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April CO Ticket Deals

post #1 of 9
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There could be room in the budget and time on the schedule for an Easter Weekend family CO trip (kids are 5 and 7).  

 

I recall April deals in the past for Winter Park, Steamboat, and A-Basin.  Does anyone else put on an April deal?  

 

My wife isn't a big skier (to put it lightly), and the kids are young, so I'm looking for a spot with good village and easy terrain.  I also don't want to have to travel too far from DEN.

 

Breckenridge would be the number one option for the village, but I don't want to pay $100/day for April skiing.

 

Keystone's village would probably be nice enough too... and close enough for a trip into Breckenridge.  Again though, there's the ticket cost.  The other bonus is we could maybe do a day at A-Basin.

 

Copper might be an option too. There's also an option of giving up the slopeside for a sweet spot in Frisco along the shuttle route.  From there, it'd be easy access to Breck and for the Silverthorne area shopping.

 

Winter Park looks good from the skiing perspective... and I'm pretty sure they have good ticket deals.  The only concern would be the village... I've never been there, but from my research it doesn't look the greatest... any thoughts?

 

Anyhow, I have a couple of months to sell the trip to my wife... I'm just looking at my options before I make the official pitch.

post #2 of 9

An April trip is a great idea.  In general, April deals are not online until Feb or later.  The deals change a lot year to year.

 

The other big factor is that Easter in early April 5 this year.  I suspect that many ski areas will keep march rates until after Easter but I could be wrong.

 

Even if you can't find a real good package deal, you should be able to get sub 100/day lift tickets.  You should be able to get Loveland & Abasin for under 50/day.  Copper for 75 or less is pretty easy to get too.  There's a good chance you could do even better.

post #3 of 9

Go for it.  I think the Frisco or Dillon idea along the shuttle route is a good one.  There should be good deals on liftopia for A-Basin and Copper by then and by that time you may be able to get Loveland four packs off Denver craigslist for $10 a ticket.  Don't worry about Easter crowds, even coming early it will be light compared to peak season times.

I've had a couple of real nice April trips in recent years to that part of CO, one example at Keystone:  http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1022

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I just checked out VRBO, and the prices for Frisco in April aren't as good as I would have expected.  You'd think you could save $$$ by not being at the resort, but it doesn't seem so.  Village lodging at Keystone and Winter Park seem as good price wise.  There's good deals in Dillon, but the shuttle isn't as convenient as Frisco... and I think being close enough to head back to the condo during the day would be almost a must for my wife and daughter.

 

What's the full 411 on the Winter Park village?  Does it compare to Keystone?  I thought the River Run area seemed okay when I was there 8 or 9 years ago.  If Winter Park was comparable, that'd be good enough for us.  That said, if Keystone ran an April ticket deal... it'd probably be choice 1.

post #5 of 9

Vail Resorts sold four packs for $179 that were good at Keystone and A-Basin (I bought a couple), but believe they stopped offering them around Thanksgiving time.

 

Winter Park village is a little smaller than Keystone or Breck, but should work well for your situation if you find it a bargain.

How many days are you skiing?  If only 3 or 4 days you might not want to get too hung up on ticket price since it will be a small part of your overall trip costs.  Also, as you know staying at the Keystone base, makes it easy to ski a couple days there and a couple days at nearby A-Basin and Loveland getting relatively cheap tickets for the latter two places.

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I just checked out VRBO, and the prices for Frisco in April aren't as good as I would have expected.  You'd think you could save $$$ by not being at the resort, but it doesn't seem so.  Village lodging at Keystone and Winter Park seem as good price wise.  There's good deals in Dillon, but the shuttle isn't as convenient as Frisco... and I think being close enough to head back to the condo during the day would be almost a must for my wife and daughter.

 

What's the full 411 on the Winter Park village?  Does it compare to Keystone?  I thought the River Run area seemed okay when I was there 8 or 9 years ago.  If Winter Park was comparable, that'd be good enough for us.  That said, if Keystone ran an April ticket deal... it'd probably be choice 1.

 

Copper and Frisco lodging will be tight the first week of April because of the USAA Nationals.  It brings a ton of kids and their families to Copper:

http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/events_and_activities/calendar/182797904

 

They pretty much stay on the easier side of the mountain, so it's a great time to ski Copper for a more advanced skier.  You'll see zero lines and few folks on the slopes on the Super Bee and more advanced terrain.  Fun time to be at Copper, the only problem is lodging is tight.  Maybe stay in Silverthorne or Dillon and ski Copper, A-basin and Loveland?

 

The problem with Keystone and Breck is tickets are still expensive in April.  I really don't understand why.   I really wanted to check out the new terrain at Breck last April, but tickets were expensive even into late April when it was deserted?!?!  IIRC, they never had any spring promotions and best deals going were the SAF tickets:

http://www.snow.com/epic-pass/pass-benefits/swaf.aspx

 

Copper, WP, Loveland and A-basin will be much easier to find ticket deals all season, but especially in April.   Copper always does the Shell two for one deal, we'll see if they do it again on Jan 2nd.  Copper and WP F&F tickets are a good deal at $69, and you can get folks here to send you electronic vouchers pretty easily in late season:

 

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 20 Friends & Family tickets. 10 for Winter Park and 10 for Copper. $59/day (open - 12/19) and $69 (12/20 - close). Valid for teen, adult, and 70 + season passes
 

 

What kind of skiing do you prefer?  Have you been to Copper and Winter Park?  Both great, but different skiing.

post #7 of 9

Looks like Copper is doing the Shell BOGO deal again this year!  Loveland is too:

http://skifreedeals.com/ski-resorts-colorado.html

 

That should make tickets $50 at Copper, as the walk up rate is $100:

http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/plan_and_buy/lift_tickets

 

And, $31.50 at Loveland with their $63 rate:

http://www.skiloveland.com/ticketsandpasses/lifttickets.aspx

 

Those are some great ticket rates!   Next best is probably Winter Park F&F tickets at $69.  I can't imagine why anyone would pay to ski Keystone or Breck when $90-100 is likely the best deal you'll find.  

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What kind of skiing do you prefer?  Have you been to Copper and Winter Park?  Both great, but different skiing.

 


My favourite mountain is Snowbird, but this is a fun, laid back family trip.  My wife and daughter are greens... but hopefully blues by then.  My son blasts eastern blues, but is real cautious on blacks.  By then I suspect he'll be comfortable on the blacks.  The trail map for WP looks like it might fit the bill... especially if my wife and daughter get good enough to go all the way to the top of the Panoramic Express.  I also googled it and saw they offered a spring triple play pass last year for $99. If they bring that back, we're in business!

post #9 of 9
Loveland for $31 for the BOGO is the best lift ticket deal in the entire Industry IMO. Great mountain, no crowds, and $31 freaking dollars per person.

You also get to park like 200' from the lift, for free.
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