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last minute trip to Colorado from Utah skier, need some help

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

Flying into Denver Sat at noon.  Have skiied primarily Utah the past 15 years but it's looks pretty dry. The resorts getting the most snow, I've never heard of.  Eldora, Winter Park, Cameron Pass, Loveland etc. (see below).  

 

 

Any suggestions on where to ski to get the best powder.  If I'm headed to Utah, I'd head to Alta regardless of the forecast because it seems to get the most snow.  No idea if Aspen is a better option even though it's getting 3/4 of the snow. 

 

Would appreciate suggestions on where to stay as well.  I don't mind driving a 30 or 45 minutes to ski in the am.  

Is it worth it to do any driving, only skiing 3 or 4 days, if it's big enough, we don't need to drive.  On the other hand if we're at a smaller moutain like Eldora for Sat/Sun and powder trecks out, maybe it's worth a little drive to Aspen.

 

I appreciate the help.  

 

 

  Location Thu Apr 10 Fri Apr 11 Sat Apr 12 Sun Apr 13 Mon Apr 14 5-Day
Total
T-1
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO(zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 11" 2" 15"
T-1
Cameron Pass, CO (zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 11" 2" 15"
T-1
Eldora, CO (zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 11" 2" 15"
T-4
Winter Park, CO (zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 10" 2" 14"
T-4
Berthoud Pass, CO (zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 10" 2" 14"
6
Loveland Ski Area, CO (zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 9" 2" 13"
T-7
Apple Mountain, MI (zoom to) 0" 0" 0" 0" 11" 11"
T-7
Mount Holly, MI (zoom to) 0" 0" 0" 0" 11" 11"
T-7
Arapahoe Basin, CO (zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 7" 2" 11"
T-7
Monarch, CO (zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 6" 3" 11"
T-11
Breckenridge, CO (zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 6" 2" 10"
T-11
Keystone, CO (zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 6" 2" 10"
T-11
Irwin, CO (zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 6" 2" 10"
T-11
Steamboat, CO (zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 6" 2" 10"
T-15
Telluride, CO (zoom to) 0" 0" 1" 6" 2" 9"
T-15
Aspen Mountain, CO (zoom to) 1" 0" 1" 5" 2" 9"
post #2 of 23

Don't go to Eldora, as too small.  Winter Park is a great option with that forecast.  You could just stay there, or I'd suggest trying a few other areas too.  Maybe A-basin, Loveland, Copper and/or Breck depending on how the snow falls and forecast pans out.  What kind of skiing/terrain do you prefer?

post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
As deep as snow as possible. Steeps ok but prefer it wide open. Catherines area at Alta is favorite.
Thanks for help.
Sounds like Winter Parm may be the place to start/stay unless we get adventerous. Any hotel suggestion. Quick glance, nothing looks all that expensive.
Thank you.
post #4 of 23

Try to find a deal on ski-in-out lodging at the Winter Park base village, especially if you have a family.  Otherwise, there should be lots of decent lodging in the town that is a quick drive away.   It will all very empty this time of year and lots of good options.  Note the town and ski area are both named Winter Park.   

 

It would be easy to stay at Winter Park your final night and ski Loveland or A-basin your last day before flying out.   They are both great areas with nice wide open bowls.

post #5 of 23
Snow: The storm track dropping south out of western Montana on Sunday probably does favor Winter Park and Loveland so I think that forecast is giving good guidance for best impact along the Front Range / Continental Divide. There is supposedly another one in the Tue timeframe. I just edited my first post because I was reading Apple as Aspen so took out those comments smile.gif

Terrain: Loveland/A-Basin > Winter Park for bowl skiing (that's what Loveland is), but Sunday is storm day and you risk whiteout at Loveland and on the upper mountain at A-Basin. Since WP is a lesser bowl skiing resort than other options, look up Parsenn Bowl at WP and see if that fits what you want. It may be the best place to ski on Sunday during the storm due to extensive tree cover, and then Loveland or A-Basin on Monday, watching the forecast for storm two in terms of where you are already skiing.

Lodging: Georgetown is a central lodging location (closest lodging to Loveland) that keeps you within about 30 mins of all three if you like that idea and don't want to move around, and it is also under 9K feet for sleeping if that matters to you. Nothing much to do there, though, and both A-Basin and WP are on the other side of significant passes (Loveland and Berthoud, respectively) from Georgetown. Not a good plan for a rental FWD, so keep that in mind in car choice/lodging area.

Hope that helps.
Edited by NayBreak - 4/10/14 at 4:35pm
post #6 of 23
Here are a couple of recently posted pics from the CO/NM weather discussion thread:

Loveland:



A-Basin:

post #7 of 23
Highland Bowl is always good and it's their closer, so it will be going off!
But this storm does look to favor the front range. WP would be a good choice for skiing, Breckinridge for nightlife.
post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 

Tough choices.  Finding powder stresses me out.  After checking out Highland Bowl, it's hard to turn away.

 

It sounds like WP is a good place to start, then try Loveland/Abasin on Mon/Tues.  I have 4wd reserved so we should be able to get around.

Anyone have a favorite hotel in Georgetown?

Anyplace to purchase lifttickets cheaper at the last minute in Colorado (like local ski shops in utah do).  Liftopia will make me decide ahead.  

post #9 of 23
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Liftopia will make me decide ahead.  

