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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hi Everyone,

 

Next winter will be my 50th anniversary of skiing, and I need some help in planning a memorable trip!  These are the basics:

- 7 to 10 days

- Colorado - (traveling from NY)

- Ski primarily Blacks

- Want to be able to prepare own meals, so need a kitchen.

- Whole Foods nearby is a plus

- Like to have the freedom a car offers

 

Past few trips have been to Utah and stayed at Homewood Suites.  I welcome the change that Colorado offers.

 

Thanks!

 

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post #2 of 18

Welcome to EpicSki and Congratulations on 50 years of skiing fun! 

 

We're in Colorado now to finish out the year at Arapahoe Basin, staying in Frisco, which has a Whole Foods near by and is close to Breckenridge, not far from Keystone and a skip over to Vail and Beaver Creek, all available on the Epic Pass   I would recommend the Epic Local pass which has a few restrictions but is nearly 200.00 less $$ for a lot of coverage to all of the Vail Resorts in this area.  

 

Copper Mountain is also close by but not offered on that pass, still worth a day ticket to ski there if you get the urge. 

 

@Kneale Brownson is an instructor at Breckenridge and he's been skiing as long as you have, maybe longer.  Perhaps he has a few pointers for the area. 

post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by pushgears View Post
 

Hi Everyone,

 

Next winter will be my 50th anniversary of skiing, and I need some help in planning a memorable trip!  These are the basics:

- 7 to 10 days

- Colorado - (traveling from NY)

- Ski primarily Blacks

- Want to be able to prepare own meals, so need a kitchen.

- Whole Foods nearby is a plus

- Like to have the freedom a car offers

 

Past few trips have been to Utah and stayed at Homewood Suites.  I welcome the change that Colorado offers.

 

Thanks!

 

Mod note: moved to Resorts, Conditions & Travel

Welcome to EpicSki from a fellow traveler to the Rockies from the east coast.

 

If you have a few specific ski areas in mind, check out the relevant Resort Pages.  Scroll down to the bottom to find a list of relevant threads for that resort.  To get you started, I added a tag for Denver Travel and Breck (under Topics Discussed).  Click on the link to get started.  Then ask specific questions as you think of them.

 

@Jamesj aka Jim Kenney spent a couple months in Colorado after retiring last year.  He got a condo in Silverthorne as a home base for part of the time.  He wrote a series of articles that are good reading.  Has also written various articles about visits to many of the Colorado ski areas/resorts.

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/2015-geezer-ski-bum-tour-epicski-1

post #4 of 18
You should go to the Epic Ski gathering in Aspen.
post #5 of 18

Frisco has all bases covered.  Wal-Mart, Safeway, Whole Foods (only one in mountains), Summit County Stage (bus) and Recreational drugs are all within one small area.  Buses depart every 30 minutes from lot for all ski resorts in Summit County.  You will need other transportation to ski Beaver Creek or stand in line at that other place in Eagle County.  Numerous lodging choices within a ten minute walk.

post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hey - thanks everybody, I really appreciate the suggestions!  It sounds like Frisco would be a good home base.

:beercheer:

post #7 of 18

I'm not far behind you.  Next season will be my 49th.  Since retiring I've been spending 3 weeks in Summit County every February.  Since I don't care about Vail or Beaver Creek, I've been getting the Summit Value pass, and since I turned 65, the Keystone/Breck/A-Basin senior pass.  Whatever you do, get a pass (or a least a 4-pack or two) before they stop selling them in late fall as in-season ticket prices are crazy.  I have been renting a condo in Dillon or Keystone.  
 

post #8 of 18
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You should go to the Epic Ski gathering in Aspen.

 

 

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Hey - thanks everybody, I really appreciate the suggestions!  It sounds like Frisco would be a good home base.

:beercheer:

There is a lot to be said for the variety and convenience of the Summit County area, but Shredhead is onto something.  Perhaps you could time your visit to do both Summit County and part of The Gathering at Aspen?  It's about two hours from Frisco.  Will you be alone or bringing friends/family?  I'm not sure when the date will be for The Gathering, probably late Feb or early Mar.  If you are alone The Gathering is a fantastic ready-made group experience with great skiing and camaraderie including the participation of numerous other 50 year (or close to it) skiers.  In case you don't buy some sort of season pass Keystone sells four packs in the preseason for ~$179.  Loveland has them for ~$139.  Believe Copper and A-Basin sell them too.  A-Basin usually offers nicely discounted tickets on Liftopia.  

post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 

HI All,

 

Thanks for the suggestions.  I will probably leave family behind and travel alone.  I would love if my Ski Buddy joins me but I can't count on or wait for him!  After all he is a ski bum.

 

The Gathering sounds great-I never skied the resorts at Aspen and it is always fun to hook up with others.  When will dates be set?

