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Help| trying to plan an epic snowboarding trip in the state, need some help!

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Hey everyone, last winter i'v been snowboarding in Telluride Colorado for a week, this was my 1st skiiing vacation, and i fell in love with snowboarding.

I plan going on a snowboarding trip for a month or maybe more in the United states, probably in Colorado but i would love to hear some more options.

i wanna know if the dates im planning on skiing are good, or is it to early. i plan on starting on January 15th, till Feb 20th. are those dates recommended for skiing in Colorado? if not let me know if there are some better places to visit on those dates, I'm a beginner so any other advice will be great! Thanks ahead!

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Gilad,

 

In general those dates should work fine at any of the major resort regions in the Western US.  With an El Nino winter in the forecast, it's still too early to place bets on which of the regions will get snow and which won't. If the usual strong El Nino pattern hits, then the Tahoe region could get hammered hard. If the wet pattern tracks south, then Telluride, Wolf Creek, Taos could get more snow than Utah (Salt Lake) or the more northern Co resorts. I know it's hard to make plans for a month long trip at the last minute, but you might want to wait until December before you choose which region to travel to. Just my 2 pesos.

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Gilad,

 

In general those dates should work fine at any of the major resort regions in the Western US.  With an El Nino winter in the forecast, it's still too early to place bets on which of the regions will get snow and which won't. If the usual strong El Nino pattern hits, then the Tahoe region could get hammered hard. If the wet pattern tracks south, then Telluride, Wolf Creek, Taos could get more snow than Utah (Salt Lake) or the more northern Co resorts. I know it's hard to make plans for a month long trip at the last minute, but you might want to wait until December before you choose which region to travel to. Just my 2 pesos.

 

i figured that the best idea would be to wait till December, i just wanted to have a slight clue about what's going on there on those dates, thanks for the info!

 

Few more questions:

1.When I'll make the decision of the site would you recommend getting a whole season ski-pass? and does the ski-pass include the lift-pass? (i have no clue about those things, last time everything was planned for me and now im going SOLO)

2. How's Denver on Snowboard and Ski equipment shops? i plan on buying everything there, so i wanna know if i should wait till i get to Denver for that or maybe visit another city to buy the equipment.

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If you are looking to save money, and you are able to commit, you must start looking to buy your season pass soon, before middle of December.

 

After the season starts, the prices for the season pass will drastically increase, for example the full Vail Epic Pass will nearly triple in price

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If you buy the full (Vail) Epic pass now, that still gives you the flexibility to select from several different regions later and even move between regions mid season if the weather is not cooperating. The Epic pass is a multi resort season pass. If you have a season pass you don't need to buy lift tickets every day.

 

All the major areas have many ski shops and will have similar prices. The best deals are usually in August, but if you are buying beginner/intermediate level gear there will be package pricing (you get a better price by buying everything you need at the same time). You could probably get better prices by shopping online, but given your level of experience and equipment knowledge, buying from a shop is recommended because their knowledge and service act like insurance against equipment problems/mistakes (e.g. getting the wrong size or wrong level skis or boots).

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