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My wife and I usually take a trip out west each year to ski together and leave our three kids behind - ages 13, 10, 8. This year she and I were eying the MAX pass to hit Big Sky and Steamboat in Jan/Feb and then we were planning to take the kids out to Colorado for a few days in April on their spring break. We aren't planning to get MAX passes for the kids. 

 

What is likely to be the best area to hit at that time of year that is on the MAX pass? I'm thinking either Winter Park or Copper. The kids are all East coast advanced skiers, probably staying on mostly blues in CO. We like to stay close to the slopes, hopefully in a condo so that young tired legs can go in for lunch easily. 

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My wife and I usually take a trip out west each year to ski together and leave our three kids behind - ages 13, 10, 8. This year she and I were eying the MAX pass to hit Big Sky and Steamboat in Jan/Feb and then we were planning to take the kids out to Colorado for a few days in April on their spring break. We aren't planning to get MAX passes for the kids. 

 

What is likely to be the best area to hit at that time of year that is on the MAX pass? I'm thinking either Winter Park or Copper. The kids are all East coast advanced skiers, probably staying on mostly blues in CO. We like to stay close to the slopes, hopefully in a condo so that young tired legs can go in for lunch easily. 


Exactly which week is their spring break?  April is late enough that it can make a difference in terms of when a ski resort closes for good.  Not because of not enough snow, just a business decision because not enough paying customers.

 

Solitude and Brighton are on the MAX Pass too.  Have been a few TRs from families who had a good time staying at Solitude.  I'm guessing that with Deer Valley as the owner, there has been increased emphasis on the importance of lodging and food for those who stay slope side.

post #3 of 12
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It's April 7-14 this year. 

 

We are pretty firm on Colorado for the April trip; We've been to Solitude and Brighton and really enjoyed them, but my brother lives in Denver and he and his wife are having a kid in Dec, so we're planning to fly into Denver and spend some time with them as well. 

post #4 of 12

I can't speak for Copper, but Winter Park has a lot of fun blues and slopeside condos that won't put too big of a dent in your wallet.

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Your choice is definitely between Copper and WP with Eldora & Crested Butte closing April 9 and the lower elevation making Steamboat more hit or miss that time of year.

post #6 of 12

Not sure if there is too much useful info in this thread from 2015 or not.  Same question but not for spring and for guys trip.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142609/copper-vs-winter-park-comparison

post #7 of 12
Either WP/MJ or Copper should be fine. MJ actually stayed open a couple weeks later last season.
post #8 of 12

^ Copper also extended.  Nothing like Aspen though :D     If I remember correctly both Aspen and Copper were suppose to close on the 17th.  Copper extended to the 24th.  I think I posted a pic of me being the only person on Andy's Encore.

 

And thank you @SHREDHEAD for your May snow condition reports.  For me it was worth the drive.

 

Sorry for the hijack but what happened to the Meatball Shack Shred?  We were recently in Aspen and headed over there for lunch only to find it gone.   

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Sorry for the hijack but what happened to the Meatball Shack Shred?  We were recently in Aspen and headed over there for lunch only to find it gone.   

It's now Bosq. It's good, little more upscale.
Aspens a tuff town for restaurants with the high rents.
post #10 of 12

I guess the location and high rent is probably why McDonalds didn't make it either    :)

post #11 of 12

Looks like you could still get a four pack of tickets for $179 at Winter Park for each child.  Not sure if Copper has a four pack deal like that you can buy over internet, but their adv purchase rate for a 4 day ticket for kids in Apr may only be $50 more?  Personally, I'd go for Copper, but it's a close call and both can be very good in Apr, might depend on which you can get best overall deal.

post #12 of 12
Copper bowl on 3/31/16. I prefer copper as the Mt has more diverse terrain and April is the best!
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