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Design my Colorado trip?

post #1 of 20
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Well, we've got the flights into Denver for a trip (at least 2 weeks) starting 2/24/07. Now comes the hard part..........Where to go!?

The 3 of us have skied most of the Summit County hills + Vail and B/Creek (except A Basin and Loveland and only a little at Copper) but 8 years ago and only as upper intermediates. I thought I had it all worked out for next year: stay in Frisco and bus around Summit County, Vail etc. No problemo but.........

Abilitiy wise we are all 9s and I have, over the years, developed a wish list, which for Colorado includes, in no particular order: A Basin, Aspen Area, Back to Copper, Telluride/Silverton, C/Butte, Summit County but hitting the more challenging terrain. (NB Did a WP/Steamboat combo a couple of years ago).

So now I need some guidance. We'll still, probably, start in Summit County for a day or so warm up (Copper maybe) but what then.......
1) Is considering driving all the way to The Butte and/or Telluride just stupid as its a heck of a way?
2) If we did drive to one of Telluride or The Butte how would you call it? And would 2-3 days, whilst not overall enough, at least cover all the expert terrain at either?
3) Ignore the above and go on to Apsen - I am guessing about 8 days or so and hit A Basin + Loveland on the way back to Denver for a couple of days?

The last complication is that 2 of us will have a 3rd week - another, albeit beautiful, dilemma. I know, it sounds gluttonous, but we work for ourselves, save the £/$s and take the hit.

So any advice, ideas, considerations, tips etc, truly welcomed.
post #2 of 20
Great timing. You'll have good snow and moderate crowds generally everywhere in CO at that time, although crowds will build in Summit County thru March due to college spring break and be heavier there on all weekends. I'd say hit Aspen the first week, then split second week between T-ride, CB (2 or 3 days each), and Silverton (one day). On some of the longer drives, Aspen to T-ride or CB to Denver you can take a rest day. Then the two stragglers can do a Summit County smorgasbord in the third week. But you won't lose anyway you slice it.
post #3 of 20
Plan a Northern and Southern tour. Snow in Colorado tends to favor one part of the state. I find the dividing line to be somewhere running east/west along the Monarch Pass area. That pass seems to never get shorted.

Anyway, Southern tour.

If it's getting nailed south, you should hit Wolf Creek. They get an ungodly amount of snow. Throw in T-Ride, Crested Butte, Durango Mtn, maybe Silverton. Monarch ski area is uncrowded and overlooked. There is some fun terrain there, you might try that too. You could hit Aspen on the way back in. I would skip Summit county if this is the way you go.

Northern tour. Well hit the Vail/Summit County tour. Go to whatever resort you want to there. Winterpark/MJ is definitely worth a visit. Steamboat for sure and Aspen might be alright. Again watch for who is getting what snow wise.

Lot's of backcountry options on either tour if you are interested in such a thing.
post #4 of 20
something to think about: if you do wolf creek, taos is only a couple hours away.
post #5 of 20
and, in Summit, A Basin and Loveland have some great steep chutes and bowls.
post #6 of 20
1) Is considering driving all the way to The Butte and/or Telluride just stupid as its a heck of a way?

Start address:Frisco, CO 80443
End address:Telluride, CO 81435
Distance:293 mi (about 5 hours 52 mins)
post #7 of 20
Frisco, CO US to
Crested Butte, CO US
Total Est. Time: 3 hours, 24 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 174.62 miles

If you're level 9s and you want exciting terrain in Colorado, you cannot afford to miss out on Crested Butte.
Silverton's website is now showing that they'll be doing guided skiing only until Apr 1st 2007, so you will probably have to book in advance for that.
post #8 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by janesdad
1) Is considering driving all the way to The Butte and/or Telluride just stupid as its a heck of a way?

Start address:Frisco, CO 80443
End address:Telluride, CO 81435
Distance:293 mi (about 5 hours 52 mins)
For a two or three week trip it doesn't seem unreasonable.
post #9 of 20
Killclimz has it nailed. let the snow decide. the south should be due for a good year since last season was the pits. Monarch has relatively cheap cat skiing from the resort; check their website. It's a wonderful funky place. CB has great terrain if the snow's good and its very rocky faces are well covered. If not, skip it. Yes, it is a lot of driving. If I was doing it, unless there's a big difference in snow or you actually want a day off, I'd stick closer to Denver and try to hit as many of the places you've not been instead. Aspen is great if you just stay there with three good mountains on the same bus system, but it is a bit out of the way compared to A-basin and Loveland, etc. What fun.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by janesdad
1) Is considering driving all the way to The Butte and/or Telluride just stupid as its a heck of a way?
I think the drive to Telluride is too much and if it was my trip I wouldn't bother unless they had an ungodly amount of snow. Crested Butte is worth it. It's about half the drive and a fun mountain. It could be done as a day trip from Summit Co. Then you can swing up through Paonia and back down to Aspen.

