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post #1 of 14
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So I see everyone saying that ski resorts get pretty busy in March for Spring Break. Are they basically busy for the entire month of March or is it just part of it?

 

My group of 5 is trying to decide which week to go to Winter Park and these are our two options:

 

  1. Last week of February (2/25-2/29) - More expensive slopeside lodging at the moment, possibly less crowds?
  2. First week of March (3/3-3/7) - Cheaper slopeslide lodging available at the moment, possible more crowds?

 

Will Spring Break crowds be into full effect by the first weekend of March? I've never been to Colorado in March before, so I am completely unfamiliar with the crowds. Any advice is appreciated.

post #2 of 14
I think you'd be fine for either. Usually spring break is mid to late March.
post #3 of 14

A relevant discussion of spring break dates for 2016:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/144175/spring-break-when-is-it

 

For Colorado, the week to avoid seems to the the one where Texas schools are out.  Colorado schools are a factor but not as much since locals has different preferences for where to ski than travelers.

post #4 of 14

Weekends + good snow = BIG crowds. 

 

Superbowl Sunday isn't bad.  Better if Broncos are playing.

 

Weekdays (M-F) = sweet!!!

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Weekdays (M-F) = sweet!!!

Bingo!

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Bingo!

Attendance stats demonstrate that the difference between weekends and midweek is far more important than which midweek.  Spring break effects are strictly regional, and Texas is the only one big enough to affect multiple areas in Colorado.  Easter Week at Vail gets a crush of Latin Americans.

post #7 of 14
I'm a Spring Break skiing Texan. We've skied WP a few times and never found it crowded. That being said, your March dates are the week before Texas schools start their breaks.
post #8 of 14
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Awesome, sounds like Spring Break won't really have much of an effect then. Would any of you happen to have any experience with trying to get out of Winter Park or any other I70 resorts on a Sunday morning? I'm tempted to try and arrive Wednesday and leave Sunday, but I'm slightly worried about how early we'd have to leave to dodge I70 traffic on a Sunday.

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Awesome, sounds like Spring Break won't really have much of an effect then. Would any of you happen to have any experience with trying to get out of Winter Park or any other I70 resorts on a Sunday morning? I'm tempted to try and arrive Wednesday and leave Sunday, but I'm slightly worried about how early we'd have to leave to dodge I70 traffic on a Sunday.


Try asking the I-70 question in this thread.  Situation on weekends is in flux because of the new optional toll lane.  Note that the extra lane only operates when NOT snowing.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142922/whats-the-i-70-story-this-winter-2015-16-colorado

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Awesome, sounds like Spring Break won't really have much of an effect then. Would any of you happen to have any experience with trying to get out of Winter Park or any other I70 resorts on a Sunday morning? I'm tempted to try and arrive Wednesday and leave Sunday, but I'm slightly worried about how early we'd have to leave to dodge I70 traffic on a Sunday.

 

I've done it a few times, and have never run into traffic...but I can't speak for holiday periods when there might be traffic trying to get out to the airport. Even then, I'd be shocked if eastbound on a Sunday morning (or any morning) would be an issue. 

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Weekends + good snow = BIG crowds. 

 

Superbowl Sunday isn't bad.  Better if Broncos are playing.

 

Weekdays (M-F) = sweet!!!

Yes, love skiing Sundays during football season. Skiing > Football. Luckily, most people don't see it that way. 


Edited by LiveJazz - 12/28/15 at 11:01am
post #12 of 14

^ this unless there is a storm or accident.  I drove home yesterday at typically the worst time, at the end of a holiday weekend and was shocked to find I70 running at mostly cruising speed.   No more construction and no accidents = :beercheer: 

post #13 of 14

see if they have that spring special for steamboat and/or winter park. BIG savings on the lifts.  problem is, they don't announce it until mid-season or so.

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see if they have that spring special for steamboat and/or winter park. BIG savings on the lifts.  problem is, they don't announce it until mid-season or so.

We picked up the four day ski passes, which are a steal if you get them before they stop selling them. It was like $160 for 4 days of lift tickets.
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