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Help finding least crowded slope on March 7th

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Since I live in Texas I only get to go to CO maybe once a year and I have always stayed and skied in Steamboat. I usually go in late Dec or Jan because the snow is good, prices cheap, and the lines are short. However, I am going to Denver next week on business but I am staying for the weekend as a short vacation. I picked a hotel right on I-70 in the western part of Denver. My goal is to wake up early Saturday and drive to a ski resort. I am an intermediate and do not ski anything higher than Blues. Since I know some colleges start their Spring Breaks on the 7th I am trying to avoid the HUGE lines. Obviously Breck is out of the question. Is Copper Mountain or Loveland worth the extra drive? Will their lines be any better? Please suggest any other slopes that are 2 hours or less from Denver. Anything more than a 2 hour drive and it isn't worth it. I also imagine I will have to leave Denver before 6am to not get stuck in horrible traffic on Saturday? I appreciate yalls help!

 

Hunter

post #2 of 13

Loveland is the closest and probably your best bet.   Get up and on the road by 5:30.  Then have breakfast at Loveland and catch 1st chair.

post #3 of 13

Yeah Loveland is actually 15 minutes or more closer to you hotel and won't be crowded.  Seems like 90+% of skiers traveling to Colorado have no clue Loveland is there or feel it isn't impressive enough to brag to their friends about skiing there.


Edited by focker - 2/26/15 at 12:34pm
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Thanks for the confirmation on Loveland yall. So is Loveland going to be rinky dink? Is the scenery and terrain nice? Just so I have a back up plan is there another slope you would recommend? Will Copper be insane? What about snowmass or Aspen? Since I am only going over for a day I do not mind paying $50 bucks on a lift ticket if it means less crowds.

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Originally Posted by Crimson Powder View Post
 

Thanks for the confirmation on Loveland yall. So is Loveland going to be rinky dink? Is the scenery and terrain nice? Just so I have a back up plan is there another slope you would recommend? Will Copper be insane? What about snowmass or Aspen? Since I am only going over for a day I do not mind paying $50 bucks on a lift ticket if it means less crowds.


Loveland is a little smaller but still a lot of fun.  It's low key with slower lifts, basic lodges, etc.  Aspen is great but it's too far for a day trip from Denver.  Loveland is a good choice.

post #6 of 13
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What about Copper or Abasin?
post #7 of 13

Copper Mountain is what you are looking for.  Second choice: Keystone.

post #8 of 13

Copper will be great for you, yes.   IMO Loveland has better views and will be less crowded.  Both have a ton of terrain for your skill level for a day.

 

A basin is smaller yet and has way less terrain to ski that either LL or Copper.

post #9 of 13
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That's interesting. I figured that since Loveland is so close to Denver that it would be super crowded with day trippers whereas the distance to Copper would eliminate some of that. But that is great to know, I appreciate it.

post #10 of 13

Can some CO locals expound on why LL gets so little traffic compared to what seems to be every other resort in the area?   Is it just the lifts?   I love the place...

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Can some CO locals expound on why LL gets so little traffic compared to what seems to be every other resort in the area?   Is it just the lifts?   I love the place...

I'm not totally sure -- it does have a (well-deserved) reputation as  being very cold and always windy, so that's some of it. There are no condos around, so it doesn't get weekend business. They aren't really hooked up with another resort's pass product, ie, they are independent, not owned by Vail or Intrawest or whoever. Because of our cheap passes, people often get hooked into a certain pass and don't visit the other areas. The Vail pass is really a great deal, and not that much more than the Loveland pass, but it affords you many many more places to ski. 

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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

I'm not totally sure -- it does have a (well-deserved) reputation as  being very cold and always windy, so that's some of it. There are no condos around, so it doesn't get weekend business. They aren't really hooked up with another resort's pass product, ie, they are independent, not owned by Vail or Intrawest or whoever. Because of our cheap passes, people often get hooked into a certain pass and don't visit the other areas. The Vail pass is really a great deal, and not that much more than the Loveland pass, but it affords you many many more places to ski. 

 

This.

 

Don't forget how many people judge the quality of their ski experience based on how many high speed lifts a mountain has.

post #13 of 13

@Crimson Powder Is the 7th the week of TX Spring Break?

 

If so, do not come to Wolf.  That fights with Christmas as the busiest week of the year for us.

 

If it is not, come here. It will be deserted and should be a bit closer. If you are more groomer-oriented, DMR is a bit further.

 

Edit- oops. I missed the hotel in Denver part.

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