I am starting to (attempt) finalize a trip out to Colorado. I started a thread like this last year and got a lot of help but never got the chance to ski in Colorado so here goes,
I will be flying out from Tennessee to Colorado the second or maybe third week of December. I am going out there to see some different friends/family that live near/around Aspen and Vail. I was to spend at least 2 or 3 days actually getting to ski. Another Tennessee friend wants to come with me to ski.
Here are some facts:
1) I have skied in North Carolina and received a private lesson. I was able to ski down all the runs in Cataloochee. I am pretty athletic and have experience water skiing. I also have been out to Colorado several times and have a Rx for Diamox as well
2) my Tennessee friend has never skied before. She's willing to learn and knows she will be shelling out money to stand on a bunny hill and probably fall down. I would be surprised if she is a quick learner as she is not in the most fit condition of her life due to a knee injury last year and her athletic talent is more in tennis. She's pretty much planning on coming no matter what to at least enjoy the apres ski and all the other things we do in CO that week but would still really like to get lessons and try.
3) we are flying into Denver and relying on different forms of public transportation in addition to our other friends out there for transportation
4) my budget is a lot lower than some of the other peoples so I am trying to meet everyone's needs while also not busting my own bank
5) I am leaning towards Copper Mpuntain due to awesome beginner package they are offering the first two weeks of December (much cheaper than all the others). I'm not sure if it's full day or half days but with the friend in #2 with me I honestly think half days will be plenty (because she might be over it and want to go do something else and I could prob still ski some easy greens by myself even). I have some family that has the Epic Pass so they won't be able to use that at Copper but for the price I'm wondering if it's just the best decision for us TN girls. The resort seems like it's beginner friendly, definitely affordable, and not toooo far away from Breckinridge, Vail, etc.
So... Would yall go for it? Is there anything I'm missing as to why NOT to pick copper?
And before anyone mentions it, there's no way the girl can get any experience down here prior to flying out west but she's aware of the setback that puts on her and still willing (like I already mentioned we have been planning to be in CO already for friends/family anyway)
Which brings me to point two, we are def going to Colorado around the aspen-vail area so SLC or anything else won't be an alternative this time.
Anyway sorry for the long one, I can't thank yall enough! I wouldn't be up all night reading any other thread and dreaming up wild trips for anything! Haha so THANK YOU
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