Sounds great, my kinda crew.
How long are you going to be out here? If it's only a week or so, my advice is to plop your butts down in Summit County, then stay there. You have lots of great skiing that's 15 minutes away. ABasin, Copper, Breckenridge and Keystone. Vail and Beaver Creek are 30 minutes west. Between Vail and Copper, that's over 8000 acres of skiing!
Breck and Frisco are great party towns - lots of bars. But be careful, lots of cops too. Then, if you want, Aspen and Steamboat are less than 2 hours away.
There's some cheapo places to stay in Summit County. When I say cheapo, under $100 per night. I live in Denver, so I don't know the names of places right off hand. A few people who post here do; Bob Barnes and SnoKarver.
So here's what you do. Fly into DIA, then go to Colorado Ski and Golf to rent your equipment if you need to. You can also go to rentskis.com.
Get a room in downtown Denver - go check out LODO. If I was single, I'd have my mail delivered there!
Get up the next day and ski Berthoud Pass. Warning. If you're not into off-piste skiing, skip Berthoud Pass. Berthoud Pass is best described as "Out of bounds skiing, in bounds". It rocks!
At the end of the day, drive into Summit County - it's like 40 minutes. Get checked in and go get trashed!
The next day, ski Keystone. You'll be tired and hung-over, so you'll need a breather. Keystone has lots of groomers. Double Black runs at Kestone are Blues at ABasin.
Next day, ABasin. Truly a locales favorite. If it's a nice day, the Beach might be going. Make sure you ski the "Pali" chair. It's called Palavicini, but everyone calls it "Pali". Be sure to check out the "Alleys" off of Pali chair. And, check out the East Wall, which is off of Lenahway (spelling?) chair. And, from the top of Lenahway, it's a short hike to the highest skiable terrain in North America - 13050 feet!
While at the Basin, ask the ski patrol if the T-shirts are ready. Each year, the ski patrol makes really cool tie dyed T-shirts --they're the best. Bring cash. All the money goes to the ski patrol, not to a corporation. You might even ride up a chair with someone willing to share their "Basin vitamins"
"Rocky Mountain high, Colorado..."
Then go ski Breck. I've never skied there, but SnoKarver is an instructor there - check him out, he rips. Hang out in Breck. Lots of cool places - time to get trashed again! SnoKarver likes good bourbon. I hate it when that happens
Then go to Copper - I'd do 2 days there. All kinds of great skiing there - about 2800 acres. Go back to Copper Bowl. And be sure to hit the Alpine chair, no one ever goes over there. Spaulding bowl is also nice and if you like bumps, Resolution Bowl is nothing but. There's even a snow cat that'll get you to the "Taco". I kind of think it's overrated, but you may want to do it just to say you did. You'll still need to do a little hiking though. It takes me 20 minutes from where the cat drops off. Lots of great cruisers at Copper and the apres ski is pretty good too.
I'd do 5 days at Vail and Beaver Creek. 3 at Vail and Blue Sky, 2 at "The Beav".
At Vail, make sure you go with someone who knows the mountain. People either hate or love Vail. The ones who hate it spend all their time looking at trail maps and getting tossed into traverses. The ones who love it, know the mountain - we go right by everyone looking at the maps. I know it pretty well and I ski with a guy who knows every inch of it. He's even mapped it out!
Make sure you ski Chair 11, North and South Rims. The Back Bowls are great, ski all of them. Go to Blue Sky Basin. In Blue Sky, you really can't go wrong where ever you are, but I like Earl's lift. From Earl's lift, you can ski Champagne Glade and all the terrain the Lover's Leap serves. I'd spend one day at Blue Sky.
Then it's off to "the Beav", Beaver Creek. It doesn't get any posher than the Beav and you have to see it. There's escalators that take you up to the chair (practically). The on-mountain bath rooms are heated and have running water! Unbelievable amenities there. The people watching is great.
Strawberry Park has some nice glades. Centennial lift serves up some nice groomers. My favorite though is Grouse Mountain lift. Why? Because my favorite skiing is there - Royal Elk Glades. In Royal Elk, the trees are just far enough apart so you can miss 'em and close enough to make you really nervous. I just love it there. And, Grouse also serves up some lovely bump runs. The Beav has some great apres ski - it's fun!
Get up early the next day and drive back to DIA. Make sure you have a late flight so you can ski Berthoud Pass again. You probably missed some stuff the first time. Get a "Berthoud Bad Ass" T-shirt.
So that's 12 days of skiing and lots of partying. Make sure you're up for it, better start training now...
If you have more time, pick up and go to Steamboat or Aspen and spend a few days there. Never skied there so I can't comment. I've heard Aspen Highlands rips...One of these days soon I'll stop in and see what the fuss is about.
So, what's in this for me
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