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Colorado next week [mid April]

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I am looking to visit Colorado next week (12-14th or 17-19th) and not sure which resorts would be better. Me and my wife both ski Blue runs here in WA (Stevens pass and Crystal), she prefers sticking to the groomed runs but I can handle un-groomed blue slopes as well.


In order of priority we prefer ..

1. Good snow with grooming

2. Less crowd (preferably lift lines of less than 10mins wait)

3. Lodging near the resort (shuttle access or walk able)


Any suggestions?

post #2 of 11

Summit County continues to get snow. There was 7" reported today at Breck with another 5" falling after the report. Lift lines were no more than 20 - 30 people, including T-Bar which is to say that lift lines are much less an issue this month than any other time. Breck has great grooming and you can ski from the top of Imperial lift (12,800ft) to town (9,500ft) on connected groomers. It is fun on a nice day.


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Gin Blossoms play during your first interval, Yonder Mountain String Band and Blues Traveler for your second interval. Free concerts in the afternoon next to the Colorado chair.


Lodging access to the slopes is really good as most have shuttles. There are slope side accommodations at the base of 9, 8 and 7 as well.

post #3 of 11

Breckenridge sounds like it is up your alley.  Keystone might work as well.  Both are 100% open.  You might get lodging at a reasonable price in Frisco...



post #4 of 11

You would like Snowmass too, but it is a bit further from Denver.  Weather for 4/17-20's looking optimal for spring skiing.


Throwing a party on Ajax 4/20, everyone's invited!

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for suggestion just booked flights for 19th - 22nd April.


Now its a hunt for some good deals on the lift tickets at Breck. Any suggestion what will work out cheaper for Lift + Lodging. Cheapest I could find was $237 for 3 days.

post #6 of 11
I just left the Alpine Inn in Frisco. For $75 a night it can't be beat. It's also right across the street from the bus station which has busses to Breck, copper, and keystone.

Don't know about discounted breck tickets, but discounted lift tickets to Copper are easy to find. I used the 2 for 1s out of the E-book, but those expired the 13th...
post #7 of 11

Can't help you with Breck, but many of us have $59 Friends and Family a vouchers available to Copper and Winter Park that came with our passes.  We can send them to you electronically.   Send a PM or ask over in this thread.


Copper has shut down some of it's more difficult bowls, but it still has its fantastic blue runs open.  It's very much worth a day or two if you end up staying in Frisco.

post #8 of 11

Keystone has wide open blue groomers, lodging at the base, (River Run area is cute) and close to Denver. Hard to imagine you can't get some sort of great LLL (lift, lodging, lesson) package deal through the ski area at this time of year.


Breck has been getting the bull's eye on the storms and also has tons of lodging options, see above.


Copper also has lodging at the base, but it is somewhat more limited. With the above Friends and Family discount tickets you're being offered, it might be worthwhile.


If you can abandon your slope-side desire, A-Basin is spectacularly beautiful and has amazingly sweet and gentle open blue bowls with both groomed and un-groomed options off the same lift and the undiscounted lift tickets are probably as cheap as discounted tix at one of the snazzy resorts. No base to speak of though; you'd have to stay in town and take the shuttle, which is free and you get lift ticket discounts for using it.

post #9 of 11

Breck was going off today. 15" with 9" after 4pm. Everything is open.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Breck has discounted tickets 21st onwards. Wife wanted to stay near the slopes and avoid any travel so we booked a place in town.

Btw, is the trail rating different for all resorts? For some reason Breckenridge runs seem to be easier as compared to keystone (looking at the pov videos). The black/blue runs are much steeper here in WA (Crystal Mountain).
post #11 of 11
Btw, is the trail rating different for all resorts? 

Yes, trail ratings are next to useless as they are relative within resort not absolute.  Crystal is an elite expert mountain so a Crystal blue would be single black at most Colorado mountains.

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