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Dec 22-Jan 7 Ski TripÑ: here we go again!!

post #1 of 16
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HIYA fellow Bears, hope summer is treating you well!

 

Planning on using a RMSP+ pass for my son and I, $928 lift tkt prices for both, 3 days Crested Butte, 4-6 days Steamboat, 3-4 days Winter Park, 3-4 days Copper, and 1 day Eldora, works out to approx. $30 per person/day!!!!

 

Itinerary:

12/24 land in COS, drive and sleep in Frisco, following morning pick up gear and head to Eldora, then WP, then Steamboat, followed by Copper, finally to Crested Butte, drive to COS.  Something like a circle trip.

 

Any suggestions as to logistics welcome.  Gracias, all the best!

post #2 of 16

Am I missing something?  COS? 

Most of the airport codes around there are ASE, DEN, EGE. 

 

If you're flying to Denver I am not sure I'd drive to Frisco just to turn around and head back to Eldora/Winter Park. 

post #3 of 16

You should fly into DIA for starters. Don’t waste time at Eldora either. It’s not bad, but it’s like ordering cube steak when you can have prime rib.

 

My gut tells me that you’re going to spend WAY too much time in the car with your current plan. Better off staying 5 days in Steamboat, 5 days in Grand County, 5 days in Summit County. Unless CB gets pummeled early, there may not be much terrain open, so that may be a bonus detour…

post #4 of 16
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You should fly into DIA for starters. Don’t waste time at Eldora either. It’s not bad, but it’s like ordering cube steak when you can have prime rib.

 

My gut tells me that you’re going to spend WAY too much time in the car with your current plan. Better off staying 5 days in Steamboat, 5 days in Grand County, 5 days in Summit County. Unless CB gets pummeled early, there may not be much terrain open, so that may be a bonus detour…

 

When I had road trips coming from the east and staying at my sister in laws house near Golden, I would often go to Eldora for a 1/2 day upon arrival because they had a cheap 1/2 day ticket and it was close to my SIL's house.  Not sure if I'd put it on my list doing the kind of trip @gpaulski is planning.  Seems terribly out of the way. 

post #5 of 16

COS=Colorado springs.  I’ve flown in there before and it has worked ok.  You certainly can get in and out of the airport faster than DIA but the airport is farther away from most ski areas.  COS sometimes has cheaper flights and car rentals.

 

That said,I suggest the OP needs to study a map in detail.  These ski areas are fairly close but not close enough you can stay in Frisco and day trip everywhere.  If you want to ski all of them, you’ll need to pack up the car and get lodging in several places.  You could do something like:

 

Day 1 arrive and sleep in Denver or Boulder

Day 2 ski Eldora, drive to WP

Day 3-4 ski WP, drive to SB last day

Day 5-9 ski SB, drive to copper last day

Day 10-12 ski copper, last day ski partial day then drive to CB

Day 13-14 ski CB

Day 15 drive to airport

post #6 of 16

You should stay in Kremmling. It’s centrally located to Steamboat, WP and Summit. Super cheap!

It’s kind of got that “Road House” vibe going for it.   

 

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by COBillsFan View Post
 

You should stay in Kremmling. It’s centrally located to Steamboat, WP and Summit. Super cheap!

It’s kind of got that “Road House” vibe going for it.   

 


Probably the best idea if you want to stay in just one place but be aware that it's an hour each way from SB, WP and Copper.  If weather is bad, it can be up to an additional 30-60 minutes.

post #8 of 16

Here we go again, indeed.

 

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You should stay in Kremmling. It’s centrally located to Steamboat, WP and Summit. Super cheap!

It’s kind of got that “Road House” vibe going for it.   

I think COBillsFan remembers the infamous twochordcool thread.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/122287/does-it-make-any-sense-for-an-intermediate-new-england-groomer-skier-to-venture-somewhere-out-west/150#post_1676056

 

So I advise people not to expend a lot of effort providing advice that will probably be ignored.

 

Hopefully the shoulder is fully recovered now.

