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post #31 of 34
Your strategy seems to have all concerns brought forward covered very well. A few days at Steamboat should certainly provide adequate acclimation time at a reasonable altitude.

..About the narrow trails at Steamboat. That reputation comes from the main green return from Thunderhead to the base area, 'Why Not'. It is a long, narrow(in some places), winding trail(most likely a 'jeep' trail), but is not much of a difficulty for most beginners. The other greens on the lower mountain are more open and inviting. The upper mountain to the right(Tomahawk) is all marked blue but definitely at the green end of the range. The group I first went with found all skiers; including early beginners, navigated up there, around, and back handily. ..For that same style of easy cruising in Summit county, the front side of Keystone has plenty of nice gentle cruisers. Schedule it for a weekday, as the front of Keystone gets very crowded on weekends. Copper Mtn. would be your best bet for gentle cruiser terrain with the lightest crowds on weekends. As many have said, it is isolated from the rest of the mountain and opposite the side of the mountain most skiers arrive at.

The mall idea brought up by BV is right on target. Prices in the Denver area will be significantly different. You might want to consider lodging in the Silverthorne/Dillon/Frisco area for your Summit county stay(it appears you will be driving). It is central to all five ski areas, with most of what is available(eating, bars, shopping, places where locals hang out) nearby. (If your wife is a black belt shopper, she might want to be near those outlets, Wal-mart, etc. at the end of the ski day.)

Sounds like you have yourself the foundation of a great vacation!


P.S. - Don't rule out Loveland if you are driving. It is very friendly to lower level skiers, and its high altitude scenery and feel is definitely worth the visit.

[ September 07, 2003, 05:49 AM: Message edited by: feal ]
post #32 of 34
Beaver Creek, Gold Peak (Vail) or Aspen.

Beaver Creek will make the wife happy for the village atmosphere, the kids will have a ball in the excellent SS. Beginner terrain both at the top and bottom of the mountain with low intermediates being able to get around the whole resort easily. Plenty of wide groomers and not much traffic. Also plenty of challenges for the hot shot skiers. A cross country centre with trails and instructors. Beautiful views and little car traffic in the village. Vail just up the valley for even more things to do. Vail\Beaver Creek have the same lift ticket.

Best place I have seen for families. Not sure of your budget but there is a variety of accomodation.

Beaver Creek

post #33 of 34
I think Winter Park is also a good option:

Closest major resort to DIA, great children's/ski school, plenty of green and blue terrain. The views of the Continental Divide from Sunspot are incredible. Though not as extensive as Vail or Summit County, there are planty of apres and shopping opportunities here as well.
post #34 of 34
lots of great info was provided here for norn iron. i favor the suggestion to visit steamboat first because of altitude, then summit county, higher alt and sort of on the way back from steamboat. that plan should provide opportunities for just about everything mentioned of interest. car rental would definitely be the way to get around. sounds like budget/cost is somewhat of a factor, so note that vail/beaver creek and the aspen areas, while extremely nice, are the most expensive in colorado.
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