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Summit County Recommendation

post #1 of 9
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I'll be attending a wedding in Summit County in March this year with wife&kids. We figure it would be a good opportunity to ski Colorado. I don't know the Summit resorts well (although I skied Keystone once but was underwhelmed (no offense intended to any Keystone fans)).

We've skied Beaver Creek and Vail (liked both) and I have fond memories of Aspen/Snowcreek from a season of ski bumming there. I assume BC and Vail are about 30-45 minutes away from Summit County and may be an option, Aspen about 2 hours.

What I'm looking for is good condo/house lodging, varied terrian, and if possible low crowds.

As a family we put in 20-30 days a season at Mammoth Mountain. I did notice our MM season pass gets us a 50% discount on lift tickets at Winter Park and Copper.

Any advice is appreciated.
post #2 of 9
Check out Breckenridge, It's definitely my favorite summit county ski area. Big terrain that is easy to get to which is also directly attached to easier groomers(mostly blues) that go on for miles. you can ski the whole mountain vert(3,000), which if I'm not mistaken you can't do at mammoth or vail(even though vail has some sweet terrain on the backside((heck, its got sweet terrain on the front side too!))

post #3 of 9
All will be crowded at times in March. If you can rent a car, stay in Frisco, and ski them all!

Vail thirty minutes
Copper ten minutes
Breck thirty minutes
Keystone thirty minutes
Loveland thirty minutes
A-Basin thirty minutes

All those times allow for heavy traffic.
post #4 of 9
The Frisco location does give you a great center to ski the summit resorts; but if you want to avoid as much of the crowd as possible, you need to be looking out toward Beaver Creek and the Aspen Group. The skiing is good at all of them!
post #5 of 9
How considerate of your friends to get married in Summit County during ski season! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

feal is right, Beaver Creek is rarely crowded, even at the busiest times. I have found Breck to be crowded all the time.

PS A good place to look for lodging and activites is www.summitnet.com they have both owner direct condos and management companies

[ October 08, 2003, 02:57 PM: Message edited by: Kima ]
post #6 of 9
We skied copper as a family in midmarch last year. Snow was great and crowds were not bad at all. We stayed at one of the new village condos which were really nice. Lack of any nightlife was not a big deal as we were all family and tired after a full day of skiing. Went to Vail and into Friscoe for a little bit of variety. I know it is controversial here but the beeline lift lines were really nice, the few times there were serious lines at the base. They were part of the condo package. I would definately go back. I just like to go different places every year. Variance in terrian was perfect for my family. We usually ski 20-30 days a year.

[ October 08, 2003, 07:36 PM: Message edited by: anotherskidad ]
post #7 of 9
We don't know the dates in question, however, I would say crowds can always be avoided at A-Basin and Loveland even on weekends.
post #8 of 9
Rusty- I think that your time estimates are overly generous. Frisco to Breck is usually no more than 10 minutes, and about 15 to keystone, an additional 10 to the Basin.
post #9 of 9
Breckenridge does draw the crowds, but if you know what lifts to ski at different times of the day the crowd is not a problem. We go to Breck at least 25 time a year & the only crowd we see is in the parking lot & lunch line.
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