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Need a location for a family of 5 including 3 young adults.  Needs: close to airport, an active town nearby or right at the mountain, good amount of green trails.  I know many CO mountains will not be near the airport but will still consider them.  Airport is key because we are coming from 3 different locations not on the same day.

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Park City, Deer Valley, or Breckenridge are the obvious choices. They all have a very active and picturesque town. They all have shuttle buses to and from the airport so that a car rental is not necessary. They all have lots of green trails. If you are not price sensitive and desire luxury & great food, Deer Valley is the winner. Park City is preferred if you are concerned about the altitude at Breck. Park City is also much closer to the airport than Breck and the drive is also friendlier; the new Park City is also much bigger than Breck. So, I think Park City has the edge unless you can be more specific about your requirements.
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Need a location for a family of 5 including 3 young adults.  Needs: close to airport, an active town nearby or right at the mountain, good amount of green trails.  I know many CO mountains will not be near the airport but will still consider them.  Airport is key because we are coming from 3 different locations not on the same day.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Would help to know approximate dates.  Recommendations would be quite different between Feb and late March/early April.

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Telluride also fits the bill.  Airport right by the ski area, great town and a nice section of green runs.

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Aspen, if costs are not an issue.

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last week of February

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Need a location for a family of 5 including 3 young adults.  Needs: close to airport, an active town nearby or right at the mountain, good amount of green trails.  I know many CO mountains will not be near the airport but will still consider them.  Airport is key because we are coming from 3 different locations not on the same day.

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last week of February

I've met up in SLC with friends flying in from different places several times.  Much less worry about snowy weather than Denver.  In late Feb, Park City, Deer Valley, Alta (assuming all skiers), Solitude, and Snowbasin would all be good options for green/blue terrain.  Really just depends on the budget and whether having a car is of interest or not.  Snowbasin does not have slope side lodging but also does not have lift lines even on weekends.

 

With an unlimited budget, staying at Alta Lodge would be one way to spoil everyone if gourmet 4-course dinners are of interest.  I skied Alta as an intermediate and my daughter started there at age 7.  The ski school is great.  It's our favorite destination out west.

 

Where has the family skied before?

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Telluride also fits the bill.  Airport right by the ski area, great town and a nice section of green runs.

Yes, Telluride has a great town and great options for green runs. And yes there's an airport right there, which is great if the family has a private plane, but it doesn't have scheduled flights. Shuttling back and forth from Montrose (which itself might require changing planes, depending on where you're originating from) would be a hassle.

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So, I think Park City has the edge unless you can be more specific about your requirements.

I think Marathoner's probably right.

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I've met up in SLC with friends flying in from different places several times.  Much less worry about snowy weather than Denver.  In late Feb, Park City, Deer Valley, Alta (assuming all skiers), Solitude, and Snowbasin would all be good options for green/blue terrain.  Really just depends on the budget and whether having a car is of interest or not.  Snowbasin does not have slope side lodging but also does not have lift lines even on weekends.

Marznc's right--and add Powder Mountain and Brighton in as fantastic options for green/blue terrain. As for an active town, Park City/Deer Valley is probably the most fun. Downtown Salt Lake or 25th Street in Ogden are OK. Alta/Snowbird have some fun bars but not much of a town. Brighton/Solitude, the areas right around Powder Mountain & Snowbasin, and the SLC suburbs are pretty sleepy.

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Yes, Telluride has a great town and great options for green runs. And yes there's an airport right there, which is great if the family has a private plane, but it doesn't have scheduled flights. Shuttling back and forth from Montrose (which itself might require changing planes, depending on where you're originating from) would be a hassle

Wait, not everyone has a private jet? Delta use to have a direct flight in the winter a couple of days a week to from Atlanta to TRide. I guess they did away with it.
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Wait, not everyone has a private jet? Delta use to have a direct flight in the winter a couple of days a week to from Atlanta to TRide. I guess they did away with it.

All of those land in Montrose.

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Need a location for a family of 5 including 3 young adults.  Needs: close to airport, an active town nearby or right at the mountain, good amount of green trails.  I know many CO mountains will not be near the airport but will still consider them.  Airport is key because we are coming from 3 different locations not on the same day.


Actually Colorado has a bunch of good airports and Aspen is the best.
https://zrankings.com/articles/ski-resorts/top-5-ski-town-airports.html
Many of the lodges will pick you up at the airport for free. Which is really nice with multiple party groups, because you don't have too and can be out skiing.
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For this group I definitely agree with the consensus that SLC airport plus Park City is the best fit.

 

And I also agree if you don't mind paying extra to fly into a ski town airport very close to the resort, Aspen is best for that. 

 

I've had some discussion with the author about zrankings' Access methodology and as I've said before, I think it has been done very well.   I personally believe there is no substitute for the competitiveness and widespread flight service to Denver and Salt Lake.   Zrankings rates Aspen better than the  I-70 destinations because the town is at your doorstep from ASE vs. the close to  2 hours drive (and under the wrong conditions of weather or traffic it can be much more) from DIA to Summit/Vail.  If your group is price sensitive they might give the nod to DIA, but I think it's a close call and I totally get the convenience factor at Aspen.

 

But if both price and convenience are very important, Park City is #1, assuming the late February dates quoted by the OP.  From mid-March onwards the better snow preservation at several of the Colorado resorts mentioned would be an overriding factor.

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