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post #1 of 14
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We've been in Colorado coming up on our third ski season. The last two years we've gone with the RMSP+. After skiing the MDAB15 event I found that I really like skiing ABasin. My quandary is should I stick with skiing predominantly at Copper with a few days at WP/MJ or go Epic Local and change venues and have the basin as a buffer? The wife acts like she is going to ski about as much as she did last year which wasn't much, so that may open me up for a pass in another area, say a RMSP+ and an ABay or Luv pass.
My situation is a wife that really doesn't love skiing as much as me and my son. He's 8 and can follow me just about anywhere on the hill. I feel that maybe a change of venues will give the misses more to do off hill while we get our turns on. Has anyone made the loop pass wise that can clue me in?
post #2 of 14
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I've also thought of maybe Luv passes for weekend duty and skiing a few destinations instead of the i70 grind. Maybe hit Taos, Aspen, CB, or bigT.
post #3 of 14

If I had stayed in CO instead of going to CA I would have got the Keystone-ABasin pass so that I could afford to go with my kids.  If you have extra money to burn get some Loveland 4-packs, which are all transferrable.

post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jason Robertson View Post

I've also thought of maybe Luv passes for weekend duty and skiing a few destinations instead of the i70 grind. Maybe hit Taos, Aspen, CB, or bigT.

 

Keep in mind that Luv passes include 3 days at Purgatory (Durango), Crested Butte, and Monarch. All can be worth a trip, reasonably priced lodging and have fun towns for your wife to visit if she bores of skiing that day. Loveland doesn't have a ton of intermediate groomer terrain, but does have lots of advanced-not-expert bowl terrain that you and your son may enjoy. Of course, not much to do except ski at Loveland. 

 

@river-z's idea of Keystone-Abay ($300) and Loveland 4-packs (~120) is also a smart idea.

 

A heads up -- the Aspen Classic pass which gets you 4 or 7 days at any Aspen mountain will be on sale locally in Denver this fall starting at $239. Definately a fun place for skiers and non-skiers alike. 

post #5 of 14

A couple random thoughts:

 

- You can buy an A-basin pass in the spring and get the rest of this year and next year for ~$299.   It usually goes on sale sometime in April.  That's a nice compliment to the RMSP.

 

- If you buy just a Copper Pass you get three days at Monarch and three days a Taos included in the $399.

 

- The eastbound express lane is opening on I-70 this year, making it easier to get home from WP/MJ.   It's gonna be interesting to see how that plays on the weekends.  WP/MJ has already been way more crowded than Copper on the weekends and it likely will get worse.  Will the potentially easier drive from WP/MJ be worth it being more crowded?  Is it worth the $$ for the toll?

 

- A-basin/Keystone might not be a bad option for a switch up year.   I don't think you can count on the drive over the pass being any better than the tunnel, though, as it really depends how they adjust the metering lights getting on I-70.

 

- Your wife will probably like hanging in Breck for non-skiing activities, but you and your son will probably hate the logistics and crowds skiing there.

post #6 of 14
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We only use a handful of days at WP on our passes each year. The kicker being that my company has a condo at zephyr that I get for a week a year, but we could always just stay there and ski elsewhere. I like skiing Loveland, the terrains great. My son and I both ski the ridge once it opens. I really think Ima lean towards either a strait Loveland or Copper pass and use up the days at their partnering resorts. We've given WP/MJ a shot and just don't really care for it compared to Copper. The only plus is the whole eagle wind area, the rest I can do without. I really like coppers back bowl skiing above anything else I've skied so far. For perspective we've put in 73 days over the last two seasons all day tripping and holidays. I'd really like to get back to Taos this year. It was in the plans last year and I haven't been since 2011. I'd also like to go to Aspen or Vail once this year just to say we've been.
post #7 of 14
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Looking at what's out there we might go copper pass(we usually put in about 25 days there anyway), use the three days at Taos, and pick up that Aspen pass. Maybe throw in that Loveland pass card like I did last year for those days when it's backed up or just plain old too good to pass up.
post #8 of 14

If you do the Copper pass, make sure you also do a weekend at Monarch.  It's a great little mountain that you'll probably like since it's similar to Loveland/A-basin.  Salida is a fantastic town for a weekend getaway.

post #9 of 14
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Kicker is my wife likes skiing those small areas with true beginner slopes like what you find at Eldora and Snowy Range. She just isn't a confident skier, every year it's like starting all over again no matter how far she progresses the previous season....it's odd. Our first year here she was skiing blue cruisers with ease at copper. Then last year she only skied about ten days even though she went on every trip. This year she says she just wants to ski off of my pass perks as she plans on doing about the same. It's disappointing.
post #10 of 14

If your wife is interested in progressing... Loveland typically has great deals on 3-lesson + season pass packages. They have one called "Master-the-Mountain" for levels 2-6 that adds only around $150 to a season pass cost and includes 3 half day lessons. May be good to get her more confident again -- if she wants to. They also split lift 2 at loveland this year so if she wants to just cruise easy  greens either near the base or up top it'll be less of a long lift line. 

post #11 of 14
Check out the Silverton Unguided Pass (there is a thread on it) for CO days. Pretty tough to beat for the price.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by tball View Post
 

 

- If you buy just a Copper Pass you get three days at Monarch and three days a Taos included in the $399.

 

 

and "FREE skiing at Grand Targhee Resort, WY when you book lodging with Grand Targhee Lodging"  :)  

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by jmeb View Post
 

A heads up -- the Aspen Classic pass which gets you 4 or 7 days at any Aspen mountain will be on sale locally in Denver this fall starting at $239. Definately a fun place for skiers and non-skiers alike. 

 

Argh! That would have been good to know as an alternative to the MCP for me this year, what with the Gathering and all!

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

 

Argh! That would have been good to know as an alternative to the MCP for me this year, what with the Gathering and all!

 

 

Yeah... I'm considering it as a way of coming to the gathering for a few days over the weekend. At the same time I don't want to over-extend myself as I'm committed to getting to everywhere my Loveland pass covers this year. 

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