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1 Chance to Ski Colorado, WHERE Do I go??

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Hi, I'm new to skiing, I'm from New York City (this is my 3rd winter skiing) and I'd love to go to Colorado to ski. I've never been there.

So where would you recommend I go. I'm not looking for a 5 star grand hotel. On the other hand, I'm not looking for a hostel. Something tells me I would not like Aspen (From the media portrayals it looks like there's too many people--I get enough of that here in New York City, LOL.

I'd love to go to a place that has LONG blue trails, and beautiful scenery.

I'd probably go with a friend. So, a one bedroom condo or hotel would be okay.

Anyway, I'd love the suggestions. Thanks, Jim

CAN'T WAIT TO SKI!
post #2 of 28
You might not like Aspen, as you say, but I think you will definitely like Snowmass. The ticket at Snowmass gets you unlimited skiing at Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, and Ajax. The cruising territory at Snowmass is unsurpassed in the continental US and it is large enough that you won't get that 'crowded' feeling you mentioned. It also has a large ski-in ski-out bed base at the resort. ....And it is only 10 miles or so to the glitz of Aspen if you feel the need!
post #3 of 28
My girlfriend and I have been going to Steamboat for several years now. We're from N.J. and like the big mountain feel, the beautiful scenery, long blue cruisers in Wally World, and we're learning to ski on soft snow.

The town has a nice, laid-back atmosphere with friendly locals, and plenty of good restaurants, most of which are moderately priced. There are several affordable motels that are nothing fancy, just clean basic lodging-which is ok with us, because after skiing all day, a good meal and sack time fit the bill.

There is a free shuttle system that will take you wherever you need to go, so no car is required. There is a public hot spring in town, a bigger one (Strawberry Park) outside of town, and on non-skiing days there are snowmobile tours, dog sledding, an ice skating rink, etc. We try to be there for their Winter Carnival, which is a lot of fun (especially the high school marching band on cross-country skis, playing "Wipeout"!).
post #4 of 28
Breckenridge. Nice town, fun Mt. Steamboat is also V.G. If you book post again & will add more.
post #5 of 28
Here's a good, recent thread on ski areas appealing to intermediate level skiers that you might find interesting.
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=18049
I concur with feallen.
post #6 of 28
If you like long Blue Cruisers, check out Breck or Copper. You can get relatively inexpensive lodging in Frisco, which is convenient to both areas. There is also a free shuttle bus that goes to these areas.

BTW, welcome to Epic. It's nice to see someone from my hometown.
post #7 of 28
One place to go, first time in Colorado, reasonable rates,

Copper.
easy to get to, long blue runs, back bowls, some of the most awesome views, it's got it all.

My choice
post #8 of 28

Telluride

I'm a major fan of Telluride. It had the rap of being for advanced skiers but in the last 8-10 years has opened lots of blues. Prospect bowl opened about 3 years ago and offers blue glade skiing.

It's not cheap, very laid back culture, and it's tough to get to. It's remoteness though contributes to the total lack of crowds. If you want to get away from the lines of New York, you'll love the LACK of lift lines.

Oh, and the beauty of the place is spiritual.
post #9 of 28
Anoither less pricey option is Loveland. Much less commercial than the other areas, so the cafeteria prices bear less resemblance to those of a 5 star NYC restaurant.
I think {could be wrong} that Loveland is a bit higher than the other areas. Being that you're from NYC, take a look at the Altitude thread in Health and Fitness.
post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 
WOW, thank you ALL for your generous insight. I'm taking ALL of your suggestions as I plan. There's nothing like asking people who've been there.

Thanks again!
post #11 of 28

Colorado Thoughts

I'll second the Snowmass suggestion. Perfect intermediate terrain (Big Burn could be the best in the US) with long runs. Convenient, modern, and comfortable. The views are better than Steamboat, Vail, Copper, and Breck. Only Telluride views are better.
post #12 of 28
i would say steamboat 1st with brecknridge 2nd. both have good blues and great scenery.steamboat is more of a ski resort in rural CO, breck is a ski resort in a small town in CO. just depends on how much you want it to yourselves, but breck is a great ski-town. you also get a lot of denverites coming up to breck.
post #13 of 28
Snowmass is fantastic for intermediates, Copper is also great.

