within 2 hours each way) drive from all four of those mountains?

post #2 of 13

Frisco or thereabouts.

post #3 of 13

Staying in one place seem like a lot of driving to me.  

 

I'd suggest staying two places: one in Summit County (Frisco/Copper/Dillon/Silverthorne) to ski Loveland and Copper.  Then head to Steamboat and stay there, and finally hit Winter Park on the way out.  The drive from Summit to Steamboat and Winter Park is long enough it's worth the effort to pack up and move, especially if you get lucky and it's snowing.

post #4 of 13
Agree. Might want to hit Sunlight in Glenwood too.
post #5 of 13

Copper isn't a bad place to stay, for all those. That's a lot of driving, though... and it might be 2 hr in good weather, but in the weather you are hoping for wink.gif, you might not get there at all.

post #6 of 13

Here's what I'd do to minimize driving and so I wasn't skiing out of the car the whole time:

 

  • Ski Monarch and stay in Salida
  • Check out of Salida
  • Ski Monarch
  • After skiing drive to Copper and check in
  • Ski Copper
  • Spend second night at Copper
  • Check out of Copper and drive to Ski Loveland
  • After skiing drive to Steamboat (back through Silverthorne) and check in
  • Ski Steamboat
  • Spend second night at Steamboat
  • Check out of Steamboat and drive to Ski WP/MJ
  • After skiing drive to DIA and spend night by airport

 

That would be a really fun trip.  

 

If you want to use all three days at Loveland, after skiing WP/MJ stay in Georgetown and ski two more days at Loveland.

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

I guess the big question I have is is it worth it to drive all the way to Steamboat for one day of skiing?  By staying put in Summit we could do Copper and a couple at loveland then hit WP on the way out.  Never having skied Loveland or Steamboat, not sure how to make that tradeoff.

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by tball View Post

Here's what I'd do to minimize driving and so I wasn't skiing out of the car the whole time:
  • Ski Monarch and stay in Salida
  • Check out of Salida
  • Ski Monarch
  • After skiing drive to Copper and check in
  • Ski Copper
  • Spend second night at Copper
  • Check out of Copper and drive to Ski Loveland
  • After skiing drive to Steamboat (back through Silverthorne) and check in
  • Ski Steamboat
  • Spend second night at Steamboat
  • Check out of Steamboat and drive to Ski WP/MJ
  • After skiing drive to DIA and spend night by airport

That would be a really fun trip.  

If you want to use all three days at Loveland, after skiing WP/MJ stay in Georgetown and ski two more days at Loveland.

This would be the way to do it. Steamboat is a great place (town and mountain). Although if you get tired of driving it would be the first I would drop off the list.
post #9 of 13

They are so different. Steamboat is a "Resort" and Loveland is a "ski area" with the expenses that go with those distinctions. 

 

Snow could make the difference for you, depending on the time of the season you go. Steamboat is lower altitude, which if you are coming from sea level could make it attractive as your first stop. But that also makes it more likely to have warm, spring conditions sooner in the season.

 

Loveland is quite high, which  means it typically holds its snow longer in the season, but can be cold and windy. Its upper mountain/ridge area is above tree line. There are few amenities at Loveland and it is smaller.

 

Loveland and Steamboat can be in different weather patterns, meaning when one gets snow, the other doesn't necessarily get the same storm.

 

skiing Loveland on your day to drive to the airport instead of Winter Park has the benefit of not driving over Berthoud after skiing and needing to make a flight. Loveland is on the airport side of both Berthoud and the tunnel, making it a much easier drive back to Denver.

 

Also, consider flying into Colorado Springs or Pueblo for the Monarch part and flying out of Denver to save an hour of driving.

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Roadrash View Post

I guess the big question I have is is it worth it to drive all the way to Steamboat for one day of skiing?  By staying put in Summit we could do Copper and a couple at loveland then hit WP on the way out.  Never having skied Loveland or Steamboat, not sure how to make that tradeoff.

 

I'd really try to get to Steamboat, but it depends on your desire to hit all the mountains vs. kick back and relax after skiing.

 

Another option would be to plan to stay at Copper the whole time, then make the call at the moment between three options:

  1. Drive up to Steamboat for a day trip if the weather, roads, snow conditions and your motivation permit.
  2. Ski extra days at Loveland from Copper.
  3. Buy extra $39 tickets to Copper with their "Swinger's Pass" (assuming they offer it again this year).

 

The Copper Swinger's Pass is a great deal they've had the last couple years for passholders from other resorts, which you will be.  

 

http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/landingpages/swinger

  • No one ever said you had to be monogamous with your mountain, so come get some. There’s no question of loyalty here, it’s just a day with someone different; Copper Mountain.  All season passholders worldwide come party with us and we’ll hook you up with a deal: $39 a day to ride our sexy slopes. Thats right: Cheap and easy.

 

post #11 of 13
Isn't that swingers pass just a late season thing?
post #12 of 13

^^^ might be.  It looks like the Swinger's Pass started in Feb then March the prior two years, but last year it might not have been until April.  It's hard to tell from a bit of searching, but in any case it's not something the OP can plan on yet, unfortunately.   There are other ticket deals, but $39 is hard to beat. 

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by tball View Post

Here's what I'd do to minimize driving and so I wasn't skiing out of the car the whole time:

 

  • Ski Monarch and stay in Salida
  • Check out of Salida
  • Ski Monarch
  • After skiing drive to Copper and check in
  • Ski Copper
  • Spend second night at Copper
  • Check out of Copper and drive to Ski Loveland
  • After skiing drive to Steamboat (back through Silverthorne) and check in
  • Ski Steamboat
  • Spend second night at Steamboat
  • Check out of Steamboat and drive to Ski WP/MJ
  • After skiing drive to DIA and spend night by airport

 

That would be a really fun trip.  

 

If you want to use all three days at Loveland, after skiing WP/MJ stay in Georgetown and ski two more days at Loveland.

 

I think this is a decent idea, but I would actually skip Steamboat in favor of spending a few days at Sunlight.  Its a great little mountain, and Glenwood Springs is a great little town. It's a quicker drive back to DIA from Glenwood than the boat, and it would be possible to ski Sunlight until midday and still get back to DIA for a night flight.

 

Glenwood is about an hour and 15 minutes West of Copper Mountain/Frisco.

 

I'm one that is really unimpressed with Steamboat terrain- Sunlight actually has more expert terrain than Steamboat (a low bar).

 

Staying in Glenwood would also give you the option of running upvalley for a day and (paying for) skiing Aspen/Snowmass.

 

Finally, ski Cooper is a 5 minute drive out of the way from your drive from Salida to Frisco. if you are passing by during skiing hours, use your pass to add another notch on your pass. If you expect major boot pain, you may want to consider a day here- its very, very mild.

 

If you decide to go to Winter Park and then drive to Steamboat, Granby Ranch is on the way.  They offer night skiing. The mountain is kind of terrible (basically the entire thing exists to sell timeshare real estate in Granby Ranch, with ads EVERYWHERE), but night skiing is night skiing, and free is free.

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