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A-Basin and/or Loveland - April 22 & 23

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I'm headed to Denver for work on April 20th. Hope to get in two days of skiing at either A-Basin or Loveland on Friday and Saturday before returning home on Sunday. In Colorado I've only been to Steamboat.

 

Looking for any advice on the the areas and if I should plan on a day at each or if one is better than the other. I'm not very hard core - I'd call myself an advanced skier that prefers cruising versus really tough terrain.

 

Unfortunately the weather isn't looking the best but it's still a little way off to judge the forecast.

 

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post #2 of 17

Do a day at each, with an overnight in Breck?

post #3 of 17

Since you like to cruise, I'd suggest Winter Park or Copper.  Both will be open and have more groomers.

post #4 of 17
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Since you like to cruise, I'd suggest Winter Park or Copper.  Both will be open and have more groomers.

Copper won't be open during the week. They are closing Sunday and reopening just 22-24 April. 

post #5 of 17
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Copper won't be open during the week. They are closing Sunday and reopening just 22-24 April. 


That's right, Copper is open when he's skiing: "on Friday and Saturday before returning home on Sunday."

post #6 of 17
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That's right, Copper is open when he's skiing: "on Friday and Saturday before returning home on Sunday."

LOL, you are right ... for some reason I saw the 20 and got 20 and 21 in my brain. Need more sleep. Or less. THanks.

post #7 of 17
I'd ski a day at both. Zuma bowl at A-Basin has some long alpine cruisers and the front side is varied enough to be interesting in a "never been before" day. Totally different than cruising cut trail blues. Beer at BML.

At Loveland, warm up on chair 1, head over to 4 then 8, some laps off 8, head back down to 4 then to 9, take the cruise down from the top of the continental divide, cool downs off Ptarmigan and 5 (I think) after any repeats.

Both are pretty unique high alpine resorts, and the terrain at both is very different. Since the groomed is right beside a lot of single black off piste, vary up the runs as you want.

No way I'd ski Copper over either right now unless I wanted to lap max vert on cut runs. WP would be good, but for cruising it's a blue mountain tour. The other two would be more interesting IMO, and WP tends to be stickier in warm spells than most.

Just some thoughts...
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 

OK - thanks for all the suggestions. I think I'll do a day at each one. Think I'll try to find a place to spend Friday night out that way so I don't have to drive back to Denver.

post #9 of 17
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OK - thanks for all the suggestions. I think I'll do a day at each one. Think I'll try to find a place to spend Friday night out that way so I don't have to drive back to Denver.

Keystone is closed and has tons of lodging that should be cheap now. That puts you a few miles down the pass from A-Basin. But it should be deserted.

Goergetown might be a bit more interesting and that puts you at the doorstep of Loveland. Summit County proper a bit further if apres is appealing...
post #10 of 17

I stopped in Keystone last May after skiing AB, because I hadn't been there in over 20 years.   It was totally dead and full of sterile, empty condo buildings. 

It reminded me of the Lost People of Mountain Village video.  

 

That's why I recommended Breck.

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by NayBreak View Post

I'd ski a day at both. Zuma bowl at A-Basin has some long alpine cruisers and the front side is varied enough to be interesting in a "never been before" day. Totally different than cruising cut trail blues. Beer at BML.

No way I'd ski Copper over either right now unless I wanted to lap max vert on cut runs. 

 

@NayBreak made a good call.  I'm wondering how many will head to Copper?  I'm hoping it doesn't become another Super Bowl Sunday.  Those $50 tickets and the late start for the Super Bowl made it a pretty busy day.  Maybe the busiest this season.  Now with the somewhat limited terrain it might be interesting.  

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 

OK - looks like Breck is open until April 24th. Should I ski there instead of one of the other two places?

post #13 of 17

Here's what I'd do - wait to see the weather and terrain that's open going into that weekend.

 

A-Basin, Loveland, Breckenridge, Copper, and Winter Park are going to be open that weekend.

 

A-Basin & Loveland should be near 100% open are still in the prime of their season.  A-Basin and Loveland will tend to have the best snow conditions with the higher elevation and exposure.

 

Breckenridge, Copper, and Winter Park are going to have "limited" terrain going into that weekend as they start closing down lifts and areas of the mountain due to lack of demand, not necessarily snow.  Still plenty of terrain, but should see what they plan to have open that weekend and factor that into your decision.

 

Should be able to find cheap lodging in Summit County that weekend - probably best to find a reasonable hotel room in Dillon or Silverthorne.  There is no reason to drive back down to Denver, you'll be able to find reasonably cheap rooms in the mountains.   Consider Breckenridge if you want to wander the town a bit but it will be pretty quiet by then and only if you going to ski there.

 

I would definetely get a day in at A-Basin for the skiing and the atmosphere on an April weekend.  Wildcard is if you want to do the second day at Loveland, Copper, or Breck. 

post #14 of 17
^^^WP doesn't tend to shut down terrain early. They should be 100% open that weekend, but again to agree, April is prime for Luv and A-Basin.

The reason I'd choose those two for the OP, as much as anything, is both have excellent groomed above treeline terrain, and since the groom is very often the best conditions in spring, that makes for a no lose bet for somebody who isn't say hiking Breck bowls for the aspect currently holding good snow.

Zuma is particularly good in that regard with the new snow fences and nice wide trails - a consistent refuge of good mash and corn aside the frozen off piste chickens. Like this.

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

OK - so I booked a room in Silverthorne for Friday night. afski722 has a great idea - wait and see who's got what open and how the conditions sound. I'll wing the whole thing.

 

NayBreak - that's a great picture!

 

Should be fun. Looking forward to it. Thanks for all the advice everyone!

post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 

Unfortunately I got really sick so I didn't make the trip yesterday. Thanks for all the replies and advice though. It will give me a better idea what to do next time!

post #17 of 17
^^^Bummer!
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