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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hoping you guys can help me with.a logistical question...

Wife and I and a few other couples are doing a Vail trip February 8-15. We have lodging in Vail village starting Sat Feb 8. My wife is flying in Sat from a conference and the rest of the folks are also coming in Saturday.

I have Friday off so I'm using that as my travel day and arriving in Denver/DIA mid-day on Friday. So basically, I need a place to stay Friday night, ski Saturday, and a way to get to Vail by Saturday night.

Hoping not to have to rent a car. Lodging doesn't need to be dirt cheap but I'd rather not spend a fortune for that night. I'll be skiing Vail and Beaver Creek all week, so I'd rather ski something different if possible. This is actually my first summit county trip so I don't know my way around the resorts, if that's a factor.

Thanks for any suggestions.
post #2 of 11

Summit County (which includes A Basin, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Breckenridge) has a free bus system and is on the way to Vail from Denver/DIA.  Will anybody in the group be renting a car and arriving Saturday afternoon or early evening?  If so, you can take Colorado Mountain Express (CME) or Summit Express from the airport to any place in Summit on Friday, then hitch a ride to Vail with your friends after skiing Saturday.  If none of your friends are renting a car, contact the shuttle companies and see if any will give you a deal on a two stop ride to Vail (where CME certainly goes from DIA and SE might go).

 

In terms of where to stay in Summit, you can use the Hotels Combined search box at http://www.lodging247.com/.  

 

Staying in Copper, Frisco, Dillon or Silverthorne will make it easiest for your friends to pick you up.  Remember that these are all between 8700 and 9700 (with Copper being the highest).  If you are concerned about altitude sickness, you could take the Denver City bus from the DIA airport and spend Friday night in downtown Denver, then catch the Greyhound Saturday to Frisco (then have to leave your stuff and catch a bus to the resort, so this will cut into your Saturday ski day and be more of a hassle). 

 

Frisco gives you very easy access to both Copper and Breck with Breck (along with Keystone, A Basin and Beaver Creek) being on the same multi day ticket (or Epic season pass) as your Vail ticekts (which are cheaper to buy in advance online rather than paying window prices for).

 

Dillon has better access to Keystone and A Basin.

 

Check the Summit Stage bus schedule/route to make sure that your lodging is close to the bus stop.  The absolute easiest location for this (other than staying in resort at Copper which is a very good mountain) is the Snowshoe Motel in Frisco about 10 feet from the bus stop at 6th and Main.  Never stayed there, but it looks rather basic.  

 

I ski instruct at both Copper and Vail, so let me know if you have any Ski School (or other) questions. 

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for the info... very helpful. It's actually the week before Valentine's day so hopefully that will be less of an issue. Nobody in our group is renting cars... they're all getting shuttles to Vail, so I'm on my own for getting from wherever I am to Vail on Saturday night.

I took a look at hotels in Frisco and Dillon and that might be a possibility. Doesn't seem like any of the shuttle companies advertise a way to get from there to Vail, but I'll have to call them.

It seems like it might be easiest to go to Breck for the night and ski there, both from a lodging/transportation perspective and, as you say, it's on the same lift ticket as Vail so I can make it part of my package.

Wouldn't be surprised if a few members of our group are interested in lessons at Vail... I'll let you know.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by kauffee View Post

It seems like it might be easiest to go to Breck for the night and ski there, both from a lodging/transportation perspective and, as you say, it's on the same lift ticket as Vail so I can make it part of my package.

 

Staying at the resort would be easiest, as I'm wondering what you'll do with your bags while you ski if you stay in Frisco or Dillon?  If you stay at the resort you can leave your bags at the hotel.  I don't think you want to schlep them on the bus from Frisco or Dillon to the ski area, then try to fine a place to store them for the day.

 

Price out Copper in addition to Breck for the night.   They have discount tickets on liftopia, or will also package them with a room.   Copper is far less crowded than Breck on the weekend, and it's right on I-70 on the way to Vail (and CME stops there too).

 

As a fall back, just go to Avon and ski Beaver Creek on Sat.  That would be really easy.  There is affordable lodging in Avon and you can take the public busses to ski the Beav and to get over to Vail after skiing.

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by tball View Post

Staying at the resort would be easiest, as I'm wondering what you'll do with your bags while you ski if you stay in Frisco or Dillon?  If you stay at the resort you can leave your bags at the hotel.  I don't think you want to schlep them on the bus from Frisco or Dillon to the ski area, then try to fine a place to store them for the day.

Price out Copper in addition to Breck for the night.   They have discount tickets on liftopia, or will also package them with a room.   Copper is far less crowded than Breck on the weekend, and it's right on I-70 on the way to Vail (and CME stops there too).

Exactly. I would hope that a hotel in Frisco or Dillon would hold my bags for the day but it would still be a pain.

I'll check out Copper. Seeing as I'll be at any of these places for the first time without any local knowledge, which are easiest to navigate around the mountain?
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by kauffee View Post

Seeing as I'll be at any of these places for the first time without any local knowledge, which are easiest to navigate around the mountain?

 

NOT Breck! You'll have so much more fun skiing Copper or Beaver Creek.  They are far less crowded and are easy to get around.  Breck is crowded and a mess to navigate, especially on a Saturday.   

post #7 of 11
My understanding is that it's pretty difficult to get from Summit County to Eagle County by public transit or shuttle. Check transport first. If you can swing that, then I'd highly recommend Copper. Otherwise, go for Beaver Creek.
post #8 of 11
If I were doing that, I'd rent a car and either stay in Dillon and ski ABasin or stay in Glenwood springs and ski Aspen Highlands.
Life is too short for public transportation. Follow the snow.
BK
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post

If I were doing that, I'd rent a car and either stay in Dillon and ski ABasin or stay in Glenwood springs and ski Aspen Highlands.
Life is too short for public transportation. Follow the snow.
BK

 

I don't mind driving and the car rental would certainly be easier than monkeying around with shuttles. But I'd have to rent at DIA at then drop off in Vail. Looks like there's an Enterprise in Avon, but no car rental companies with locations at Vail. Do you know of something that's not showing up in my searches?

 

I found this company with shuttles from Frisco,Keystone,Copper, and Breck to Vail every day.

http://www.freshtrackstransportation.com/ski-shuttles/vail-ski-shuttle/

That looks like the best option for me so far for getting to Vail. Good pricing too.

post #10 of 11

There is no bus service from Summit County to Vail.  There is a bus service within Summit County and within Eagle County (Vail and Beaver Creek) but nothing between.   The shuttles which go from Summit County and Vail to and from the airport may be able to help you though. 

post #11 of 11
Go to Copper then. You won't regret it (unless the beav gets 12+ that day).
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