 

I looked at lodging and it seems that a condo would best fit my needs.  How do I begin to select one from the all the units listed in Summit County?  Some of them look really dated.:dunno  How about location- does it make a difference whether to be in Dillon, Silverthorne, or Frisco?

 

Do most people bring their own skis?  I have the Moment Bellafontes which are a good Western ski, and a Ski Tube to transport them.  Always brought my own to Utah.

 

Greatly appreciate any and all suggestions!

post #10 of 18
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HI All,

 

Thanks for the suggestions.  

 

How about location- does it make a difference whether to be in Dillon, Silverthorne, or Frisco?  Most likely no real difference.  There are units that are 'UP' a significant hill that are listed in Silverthorne area.  Maybe an issue in heavy snow but the road is plowed early and often in storms.

 

Do most people bring their own skis?  I have the Moment Bellafontes which are a good Western ski, and a Ski Tube to transport them.  Always brought my own to Utah.  "dual-radius sidecut and subtle Mullet Rocker profile" Even a subtle Mullet is so last year.  Bring them.  Plan on taking two pairs home. 

 

 

 

Greatly appreciate any and all suggestions!

post #11 of 18

There's also the option of staying in Glenwood, access to Aspen, access to Vail, There is a Whole Foods between Aspen and Glenwood. Plus all the box stores. Might be worth looking into.

post #12 of 18
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There's also the option of staying in Glenwood, access to Aspen, access to Vail, There is a Whole Foods between Aspen and Glenwood. Plus all the box stores. Might be worth looking into.

 

This. A short 1 1/2 hours down the road from Vail. The Roaring Fork Valley is more more authentic, the skiing is better, the crowds are less.

 

If staying in Glenwood boarding is cheaper, if staying in Aspen it is pretty comparable to staying in Vail or Breck.

post #13 of 18
check for condos where you can cook on VRBO (vacation rentals by owner). There's a place on west Main Street in Frisco that frequently has units available. If you want to visit Vail/beaver creek, get an Epic pass before the prices increase.
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 

Hey Guys,

 

Firstly, I want to thank everyone for the excellent advice for which I am so grateful.  The "brotherhood" of skiers and the sport's collaborative nature set skiing apart from many other sports.

 

With that said, I decided to give Summit County a miss and instead head to Telluride.  No need to rehash all the reasons why;  they are well documented here and on other sites.  For me, being able to fly from my local regional airport and make the connection in Chicago to Montrose is a plus.  Not needing a car is another.  It seems to have a great vibe too. 

 

When is the best time to go?  How many days is about right? I know these are highly subjective questions and I value and appreciate your opinions on these questions and any other related suggestions. 

AppleMark

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by pushgears View Post
 

Hey Guys,

 

Firstly, I want to thank everyone for the excellent advice for which I am so grateful.  The "brotherhood" of skiers and the sport's collaborative nature set skiing apart from many other sports.

 

With that said, I decided to give Summit County a miss and instead head to Telluride.

This is incredibly sound decision making. I live on the Western Slope and ski Aspen/Snowmass the most, but I did get a chance to ski Telluride 4 times this year and have to say If I could divide my time equally between T-ride and Aspen/Snowmass I would. Telluride is every bit as good as anything in Aspen as far as terrain, (if not better) but it suffers from somewhat poorer snow quality, but this can be negated if you go at the right time. I would recommend checking Tony Crocker's site www.bestsnow.net for when he suggests visiting. I can tell you from personal experience, and having two very close friends who lived in Telluride, that I expect waiting until at least the middle of February will be optimal for maximum snow coverage and quality. In terms of number of days, I would plan on 4-6. Telluride is a pretty decent sized mountain with lots of nooks and crannies to explore, many of which require a bit of hiking. As far as I'm concerned, hiking Bald Mountain is an absolute must, and you will most certainly want to make some of the short hikes in the Prospect Bowl. The Gold Hill Chutes are not to be missed either if the snow quality and base are decent. The Revelation Bowl which is on the backside of Gold Hill, can also be a pleasant experience if it doesn't get skied out, and I would suggest upon exiting the lift to hang a hard left (skiers right if looking into the bowl) and take some of the lines on that side of the bowl. They are steeper and tend to not get quite as skied out. 
   
As far as accommodations while you are there, I should say that Mountain Village should be avoided at all costs. As Obi Wan Kenobi said to young Luke Skywalker as they stood atop See Forever gazing into the hamlet below: "Mountain Village Colorado, you'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy." Mountain Village is basically a vulgar display of wealth with no soul, no real culture, and no history to speak of. Some land developers saw it as a great opportunity to exploit a great mountain and took it, it's that simple. Telluride is where you want to stay. It is one of Colorado's truly magnificent ski towns, and as Anachronism has stated in another thread, one of few unspoiled ski towns left. Check out the brie appetizer at Flora Dora's, and have a barfood/pizza lunch at Brown Dog Pizza in town. Both places are fabulous, and shouldn't be skipped. I'm sure somewhere on this site there is an unofficial guide to Telluride that you can really study to get a lot more thorough walkthrough of exactly what you should do in Telluride as far as what should be skied when etc. But really and truly Telluride is one of the greatest places on earth and I'm super excited for you, and super excited to get back there next season for a few great days.

