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Skiing near Denver

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

Any tips on resorts that are easy to get to from Denver? I have free accommodation for a week in mid March in downtown Denver so would like to avoid forking out for accommodation at the resorts. Is Breckenridge a realistic option  while staying in Denver? Are there other places that will be less crowded?

 

Thanks!

A

post #2 of 12

Welcome to EpicSki!

 

A little more information might help...
 

What part of Denver are you staying in? (to the west away from the airport would help)

Are you going to be skiing everyday?

How far/long are you willing to drive every day?

What kind of terrain/skiing do you normally do?

 

Breckenridge is an option, but from DIA it's almost a 2 hour drive, without traffic considerations. The closest resorts are Eldora and Loveland, at a bit under an hour and a half. 

 

Other possibilities if those distances aren't too daunting would be Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park, and Keystone. This site might be useful :

 

http://getoutskiing.com/colorado-ski-resorts-map/

 

I don't know those resorts very well, but there are a bunch of Colorado skiers around... hopefully someone will chime in soon.

post #3 of 12

Loveland is an easy drive from Denver.

 

Winter Park is not a bad drive either.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies, appreciated!

I'll be staying in downtown somewhere near the convention center. I'm an intermediate skiier and boarder, most of my experience has been Alps based. Mainly trails although I can hold my own on easy back country if the snow is good.

 

I'd be fine with a 2 hour drive though maybe not every day. I am also considering staying over night somewhere, maybe one of the bigger ones. How to people feel about Loveland? Is it good?

post #5 of 12
Loveland is ok for a day trip. Older and smaller than the big boys. No overnight lodging there.
post #6 of 12

Lots of choices!

 

Within 80 miles of Denver: Eldora (smaller and full of college kids - not recommended), Loveland, Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain. If you keep going over Vail Pass: Vail, Beaver Creek.

 

My house to Copper is 80 miles. On a weekday with dry roads it takes about 1:20. So all of the areas are doable in 2 hours - on a weekday with good roads. Be warned - weekend traffic on I-70 is brutal. Also March is the snowiest month in Colorado, roads can be real bad.

 

Vail Resorts owns Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone. Since I live in Colorado and Vail brings in lots of tourists, I can't say anything bad about Vail. I will say that they are very proud of their resorts and this is reflected in their prices.

 

Lift ticket prices are all over the place. Here is a good site with details and discount options: http://www.coloradoskiauthority.com

 

IMHO:

Shortest drive and best value: Loveland

Best all around (variety of terrain and reasonable price) : Copper

Honorable mention: A Basin (on a good weather day)

 

As far as overnight lodging, the most affordable options will be in Silverthorne and Frisco. Of course the resorts have tons of lodging, I day ski so can't provide any details. Mid March is spring break so lodging will be a bit harder to find.

post #7 of 12
Great post blueroom! I agree with almost all of it. I do prefer A-Basin to Loveland, but it is closer. Also its vital not to just arrive and walk up to the ticket booth. Check out the deals online and prepurchase. Note that Copper walkup rates are much higher than listed in many places - $144 for adults last week!
post #8 of 12

If you don't want to drive there are shuttle options.

Colorado Mountain Express has van service from the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center to Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek. Call to make sure what schedule their running because it changes during the season.

CME will take you all the way to Aspen if you want to pay for it.

 

Front Range Ski Bus runs from Union Station or Wolly Mammoth Park and Ride, both downtown locations, to Copper for $42.

 

CDot runs Bustang, a dedicated motor coach service, from Union Station to Vail for $17 one way.

 

Denver RTD runs from Union Station to Eldora for $9 round trip. Not sure I'd recommend it but it's an option.

 

So, you can get to the ski areas without haveing to worry about driving. If you take a bus or shuttle to Silverthorne or Frisco the Summit Stage is free from the transportation center to Keystone, Breckenridge or Copper.

post #9 of 12
I would suggest going to a specific resort website for the accurate advanced purchase ticket price. The price listed on other sites may or may not be accurate. With spring vacation fast approaching the pricing will fluctuate on a date based basis.

Being based out of downtown adds other potential challenges in itself. If you know your way around then getting around obstacles can be overcome. If there is a storm, and the typical accidents, and the downtown go to and from work traffic, it's possible you could have a long frustrating day. But the flip side is, like others have pointed out, many resorts within 2 hours.

Just throwing this out here. It's probably not a place you would consider but Echo is close. Very close. Like 35 miles. Extremely small with not much vertical but if you are working and time is an issue and your really wanting to get a few runs in. I would urge going to their website and checking it out just to make sure it would be worth the drive for you.

Luv is the most convenient with A Basin just another 8 miles over the Pass with Keystone right next door. WP/MJ also probably a place worth checking out too.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by JimH View Post

Great post blueroom! I agree with almost all of it. I do prefer A-Basin to Loveland, but it is closer. Also its vital not to just arrive and walk up to the ticket booth. Check out the deals online and prepurchase. Note that Copper walkup rates are much higher than listed in many places - $144 for adults last week!

 

Jim,

For a strong rider who can ski Pali I agree. The OP is an intermediate, this is why I said Loveland. Not that Loveland doesn't have expert terrain: A Bowl / Zoom and Over the Rainbow are always a challenge. You are absolutely correct about prepurchase of lift tickets - the site I linked to has an excellent summary of prices and some links to discount options.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by RCC55125 View Post
 

If you don't want to drive there are shuttle options.

Colorado Mountain Express has van service from the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center to Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek. Call to make sure what schedule their running because it changes during the season.

CME will take you all the way to Aspen if you want to pay for it.

 

Front Range Ski Bus runs from Union Station or Wolly Mammoth Park and Ride, both downtown locations, to Copper for $42.

 

CDot runs Bustang, a dedicated motor coach service, from Union Station to Vail for $17 one way.

 

Denver RTD runs from Union Station to Eldora for $9 round trip. Not sure I'd recommend it but it's an option.

 

So, you can get to the ski areas without haveing to worry about driving. If you take a bus or shuttle to Silverthorne or Frisco the Summit Stage is free from the transportation center to Keystone, Breckenridge or Copper.

 

Excellent information! I am so used to driving I forget about other options. We really need more "mass transit" options and more people using them. Bring back the Winter Park Ski Train!

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies, some great tips there!

Think I'm going to head to Loveland for a day then head to Breckenridge and stay there for a night.

 

Once again thanks for the tips.

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