As far as Aspen goes, I would definitely include it in your trip and plan on hitting Ajax, Aspen Highlands, and Snowmass. You can probably forget about Buttermilk. Beware of the X Games though! They might happen right around that time and you don't want to be anywhere near Aspen just before, during, or after that event (unless you want to see the event itself.)

So let's see.. if I really wanted to travel around Colorado I'd probably do something like this:

Day 1: not sure what time you arrive on 2/24, but maybe stay in Denver to acclimate
Day 2: ski @ Loveland - it's Sunday and you don't want to be near Summit County.
Day 3: A Basin
Day 4: Copper
Day 5: A Basin? Copper? pick what's best
Day 6: A Basin? Copper? pick what's best
Day 7: Crested Butte
Day 8: Crested Butte
Day 9: Crested Butte? Ajax (Aspen Mtn)? pick what's best
Day 10: Ajax (Aspen Mtn)
Day 11: Snowmass
Day 12: Aspen Highlands
Day 13: Ajax? Snowmass? Aspen Highlands? pick what's best
Day 14: travel back? Loveland? Copper? Vail? Beaver Creek? All are on the way.
Day 15 - 21: pick your favorite area, ski there. If you're in Aspen, you're only 6 hours drive from Salt Lake - maybe you want to ski in Utah for a while?

Be flexible! Follow the snow!
post #11 of 20
yeah, but if you're in CB, TRide is only a few hours away, then you can circle back around to Silverton (wouldn't recommend Red Mtn to anyone during the Winter time, especially North to South), maybe hit Purg for the heck of it.
post #12 of 20
Reread killclimbz post. He hit the nail on the head.
post #13 of 20
I dunno - I would stay flexible to whoever has the snow if you can. I like Aspen, but it's expensive. When you ask the ATM for $100 a single bill comes out (true). Snowmass and Highlands are my favorites there.

Never been to Telluride but it's supposed to be one of those unique places. Vail/Beaver Creek has a ton of acreage.

Even for 2-3 weeks doing all that travelling might be trying to do too much when you could just be skiing. Pick a few areas (north or south) and hit those - the mountains aren't going anywhere as far as I know you can always hit em next time. Although - you'll realistically have some down days given all the vertical. Unless you just want to ski you could travel on say the 4th day or just check out what's in town.
post #14 of 20
one thing to consider with skiing Vail, Beaver Creek and the Aspens. Stay downvalley in Glenwood or Carbondale. Drive to the Vails, take RFTA to Aspen.
post #15 of 20
I agree with killclimbz and vinn. With 2 weeks I would get away from Front range/Summit County, which are full of the people on one week or shorter trips. And I would minimize booking lodging until you see where the snow is. Last year north was way better than south, the year before was the other way around. Normally it's all pretty good at the time you're going.
post #16 of 20
Day 1: Land in Denver, connect to SLC. Rent a car.
Day 2 - Day 13: Ski Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Park City (1 of 3), Snowbasin, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Big Sky & Moonlight Basin. Repeat whatever resort you liked the best.
Day 14: fly to Denver, then home

Powdr
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 

Muchos gracias

Thanks to you all: killclimbz, vinn, icanseeformiles(andmiles), martin, definitley great feedback. And Powdr, well - I guess I asked for that and, from 'deep' personal experience the Wasatch/Cottonwoods are always on my mind!
post #18 of 20
Simon have a great time. If you're in Vail don't forget to have a pint at The George in Vail Village or Finnegan's Wake in Avon - both are owned by Colorado-based Brits.
post #19 of 20
That's easy. You've been everywhere except Aspen & Telluride. Do those 2; a week at each.
post #20 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Powdr
Day 1: Land in Denver, connect to SLC. Rent a car.
Day 2 - Day 13: Ski Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Park City (1 of 3), Snowbasin, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Big Sky & Moonlight Basin. Repeat whatever resort you liked the best.
Day 14: fly to Denver, then home

Powdr
Such Good advice, I'll keep that in mind when I miss place my Snorkal!
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