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Vail to Telluride? Vail to Crested Butte?

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I'll be flying into denver late january. Was gonna go to vail, but I want somewhere that really has that high alpine feel. So I'm thinking I'll ski vail the first day, then maybe drive to telluride of crested butte. Anyone know the driving times, or have another suggestion for skiing in colorado?
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This page may give you some useful info.


[ August 22, 2002, 05:32 PM: Message edited by: PeterJ ]
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Although Crested Butte and Telluride are wonderful ski resorts, they are one heck of a long drive from Vail. Last time Mrs. Skicrazy & I drove to Telluride, it was a 5 hour drive. Crested Butte is about 4-1/2 hours by car. For a high alpine experience, you might try Loveland or Arapahoe Basin. Monarch might be interesting for you and is about 3 hours Vail (and is on the way to Crested Butte).
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If you are wanting to those resorts then don't bother with Vail at all. Just fly into Durango and just do Crested Butte and Telluride. Those mountains are less crowded, get more snow, have steeper terrain, and Telluride especially is even more scenic!
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Good advice above, Oykie--Crested Butte and Telluride are a long ways from Vail. But there is nothing inherently any more "alpine" about either of these resorts than Vail either. They all have some above treeline open bowl skiing, and indeed, while it does have an interstate running past its base, Vail's bowls are unequalled anywhere for sheer, treeless vastness. Summit County and Loveland, which you will drive right past on the way to Vail, is Colorado's highest county, and there is probably no resort more "alpine" in both terrain and spirit than Arapahoe Basin. Arapahoe still claims the highest lift-served skiing in the US.

So Todd's advice is reasonable--if you want to ski Telluride and/or Crested Butte, there is no reason to go to Vail in the first place, and they are both great resorts. But I'm not sure your REASON, as you have described it, for wanting to go to Crested Butte or Telluride, is all that valid.

If you want to ski a bunch of different resorts, go to Summit County and ski Arapahoe, Keystone, Copper, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Ski Cooper, and Loveland, or go to Aspen and ski the four resorts there. You could not pick three resorts much farther apart than Vail, Crested Butte, and Telluride!

Just a thought....

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
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How about starting in Steamboat, then to Aspen and ending up at Wolf Creek? That would be quite the tour of CO skiing.
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T-ride is a 5 hr drive, but it's mostly highway. I do it every week with no prob. I'd go where the snow is. T was sporatic last yr with some pretty lean coverage at times. wolf Crk was pretty dry too. Hard to beat Vail/Beaver Crk for skiing with a quick jaunt to A-basin for atmosphere (and SLOW lifts!). Though as Bob says, Vails plenty high alpine for many of us.
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i dont get it either. if you arent impressed wuth vails back bowls and blue sky basin over just about anything else in the US, then something isnt right w/ your head.
if you just have to have high alpine, go to arapahoe, out to the east wall and down - land of the giants
go up lovelands chair 9 and down the wall. very few are brave enough to do that. even i hadnt tried it yet(but i will one day).
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