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CO summit shuttles

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Traveling to CO late January into early February. Will be renting a car, but wondering how reliable the summit stage is? Want to ski Keystone, A Basin, and Breckenridge before heading over to Avon. Anyone know how the shuttles are and if it's worth just staying in one place and taking the shuttle to the resorts? Thanks.
post #2 of 17

Shuttles are very reliable. If there is a lot of traffic or a big snow storm they can sometimes run a little late. I use them all the time. The swan mountain flyer goes between Breck, Keystone and A Basin and leaves every hour I believe. Might be every half hour during peak times  

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Great, thank you. Do you recommend staying in one town over the other? I was thinking Frisco, but possibly Dillon or Silverthorne?
post #4 of 17
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Great, thank you. Do you recommend staying in one town over the other? I was thinking Frisco, but possibly Dillon or Silverthorne?


Welcome to EpicSki!  Look under Topics Discussed (right hand column) for the tag link I added for "Denver Travel."  That's a shortcut to a list of related threads.  But every situation is a bit different, so don't hesitate to come back with specific questions.

post #5 of 17

Frisco and Silverthorne, in general, are most convenient for the shuttles.  Stops and transit hubs in both.  All mountains are half an hour away from both.

post #6 of 17

Here's  the high level map from the Summit Stage Website:

 

 

You'll have to transfer busses to get from Frisco to Keystone/A-basin, or from Silverthorne to Breck, so it will be a bit longer for those trips.  See the schedules on the website to get an idea how long.   Note the summer schedules are up now and busses run more frequently during ski season.

post #7 of 17
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Great, thank you. Do you recommend staying in one town over the other? I was thinking Frisco, but possibly Dillon or Silverthorne?

Frisco to Breck on the Summit Stage is pretty convenient.  A-Basin and KS are doable, but more convenient if you are staying close to one of the last Dillon stops.  From Frisco, I take the stage to Copper & Breck, but drive to KS and A-B.

post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, I appreciate it. Prob going to stay in Frisco then because I only plan on skiing Keystone/A Basin 2-3 days. Traveling alone and not looking to spend a ridiculous amount. Any recommendations on lodging? I've heard decent things about the Alpine Inn, but that's about it.
post #9 of 17

Snowshoe Inn is also pretty decent. It's a little dated but clean and has a summit stage stop right in front. They converted one of the rooms into a pretty sweet sauna/hot tub room. It's usually not overly rowdy but it is popular place for the younger ski bums to crash so it can get a little noisy every once in a while.

post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Overall Frisco is pretty safe right? I've only skied Vail before, and stayed right in the village.
post #11 of 17
Safe? This is a crime question???
post #12 of 17
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Thanks. Overall Frisco is pretty safe right? I've only skied Vail before, and stayed right in the village.

Frisco is safe. There will be plenty of folks out moving about so you should be fine.
post #13 of 17

I'm pretty sure the median home price in Frisco is north of $500K.    Just to be safe, though, maybe stay close to the Whole Foods.  :) 

 

Edit: seriously though... the bus transfer center is right by the Whole Foods and there are a couple decent hotels, a Safeway, Walmart, a good mexican restaurant and a bunch of fast food all within reasonable walking distance. 

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks!
post #15 of 17

My experience with the Summit Stage is that the lines go where they are supposed to go on the schedule they are supposed to keep.  I've seen plenty of locals using them which is generally a good sign.  I've chatted with several skiers who skip the rental car and just use the airport shuttles and the stage.   In general our gang is a bit too large for the airport shuttle to make sense in terms of dollars and since they like to squeeze in extra skiing the shuttle doesn't make much sense for time either - it takes considerably longer to shuttle than drive unless you are last-on, first-off.  On one trip that was only two of us we did the shuttle-stage routine and it worked fine except for losing a bit of ski-time.

post #16 of 17

Summit Stage is free and very reliable, but beware of potentially looong rides if you decide to stay in Silverthorne and want to ski Keystone or A-Basin.  Believe there is one morning express bus that is not too bad, but depending on where you start in Silverthorne catching the Stage any later than that is about a 45-50 minute ride via numerous Dillon area bus stops just to get to Keystone, then you have to wait for and catch another bus five-six miles up to A-Basin.  As MEFREE30 said, one of the last stops in Dillon would be your best bet for Keystone and A-Basin shuttle usage.  If you continue to focus on Keystone and A-B at some point you might want to consider staying slopeside at Keystone if you find competitive accoms there.  The Stage route from Frisco to Copper is pretty quick and uses the Interstate to cover much of the distance.

My observation of the Stage this past winter for several weeks is that it is more important for freely transferring service industry employees than ski tourists.

post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks everybody! Most likely going to stay in Frisco then and take the shuttle to Breck. And then I'll just drive to Keystone and A Basin a few times.
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