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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I need to be in Denver for a meeting on Friday 11/14.  I'd like to stay through Monday and get 3 days of skiing in.  I've never skied that early in the season in CO.

 

I know its impossible to predict the weather, but is it normally decent skiing that early or is it hit or miss?  Also, is anyplace typically better than the others then?

post #2 of 13
It is highly unlikely that you'll have anything but wrod that early. Copper will have Main Vein open and perhaps Ptarmagin. There'll be perhaps 2-3 runs open at Breckenridge. A Basin will have 1-2 runs.

It is highly unlikely that there will be anything else open. It will be man made. None of these places used to open before thanksgiving before snowmaking, and often not even then.

That being said, it's skiing, albeit on intermediate slopes. You can have fun. Just don't expect fantastic skiing and don't take it as representative of what skiing in Summit County really is.

Mike
post #3 of 13

Seems like a weekend skiing would be better than going home even if it is only a few runs that are open. Worst case if skiing isn't great you could always find other activities going on out there. I would probably make the trip if I had a chance.

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks.  That's what I was concerned someone would say.  If I'm going to spend the money, I want it to be worth my while.

post #5 of 13
Loveland will be open by then too, as will Keystone. Last year, most of the mentioned resorts had more than the WROD open.
post #6 of 13

If you buy one of the cheap season passes and plan for a second trip it won't really cost much. 

 

Personally, I wait until the first bump run opens.   None have snowmaking, so rarely it's by Thanksgiving, sometime mid-Dec, and sometimes not even until early January.

post #7 of 13

As for which areas are better than others, I generally prefer Loveland to most others when it's just WROD. There are usually far fewer skiers, and the snow stays nicer.

 

I just checked and Loveland's early-season pricing is guaranteed through 11/23, so you wouldn't have to make any decisions earlier than you might want. The four-pack is $139 and transferrable, if you wanted to, for example, use two tickets and sell two. Or the pass card is probably better: buy the card for $47, it comes loaded with one day on it, then subsequent days are $42. http://www.skiloveland.com/ticketsandpasses/compare.aspx

 

I can also imagine that you might want to ski different areas each day, especially if terrain is limited. Looks like you can prepurchase ABasin tickets for $44 during that time. Copper doesn't have its rates up yet, but it will cost more for sure. Unless there is a ton of early snow, I would probably stick to Loveland or ABasin, maybe 1 day at Copper. I haven't been to Keystone early in a long time, so I have no advice there.

 

Just pray for a November like we had in 2010 ... this is from Chair 1 at Loveland on 11/16 that year.

 

 

And just a bit later at Vail...

 

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone.  It sounds like my best bet is to play this one by ear and see what things are like when the date approaches.  

 

@segbrown great photos.  That would be fantastic.

post #9 of 13

Lived in Colorado 12 years and still have a home at Keystone, there are few runs open and they are packed, thus the term " white ribbon of death "

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

As for which areas are better than others, I generally prefer Loveland to most others when it's just WROD. There are usually far fewer skiers, and the snow stays nicer.

 

I just checked and Loveland's early-season pricing is guaranteed through 11/23, so you wouldn't have to make any decisions earlier than you might want. The four-pack is $139 and transferrable, if you wanted to, for example, use two tickets and sell two. Or the pass card is probably better: buy the card for $47, it comes loaded with one day on it, then subsequent days are $42. http://www.skiloveland.com/ticketsandpasses/compare.aspx

 

I can also imagine that you might want to ski different areas each day, especially if terrain is limited. Looks like you can prepurchase ABasin tickets for $44 during that time. Copper doesn't have its rates up yet, but it will cost more for sure. Unless there is a ton of early snow, I would probably stick to Loveland or ABasin, maybe 1 day at Copper. I haven't been to Keystone early in a long time, so I have no advice there.

 

Just pray for a November like we had in 2010 ... this is from Chair 1 at Loveland on 11/16 that year.

 

 

And just a bit later at Vail...

 

 

 

 

November 2010 was the month that sold me on snow tires...please happen again

post #11 of 13

Well, apparently you weren't praying hard enough. :D

 

It's been warm and dry, the WRODs are barely off the ground. It's still beautiful weather and fun to slide around, but I wouldn't spend a ton of extra $$ on it. 

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

As for which areas are better than others, I generally prefer Loveland to most others when it's just WROD. There are usually far fewer skiers, and the snow stays nicer.

I just checked and Loveland's early-season pricing is guaranteed through 11/23, so you wouldn't have to make any decisions earlier than you might want. The four-pack is $139 and transferrable, if you wanted to, for example, use two tickets and sell two. Or the pass card is probably better: buy the card for $47, it comes loaded with one day on it, then subsequent days are $42. http://www.skiloveland.com/ticketsandpasses/compare.aspx

I can also imagine that you might want to ski different areas each day, especially if terrain is limited. Looks like you can prepurchase ABasin tickets for $44 during that time. Copper doesn't have its rates up yet, but it will cost more for sure. Unless there is a ton of early snow, I would probably stick to Loveland or ABasin, maybe 1 day at Copper. I haven't been to Keystone early in a long time, so I have no advice there.

Just pray for a November like we had in 2010 ... this is from Chair 1 at Loveland on 11/16 that year.




And just a bit later at Vail...



I'm kinda embarrassed to say this, but, uh, is that me? Game Creek Bowl? That was a good day.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

Well, apparently you weren't praying hard enough. :D

 

It's been warm and dry, the WRODs are barely off the ground. It's still beautiful weather and fun to slide around, but I wouldn't spend a ton of extra $$ on it. 

 

ha. Yeah. I scrapped the idea pretty early on and decided to put another trip with the wife and kids in February on the calendar.  I'll still be out there next week, but I'm coming in on the 13th working the 14th and heading out that night.  

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