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Colorado skiing

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I am coming to Colorado in late November till mid February.
I am from Finland and I don´t have a green card, so I cannot work, atleast very profitablely.

I would like to know which mountain would be most suitable for me?
I am looking for sick backountry and terrain park, also some nightlife.
I´d rather find some room mates, or someone who is willing to accommondate me in their house
(I can sleep on the floor)
, because I don´t have money to stay in a hotel.
So is there a net site where people search for room mates in colorado area?
Or is anyone here looking for a room mate?
Some youth hostel might also be an option, if they are not too expensive.
post #2 of 14

Welcome to Epic. I'll look around a little more (nice, broad parameters) but here's ONE start:

some hostels...

I would imagine that in a ski town hostel in a ski season, you'll find like travelers looking to create a roommate situation. strong move. good luck.

EDIT: Oh yeah. If you see Mika, tell him McLaren needs him back.

[ July 25, 2002, 07:12 AM: Message edited by: ryan ]
post #3 of 14
Accommodations vary you might be able to find a room for rent at $500-600.00 try looking at
Also look at http://www.summitnet.com/ they have a free classified section that you may want to post for a room.
post #4 of 14
Hi Jussi,

I have to fully agree with Ryan's suggestion about Glenwood Springs. The Town's location is probably the best in Colorado in terms of altitude, climate, price, and proximity to the best ski areas in the state. From the front of the hostel mentioned you can catch a bus to five VERY good ski areas(Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Snowmass, and Sunlight). The town is also only 1 hour by interstate highway from Vail and Beaver Creek.

The hostel has a special deal for long term stays that would be hard to beat anywhere. They also offer lift ticket discounts to guests. It's not the Ritz, but you will probably find a lot of other out of country guests there. You can always 'move on to greener pastures' should you find a better deal once there.

As for the 'sick' backcountry terrain, you would be around some of the 'sickest' in the U.S.. It doesn't get much publicity but the Aspen group backs up to some awesome backcountry. Maroon Bells at the back of Snowmass is particularly impressive; but there aren't many people that reccomend pushing the limits, because the cost of rescues up there is enormous. You just might find all you really want inside the ski area boundaries at Aspen Highlands and Snowmass. They both have some pretty tough stuff that doesn't get too much publicity.

Give the place a try!! I don't think you will be dissapointed. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much for taking your time.

It might be a good idea first to go to a hostel in Glenwood Springs, then make friends and live with him/her.

(Isn´t south park in Colorado)
post #6 of 14
I agree with the Glenwood/Aspen idea. After you meet some people you can alway move up valley to be closer to the skiing. I don't think the lack of a green card will be that much of a problem, if you have a place to live you can easily get some kind of a job.

Snowmass and Buttermilk both have huge pipes and the X-games are at Buttermilk again this January.

If you require a rescue from the B/C and have either a hunting/fishing license or a Colorado hikers card, the cost is covered.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
What about frisco, dillion or eagle?
They must have some cheap hostels and are all near the great ski centres.
post #8 of 14
Your assumption is correct, but the proximity to the Denver culture makes for an entirely different logistical situation. All three places you mentioned will have problems with crowds during popular times of the season. The public transport system is not as good, and is often trying to handle much higher passenger loads than in the Roaring Fork Valley. The cheapest hostels in the area will be about 50% higher than what you will find in Glenwood Springs, and they don't have much to offer in the way of discounts to the ski areas because all of the ski areas do their 'deep discounting' over the continental divide to the Denverites.

If you do decide to stay in the Frisco area, give 'Just Bunks' a try. It is in Downtown Frisco and is as nice as any of the hotels in town. It's around $30.00 a night, which is more than three times what you might pay about 80 miles to the west. I found Frisco to be a sleepy little place. I would say about the same thing about Dillon. In fact all three of your inquiries seemed to me to be places where you needed 'connections' to find good deals and have a good time. ---- My experience in Glenwood Springs was very different from that!!

I am sure there are people in this forum who have very different opinions on these regions, but I am passing on what I experienced. Good Luck planning!! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #9 of 14
One thing about Frisco is that the main bus transfer station is there making it a bit easier to get around

others sites to look at

a hostel might be a good place to start I do think it will be cheaper to rent a room though. Once your here that would probably be easier
post #10 of 14
Jussi, my advise for you is to not come to Colorado for sick backcountry and cheap prices, I would reccomend going to Canada. First off the backcountry in Colorado is very dangerous most of the winter, I have had a several friends get buried and a few have died. I have spent my whole life in the Colorado backcountry and am still nervous out there. Also, lift tickets in Colorado are the most expensive in the world, Aspen is almost $70 a day. No ski area is worth that. Canada on the other hand is cheap, A Whistler ticket is something like 55 Canadien. Which is $35 or so U.S. Also Canada has such excellent Backcountry that it is almost uncompehensible. Where do we go for a backcountry skiing trip, up to Canada of course, using one of the many huts up there. In short good American skiing is expensive, if I wasn't born in Aspen I couldn't afford to ski here. Also, Colorado hasn't had a good winter in awhile, British Columbia generally has a more reliable winter. Anyway, good luck.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
I know that Whistler would be a pretty sick place. I haven´t decided fully yet, where I´m gonna go. 'if I find room mates in Whis, then I´m surely going there.
I know that Aspen is expensive. But I´m planning on skiing at Vail and Breck.
If you have a room for me to stay, then yes I´m coming there.
Oh and I´m not coming in early Nov. but December as I might have sayed before.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Why is Col. dangerous?
Is there so much snow that the avalanche might be triggered?
post #13 of 14
Jussi, Colorado is dangerous because we get a mid- continental snow pack. Which means the snow is very light and not much of it, as compared to a maritime snow pack like Whistler. Then we get cold nights and warm days which creates a weak layer somewhere near the bottom of the snowpack. More snow and a trigger, like a skier and the whole thing goes to the ground, a slab avalanche. It takes awhile to learn how to interpert our snowpack for safe travel in the backcountry. Late spring and everything gets good and skiable, but not during the winter. As far as Vail and Breck go, Breck is a nice town but both mountains are flat and I think boring. Vail is just contrived Americana. Not a real ski town Like C.B., Telluride or Aspen. Hope that helps.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
The reason why I didn´t want to go toWhis in the first place was that I heard that Whis park sucked. But I didn´t understand that it was the summer park that they were talking bout.
Now nothing holds me from not going there.

Don´t reply here Ill post a new topic about the same thing.
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