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post #1 of 12
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Alright so bear with me because I basically know nothing except that I had the whim to head to Denver to finally try skiing for the first time in my short 20 something year old life 😳

Also I posted this in the resorts thread too but I wasn't sure which was better so if I need to delete this, I will, and I'm sorry!

So browsing around it sounds like the most affordable spot to try near Denver is going to be the copper mountain area?
I can't afford to fly into anywhere but Denver. So..
I'm looking at a flight that will give me two full free days to ski, Monday feb 9, and Tuesday feb 10.
I don't want to rent a car (again money), so it looks like the best pick is to use Colorado mountain express. (?)
I have absolutely no idea where to stay since most places I've been looking into have all these references to geographic locations that I'm obviously not familiar with, and while I want it to be as cheap as possible, I do realize that not having a car will limit my flexibility there. I will need a place for three nights starting Sunday, feb 8.
Secondly I'm seeing there's an option for beginner adult group lessons all day that can include the lift ticket and ski rental for $209, which I don't really know if that's a good deal. Again, since I have no experience I figured maybe the convenience of getting all 3 might be worth it? I feel like lessons are definitely required my first day, but will I need them on day two also? I'm leaning towards it also because I don't want to be too lonely either ha!

I obviously feel like I could ask a hundred more questions but I actually want someone to respond to this so I'll try not to be too annoying at first. Haha any thoughts to this so far? Am I completely hopeless? Oh and I'm planning to finalize the trip details this week since feb is fast approaching!

Also thanks in advance to anyone reading this far 😁

Sincerely,
Never seen more than 3 inches of snow
post #2 of 12

You may want to look into Winter Park. http://www.winterparkresort.com/ I did this as my first trip. Stayed at the Beaver Lodge.

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by alit423 View Post

Alright so bear with me because I basically know nothing except that I had the whim to head to Denver to finally try skiing for the first time in my short 20 something year old life 😳

Also I posted this in the resorts thread too but I wasn't sure which was better so if I need to delete this, I will, and I'm sorry!

So browsing around it sounds like the most affordable spot to try near Denver is going to be the copper mountain area?
I can't afford to fly into anywhere but Denver. So..
I'm looking at a flight that will give me two full free days to ski, Monday feb 9, and Tuesday feb 10.
I don't want to rent a car (again money), so it looks like the best pick is to use Colorado mountain express. (?)
I have absolutely no idea where to stay since most places I've been looking into have all these references to geographic locations that I'm obviously not familiar with, and while I want it to be as cheap as possible, I do realize that not having a car will limit my flexibility there. I will need a place for three nights starting Sunday, feb 8.
Secondly I'm seeing there's an option for beginner adult group lessons all day that can include the lift ticket and ski rental for $209, which I don't really know if that's a good deal. Again, since I have no experience I figured maybe the convenience of getting all 3 might be worth it? I feel like lessons are definitely required my first day, but will I need them on day two also? I'm leaning towards it also because I don't want to be too lonely either ha!

I obviously feel like I could ask a hundred more questions but I actually want someone to respond to this so I'll try not to be too annoying at first. Haha any thoughts to this so far? Am I completely hopeless? Oh and I'm planning to finalize the trip details this week since feb is fast approaching!

Also thanks in advance to anyone reading this far 😁

Sincerely,
Never seen more than 3 inches of snow


Welcome to EpicSki!  I'm going to leave this thread in the Beginner Zone even though it's a duplicate topic to the one you created in Resorts because I think you'll get more info about Colorado in the other thread.

 

I happen to live and ski in the southeast.  If you could drive to the NC mountains, there is no need to fly to Denver to see snow that is ready for folks who want to learn to ski.  Beech Mountain is over 5000 ft.  Sugar is about 30 minutes away.  Both have ski schools and more than enough ski trails for learning to ski.  Appalachian is closer to Boone.  Taking lessons during a night session at App is a great low cost option.  The students at App State ski App in the evening all the time.

 

Check out this advice given to this guy in GA about whether flying out west solo as a first season beginner was worth the time and money.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/130104/beginner-going-out-west-my-plan-of-attack-a-beginner-zone-thread

post #4 of 12

i'd 5th (6th or whatever the count is) recommend getting a more local lesson if you can prior to going if going. If you have good natural balance or partake in activities like rollerblade, yoga, etc, you might have a leg up on the learning curve but kudo's for attitude and welcome to Epic!

