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post #1 of 27
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So me and my buddy found tickets to denver for $109 each way from NYC and it almost seems too good to be true.  Both of us being avid skiiers and 'herbal enthusiasts' I was wondering what info you Colorado skiiers and ents have for a 1st time West Coast Skiier. Where to stay, what mountains to ski (we both are big time glade skiiers), where to eat, etc.  Any info is greatly appreciated, thanks guys

post #2 of 27
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So me and my buddy found tickets to denver for $109 each way from NYC and it almost seems too good to be true.  Both of us being avid skiiers and 'herbal enthusiasts' I was wondering what info you Colorado skiiers and ents have for a 1st time West Coast Skiier. Where to stay, what mountains to ski (we both are big time glade skiiers), where to eat, etc.  Any info is greatly appreciated, thanks guys

IMO Steamboat and Wolf Creek have the best trees (and snow) in Colorado.

Being "herbal enthusiasts" is great and all, but where are you planning to smoke? It is not legal in public, and I would expect a hotel to break it off in cleaning fees if you smoke in a room.
post #3 of 27

I think Steamboat would be a very good choice for you. If you want to stick to places closer to Denver you have a huge choice. As to herb friendly places - well most ski towns in Colorado are pretty herb friendly. Get lodging with some outdoor space like a balcony or patio.

post #4 of 27

Colorado - Herb, you can't smoke in public.  Most resorts say 'no smoking' in hotel rooms and that includes you

Herb.  A lot of Mom&Pop accommodations will ask you to leave if you disturb families or other guests.  ASK BEFORE YOU LIGHT UP.  You may get charged extra for cleaning out the stench.

 

I'll nominate Breckenridge since they have a drug problem there.

post #5 of 27
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Dont worry about us smoking, we'll be doing it with the utmost respect to your state and its laws. You guys have a good thing going there and we dont want to be part of the problem.

 

Im dieing to go to Steamboat, but it looks so far from Denver on the map.  We were hoping to wind up in the area west of Denver like Keystone, Loveland, Abasin, etc.  How are the glade/tree runs out that way??

 

We really dont care about apres stuff, all we need is a cheap motel, good food and powder to ski.

 

1 question I forgot to ask was do you guys think I should rent powder skis out there, I have a pair of Armada El Rey 178s but since we are going to be trying to do strictly tree skiing would it be better renting a pair when I land in Colorado??

post #6 of 27
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Dont worry about us smoking, we'll be doing it with the utmost respect to your state and its laws. You guys have a good thing going there and we dont want to be part of the problem.

 

Im dieing to go to Steamboat, but it looks so far from Denver on the map.  We were hoping to wind up in the area west of Denver like Keystone, Loveland, Abasin, etc.  How are the glade/tree runs out that way??

 

We really dont care about apres stuff, all we need is a cheap motel, good food and powder to ski.

 

1 question I forgot to ask was do you guys think I should rent powder skis out there, I have a pair of Armada El Rey 178s but since we are going to be trying to do strictly tree skiing would it be better renting a pair when I land in Colorado??


Don't get me wrong, I'm not begrudging you for wanting to come out here to smoke. But if that is high on your agenda, it will probably take almost as much planning as the skiing.

 

For one, there are only a handful of shops that have been licensed at this point, and from what I have heard, demand is just blowing away the supply. The legal shops may not have anything in stock.  MMJ dispensaries are far more common, but you can't buy there. 

 

Just so it is spelled out with regards to pot use, day to day life here hasn't really changed.  Few people broadcast their use of marijuana by talking about how stoned they are/were/want to be, just like broadcasting your state of drunkenness isn't really good taste. There are not droves of people lighting up while walking down the street.  Honestly, you can't tell the difference between 2012 and today here.  Most of the people interested in smoking legally here got their MMJ card years ago. The rest of us either chose not to or hold jobs where use can put the job in jeopardy whether it is legal in the state or not. It is not a stoner holiday, it is a place you can come and have fun and get stoned in private- you'll stand out doing it any other way.

 

So, you should have a plan on where you intend to smoke and where you intend to get it. Your chances of getting caught having a safety meeting deep in the trees is pretty much nil, but so you are aware, possession on National Forest property (virtually every ski area in Colorado) is still an offense and people have been charged and have to deal with it on a federal level.

