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Colorado crowds late March

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Was planning on a trip Mar 23 to 29 (M-F skiing). I understand this is peak season out there but lodging is being booked at an alarming rate. We're starting to worry about heavy crowds, even weekdays.

We were initially thinking about Summit county. Any info how crowds would be that week? I need to stick to mountains with mellow terrain for the lady. Unfortunately pushing the trip off isn't an option due to her schedule. Starting to consider a trip up to Tremblant instead.
post #2 of 10
Summit Co. will be busy. It would be worth the effort to get a little further from Denver.
post #3 of 10

It isn't suppose to be as busy that week as the week before (which is considered to be the middle/height of the 3 week Spring Break period), but it won't be a slow period- snow has been pretty good all year, so business has been good.  

 

I believe that some of the Texas Spring Break is this week and the Denver public schools have their Break starting March 31.  I think crowds here are pretty manageable even when the resorts are full of tourists UNLESS it is a weekend or powder day with heavy tourist AND front range crowds.

post #4 of 10

This is our favorite period.

Spring break varies across the Denver area of course.  Littleton area schools in southern Denver are out that week. 

 

Data Point.  Last year we did three days that same week up in Summit county (as it was Spring break).  Keystone was really not busy, just about ski right up to the chair, esp. if you moved to the back two mountains quickly.  Vail WAS very busy off to the left as you view the mountain, but we moved to the back bowls and had a great time.  Beaver creek really wasn't all that busy.  I do recall chatting w/other parents and seem to recall TX and Chicago families being numerous, but wasn't that much of a big deal, still got into Marriott Vail on points. 

 

Caveat is of course what MEFree said, during the week likely good, unless we get another big dump.  Bottom line is that most of us in the front range, unfortunately, cannot make mid-week skiing a habit.  This year has been MUCH better than last year for snow totals of course, so you may get more folks, like you, making the trip. 

post #5 of 10
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Would Aspen be noticeably different?
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by ed_d View Post

Would Aspen be noticeably different?

I have found the crowds not nearly as bad in Aspen/Snowmass during Spring break.  Further away from Denver the better.

post #7 of 10
Snowmass will have a few small lines, but certainly less than any Epic resort.
Buttermilk will be empty.

If cost is an issue, stay in Glenwood and ski Sunlight.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

Snowmass will have a few small lines, but certainly less than any Epic resort.
Buttermilk will be empty.

If cost is an issue, stay in Glenwood and ski Sunlight.


Shredhead's advice is very good.  For me, it's well worth it to drive a little farther to avoid the crowds.

 

That said, for family reasons, I ski vail/summit just about every year (since 1990) during the last week of March.  I always enjoy it and crowds are not bad.  If you avoid certain lifts at certain times of day, you can avoid standing in any line longer than 5 minutes.  If you decide to go with summit/vail, we can give you tips to avoid these lines.  Even if you mess it up, lines are rarely longer than 20 minutes.

 

The biggest benefit to Aspen/Sunlight is not only no lines, but much less people on each run.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Aspen is booked! 

post #10 of 10

Aspen is great, but it has been my experience that the Colorado ski crowds are pretty much done with once spring break is over.

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