 

Edit:  Not sure if Paoli Peaks  is closer .. and I know nothing of how well their programs are just North East a ways from Evansville In

 

http://www.paolipeaks.com/lessons.html


Edited by pete - 1/8/15 at 4:36pm
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So browsing around it sounds like the most affordable spot to try near Denver is going to be the copper mountain area? You're talking about Summit County. Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin are your choices in the county. All can be reached by the free bus systems.
I'm looking at a flight that will give me two full free days to ski, Monday feb 9, and Tuesday feb 10.
I don't want to rent a car (again money), so it looks like the best pick is to use Colorado mountain express. I've used CME many times and think it is a great solution.
I have absolutely no idea where to stay since most places I've been looking into have all these references to geographic locations that I'm obviously not familiar with, and while I want it to be as cheap as possible, I do realize that not having a car will limit my flexibility there. I will need a place for three nights starting Sunday, feb 8. Frisco is the most central location, Silverthorne 2nd and those two are most likely to provide the least expensive hotels. There can be found some inexpensive condos and those could get you really close (potentially walking distance) to a ski area. There are some other answers like a hostel but I've never done anything but hotel and condo type accommodations so I can't give you any guidance there.
Secondly I'm seeing there's an option for beginner adult group lessons all day that can include the lift ticket and ski rental for $209, which I don't really know if that's a good deal. Again, since I have no experience I figured maybe the convenience of getting all 3 might be worth it? I feel like lessons are definitely required my first day, but will I need them on day two also? I'm leaning towards it also because I don't want to be too lonely either ha! I'm a big fan of lessons! First, you'll need them. Second, you'll need them both days. Third, they give you people to ski with. Fourth, they possibly give you people to hang out with apres. And fifth, if you're REALLY lucky, you won't have to ride the bus back to your hotel because one of your new friends offers you a ride in their humungous SUV.

 

Whatever you choose to do, whether it's learn in NC then come out here, or skip NC and come straight out here, or learn in NC and skip Colorado (don't make this choice!), I hope you learn to love it as much as all of us do. 

post #6 of 12

There is also Ober Gatlingburg TN as a somewhat local option to give skiing a try then head west to the bigger mountains.

 

I'd recommend getting your feet wet closer to home before heading to a big resort destination.  You'll have a lot more confidence from the git go knowing better what to request at the rental shop, where to go, how to dress, making sure you have all the right outer wear and clothes to maximize your overall experience there.

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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

There is also Ober Gatlingburg TN as a somewhat local option to give skiing a try then head west to the bigger mountains.

 

I'd recommend getting your feet wet closer to home before heading to a big resort destination.  You'll have a lot more confidence from the git go knowing better what to request at the rental shop, where to go, how to dress, making sure you have all the right outer wear and clothes to maximize your overall experience there.

yes, likely closer and if you can convince a friend to ski with you, you can take a class and then maybe split a private lesson, they're listed as $60/hr one person, $19 more for an additional person.  I suppose rates are similar across the area but something else to consider to give you a leg up if heading west.

post #8 of 12

I don't know how things go at a small local area, but in general I'd say a group lesson makes more sense than a private or semi-private lesson for most beginners.

post #9 of 12

Not disagreeing, my thought was group lesson , maybe two and then if cheap, a private lesson with another to split costs. My thinking was that if Alit423 had some natural skills, then after a lesson or two an instructor in short time can pop her up a level or two quickly.

 

Back in Steamboat, our middle child had surprisingly a bad class. Over the day when we popped in we'd see kids bored, throwing snow, etc (Keep in mind this was a 5 or 6 yr old class) and languished over a couple of days ... on the third day we asked about her not progressing, what we observed and the kids ski school lead was overly forgiving, apologetic and then took her out at 3pm for a short 1 hr private. Then said "come back tomorrow and she can have a private half day. I guess his analysis that day was she didn't get her monies worth. she jumped up 3 levels, we were amazed.

 

my point is, if you start out in a group for a day or two, then can afford the cash for a few hours as private, you might see a very nice return on your skill level. 

 

too, Alit423 should keep in mind that if out west (maybe midwest, mid week, many group lessons may only have 2 or 3 people, a semi private at group rates.

 

 

pete

post #10 of 12
We have a lot of skiers come to perfect north from Western TN. If you are in western TN look up perfect north. Great lodging options at the casinos in Lawrenceburg Indiana. There are some great packages for lift tickets casino credits and dinners at the casinos if you look into it. Great thing about our ski area is a wide base with 4 lifts so not too bad of lines and free beginner lesson with each lift ticket. No reason not to check it out locally whether NC or Indiana. Colorado is great as well but a driving trip before spending big money is always nice.
post #11 of 12

That's pretty cool, pricing and idea that there's some basic free lessons may be a good way to get some basics or "feel" for snow down.

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
So helpful, thank you to everyone for replying!!! Hoping to take everything in and come up with a smarter plan... 😁
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