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post #1 of 16
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Hi all
I plan to visit colorado for the first time next winter. I try to avoid crowds at resorts if possible so no aspen. Does anyone have any good suggestions? Im looking for good powder, no need for a good resort. I can ride double blacks but still struggle with cliff hucking but want a resort with good pow and a challenge. Any gems?
post #2 of 16

Welcome to EpicSki! I can't help too much myself, as I was a first timer in Colorado last year. But I can point out that Aspen isn't especially crowded, and is known for being less crowded than Breckenridge and Vail for sure, likely Steamboat Springs at well.

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Originally Posted by nloga View Post

Hi all
I plan to visit colorado for the first time next winter. I try to avoid crowds at resorts if possible so no aspen. Does anyone have any good suggestions? Im looking for good powder, no need for a good resort. I can ride double blacks but still struggle with cliff hucking but want a resort with good pow and a challenge. Any gems?


time frame? any specific needs or desires such as flying in, night scene, etc or just as simple as can be?

post #4 of 16

If you are on a tight budget years ago we hit a YMCA near Winter Park dorm bunkbed style and super cheap per a day. It was clean and neat and our large group loved the price.

post #5 of 16

Small ski areas (not resorts per se) in Colorado that have some expert terrain include but are not limited to:

Arapahoe Basin

Loveland

Monarch

Wolf Creek

 

There is also Eldora, Sunlight and Ski Cooper (I don't know these areas, so cannot speak to their terrain, but am sure someone here can)

 

If you really want expert terrain and natural snow, go to Silverton. Not a resort, only one lift, but vast terrain and even helicopter skiing by the ride.

 

No one can guarantee powder. It all depends on the timing of a storm.

 

However, your best odds for deep powder will be Wolf Creek.

 

All above ski areas have websites. Have some summer fun checking them out.

post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by nloga View Post

Hi all
I plan to visit colorado for the first time next winter. I try to avoid crowds at resorts if possible so no aspen. Does anyone have any good suggestions? Im looking for good powder, no need for a good resort. I can ride double blacks but still struggle with cliff hucking but want a resort with good pow and a challenge. Any gems?

 

What do you mean by "no need for a good resort"? Do you mean that you don't need hotels, restaurants, etc?

 

I note that someone mentioned Silverton. Before recommending that, I'd like to ask where you usually ride - where are the double blacks you're comfortable riding?

post #7 of 16
Well' if you think Aspen is crowded I don't think any of the northern Colorado resorts are an option except for Cooper maybe. Aspen is probably one of the least crowded resorts in the state. Perhaps you could try White Pine or Snowy Range in Wyoming?

Mike
post #8 of 16
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Well' if you think Aspen is crowded I don't think any of the northern Colorado resorts are an option except for Cooper maybe. Aspen is probably one of the least crowded resorts in the state. Perhaps you could try White Pine or Snowy Range in Wyoming?

Mike


Correct....the only places in CO less "crowded" than Aspen are Wolf, Monarch, Sunlight, Cooper and Powderhorn and sometimes CB.
post #9 of 16

OP says they "struggle with cliff hucking" but wants a challenge, which is why I suggested Silverton.

 

Hadn't thought about Crested Butte, but that is a good option. Plenty of challenge, low crowds due to its remote location. Powder depends on weather.... But it's close to Monarch which is east and should fare well in the El Nino year that is predicted and has a relatively low-cost cat skiing operation -- all of which ought to guarantee some untracked, in the event CB has low snow.

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OP says they "struggle with cliff hucking" but wants a challenge, which is why I suggested Silverton.

 

Hadn't thought about Crested Butte, but that is a good option. Plenty of challenge, low crowds due to its remote location. Powder depends on weather.... But it's close to Monarch which is east and should fare well in the El Nino year that is predicted and has a relatively low-cost cat skiing operation -- all of which ought to guarantee some untracked, in the event CB has low snow.

 

I will have to trust you on low crowds. We happened to book for the first powder day, which was a big one, all season. Lift lines stretching out to Gunnison. I realize that was about as unusual as the Mother's Day A Basin kerfluffle.

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Mom View Post
 

OP says they "struggle with cliff hucking" but wants a challenge, which is why I suggested Silverton.

 

Hadn't thought about Crested Butte, but that is a good option. Plenty of challenge, low crowds due to its remote location. Powder depends on weather.... But it's close to Monarch which is east and should fare well in the El Nino year that is predicted and has a relatively low-cost cat skiing operation -- all of which ought to guarantee some untracked, in the event CB has low snow.

I thought the  same thing, OP needs to work on cliff hucking. Vail has some huckable cliffs but might not meet her other criteria. Does Crested Butte have any intermediate cliffs?

post #12 of 16

Alison Gannett used to run her Rippin' Chix camps that teach how to "get air" and ski steep terrain at Crested Butte, so it should be perfect terrain for that. (She has since moved them to Red Mt. and Silverton among other places)

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I thought the  same thing, OP needs to work on cliff hucking. Vail has some huckable cliffs but might not meet her other criteria. Does Crested Butte have any intermediate cliffs?

post #13 of 16
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Correct....the only places in CO less "crowded" than Aspen are Wolf, Monarch, Sunlight, Cooper and Powderhorn and sometimes CB.

 

If lift lines go into what qualifies as crowded, I think Aspen areas are less crowded than Monarch. A peak weekend day at Monarch usually involves some ~5 minute lift lines. The advanced/expert terrain at Monarch is almost always pretty deserted, however.

post #14 of 16

If the goal is getting comfort with cliffs and wanting to ski powder, while also wanting uncrowded and not caring about a resort, that sounds EXACTLY like Wolf Creek. There are at ton of small, approachable cliffs in the <10' range. From there, they scale up to a few cliffs in the 50' range that still have good landings. 

 

Edit- a few representative samples.

 

Exhibition ridge-

 

 

Horseshoe bowl area. Can't really see the cliff, but you kind of get the whole vibe. As far as the whole surprise cliff thing, been there, done that, got the t shirt.

 

 

Most of these are off Knife Ridge. 

 


Edited by anachronism - 7/17/15 at 9:01am
post #15 of 16

Exhibition Ridge, Montezuma Bowl, Peak Chutes, Knife Ridge, and ending in Waterfall.

 

 

post #16 of 16
No one should go to Colorado, it sucks there.
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