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Where would you ski if you were flying into Denver and had 3-4 days to kill (and a rental car)?

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Hey all, I have been trying to squeeze in a trip out West (from Minnesota) and just spoke with my brother today who will be teaching a class in Denver the first week in March.  We are planning on renting a car in Denver and then driving and staying at a resort.  He doesn't want to drive 5 hours to get to his favorite resort (can't recall the name just now) and would rather keep it within 3 hours or less.  I've never ski'd colorado, so don't know much about the resorts that would be within a three hour drive of there.  Thanks for any and all opinions.  


Edited by Kdawg1966 - 12/14/13 at 2:05pm
post #2 of 7

A-Basin, Copper, and Breckenridge are all pretty in play from Denver.

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Absolutely the Aspen areas. They exceed the 3 hour range by a little bit, but are the only area within that range of Denver with genuine world class discussion terrain. You get outside the Denver day ski range which makes a huge difference in crowds.

 

While I wouldn't come ski Aspen as a beginner, for any other type of skier there is tons of terrain for you.

 

Of course, Aspen has the rep of being an expensive area, but the costs for a ticket are similar to Summit and Vail, and if you can't find an affordable lodging option in the Aspen/Snowmass area (which can be surprisingly available), prices fall off steeply as you go back upvalley (Basalt and Carbondale), which are still within 30 minutes and have bus service.

 

This is assuming you want to bag a big-time resort. One of my favorite places to ski that's about 3 hours from Denver is Monarch, which is pretty much opposite Aspen in every category except for fun.

post #4 of 7
Aspen's 3:15 for me with good roads and no traffic. Even Sunlight would be a good call depending on you skills.
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Thread Starter 

Hey, thanks for all the replies, guys.  As far as a "big resort", neither of us really care about the big resort "experience" - we're pretty much just focused on the skiing.  It doesn't hurt to have some nice eating places but night-life isn't something that the success of the trip will be measured by.

 

The more that I think about it, the more I would rather go to a place with less traffic/shorter lift lines. I'm assuming the further you get from Denver, the less packed some of the resorts will be?

 

Also, I haven't really asked my bro yet, but I'm assuming he'd rather stay at a 120/night motel room than a 280/night resort room, and frankly since my wife won't be with me, I probably would too.  Not that that matters all too much, as I'm sure there are plenty of options in that regard. 

 

Being that we'll only be doing 2 or 3 days of skiing, it would be nice not to have to sandwich it between a 3+ hour drive there/back, however if that meant a better experience overall, I'm sure we could both cinch-up our skirts and endure.  As far as terrain, we'll be sticking to black and double black runs.  It was my assumption that all resorts would have plenty of these to choose from, so we probably wouldn't need to seek out our options in that regard.  Thanks again. 

post #6 of 7
Most will have some expert terrain. Aspen has the most and the smallest lines.
Do a last minute deal and stay in town.
post #7 of 7
From what you describe, it really would be Aspen. Even Monarch on a weekend will see more crowding than the Aspen places.
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