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Where to Ski near Denver?

post #1 of 9
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Hi everyone.

 

I live in Miami, FL and I have never skied in my life.

 

I am planning to take my daughter for president's day weekend to ski.

 

Any advice about where to go that can be affordable and nice near Denver as I am planning to fly there.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 9

That is a tough time to ski near Denver.  The slopes will be very crowded and lodging will likely be pretty dear.

 

For the best experience, I'd really suggest heading 4 hours west to Aspen.  It has a great beginner program, good beginner slopes, and an incredible set of experiences.  It is also possible to find affordable lodging and dining, although it may be difficult over President's day at this late point in the reservation cycle.

 

Mike

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks Mike.

 

Can You tell me about some locations in Aspen?

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Originally Posted by elvisduarte View Post
 

Hi everyone.

 

I live in Miami, FL and I have never skied in my life.  OK Never ever skier - Take lesson every day. Make reservations for lessons early.

 

I am planning to take my daughter for president's day weekend to ski. Ouch! this is HIGH season.  You might want to avoid the Mega-resorts ($139 / day just for lift tickets).  Crowds you can't believe.

You can avoid lift lines when you are taking lessons.  Take lessons!

 

 

Any advice about where to go that can be affordable and nice near Denver as I am planning to fly there.  Chances are you will rent a vehicle.  Front wheel drive is all that's needed, unless you get snow storm that forces the interstate to close.  Then All wheel drive won't get you there either.  Plan your trip with weather as a factor.  Yesterday we had a small storm with heavy traffic.  Traffic was AFU.  Three hours to Denver isn't unheard of during storms. 

 

Thanks!

My suggestions.  Try a smaller area.  All have certified instructors.  Most have reasonable accommodations in the area.  Glenwood Springs is right on I-70.  Numerous lodging options.  Travel to Denver is about 110 miles, all on Interstates.  Sunlight Ski area about 10 miles from town.  Not big intimidating resort, just nice place to ski.  Florida huh?  Want to swim in a large hot spring pool?  Glenwood has one of the best.  I would plan to leave mountains the day before you are scheduled to fly out of Denver.  This reduces the travel factor. 

 

Not ready for snow driving?  Plan on using a resort shuttle from the airport to ski resort and return to airport.  Leave the driving to the experts(?).  Bit harder to go to smaller resorts when using a shuttle.  Then I would suggest Copper Mountain.  Great beginner terrain.  Great Ski School.  Places to stay and eat nearby in town of Frisco with efficient (Free) shuttle bus. 

 

Commercial plug - http://copper.skyrun.com/  they can provide lodging, transportation from Denver, reservations for ski school.  (I get nothing from them - unless you select my condo - It's reserved already.)

post #5 of 9

For a beginner Loveland is a good choice closer to Denver. Cheaper than Vail. Should be less crowded.

 

DEFINITELY take lessons. Consider having a private instructor if you can afford it although ski school is great fun.

 

Do do some pre ski exercises for a week or two to build up your quads. etc.

post #6 of 9

YES...Loveland Valley is the place to learn to ski. Reasonable price, a great learning area and close to Denver.

The Valley is not usually overcrowded.

post #7 of 9
Winter Park would be my recommendation. You can get there on the Home James shuttle service from Denver airport. I always stay at the Arapohoe Lodge.
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Originally Posted by elvisduarte View Post
 

Hi everyone.

 

I live in Miami, FL and I have never skied in my life.

 

I am planning to take my daughter for president's day weekend to ski.

 

Any advice about where to go that can be affordable and nice near Denver as I am planning to fly there.

 

Thanks!

Welcome to EpicSki!  Have you looked around the Family Skiing section?  There are threads there that include discussion of what to do to keep kids warm and dry. Might also find some useful info in the Beginner Zone (part of Ski Training) for yourself.

 

Does your daughter have a spring break in March or even April?  That is considered late season in most places.  Less crowds and better deals on lodging and lift tickets to be found.

post #9 of 9
I really like the Sunlight idea for a never ever. 3 hours from Denver. Want to make it an experience? See if you can line up a flight to Denver with Amtrak to Glenwood. Grab a vista car seat and be in awe. If you fly into Denver the night before, the train ride is a great way to take care of acclimation, and it is an amazing trip.

Lodging in Glenwood and slope side is about as cheap as it comes.

Don't worry about picking a big place- a never ever skier is not going to need big, just big enough, and Sunlight is a great place to learn in a great area.
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