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Where To Begin? A total beginner looking for advice on where and when to ski. [college, in MO]

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My apologies if I put this in the wrong forum but for now I'll just go ahead with my questions!

Me and some friends of mine got into the sport of skiing a few years ago the winter of our senior year. We've only ever gone to the local skiing hill called hidden valley and the snow there is really more like a sheet of ice and none of us are very experienced skiers but we all want to take the step from local artificial snow to a legit resort experience. I've set the task of figuring out where some college kids can ski without going into debt on my self.

Problem is I'm almost completely ignorant to the places and times that are best for skiing, especially on a college kid budget!

So far were interested in Colorado because even though we're not familiar with the ski scene we all are pretty familiar with the state itself. But we're definitely not set on anything.

Any advice from the experts would be greatly appreciated. Planning for 2016-17 winter break or I've heard spring break is a good time too (we'd be aiming for SB 2017)
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Welcome Microsomal,

 

Colorado is a fine choice and easily drivable from Missouri so that will save some funds right there.  Not sure how many you are talking about, but I would double or triple up per room and stay here.

 

http://www.luxuryinnsilverthorne.com

 

That takes care of a place to stay and puts you very close to cheap eats etc... as well as proximity to Loveland ski area.

 

skiloveland.com

 

Loveland almost always sells a 4 pack of tickets in the early fall for $199 or less.  Plenty of not to intimidating terrain there and inexpensive lessons as well.

 

The above is based on keeping things inexpensive, but staying in Dillon/Silverthorne also puts you very close to Breckenridge, Copper, Arapahoe Basin and Keystone.

 

Google skiing in Summit County and follow a few links.

 

coppercolorado.com

 

breckenridge.com

 

arapahoebasin.com

 

winterparkresort.com

 

Good luck and have fun!

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We've only ever gone to the local skiing hill called hidden valley and the snow there is really more like a sheet of ice and none of us are very experienced skiers but we all want to take the step from local artificial snow to a legit resort experience.

 

Hello from a fellow Missourian and one who is very familiar with Hidden Valley.  If you have fun at Hidden Valley, you will love Colorado.  Since you are a beginner, I would recommend a place that has decent beginner terrain and gives you the opportunity to improve.  Copper Mountain or Winter Park are probably the two I would recommend for you based upon your skill level and budget.  You can get an affordable condo in Dillon, Silverthorne or Frisco to cut down on the lodging cost if staying at the resort is too expensive.

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Lofcaudio probably thinks I'm following him around but the fact the state of MO was mentioned was a like the bat signal for me. Anyway I echo what he said.  I've been to both places and you would be just fine there.  I'm also very familiar with Hidden Valley.  Much like you (although I'm much older)  My first ski experience was on a little icy hill in MO.  A place called Rainbow Basin near Kiriksville MO (it closed in 1989) and then later at a place that's still around in Weston, MO.  I suspect that after skiing that the sheet of ice they call snow at Hidden Valley you will easily handle any green runs and probably feel pretty comfortable and many of the blue runs.  Beware though if you like skiing now,  you'll love it after visiting CO.

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You and a couple of your best buddies need to get in a car this spring break to make a scouting run.  In late Feb look on Denver craigslist for extra Loveland four pack ski tickets and snap some up for $15-30 each.  Stay in Super 8 Motel in Georgetown, CO and ski Loveland for a few days on lots of beautiful, low-intermediate ski slopes and usually great March conditions.  Maybe look on Liftopia.com for cheap tickets to Arapahoe Basin and do a day there too.  You will come back so enthused you'll be able to recruit mobs for 2017 trip!

 

Loveland:

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Arapahoe Basin:

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