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post #31 of 39

If you are willing to go condo,

 

https://www.altachalets.com/vrp/unit/The_View_11-VIEW_11-2052/

 

You may want to check out Taos ski valley also.

post #32 of 39
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Originally Posted by njurkovi View Post
except we would rather go to UT/CO because of ease of access from our homebase (San Antonio/TX)

 

San Antonio, eh? That's MY old hometown, hence the username. Don't be like the majority of Texans and limit yourself to CO & UT because of the easy access. By doing so, you're eliminating all sorts of great possibilities and wonderful places out there.

 

Don't get me wrong, I love skiing UT & CO, but you're missing out on way too much if you're limiting your options simply due to transportation. It's not THAT much harder to get anywhere else, just one more transfer is typically all.

post #33 of 39
Thread Starter 

>If you are willing to go condo,

Thanks for the altachalets ref.

 

>Don't be like the majority of Texans and limit yourself...

I understand what you are saying, but we don't go skiing that often, and I don't feel we explored UT/CO nearly enough. But I do get your point...

post #34 of 39
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Originally Posted by njurkovi View Post

 

>Have you picked your dates yet?

December, but before really high season

 

Given it's Dec 1st I'd suggest you heavily weight current snow conditions, and shop for a deal at Copper and Breck as they have the best conditions pretty much anywhere right now.   Current conditions are really what you'd expect at Christmas in a normal year, probably a full month ahead on snow.  I bet you can find a deal on a condo that fits your budget.  

 

Look at the base depth and acres open, and you'll see how Breck and Copper really stand out right now.   There have been several storm that hit them big, and skipped over most other areas:

 

http://www.onthesnow.com/colorado/skireport.html?&ud=0&o=skiable_open

post #35 of 39

Sunlight is only reporting a 13" base? Wow.  Their snow stake is only about 50 feet off the summit (Not within normal CO reporting rules).

 

Given that they have decent amount of terrain open, I thought that must be a reporting error, but looking at their stake webcam, yup, it is accurate.

 

The next storm the week is supposed to heavily favor West and South areas (ie- Sunlight, Aspen, CB, Telluride, WOLF CREEK).  Joel (opensnow.com) tends to under-predict low energy storms with a lot of moisture, at least down here. I suspect this one will out-produce his estimates.

 

In any case, if the OP hasn't booked yet, he/she probably should. I wouldn't rule Sunlight out, but a 13" base is pretty rough. The place skis well at 25" and you will see advanced terrain opening at that point. Whether the next storm gets it there remains to be seen. I wouldn't spend money to stay there with a 13" base, especially when other places in CO have much better conditions. It would be worth spending the extra dough to stay someplace else OR accepting being further off the mountain for better skiing on the mountain.

post #36 of 39
Colorado does have the best conditions right now. I think you could safety book your flights now and wait a little while on your accomadtions.
post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by tball View Post

Given it's Dec 1st I'd suggest you heavily weight current snow conditions, and shop for a deal at Copper and Breck as they have the best conditions pretty much anywhere right now.   Current conditions are really what you'd expect at Christmas in a normal year, probably a full month ahead on snow.  I bet you can find a deal on a condo that fits your budget.  

Look at the base depth and acres open, and you'll see how Breck and Copper really stand out right now.   There have been several storm that hit them big, and skipped over most other areas:
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http://www.onthesnow.com/colorado/skireport.html?&ud=0&o=skiable_open


Well except Copper has shut down over 200 acres (reso pod) for the weekdays. You simply can't count on Copper to have terrain open that could be open if they can save a few bucks by closing it. I may be switching my pass loyalties next year.
post #38 of 39
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Originally Posted by tball View Post
 

 

Given it's Dec 1st I'd suggest you heavily weight current snow conditions, and shop for a deal at Copper and Breck as they have the best conditions pretty much anywhere right now.   Current conditions are really what you'd expect at Christmas in a normal year, probably a full month ahead on snow.  I bet you can find a deal on a condo that fits your budget.  

 

Look at the base depth and acres open, and you'll see how Breck and Copper really stand out right now.   There have been several storm that hit them big, and skipped over most other areas:

 

 

http://www.onthesnow.com/colorado/skireport.html?&ud=0&o=skiable_open

 

Any idea on crowds?  This time of year, pre Christmas, I'd presume any area will be low in attendance which may drive some of the limited open acres.

 

Not saying one shouldn't opt for a place with more acres but most resorts open terrain as the season picks up and to get staff on board.

 

Since the OP was looking price as a major consideration, it may not matter total acres too if as posted, they're on groomers. They're out for 5-7 days skiing so unless they're non stop it may not matter if they like to hit the runs several times over to get accustomed and familiar with the mountain.

 

Looks like there's some anticipated dumps possible this week too which would help.

post #39 of 39
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Originally Posted by pete View Post
 

Any idea on crowds?  This time of year, pre Christmas, I'd presume any area will be low in attendance which may drive some of the limited open acres.

 

Not saying one shouldn't opt for a place with more acres but most resorts open terrain as the season picks up and to get staff on board.

 

Since the OP was looking price as a major consideration, it may not matter total acres too if as posted, they're on groomers. They're out for 5-7 days skiing so unless they're non stop it may not matter if they like to hit the runs several times over to get accustomed and familiar with the mountain.

 

 

It's remarkable how uncrowded it is between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Even often crowded resorts like Breck and Vail will seem like ghost towns mid-week.  Denver skiers will come up on the weekends if it snows, but generally are otherwise preoccupied with shopping and holiday parties on the weekends and don't really have skiing on the brain yet.   The best indicator of that is I-70 traffic really isn't a problem this time of year.  A big dump, of course, will awake the masses and generate traffic and crowds, but still nothing like in the heart of the season because there are so few vacationers.

 

The nice thing about Summit County is there are so many resorts close together.   Even with somewhat limited acres open, if you skied them all there is no way you could get bored by limited terrain.  You have to be OK with the steeps being closed, though.  There are lots of black bump runs open right now, but little or no truly steep terrain.   If someone is OK with that, the next few weeks would be a great time to head to CO.  This is very different than a bad snow year when there would likely be no black runs open now.

 

Here are some webcam shots showing how uncrowded a couple areas were at lift opening this morning.   No new snow, but you'd think more folks would be out for the fresh corduroy.

 

Copper:

 

Breck:

 

Abasin:

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