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I'm meeting some friends in CO but I get there before the group and will have Saturday to ski solo.  (expert level skier)  Staying in Avon but can't get buddy passes for Vail resorts until Sunday.  So where to ski Saturday?  Looking for local insight and/or discount deals.  Options, in rough order of likelihood:

 

- Powderhorn - Only ski area on list I haven't skied before, not expecting a lot but hoping there's enough there (maybe unmarked glades?)

- Sunlight - good option

- Monarch - cheap with BOGO coupon, only been once before

- Copper - cheap with BOGO but I'll likely ski there later this year and could be crowded

- Steamboat - too expensive unless I can find a deal

- Crested Butte - would love to go but it's a killer drive.  BOGO

- LL, A-basin, WP - worried about i70 traffic even though I'm going the other way.  Crowds too.

 

- Vail resorts - out, can't get buddy passes until friends arrive (unless I can find a deal, maybe to Keystone?)

- Aspen - out since I'm going there early April

- Cooper - out (too flat)

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I'm meeting some friends in CO but I get there before the group and will have Saturday to ski solo.  (expert level skier)

 

 

- Aspen - out since I'm going there early April

 

 

 

Do you have the MCP?   Ajax open till 6.  No lift lines. No brainer.

 

 

Sunlight would be my next choice.  Why would you ever drive toward crowds?

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Copper and Breckenridge were surprisingly uncrowded on Saturday and Sunday.  The Denver traffic seems to have disappeared.  I skied onto the T-Bar and E-Chair all morning Sunday.  Copper had a few people in the maze at Center Village on Saturday afternoon, but you could ski onto the T-bar and Superbee.

 

I suspect this weekend will be much the same.

 

Mike

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Denver has quit skiing now that the weather in the front range has hit the 70's and there are no big dumps on the horizon.

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Do you have the MCP?   Ajax open till 6.  No lift lines. No brainer.

 

 

Sunlight would be my next choice.  Why would you ever drive toward crowds?


No MCP (got a lift deal with lodging for Aspen in April)  I love Aspen but hard to pay full price

 

Regarding crowds, you think Monarch or Powderhorn will be crowded?  Sunlight is certainly in the running...

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Arapahoe Basin, $67 tickets for Saturday on Liftopia.  Getting from Avon to the Hwy 6 exit is usually not a problem.

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No MCP (got a lift deal with lodging for Aspen in April)  I love Aspen but hard to pay full price

 

Regarding crowds, you think Monarch or Powderhorn will be crowded?  Sunlight is certainly in the running...

 

Just got back from Monarch last Monday (skied Fri, Sat, Sun) and there were only a couple times (in all 3 days) we had to wait in line more than a couple minutes.  Often times the wait was a minute or less.  Also, if there's a single in line ahead of you, the lift-guys will ask for other singles to jump up front to join-up, so there usually is less waiting for singles there.  You can pay for a lift ticket online at Monarch's website and save a few bucks as well (not much, but will pay for a little grub at the cafeteria).  Ticket must be purchased before 11PM the night prior to skiing.  At the resort, there's a separate ticket window (the first one) that's for online ticket purchases.  If that's not open, the other ticket windows will take care of you.   Good luck.  

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