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post #1 of 19
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Does anyone know if the beginners area will be covered so the kids can slide around while the parents take turns making laps this sunday?
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jason Robertson View Post

Does anyone know if the beginners area will be covered so the kids can slide around while the parents take turns making laps this sunday?

No, it won't be. There will be one crowded blue run, survival of the fittest.  

post #3 of 19
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Get in where u fit in huh?...maybe I can talk the wife into....well crap that sucks
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Originally Posted by Jason Robertson View Post

Get in where u fit in huh?...maybe I can talk the wife into....well crap that sucks

It won't be long, but on the first day it really isn't a place for kids, or beginners of any type. 

post #5 of 19

Jason, I wouldn't take a kid anywhere near skiing until at least a week into November when more areas have opened up to spread the traffic around, and they get a green run open for your son.  It's just too dangerous, and just blue runs at first.  I won't even go myself, as it scares the crap out of me.  Save the motivation to ski for April, or even May in a good year.  Get out there and enjoy the Fall with other activities that will get you in shape for skiing.  We are on borrowed time for those activities, and there is plenty of time to ski when it's safer... and more fun.

post #6 of 19
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Jason, I wouldn't take a kid anywhere near skiing until at least a week into November when more areas have opened up to spread the traffic around, and they get a green run open for your son.  It's just too dangerous, and just blue runs at first.  I won't even go myself, as it scares the crap out of me.  Save the motivation to ski for April, or even May in a good year.  Get out there and enjoy the Fall with other activities that will get you in shape for skiing.  We are on borrowed time for those activities, and there is plenty of time to ski when it's safer... and more fun.

Listen to Tball...don't even think about taking kids out until at least Breck has opened and even then think about picking your spots wisely.

 

Copper and Loveland tend to have less in the way of crowds, but a lot depends on how much terrain each resort gets open and when you go.

post #7 of 19
I avoid A-Basin and Loveland on weekends, especially before Breck opens. Of course, I work most weekends after Breck opens:D
post #8 of 19

Ha, you guys were more emphatic than I was. But I don't totally agree -- if Molly Hogan opens before Breck does, or before mid November or whatever, that would be fine. (That is the beginner lift at Abasin.)  It is isolated from the rest of the hill -- ie, you won't have others flying down behind kids on the same slope going to the same lift. I don't know when it usually opens, but keep an eye out. Abasin will open some green runs early in the season, but I wouldn't take kids there then, either; it's just not set up well for new or young skiers. Wait for Molly Hogan.

post #9 of 19
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I'm really surprised that kids areas aren't opened at the same time of the WROD. Just seems odd. I understand its more of a party with a pinch of skiing involved, but more could enjoy it if the were provisions for the little ones. (Mom could let the kids slide while dad became a drunken opening day bafoon) on second thought maybe it is a bad idea...
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jason Robertson View Post

I'm really surprised that kids areas aren't opened at the same time of the WROD. Just seems odd. I understand its more of a party with a pinch of skiing involved, but more could enjoy it if the were provisions for the little ones. (Mom could let the kids slide while dad became a drunken opening day bafoon) on second thought maybe it is a bad idea...

 

haha ... 

 

Well, I don't think they have the snowmaking capacity to do both at the same time, and opening Molly Hogan first would be silly because no one would come ski besides rank beginners. It won't be long, even in last year's dry season it was early November, I think, when it opened.

post #11 of 19
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I understand if there's no ability. You have to cater to ur base. I'm new here
post #12 of 19

How about Loveland Valley?  They were blowing snow there when I drove by last weekend.  That should be fun for Jason and his family to ski together, better than little old Molly Hogen.   I'm not sure how long it takes to open the Valley after Loveland Basin opens, but I doubt they'd be blowing snow so early if it wasn't soon.

post #13 of 19
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How about Loveland Valley?  They were blowing snow there when I drove by last weekend.  That should be fun for Jason and his family to ski together, better than little old Molly Hogen.   I'm not sure how long it takes to open the Valley after Loveland Basin opens, but I doubt they'd be blowing snow so early if it wasn't soon.

 

They use that for racing early season, I believe. Even with snow, it doesn't open to public for a bit.

post #14 of 19
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They use that for racing early season, I believe. Even with snow, it doesn't open to public for a bit.

 

Yes. They get snow on the Valley normally within a week or two of opening, but it is race training only until around mid November.

 

Loveland's fist open run is a green- They open Catwalk-Mambo-Homerun first (One top to bottom path) which is green. Still not recommended for a rank beginner skiing in the crowded mess that is skiing when the entire US has 2 ski runs open (1 at Abay and 1 at Loveland).

 

Once Loveland opens Mambo, they then work to open Richards Run, and then Roulette off chair 6. Then they work on Fire Bowl to open chair 2, and finally Nix Nox, Drifter, Fire Cut, and Tempest.

 

Normally we hold off on hitting Loveland until at least Chair 6 opens, and many times Chair 2.

post #15 of 19
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My concern is a place for my son to slide around. I can hold my own pretty well. After skiing Taos, the blue runs around here seem pretty tame. At least they did while i wad hiking up and down them this summer. I just want to look out for the wife and kid who are pretty green. And I would feel pretty crappy going skiing while they stayed at home or sat around the base. As much as I wann as get some turns in I guess tge prudent thing is to wait
post #16 of 19

Molly Hogan opens tomorrow, and Breck opened today, so all clear for the kiddos at ABasin!

post #17 of 19
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Right on, we hit loveland the last week in October and copper opening weekend. Both my wife and kid need easy lift served terrain beyond the tiny bunny hills that have been open. Me, I've already got back to the blues and feeling good. The wife needs to catch up!
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jason Robertson View Post

Right on, we hit loveland the last week in October and copper opening weekend. Both my wife and kid need easy lift served terrain beyond the tiny bunny hills that have been open. Me, I've already got back to the blues and feeling good. The wife needs to catch up!

 Sundance is also open at ABasin, which is a nice long mellow green that is fairly separate from the blues that are open. 

post #19 of 19
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Ok she has been hinting that she wants to go up on the hill (I've been waiting for the right terrain to open)with the big kids and play while we were in copper but there just wasn't anything her speed. I think she has finally gotten to the point of enough of this already, let's go see what I'm suppose to be doing and where I'm suppose to be doing it at....a desire to advance on her own free will, not me dragging her up the lift. Things are looking better for me all the time. I just want her to catch the bug like I have it as the kid already does.
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