 

Coming from the DR, I'd be surprised if COS is either cheaper or more convenient than DEN.  Otherwise the itinerary is not unreasonable.  Winter Park and Steamboat have good early season snow records and lots of intermediate terrain. Winter Park's groomers are on the flat side, which gpaulski claims not to like at Snowmass though.  Copper is good for him terrain-wise though its early season track record is not that great.  However the likely closed terrain is not what gpaulski would likely be skiing.  Crested Butte is a lot of extra driving on this trip, dismal early season snow record and not a lot of gpaulski's preferred terrain. But he liked it 2 years ago at 30% open, so go figure?

 

The places close to Denver figure to be a madhouse Dec. 26 - Jan. 3, but gpaulski seems constrained to this timeframe, and at least it's a long trip with some of it outside the peak time. 

 

I presume it's a hopeless cause to recommend using some of the $$$ saved on the RMSP+ for lessons or bootfitting on this trip.:deadhorse: 


Edited by Tony Crocker - 8/6/14 at 3:50pm
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by gpaulski View Post
 

Itinerary:

12/24 land in COS, drive and sleep in Frisco, following morning pick up gear and head to Eldora, then WP, then Steamboat, followed by Copper, finally to Crested Butte, drive to COS.  Something like a circle trip.

 

 

I'll second completely skipping Eldora.  Sleeping in Frisco and skiing Eldora is nuts when you are right next to Copper!   Copper has the best steep groomers of the bunch, and they are sure to be open as the US Ski Team will be training downhill there Nov 1 - about Dec 15.    

 

WP seemed to be more impacted by holiday crowds than Copper last year.  SB and CB less so than both, of course.   Maybe hit WP last after the holiday crowds are gone.   

 

I'd try to keep some flexibility to change plans with reservations that can be canceled.  The four resorts can have very different early season conditions since they are spread out.  You might want readjust and  stick to just 2 or 3 with the best conditions.

 

And... Kremmling was looking pretty good when I drove through a couple days ago.   Seems like they have spruced the place up a bit :).   I still wouldn't stay there more than one night traveling between resorts.  Way too far to drive each day.

post #10 of 16
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I'd try to keep some flexibility to change plans with reservations that can be canceled.

gpaulski???  Flexibility??? :ROTFhttp://www.epicski.com/t/122287/does-it-make-any-sense-for-an-intermediate-new-england-groomer-skier-to-venture-somewhere-out-west/150#post_1676056

Maybe he learned his lesson from 2 years ago, but I wouldn't bet on it.  That's how I won a steak dinner from him that I'll collect if we ever meet in person.

http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10393&p=66937#p66937


Edited by Tony Crocker - 8/6/14 at 3:41pm
post #11 of 16

Geezus, you guys need to work on BS detectors….

I'd find it hilarious if someone actually stayed in KREMMTUCKY for a ski vacation.

post #12 of 16

I thought the Kremmling suggestion was perfect for gpaulski.:ROTF That's why I referenced the twochordcool thread.

post #13 of 16

Well, of course you wouldn't stay in Kremmling for a ski vacation, but it seems great for one cheap night between WP or Copper and Steamboat for a RMSP holder.  Why not to save a few bucks vs a night of resort area lodging?  I hate moving rooms, and you might get stuck if Rabbit Ears is closed, but other than that, why not?  :)

post #14 of 16
I am also confused by COS. It is almost always more expensive, and is an extra hour away from everywhere, EXCEPT Crested Butte. So I am doubly confused why one would fly into COS and not hit CB first. Maybe it would make sense to fly into COS and out DEN.

Driving to ski Eldora from Frisco is silly. You could stay in Denver and have a shorter drive. It would make much more sense to hit up Eldora on a partial day on your way out of DEN- the airport one should be flying into to ski off I-70.
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanky ALL.  COS was on list due to $400 saving in airfare, but just today reserved free (miles) DIA-SDQ, and tentative SDQ-DIA.  So hopefully we land in DIA at 2:40 on 12/24 and go straight to either wp/sb/c.  Maybe last r days 5/6/7 can do Vail and Beaver instead of CB.

 

Tony, shoulder 95%, thanks for asking.  Steak still a deal.

post #16 of 16
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Hiya, during 12/23-1/7, to "avoid...." crowds, what order for Steamboat(6 days), Copper(4 days) and Winter Park(4 days)???    Gracias!

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