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Mid-March Ski Trip Resort Suggestions? [first time in Colorado, college age, no car]

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Hey community, this is my first time posting, and I needed some help with planning a ski trip.

 

My sister and I are currently planning a trip to Colorado for a week and are looking for a ski resort. The dates for the trip are between the 16th and 21st of March, although we may only ski for a few days. We are both pretty competent skiers so that's not a big issue, however we are both in college so lots of bang for our buck would be nice. One other thing; being college age means no rental car, so transportation might be tricky. Any advice you have for good resorts for first timers would be greatly appreciated!

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Are you flying into Denver?  If so that opens ups lots of possibilities.  If you may only ski for a few days what other things are you looking for?  No rental car means you have to go somewhere with a shuttle from/to the airport then daily shuttles to/from the mountain if you are not staying ski in/ski out.  Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone, Steamboat, Winter Park could all work for you.  Breck and Steamboat probably have the best towns.  With Copper you could stay in Frisco (nice little town) and take the Summit Stage free bus to/from Copper.  Staying in Frisco you could also take the free Summit Stage bus to Breck, Keystone and A-Basin, too.  Or you could look at staying in Silverthorn or Dillon and use the same free Summit Stage bus service, though Dillon and Silverthorn are more spread out - harder to walk to restaurants/bars/grocery.  The time frame you are looking at is prime spring break time so the resorts/towns will be very busy.  If you do not have lodging reserved already you may be stuck going where ever you can find lodging as most places are probably already booked at near 100% if not 100% of capacity.

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Hey community, this is my first time posting, and I needed some help with planning a ski trip.

 

My sister and I are currently planning a trip to Colorado for a week and are looking for a ski resort. The dates for the trip are between the 16th and 21st of March, although we may only ski for a few days. We are both pretty competent skiers so that's not a big issue, however we are both in college so lots of bang for our buck would be nice. One other thing; being college age means no rental car, so transportation might be tricky. Any advice you have for good resorts for first timers would be greatly appreciated!


Welcome to EpicSki!  What region do you usually ski in?  Helps to know what type of terrain is of most interest.  Easiest to tell if you list a few favorite trails or off-piste areas at a particular ski area.

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Everyone has their own personal favorite ski places. I go to Colorado from Minnesota once a year and have skied quite a few places (Breck, Copper, Keystone, A-Basin, Winter Park, Vail and Beaver Creek). I really want to ski Aspen and Snowmass someday.

 

Our two favorite places are Vail and Copper Mountain, the last few years we've just gone to those two places. Both places have awesome terrain for all levels. We splurge at Copper and pay the $40 parking fee for the VIP lot (with 4 passengers, it's worth $10/each). You park 20 yards from the lodge. No getting on shuttles, no long walks across parking lots. Another advantage, you can use your own car to change clothing, get your lunch, water etc...

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skiwithjohn nailed it, Breck would be great choice. Good mix of terrain and plenty to do in town.

Mike

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