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Where to go in Colorado next season?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Next year I would like to take a 4-5 day trip to a ski resort in Colorado with my wife. I am hoping for some good advice on the best resort to go to.
My wife is a beginner skier. She has gone a couple times in her life (mt bachelor oregon) and had a lesson. On this trip, I plan on getting her a couple lessons as well. More than just the skiing, I want the whole trip to hopefully give her a great experience that she connects to skiing. We will go during the week as to avoid big crowds and I'm probably thinking early spring to maximize chance of sun.
These are factors that I think would be helpful in her having a great time
1. Weather (bit of a crapshoot of course), 2. fun town/resort area, 3. Snow quality (can I really go wrong in colorado ), 4. Condo ski in/out, 5. Can't break bank (no Aspen, Beaver Creek?)
I'm an advanced toward expert skier. No concerns about the terrain as it seems like everywhere has good options.
If your wondering why colorado, it's for the same legalities that we enjoy in our state of Washington :-)
I am very appreciative of any thoughtful help. I love these forums.
post #2 of 16

Oh that's an easy one.  Aspen or Telluride.

 

Now when I say Aspen, technically I mean Snowmass.  In my opinion, these are BY FAR the best places to go skiing in Colorado.

 

As for your list of requirements, weather and snow quality are somewhat out of your control unless you wait until the last minute to plan your trip.  Otherwise, the time to go would be anywhere from February 1st to March 15.  Crowds will not be an issue at either place...even on the weekends.

 

Fun towns...no question there.

 

Ski in/Ski Out...affordable options at both Telluride in the mountain village and just about anywhere at Snowmass.  You could also stay in town at Telluride and have an easy walk to the front side lifts, but I would not recommend that for your wife as a beginner.

 

Cost effective...definitely not the cheapest, but if you look you can find good values similar to what you might pay at Breckenridge.  Again, these are the best ski resorts in Colorado and any additional cost you pay is worth it if you ask me.  The fact is, staying slopeside anywhere is going to cost you and Snowmass and Telluride really aren't any more expensive in that regard.  The only significant variable is...transportation.  They are not easy to get to (which is one of the things I like because...it means you'll have plenty of room to ski and no waiting in lift lines).

 

Oh yeah...and they both have fabulous ski schools and your wife will have a blast.


Edited by Lofcaudio - 4/5/14 at 10:51am
post #3 of 16
I thought the answer was always Steamboat? 😁
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much!
I will look further into those two. You really covered it for me. Appreciated
post #5 of 16

Good advice. Both towns will give your wife the "ski experience".

 

I would advise staying in town in T-ride, however. It's such a great walkable town and the mountain village feels too new and too isolated for my taste. If you get a place close to the gondola, there is not problem with her having to ski down at the end of the day. In fact she can ride down and watch you ski down. Telluride is one of, if not the, prettiest mountain areas in the lower 48. And it has miles of interesting beginner slopes.

 

Snowmass has plenty of ski-in-out at reasonable prices and Aspen is a free bus ride away, so also a good choice. Aspen restaurant and shopping could break the bank though.

 

Crested Butte is another very pretty and quaint town and beautiful ski area. The town is much smaller than either of the other two, but really lovely and the mountain would be lots of fun for you as an aspiring expert while having plenty of easy groomed terrain for your wife.

 

T-ride and CB are a bit harder to get to, so you  might want to factor that in to your thinking. Montrose airport for T-ride.

 

You said spring or I might have added Steamboat to your list. However, the 'boat is low elevation and not the best exposure for keeping snow nice late into the season, so not the best choice in spring IMO.

 

What fun you will have!

post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Feels weird saying this but thanks for the advice 'mom'
:-)
post #7 of 16
Always listen too Mom.
I think you could have fun at any of those listed, but I 'm partial to Aspen. Unless ski in/ out is an absolute must, I would recommend staying in town for dink's. Aspen's also very walkable, has tons of great restaurants and for beginner skiers, I prefer Buttermilk.
Steamboat's conditions improve the earlier in the season you go and they did have a direct flight from SEA this season. Maybe Finndog knows if they will next?
post #8 of 16

Don't disagree at all the suggestions above, but I would also consider Keystone.  Condos in River Run are very convenient to the lifts, and the teaching complex at the top of Dercum mountain for beginners/novices is a big plus.  NIce long novice trails down to the base also.  Keystone gets knocked by the CO locals, but it's very popular with out-of-state vacationers because it's less crowded than Breck or Vail and really caters to them.

post #9 of 16

I will reinforce the suggestion for Aspen.  Your wife will appreciate the non-skiing distractions.

 

Keystone really has nothing other than skiing.  A bit of a gamble for you.  I'd probably suggest Breck before Keystone as a consequence.

 

Mike

post #10 of 16

Round shot sells it more than anything I can write.  Especially on a day like today.

 

http://aspen.roundshot.ch/power-of-four

post #11 of 16
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Round shot sells it more than anything I can write.  Especially on a day like today.

 

http://aspen.roundshot.ch/power-of-four

 

 

Preach it brother...although if Telluride had Roundshots then that might sway some folks away.......the views from the top of Revelation will make your jaw drop....regardless you can't go wrong at either place.  

post #12 of 16
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Round shot sells it more than anything I can write.  Especially on a day like today.

http://aspen.roundshot.ch/power-of-four

That's a great cam, although it looks like the Brown Fairy has paid a visit wink.gif
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by JimH View Post
 

Don't disagree at all the suggestions above, but I would also consider Keystone.  Condos in River Run are very convenient to the lifts, and the teaching complex at the top of Dercum mountain for beginners/novices is a big plus.  NIce long novice trails down to the base also.  Keystone gets knocked by the CO locals, but it's very popular with out-of-state vacationers because it's less crowded than Breck or Vail and really caters to them.


I agree Aspen/Snowmass might be a great choice.  However, I took a trip to Keystone once in April with my easy skiing wife and it was great too.  Good prices on slopeside condos via VRBO, no crowds, good snow.  My wife really liked the easy loading gondola (there's actually two gondolas at Keystone). And she enjoyed a long pretty green circle run (Schoolmarm) from the top of the gondola on Dercum Mtn.  Old trip report:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1022

post #14 of 16

James J. you have a point. Keystone at River (ice rink) area has a really rather well done faux western architecture with a nice bar and deck for après ski in the sun and so on. the condos there would definitely be walk in-out if not exactly ski in-out.

 

It's close to A-basin if she wants a day off and you want to try something with a totally different vibe. (or if she progresses in her skiing to blue runs, she might enjoy that too. Some truly spectacular views at the top with wide open blues where you can take a more challenging line and both end up in the same place. (I believe there's a free bus that would go up there if you're without a car.)

post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Really appreciate all the advice!
Done a bit more research and it seems like I can't go too wrong with a lot of the recommendations. I'm still leaning away from Aspen ("where the beer flows like wine") as costs seem a bit more than a few of the others.
Had read a bit about telluride before but damn! The scenery alone is insane
post #16 of 16

Telluride is great.  It's probably my favorite place to ski.  However, I also love the Aspen area.  When you say that cost seems to be a problem at Aspen, have you looked into staying at Snowmass Village?  It is usually not nearly as expensive to stay there and just about everything is ski-in/ski-out.  I also try to save money when I can, but Aspen is incredible and worth the extra expense in my opinion.  But I have never stayed in Aspen proper, always choosing to take the more affordable option at Snowmass Village.

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