Vail is awesome! If you are a beginner, not so much, but it has the most amazing blue and of course black terrain. Not cheap to stay there, but the skiing is the best. Blue Sky Basin, down the back bowls and up the next face, is intermediate heaven. Widely spaced trees, grooming between them! In the middle of nowhere, you get the feeling of being in trees without any of the need for tight turns and high level technique. China bowl - huge wide open blue area, no trees, just a massive cruise, pick your line. The front side has long blues that I can't stop thinking about, and black cruisers like Riva Ridge, that if groomed are a total blast.

I'm surprised noone has mentioned Vail yet. GO! It was my first Colorado ski area, as a blue skier, and it changed my life.
post #14 of 28
Summit County in general----A Vail resort ticket covers Breckenridge, Keystone, A-Basin (maybe not for a 3 rd yr person) and a short drive is Vail and Beaver Creek----Copper is also in Summit County on a seperate ticket and Loveland is just outside the county, and on the way if you come in from Denver. There is lodging and services of every type and price range there.

If you want to get away from it a bit more---Steamboat.
post #15 of 28
I am going to have to say Tride as my favorite and good for intermediates, beautiful scenery (it will hook you for CO forever), and you can walk to everything in town and stay slopeside in town(cheape) or in the mountain village and take gondola down to town. No need for a rental car in Tride.
Next would be Breck. Great mountain with lots of blues, good town atmosphere, slopeside accomodations but a little more difficult to get around in town if you aren't renting a car (even though there is shuttle service).
Third would be Snowmass, although Aspen would be a shuttle ride away too. Only a couple of miles, though. Snowmass has dining, etc. and is a good intermediate mountain too and nice scenery.
The easiest to get to would be Tride and Breck. Tride is about an hour via shuttle from Montrose and Breck is 1.5 to 1 and 45 min from Denver.
You would probably get the cheapest airfare from NYC to Denver.
That is my three cents.
Have fun and let us know what you do and how you like CO skiing!
post #16 of 28
I would third feallen and Skimangojazz, Snowmass, to me, has the most consistent conditions out west. The mountain is so big you will have a very hard time, if not impossible, to ski every blue run your first trip! With Snowmass being further south than Steamboat, I find the temps are more comfortable in Snowmass.

Both Steamboat and Snowmass locals and employees are first rate! They go that extra yard to help you anyway possible. The one most important feature of Snowmass is you have the ability to ski 4 seperate mountains, all with their own special characteristics. If you go, give yourself a treat and ski Aspen Highlands for one day. This mountain has almost 50% expert terrain, but the blue runs there are some of the best and most interesting. The view on a blue bird day is unforgetable.

Try to get a flight right in to Aspen. Most condo/resorts will offer shuttles to and from the airport at no charge. You do not need to rent a car. The free bus service throughout Aspen and Snowmass is first rate. As feallen stated, rooms in snowmass run from very affordable to extreme. Take your pick. Take a night out in Aspen while there. Always great night life in music as well as dining. Aspen is pricey, but what the hell, you're on vacation. Enjoy yourself with a little indulgence!
post #17 of 28
Grand Timber Lodge, Breckenridge.
post #18 of 28
It's all good.

If you are going to rent a car, stay anywhere in Summit County and take the grand tour.......Beaver Creek, Vail, Breck, Keystone, A-Basin, Loveland, and Winter Park.

All are a short drive. If you stayed centrally in Frisco the shortest drive would be twenty minutes to Breck and the longest drive forty five minutes to the Beav or Winter Park.

No car I'd go to Vail.
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by NYCJIM
Hi, I'm new to skiing, I'm from New York City (this is my 3rd winter skiing) and I'd love to go to Colorado to ski. I've never been there.

So where would you recommend I go. I'm not looking for a 5 star grand hotel. On the other hand, I'm not looking for a hostel. Something tells me I would not like Aspen (From the media portrayals it looks like there's too many people--I get enough of that here in New York City, LOL.

I'd love to go to a place that has LONG blue trails, and beautiful scenery.

I'd probably go with a friend. So, a one bedroom condo or hotel would be okay.

Anyway, I'd love the suggestions. Thanks, Jim

CAN'T WAIT TO SKI!

What makes Colorado what it is, is the large variety of ski areas within its borders. Thats what makes it great. Picking one mountain in particular for someone like yourself who I presume to be intermediate is difficult, because that eliminates exploring all its mountains, which is the best way to take on the state.