 

Anyways, onto the skiing. Your Armadas would work if you wanted to bring them. A surfy 5 point ski is god's greatest gift to powder tree skiing. If you like Armadas, this would be a TST or a JJ, or stuff on the Rossi 7 series line.

post #7 of 27

Stay in Frisco at the Snowshoe motel. The shuttle picks you up right out front if you don't want to drive. Go to Copper and seek out the Enchanted Forest and Union Meadows. You and the Gnomes could have a safety meeting out there for days and no one would care. Especially midweek. There aren't too many places with the Recreational license for dispensing. Maybe one in Silverthorne and Breck. I remember seeing some commercials on TV about them. We ate at 5th Ave grill and Jimmys for dinner and they were both scrumptious. Both walking distance from hotel. Have fun. I did.

post #8 of 27
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We have everything planned out smoking wise, we have someone who is in charge of getting all of that together.  Im on Mountains and Food, LOL

 

The choices seem endless on what mountains seem good. 1 thing Ive realized is that west coast maps unlike east coast maps domt list glade runs, so i guess its use your imagination, which is totally cool with me.  We were thinking of staying in a cheap motel like a super 8 or something, but I didnt realize that some of these hotels have shuttles, so that may be a good idea to go with a hotel with a shuttle to cut the driving to a minimum because we will probably rent the smallest and cheapest car we can.

 

Once again thanks a ton for all of the imput you guys are great!!!

post #9 of 27
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We have everything planned out smoking wise, we have someone who is in charge of getting all of that together.  Im on Mountains and Food, LOL

 

The choices seem endless on what mountains seem good. 1 thing Ive realized is that west coast maps unlike east coast maps domt list glade runs, so i guess its use your imagination, which is totally cool with me.  We were thinking of staying in a cheap motel like a super 8 or something, but I didnt realize that some of these hotels have shuttles, so that may be a good idea to go with a hotel with a shuttle to cut the driving to a minimum because we will probably rent the smallest and cheapest car we can.

 

 

A lot of resort towns have free busing that hits all the hotels. Before giving up on a place, call and ask them what the bus schedule is.

 

Generally, Colorado ski areas will mark glade runs where they have cleared some trees. You will find these tend to have quite widely spaced trees. But pretty much everywhere in Colorado is open wall to wall.

post #10 of 27

Bus service in Summit County is very good and takes you to all the areas. Frisco is a great place to stage from with direct buses (with stops) to Copper and Breck; you need to transfer to get from Frisco to Keystone and/or A-Basin. It'd probably be faster to take a bus from Frisco to Breck and take the Swan Mt. Flyer to Keystone and A-Basin than to go to Silverthorne, transfer and take a local bus to Keystone; just a guess but the Flyer is a direct Breck to Keystone Summit Stage bus and trust me, it flies.

 

Breck has The Windows and The Doors, both on the north side of Peak 9 for tree skiing. Peak 10 has The Burn. There a lots of spots on either side of trails all over the mountain where you can find tree runs. Just keep your eyes open and look for tracks into the trees.

 

You've got the hooch lined up, but to correct a mis-statement about retail shops, there is one in the strip mall a few doors east of WalMart. Lots of places are just selling grams so you may want your friend to start stocking up sooner rather than later since he may have to make multiple visits, depending on your appetite.

post #11 of 27
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Man, Breck and Vail sound outstanding but they're SOOOOOOOO expensive. Cheapest lift ticket to Breck Ive seen was $110, which is brutally high if you ask me.

 

Also do you guys know of any good local ski shops that I could rent a nice fat pair of powder skis for the week?? I figure it would be cheaper than renting from the mountain.

 

OK, so it looks like the Super 8 in Georgetown is the current favorite for where we are staying, it seems to be centrally located to Winter Park, Keystone, A-Basin, and Loveland which all look like badass slopes (from the trail maps). 

post #12 of 27
Georgetown's on the wrong side of the tunnel if traffic is bad.
I'd drive a little extra, stay in Glenwood, ski Sunlight and avoid the whole shit show.
post #13 of 27
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Man, Breck and Vail sound outstanding but they're SOOOOOOOO expensive. Cheapest lift ticket to Breck Ive seen was $110, which is brutally high if you ask me.

 

Also do you guys know of any good local ski shops that I could rent a nice fat pair of powder skis for the week?? I figure it would be cheaper than renting from the mountain.

 

OK, so it looks like the Super 8 in Georgetown is the current favorite for where we are staying, it seems to be centrally located to Winter Park, Keystone, A-Basin, and Loveland which all look like badass slopes (from the trail maps). 

 

I don't know how many days you plan to ski but take a look at an epic pass. There is a 7-day with 6 'ski with a friend' discounts and a number of other options.  http://www.snow.com/epic-pass/passes/epic-7-day.aspx

 

The best ski shop in Summit Co is http://www.aracersedge.com/  Great prices and pro service. Tuned rentals.

 

I would not stay in Georgetown....IMO stay in Summit Co.  Avoid the traffic.

post #14 of 27

Just got back from staying our first night at the Georgetown Super 8. DONT DO IT. We got up early and still waited over one hour to get through the tunnel. 

post #15 of 27
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We decided to ski the 3rd to the 8th and avoid the weekend traffic on the slopes.