Why, to save $10? Last week Loveland got 20", when others got 4". Spring storms can be very localized. I would stay flexible.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Conrad51 View Post
 

Tough choices.  Finding powder stresses me out.  After checking out Highland Bowl, it's hard to turn away.

 

It sounds like WP is a good place to start, then try Loveland/Abasin on Mon/Tues.  I have 4wd reserved so we should be able to get around.

Anyone have a favorite hotel in Georgetown?

Anyplace to purchase lifttickets cheaper at the last minute in Colorado (like local ski shops in utah do).  Liftopia will make me decide ahead.  

It would be less stressful in February or March Thumbs Up 

 

This point of the season is where you have to admit to yourself that you may not find big pow (goes for locals too :nono:) You'll still be skiing, though. 

post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 

Why, to save $10? Last week Loveland got 20", when others got 4". Spring storms can be very localized. I would stay flexible.

 

--Well put.  Thanks, you are relieving some of my stress!

 

and Yes, I shouldn't have waited

post #12 of 23
The forecast looks good for you - we are looking at up to an inch of liquid and the storm is bringing plenty of cold air. Just don't ignore the storm track and the favored locations this time of year, which happen to align if the forecast holds.

It is mid-April. Go for altitude and snow.
post #13 of 23

Your timing looks great to just park yourself at Winter Park for several days.  A similar looking storm over delivered at Winter Park last week.   Don't dismiss the chance for some nice powder.  This was a foot new there last week:

 

post #14 of 23
This one may be bigger. Winter storm watches up for much of the state with the front range and continental divide still favored.
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
Awesome. Any last minute suggestions. staying in georgetown. planning on winter park tomorrow. loveland mon and tues. Anyone know a good ski shop in the area selling their demos. I'm looking for a k2 shredding 112 in 179
post #16 of 23
Maybe try Bentgate?

Edit: not a demo, but good pricing....

http://www.bentgate.com/shop/k2/k2-shreditor-112-ski-17626
Edited by NayBreak - 4/12/14 at 11:39am
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by Conrad51 View Post

Awesome. Any last minute suggestions. staying in georgetown. planning on winter park tomorrow. loveland mon and tues. Anyone know a good ski shop in the area selling their demos. I'm looking for a k2 shredding 112 in 179

Try Winter Park's demo shop, a few doors down from Starbuck's in the Village. Also, my brother got a good deal on a pair of Salomon Q90 demos last month at Christy Sports in town.
post #18 of 23

Loveland has a great sports shop that has demos and a demo center too.

post #19 of 23

PS: I may be wrong, but I think A-basin will have slightly better exposure than Loveland for maintaining winter-like conditions.

 

Winter Park is over Berthoud from G-town and might be a PITA commute if the storms come in as you hope. There are cheap places to stay in WP and Fraser, so if you're going to ski there recommend you reconsider your G-town accommodations. (Fraser has a really nice hostel)

 

With regard to lift tickets, I seem to recall someone on the forum giving away "friends and family" discount tix to WP ($59) And there is almost always someone hawking 4-pack tickets in the parking lot at Loveland this time of year.

post #20 of 23

Loveland and Winter Park should get the best powder for monday.  Loveland late season tickets at the window are $49, hard to beat. ($39 for folks over 60.)

 

Looks like all day light snowing on Sunday, so Winter Park should be great that day, more sheltered. Also Good would be Copper that day. 

 

Tuesday looks to be sunny and packed, so full spring skiing, probably. A Basin, Winter Park, Keystone, take your pick. (Not so much loveland tuesday, unless high wind keeps 9 chair closed on Monday.)

post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Mom View Post

PS: I may be wrong, but I think A-basin will have slightly better exposure than Loveland for maintaining winter-like conditions.

Winter Park is over Berthoud from G-town and might be a PITA commute if the storms come in as you hope. There are cheap places to stay in WP and Fraser, so if you're going to ski there recommend you reconsider your G-town accommodations. (Fraser has a really nice hostel)

With regard to lift tickets, I seem to recall someone on the forum giving away "friends and family" discount tix to WP ($59) And there is almost always someone hawking 4-pack tickets in the parking lot at Loveland this time of year.

I have WP friends and family tix if we can PDF and email. PM....

Do keep a eye on Berthoud - it was looking very sloughy yesterday in the afternoon and a good load may lead to avy control closures.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Conrad51 View Post

Awesome. Any last minute suggestions. staying in georgetown. planning on winter park tomorrow. loveland mon and tues. Anyone know a good ski shop in the area selling their demos. I'm looking for a k2 shredding 112 in 179

 

The Breeze at the Dumont exit on I-70 is selling demos.   It's in the same building as Starbucks.  Not sure about that specific ski.  Get on the phone and call around if you are sure that's what you want.  If you are still shopping, the shop at the base of Mary Jane is usually selling demos by now.  Nice thing there (or at the base on the WP side) is you can try various skis then apply the price of the demo to buying a demo.   In any case, I'd suggest you park on the Mary Jane side rather than at Winter Park.  Nice to ski right to your car!

post #23 of 23
Like NayBreak, I have F/F vouchers left (In my case, two) that get you on the hill (WP) for $59. You only need the voucher number(s) to present to tkt window or counter. Numbers can be lifted from passholder's online account. PM if interested.
Edited by cosmoliu - 4/12/14 at 4:12pm
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