P.s. If you do end up renting a car after flying into Montrose (I'm assuming you'll have to?) It may be worth your while to check out Orvis hot springs in Ridgway. My wife and I have stayed there a few nights and it's a very Zen relaxing experience after a long day of skiing. Great pools, it's private and a little spendy so it doesn't get stupid busy like Glenwood, and if you stay the night, you have all night access to the springs which close to non overnight guests at 10pm. If you're interested I'd suggest maybe hitting it on the way to Telluride or back to Montrose, as Ridgway is about 45-60 minutes from Telluride.

P.p.s. Orvis is a 'clothing optional' hot springs...so...yeah
 


Edited by WalterdogEllis - 5/14/15 at 8:20pm
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by pushgears View Post
 

Hey Guys,

 

Firstly, I want to thank everyone for the excellent advice for which I am so grateful.  The "brotherhood" of skiers and the sport's collaborative nature set skiing apart from many other sports.

 

With that said, I decided to give Summit County a miss and instead head to Telluride.  No need to rehash all the reasons why;  they are well documented here and on other sites.  For me, being able to fly from my local regional airport and make the connection in Chicago to Montrose is a plus.  Not needing a car is another.  It seems to have a great vibe too. 

 

When is the best time to go?  How many days is about right? I know these are highly subjective questions and I value and appreciate your opinions on these questions and any other related suggestions. 

AppleMark

 

My god, it is so refreshing to see one of these threads come up that doesn't end in "We settled on Breck/Vail."  Telluride is a primo choice. 

 

As for when, I would look for Late Feb/Early March.  The San Juans are wild and a base needs to be in place to open up the good stuff. In a typical year, the first thaw freeze cycles only start to hit past March 10, but in a typical year, those get buried quickly with new snow as well. I certainly would not go any earlier than Mid Feb if I wanted the whole mountain open- From then until April the only consideration is your tolerance for firm and/or slush. 

 

I second Brown Dog Pizza and staying in town. Staying in town gives you a reason to ski the front face each day on legs of butter after a long day of skiing- good times.

 

You may want to chew on the idea of spending a day at Silverton- its an experience.

post #17 of 18

 

 

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My god, it is so refreshing to see one of these threads come up that doesn't end in "We settled on Breck/Vail."  Telluride is a primo choice. 

 

As for when, I would look for Late Feb/Early March.  The San Juans are wild and a base needs to be in place to open up the good stuff. In a typical year, the first thaw freeze cycles only start to hit past March 10, but in a typical year, those get buried quickly with new snow as well. I certainly would not go any earlier than Mid Feb if I wanted the whole mountain open- From then until April the only consideration is your tolerance for firm and/or slush. 

 

I second Brown Dog Pizza and staying in town. Staying in town gives you a reason to ski the front face each day on legs of butter after a long day of skiing- good times.

 

You may want to chew on the idea of spending a day at Silverton- its an experience.


Yeah, Anytime someone asks where they should go and eventually settles on Breck/Vail, I roll my eyes and unsubscribe from the thread (The same goes for Steamboat). Telluride is an impressive choice. impressive, challenging, and distinctly unique. In my mind a trumpet 🎺 sounded when the OP informed us of his choice of Telluride. I just can't think of a better place to celebrate 50 years of skiing. I actually celebrated my birthday on the mountain this past year and other than staying in MV it was great. I can't stress how pleased I am with the OP's choice.

post #18 of 18

Great choice.

 

Siam. Make a reservation ahead of time. Tiny restaurant. Amazing food.

Bar at the New Sheridan is nice too.

 

timing: The later the better. Second checking Tony Crocker site for advice.

 

Absolutely stay in town. The public transportation is superb, so you don't need to be at the foot of the Gondi for lodging. Fun to get off the slopes and ride the bus with school kids chatting up the bus driver. It is a real town.

 

On Mountain food is expensive, really expensive. But we liked the outside bar at Bon Vivant. The appetizer platter and crepes were reasonable and huge. We'd eat and have a drink around 2:30 or 3, wait for the lifts to close and then ski down with the all mountain to ourselves, the alpen glow just beginning. Really sweet.

 

Second Silverton day trip. Or, if you want a day off from skiing (heaven forbid!) you can do a day trip to Mesa Verde National Park. It's beautiful in winter and the drive down the Delores River is worth the price of admission.

 

Telluride is one of the most beautiful mountain towns in the US.You're going to have a terrific time.

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