My favorite mountains in Colorado: Silverton and Telluride, but I like them for their steeps. Telluride is not the best blue cruiser mountain around, but it is a great little town, has incredible scenery, etc, etc. Silverton is skiing at its best, but best that your a good skier going in. With el nino its possible that these southern areas as well as Purgatory (Durango County SA) will get above average snowfall. At Telluride, stay in town, shun the village.

Aspen: Not like skiing out east. Expensive, but very pretty. Snowmass does have lots of long blues, as does A-Highlands. I like all the ski areas in Aspen, but frankly, the place is too expensive for my middle class budget. Aspen ski areas all have low snowfall totals. My fav here: A- Highlands. Its one of Colorado's gems. Long ago, it was independently owned and operated, always cheaper and more laid back than the rest of the Aspen resorts. Today it is part of the corporation, but still the same mountain.

Steamboat: Plenty of blues, most snow out of the majors in Colorado, especially early season, but it doesn't have continuos top to bottom cruisers. The mountain is sort of broken at the middle, but lots of folks like it. The scenery here is softer, flatter, and imo not as dramatic as most of the rest of Colorado. Exposure makes it sloppy in the spring. Lacking in steep expert terrain, but it makes up for that with soft expert terrain - long, long, soft bump runs that are good for intermediates looking to move up.

Vail/Beaver Creek: Vail is overbuilt on the frontside, backside offers lots of intermediate cruisers, but sometimes poor sun exposure. Negatives: Cost, town located right on I-70 so it take away some of the ambiance. The Beav has some fabulous cruising, generally isn't very crowded, and is an all around good place even though it lacks the steeps that I like. I try to get to the Beav every couple years, just to stretch out and too let my skis run and elbows swing. Both ski areas get more snow than summit county usually.

Summit County: Lots of skiing here, IMO Copper is the best, but all offer Blues in spades. Keystone is the most family, and the most eastern like, I'd stay away probably - I hate ice and it seems to have lots of ice. Breck is big, not well laid out, but ever improving, great town, lots of cool hike too expert if its open. A-Basin is high alpine, steep, and the best of Summit county for experts. You can drive to all of these areas and Vail/Beav for day skiing out of the county. Negatives: not much snow here usually, but on the plus side, high altitude and good exposures keep the snow around. My recomendation for Summit County: get something on Main Street in Frisco and ski around.

Winter Park: Nice ski area close to Denver with a little bit of everything.

Wolf Creek : Awesome early snow, almost every year. Short, flat.

Loveland: If there's an upslope or huge crowds - go here. Its a little flat overall, but has steeps, blues, greens and its pretty and big in a small sort of way. Close to Denver, but most folks drive right past it on their way to Vail or Copper.

Have fun. Keep your options open.

nate
post #20 of 28
uglymoney......great stuff!

That somes things up in a very cogent manner
post #21 of 28
NYCJIM-----did we narrow it down for you ----or just make it WAY worse to have been any help ?
post #22 of 28
Thread Starter 
LOL, yes U. Louie it's not too simple. LOL But I love all of the options and the detailed descriptions. I'm going to have fun exploring Colorado that's for sure.

This winter, however, my budget will limit me to the east coast. But I am planning for a great time in Colorado.

Thanks!
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 

Eleven years later and I'm finally getting out to Colorado.  LOL 

 

Going to Telluride in a few weeks.  Can't wait!

post #24 of 28
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Eleven years later and I'm finally getting out to Colorado.  LOL 

 

Going to Telluride in a few weeks.  Can't wait!

 

Best long-dead thread resurrection ever! Have fun!

post #25 of 28
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Eleven years later and I'm finally getting out to Colorado.  LOL 

Going to Telluride in a few weeks.  Can't wait!

Wow, and I thought time got away from me!th_dunno-1[1].gif
post #26 of 28

“If you don't do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”   Warren Miller

post #27 of 28
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“If you don't do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”   Warren Miller

 

"If you don't do it in 2004, you may be 11 years older when you do."  -- NYCJIM

post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by NYCJIM View Post
 

Eleven years later and I'm finally getting out to Colorado.  LOL 

 

Going to Telluride in a few weeks.  Can't wait!

 

Outstanding!  Telluride was my first Colorado trip as well (way back in the mid-80s).  Like @kdskis2 said over 11 years ago, it will hook you for Colorado forever!  Had I chimed in originally, Telluride would have been my second choice with Snowmass being first.  If you are still looking for long blues, See Forever is a must -- over 3,000 vertical feet of amazing cruising with views you won't believe.  Other must-do runs would be Lookout and Plunge (if groomed).

 

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