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I think I posted this in the wrong forum earlier. This one seems more suitable. I have only skied in the NorthEast.
I want to check out/experience skiing in Colorado this winter. It would probably be by myself and for 3-4 days. When is the best time to go skiing in Coloroda "perhaps Aspen or Vail"? Are there warmer months that are better to go? I would hate to go and find out it is better to go in March for example. Also any recommendations on cheap places to stay. I have never
been to Colorodo.
post #2 of 5
You really can't go wrong in Colorado once there is enough coverage to make the skiing good. It looks like this is one of those years where the skiing should be good from well before Christmas on through to the spring thaw.

I would suggest that you consider staying in Glenwood Springs and plan on skiing the Aspen group. The skiing can't be beat anywhere on the continent, and you will find that staying in Glenwood Springs is not all that expensive. There is public transportaion to the Aspen area, and the road is a very good, gently graded, all-weather situation. Glenwood Springs is roughly eqadistant to Vail and Aspen, and you could ski either resort group, but once you get there, you will find that few of the people in the area bother with anything more than an occasional visit to the Vail group. You can also ski the local hill, Sunlight, for a very reasonable cost!!

As for lodging, the bottom end of the price spectrum will be the hostel in Glenwood Springs. It tends to have lot of people there from all around the world and can vary greatly depending on who is there. If you choose them, they have private and double rooms in an addition at the rear of the hostel that are quite tolerable. They also sell discounted lift tickets. If you are interested, you can look them up at hostels.com.

The nest rung up the ladder will be numerous motels and hotels in the Glenwood Springs area. You can check them out through the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce web site. Many offer packages that can save you quite a bit of money.

As far as transportation to Colorado, you might want to look into flying into Grand Junction. There are airlines servicing this airport that fly in from the Arizona hubs, and you should be able to find some deeply discounted airfares through them. Grand Junction is only about 90 miles west of Glenwood Springs. Another option you might want to keep in mind is that Glenwood Springs is a railway stop. It is one of the few railway towns of the west that still hangs on to that railstop flavor. The train station is right in the middle of town and well connected to most places you might want to go.

Higher up the ladder will be any of the lodging up the roaring fork valley. There is a hostel or two in Aspen, but they charge prices that look more like motel rates in Glenwood Springs. If your budget can stand it, I would suggest that you look into some of the slopeside packages at Snowmass. It is really convenient and the bus service between the four Aspen ski areas is efficient enough that it is a bit like staying at all four hills.

If you really have an itch to throw money down the drain, look at some of the big names in Aspen. They can siphon money off of you like water running into a rain barrel. I would reccomend that you just plan on taking the shuttle over one day to ski the mountain and look around before decide to leave any of your money there!!

Hope you have a great trip!! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 5
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Thank you!!!!

Quote:
Originally posted by feal:
You really can't go wrong in Colorado once there is enough coverage to make the skiing good. It looks like this is one of those years where the skiing should be good from well before Christmas on through to the spring thaw.

I would suggest that you consider staying in Glenwood Springs and plan on skiing the Aspen group. The skiing can't be beat anywhere on the continent, and you will find that staying in Glenwood Springs is not all that expensive. There is public transportaion to the Aspen area, and the road is a very good, gently graded, all-weather situation. Glenwood Springs is roughly eqadistant to Vail and Aspen, and you could ski either resort group, but once you get there, you will find that few of the people in the area bother with anything more than an occasional visit to the Vail group. You can also ski the local hill, Sunlight, for a very reasonable cost!!

As for lodging, the bottom end of the price spectrum will be the hostel in Glenwood Springs. It tends to have lot of people there from all around the world and can vary greatly depending on who is there. If you choose them, they have private and double rooms in an addition at the rear of the hostel that are quite tolerable. They also sell discounted lift tickets. If you are interested, you can look them up at hostels.com.

The nest rung up the ladder will be numerous motels and hotels in the Glenwood Springs area. You can check them out through the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce web site. Many offer packages that can save you quite a bit of money.

As far as transportation to Colorado, you might want to look into flying into Grand Junction. There are airlines servicing this airport that fly in from the Arizona hubs, and you should be able to find some deeply discounted airfares through them. Grand Junction is only about 90 miles west of Glenwood Springs. Another option you might want to keep in mind is that Glenwood Springs is a railway stop. It is one of the few railway towns of the west that still hangs on to that railstop flavor. The train station is right in the middle of town and well connected to most places you might want to go.

Higher up the ladder will be any of the lodging up the roaring fork valley. There is a hostel or two in Aspen, but they charge prices that look more like motel rates in Glenwood Springs. If your budget can stand it, I would suggest that you look into some of the slopeside packages at Snowmass. It is really convenient and the bus service between the four Aspen ski areas is efficient enough that it is a bit like staying at all four hills.

If you really have an itch to throw money down the drain, look at some of the big names in Aspen. They can siphon money off of you like water running into a rain barrel. I would reccomend that you just plan on taking the shuttle over one day to ski the mountain and look around before decide to leave any of your money there!!

Hope you have a great trip!! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #4 of 5
I too am a New England skier, but I've been lucky enough to have been to Colorado three out of the last four years. Love the Aspen/Snowmass area. Great place to visit, endless variety of terrain, worth the trip just to see the place. If all you've ever skied is in New England, you're in for a real eye opening experience. Don't care for Vail as much, not the charm of Aspen or the fun of Breckenridge. You might want to consider Summit County, you could stay in a place like Dillon or Frisco for reasonable money, and still be a short drive from Vail, Breck, Copper, Keystone, etc. If you want to be a little closer to Aspen, you could probably find something in Basalt or Carbondale, although nothing beats staying on the mountain. As far as time of year, anytime they've got snow is a good time to go, and it looks like that might be early this year. Usually January is the time to get the best deals, by February you can be pretty much assured of good snow. If you're serious about going, and want take a few runs with us, we'll be in Aspen Feb.2nd thru Feb.7th., staying in Snowmass Village.
Hope to see you there.
post #5 of 5
If you want to ski Winter Park / Mary Jane, don't delay buying a 4-day pass for either $99 or $119...
http://skiwinterpark.com/rates/getuphere.html

Also, the Copper 4-pack is a popular purchase that is transferable. If you look around, you might find people unloading them later in the season. I think the promotion is over, but it's a great deal at $79 for all 4 days!

Have fun!
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