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Colorado for beginners [father & 13yo son, first time, flying to Denver in March]

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My son (13 years old)and I are going to Colorado skiing for the first time in the 3rd week of March.  We are beginners and would like to know the best ski resort close to Denver airport.  I don't mind driving 100 miles but no more than that.  I also would like to have a ski resort that has a fireplace and Jacuzzi to relax after skiing the slopes all day.  Can anyone who knows the ski resort area help me out with some suggestions.  My budget is moderate.

 

I would greatly appreciate it....Merry Christmas!

 

 

Tim

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Within 100 miles of the airport you have Winter Park, Keystone, Eldora, Loveland & Arapahoe Basin.  The last three don't have lodging and I don't think they have a fireplace or jacuzzi.  Copper Mountain & Breckenridge are barely over 100 miles and they would both have what you want.

 

Have you skied before or are you never-evers?  How long are you going for?  Are there budget considerations? Do you plan to take lessons? 

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I was going to suggest....

 

Ski and Ride University Copper Mountain Colorado

A program for adult Skiers or Snowboarders 18 and older who are completely new to the sport! Ski and Ride U includes three ski or snowboard lessons with lift tickets and equipment rental; 3 days of parking in the Union Creek lot, lunch on your 2nd and 3rd day of lessons; and a FREE Copper Mountain Season Pass upon graduation of the program! Only $199. Quantities are limited.

 

 

 

http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/ski_and_ride_school/SRSU.html

 

Sorry if this appears to be a blatant ad for Copper Mtn.  Every year I see the question being asked about where should 'I' go to get started in skiing.  This price is hard to beat.  Parking alone could be worth $60+.

 

This deal expired last week.  They probably have something similar.

 
There are lodging deals BUT they are subject to Spring Break Rates. 
 
 
If you select Copper, I'd suggest finding lodging in Center or West Village areas.  Closer to beginner terrain.  Find out about the 'Copper Coach' which will drop you 50-100 feet from a couple of beginner lifts.
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Just in terms of selection and accessibility of beginner terrain, I'd say Copper Mountain. All the beginner trails are lumped on one side of the area, making it very easy to find a variety of appropriate trails without traversing the area too much. 

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My son (13 years old)and I are going to Colorado skiing for the first time in the 3rd week of March.  We are beginners and would like to know the best ski resort close to Denver airport.  I don't mind driving 100 miles but no more than that.  I also would like to have a ski resort that has a fireplace and Jacuzzi to relax after skiing the slopes all day.  Can anyone who knows the ski resort area help me out with some suggestions.  My budget is moderate.

 

I would greatly appreciate it....Merry Christmas!

 

 

Tim


Welcome to EpicSki!  When you say "beginners," do you mean that you have never skied before or have you skied a little but haven't been to a big ski resort yet?

 

I live in the southeast, so pretty much at sea level.  One reason I fly to Utah to ski more often that Colorado is the higher elevation in Colorado.  Have you two slept at over 8000 ft before?

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I have skied before but have not been to a major ski resort

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thank you so much

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thank you

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Originally Posted by twalbert39 View Post
 

My son (13 years old)and I are going to Colorado skiing for the first time in the 3rd week of March.  We are beginners and would like to know the best ski resort close to Denver airport.  I don't mind driving 100 miles but no more than that.  I also would like to have a ski resort that has a fireplace and Jacuzzi to relax after skiing the slopes all day.  Can anyone who knows the ski resort area help me out with some suggestions.  My budget is moderate.

 

I would greatly appreciate it....Merry Christmas!

 

 

Tim

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Originally Posted by twalbert39 View Post
 

I have skied before but have not been to a major ski resort

 

The first place that comes to mind is Winter Park based on what I've read in recent years.  You will get better suggestions if you tell us more about what your skiing experience and your priorities.

 

I moved the thread to Family Skiing since you and your son are beginners.  Also added to the thread title.  Check out this thread for ideas:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142289/best-resort-family-beginner-greens-uncrowded-in-february

 

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post #10 of 13
I would look into keystone. They are the closest resort to airport. They have a good ski school. My sister in law took lessons when we were out and they included a lift ticket. I believe they have a group size of 4 or less. I think you would be really happy if you and son could get into same group with same instructor. Over the course of the week you guys should see a huge improvements. Keystone has a great set up for beginners with trails off the top of mountain. Schoolmarm is a fun 3.5 mile beginner trail that goes entire stretch of mountain. I would contact ski school and see what packages they have for you guys.
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I didn't see you mention lessons so based on what you stated you are looking for then give Copper a call and see what kind of a deal you can get.  You might even be able to get some type of package with lessons for a day or so.  They have arying level of accommodations that can include a fireplace and Jacuzzi.  Lessons during that time are $114 1/2 day and $177.   I think you can get 20% off that.  Copper could be a fun place for you if your focus is just having a good time skiing.

 

If lessons are more of a priority then it might be worth checking out some of the other suggestions like Winter Park and Keystone. 

post #12 of 13
Given how late in the season you are going, I would have a close look at the trail maps to see which resorts have the most easy runs on north facing slopes and at high elevetations.
In mid March the sun is strong can turn the snow to mush very quickly.
Having narrow tree lined runs and, being at higher elevation and being on north facing slopes will make for nicer skiing.
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If you haven't made plans yet, here are my thoughts on places closer to DEN (+/-100 miles, maybe a little more)

 

I would 92% recommend copper mountain.  The west side (Union Creek) village is all green and suitable for never evers/beginners, they have a great ski school, and comparatively it is moderately priced.  The Union Creek area does tend to close before center and east villages, but in mid March, it'll still be open.  The biggest issue is that the base of copper is 9700 feet, and everything in Summit county for lodging is >8000 feet, so if you stay there, altitude may be an issue.

 

I would 5% of recommend is beaver creek.  it's base (or if you would stay in Avon) is lower elevation, at least sub 8,000 feet, and in my experience is much easier on me and my family for sleeping.  BC has arguably the best ski school around, especially for kids, and it's really cool that the top of beaver mountain (where the best snow is late in the season) is full of green runs.   When my daughter, started skiing she loved it because it's neat to go to the top of the mountain rather than being stuck at the bottom.  It is more spendy than copper, but you can lodge in Avon or the valley fairly reasonably and bus up to BC.  BC is also about 20 mi farther west than Copper.

 

The other 3% would be keystone.  It also has a beginner area at the top of dercum mtn, and is more moderately priced than BC, but I'd rather go to copper or BC.

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