Originally Posted by Ty Webb
Thanks for the replies.....
If there is someplace else worth considering that offers close proximity of lodging, good ski schools, less crowds, and gentle terrain like Granby Ranch, what other places might also work? I'm open to some suggestions.
Sunlight Mountain Resort is this. Great affordable skiing, zero crowds, on slope lodging, good ski school, an excellent beginner area and terrain that scales all the way to to some really good expert stuff.
This deal is one of the best in skiing. The Ski Swim Stay package gives you a free lift ticket, and a pass to Glenwood Springs Hot Springs, AND kids 12 and under ski free. Most lodging in the area is less than $100 a night (and when you factor in the free lift ticket and hot springs, it is more like $20 a night), and staying in the ski in, ski out condo at Brettelberg is even around $100 per night.
Sunlight Mountain Inn is also located across the parking lot from the ski area.
Aspen is also just up the road if the more adventurous in your party want a day there.
Edit: There are other places too that have great skiing and ski schools, but I am suggesting Sunlight because it has on-slope lodging and many other smaller ski areas in Colorado do not.
Powderhorn would be another one to check out with on-slope lodging. Less to do in the area than Sunlight, but a similar lack of crowds and a good family area.
Other ski areas that are family oriented and do great for beginners are Monarch, Loveland, Ski Cooper, and Eldora. No on-slope for any of these, and all are uncrowded, although Monarch, Loveland and Eldora will see manageable crowds on peak season weekend days.
Edited by anachronism - 1/26/14 at 7:17am