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post #1 of 8
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My family has skied for week at Keystone each of the last 4 years. We’ve usually gone in mid February and Keystone has worked well for us. My kids (8 and 10) enjoy the greens, easy blues, the beginner terrain park, Fort Sawhiskers and the trails through the trees. My wife is a conservative blue and green run skier and I spend most of my free time in the bumps and trees on Outback. As a family we’ve never skied anywhere else.

This year our only time to ski is during the prime ski season (March 12-19) and in order to avoid the crowds and for a change of pace, we are considering going to a different resort. What we’d like to have:

1) Ski-in/Ski-out lodging

2) Good ski school for the kids (having fun most important)

3) Fun skiing for the kids (see the things they like above)

4) A nice variation of green and blue runs

5) Some decent bump and tree skiing

6) A mountain that is easy to get around on

I’ve skied at Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Vail, A-Basin and Purgatory, but I don’t think any of them are ideal. From what we’ve read, we are considering Steamboat and Snowmass. For traveling reasons, we are limited to Colorado.

If you have any comments on how you think the resorts we are considering would meet our needs or have suggestion on lodging, I would appreciate hearing about it.
post #2 of 8
Wow.. no one has ever asked this question before.

Go to Snowmass.
post #3 of 8
Steamboat!!!! For starters, the "Boat" is very well known for it's kids ski school so your kids should have a blast. On top of that, the tree skiing is world class and Steamboat has had at least (2) Olympic bump skiers based at the resort. If you asked 100 people what resorts had the best tree skiing, Steamboat would make the list of 80 people.

Steamboat has "kids ski free", "kids stay free" and "kids FLY free" programs which should help your bottom line. Just check their website for details. You can fly right into Steamboat (Yampa Valley) and be within 30 minutes of the resort...always a bonus. The town of Steamboat is very pedestrian friendly, not too touristy and all the shutles/buses are FREE.

***Snowmass is a great resort as well and I think it has better ski in/out lodging properties than Steamboat. However, the bigger bonuses are access to the other (3) resorts for a lil variety and the town of Aspen...the BEST ski town in the world!!! Access to world class food and shopping...
post #4 of 8
The description of your family situation is a complex one.

Although I would generally reccomend Snowmass, and think it the best all around mountain in Colorado, it might be a bit too much for your family needs. The area serves up 4 top notch ski areas aimed at differing abilities, that can all be skied on the same pass the same day; with excellent bus systems to get you around.

Steamboat may be more in line with your needs. It is a good single resort area, and should supply everything you have been accustomed to at Keystone. The feel of the area is a bit more 'working class' than some other areas in Colorado, so it has a real 'down home' feel. I didn't like the way the lift system works, but many who ski there find it very accomodating. ...You really can't miss at any of the larger Colorado resorts.

Good luck on your vacation!

P.S. - Beaver Creek might be of interest to you. It does have a lot of ski mountain to offer for its size.
post #5 of 8
We did Beaver Creek/Vail last year and that sounds like it would fit the bill nicely for you. The nice thing for beginners at Beaver Creek is that some of the easiest terrain is at the top of the mountain.

That said, if crowds are of concern, Utah gets far fewer people for Spring Break than any of the Colorado resorts. If you're flying in, flights are often cheaper into Salt Lake. If you're driving, Park City is only about another 6 hours past Vail.

In Utah, Deer Valley would be a great bet and you'd have the luxury of skiing PCMR and The Canyons as well which would also be great fits for your family. You'll feel like you have the mountains to yourself compared to what you'll find in Colorado.
post #6 of 8

Snowmass, with their shuttle to 3 other mountains, THE BEST!!!!!!!!! Really, perfect layout, super ski-in/out, and never really crowded. Plus, city of Aspen for glitterati.

Steamboat- haven't been there in 8 years, but fond memories albeit not too great lifts. Nice, laid back town 2-3 miles from resort.

Beaver Creek- almost as good as Snowmass, except it is too small for 1 week.

Amigo, do Snopwmass.

post #7 of 8

family resort / colorado

try the mountain chalet at snowmass. on the side of the hill.
includes breakfast and lunch, both of which are very good.

ski down to fanny hill chair, then up, up and away!

buses can take you to ajax/highlands/buttermilk

big burn chair is over 2,000 vertical in one high speed chair

post #8 of 8
no one has mentioned Vail.....strange
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