Revving up for a 4.5-day Feb trip, me and my friend already scored on the flight tickets to DEN, now to connect the dots...
We're both casual & intermediate skiers; first time skiing in CO.
The most important thing for us is to have a great experience while controlling costs. No $800/night lodge for us. So far my best idea is:
- 1 day at Loveland
- 2 at Keystone
- 1 at Breckenridge
Rent gear either in Denver or Loveland. Find a lodge in/around Keystone.
This way we get a good taste of what CO has to offer - quiet old-school skiing at Loveland, a solid resort with apres-ski at Keystone, and a taste of Vail to find out what it's all about. There's a sweet deal where buying a 3-day lift pass for Keystone allows you to use 1 of those days for Breck. And Loveland is a bargain, we could also take an affordable class there to shake off the rust.
1. How does it sound? Is it too ambitious, hopping between those resorts every day or they're as reasonably close as Google Maps makes it seem?
2. Especially with Loveland, I'll have to rent a car. The cost is same/less than a shuttle, but how's the drive with a 2WD-"no we don't have chains"-rental Corolla?
3. We're landing in DEN on Sat afternoon. Would you drive in the evening/dusk or stay the night in DEN and head out early? (and miss Sat night at Keystone)
4. I take it that "package deals" are dead in CO? I haven't found any kind of lift+lodge bundle (not to mention lift+lodge+rental+class) that actually discounts its components. I'm working with Rocky Mountain Getaways to see if they can beat ordering everything piecemeal but direct.