 

Thanks for the update on the Super 8, on the map it looks so close and centrally located to alot of mountains, but thats crazy an hr to get through a tunnel

post #16 of 27

It's the traffic and more specifically, the drivers, not the tunnel itself that is the problem. Weekend vs weekday has some impact, but it only takes one turkey without snow tires on a snowy day to muck it up for all. If you are going to rely on I-70 to get around, especially if you stay in Georgetown and plan to ski Summit County, you definitely want to become familiar with cotrip.org and the CDOT real time notification system; go to cotrip.org, click on Real Time Alerts in the main menu and select how you want your alerts.

 

One huge problem is that most rental cars don't come with snow tires. Even 4-wheel drive with all season tires often isn't enough. Mix in truckers that don't chain up as required and/or don't know how to drive even with the right equipment and you have a recipe for a 15 minute drive taking an hour or more.

post #17 of 27

When we were there 7 big rigs went sideways. It took people 5 hours to get from Copper to Denver. You could consider breaking up the drive to Steamboat with a stop in Winter park. It just seems like a really tough winter for driving on the 70. Loveland is awesome but I would guess its most known for its above tree lined wide open bowls with some nice steepness and cornices. That's what I like so I really fell in love with this place. Check my pics in the trip report section. Not sure about Winter park trees but its a big place that seems pretty well rounded. Now Steamboat is KNOWN for trees. Whats an extra couple hours in the car with your bros for some of the best tree skiing in the country?

post #18 of 27

Georgetown Super 8 is a great place to stay- the town is pretty nice new & old- lots of history

I've met my 2 sisters there for a 4 day ski a few times

We hit a blizzard a few years ago

Keystone had 27" over night

So we had a fairly slow drive from Georgetown thru the tunnel- and on to Keystone

 

Georgetown and the LONG tiresome drive in skiers weather

Of course- being in a hurry to get to the ski lift has some merit if you can ski 12 hours hard attack

and be there the following 3 days

 

enjoy folks- I just got back from 3 days skiing out there-  AWESOME- best snow in 3 years

post #19 of 27
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When we were there 7 big rigs went sideways. It took people 5 hours to get from Copper to Denver. You could consider breaking up the drive to Steamboat with a stop in Winter park. It just seems like a really tough winter for driving on the 70. Loveland is awesome but I would guess its most known for its above tree lined wide open bowls with some nice steepness and cornices. That's what I like so I really fell in love with this place. Check my pics in the trip report section. Not sure about Winter park trees but its a big place that seems pretty well rounded. Now Steamboat is KNOWN for trees. Whats an extra couple hours in the car with your bros for some of the best tree skiing in the country?

You sir, make a GREAT point.  We are already going across the country for some real snow, might as well hit the best trees in Colorado, right??  Are there any other mountains near Steamboat or should we just stay in the trees there??  All we do is hit the trees when we ski Sugarbush, Jay Peak, MRG back east might as well do it right

post #20 of 27
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You sir, make a GREAT point.  We are already going across the country for some real snow, might as well hit the best trees in Colorado, right??  Are there any other mountains near Steamboat or should we just stay in the trees there??  All we do is hit the trees when we ski Sugarbush, Jay Peak, MRG back east might as well do it right

 

Steamboat is pretty isolated, but you have 3000 acres of wall to wall skiing. Its not like you are going to get bored.

 

However, if you do want some other ski areas, Silverton, Telluride, and Taos are within a few hours drive of WC. This would be a driving vacation, however.

 

This was Wolf Creek last week.  We get lots of giant storm cycles. We also get 1/4 of the skier visits.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/125935/wolf-creek-super-deep-stoke-weekend-of-2-7

post #21 of 27
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WOW, that looked HEAVENLY.  I think I just cried tears of joy and happiness.  I CANT WAIT to finally ski out west after skiing decades on ice and fickle conditions back home.  Driving doesnt bother us, we usually have to drive at least 6hrs from NYC to Vermont for real skiing at the 'bush, MRG, or Jay. 

post #22 of 27
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Got my powder skis, got my lift tickets, im here and ready to go!!!!
post #23 of 27
Enjoy...it's killer out there
post #24 of 27
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Im so psyched man. Ive never touched that dry fluffy colorado pow and cant wait!! How the hell am I gonna get to sleep tonight
post #25 of 27
Your not...enjoy the snow that requires a spray bottle of water to make a snowball
post #26 of 27

Be sure to keep hydrated. Take it easy-ish on your first day; don't get to the point where you are out of breath. Stop before that point and catch up. If you can't speak, then you have gone to far.

 

Have fun!

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Im so psyched man. Ive never touched that dry fluffy colorado pow and cant wait!! How the hell am I gonna get to sleep tonight

 

Well, so how was it?

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