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Skiing Winter Park in Jan. worth it?

post #1 of 29
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My college is offering a P.E. skiing class credit. The class ends with a trip to Winter Park with 3 days of skiing in the first week of Jan. It's $650. Is this price worth it for 3 days at Winter Park? I don't know anything about the class, we just found out about it. It would be a total waste if we had to ski beginner slopes and learn beginner techniques the whole time, but I have a feeling we ski on our own. I just would hate to go out there and be stuck is sessions learning how to stop and carve: .

I will take my annual awesome powder trip to the Wasatch over spring break in mid-March...when we usually go. I don't know if I will have another time to get out west this year though.

Any feedback on WP and the price would help.

I'm not that keen on the idea, but hey it's a ski trip and if I had freedom it couldn't be that bad.
post #2 of 29
where do these people come from?

ummmm........why not head over to teton gravity research and pose your question there?
post #3 of 29

Winter Park

Why such a mean reply, RustyGuy? It didn't seem like an outrageous question to me.

Anyway, Winter Park is a fun ski area. I'm assuming they enlist the services of the ski school. The director of the ski school, Bob Barnes, is a great guy.

As far as the price, you didn't say what that includes as far as lodging, lift tickets, transportation so it's hard to answer that question.
post #4 of 29
WP should be fine in January
post #5 of 29
If the price includes lifts, slopeside lodging, and food, it is ok. If not, then you can do better on your own.
post #6 of 29
I'm going to Winterpark in January. I can't wait! Of course, I'm not a youngster, with lots of other options, but I chose Winterpark for the good prices and the good skiing. Personally, I don't understand your question. If you are worried about whether its a good deal, do a search and see if it seems to be in the realm of the usual or better. If its a package put together by your school, unless you're at some exclusive one in which case you wouldn't care how much it cost, then its probably a good deal. You can always ask the instructor whether you have to take lessons with the rest of the kids.
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by kayandallie View Post
I'm going to Winterpark in January. I can't wait! Of course, I'm not a youngster, with lots of other options, but I chose Winterpark for the good prices and the good skiing.
We will be there for a week in January as well. It is normally very quiet during the week. If there is powder, you will feel like a kid in a candy store! Weekends can be a litle crowded depending on where you are.
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy View Post
where do these people come from?

ummmm........why not head over to teton gravity research and pose your question there?
No need to be so harsh, I know your a WP guy. I just don't know much about Winter Park and I'm used to skiing in the Cottonwood Canyons of Utah- so so much powder, super terrain. I suppose I've gotten a little spoiled there.

I'm not trying to cut WP down. I'm just asking if it is worth it to go with a bunch of college folks from GA. The price of $650 includes everything.
post #9 of 29
what's your idea of "super terrain"? WP/MJ is incredibly fun, especially if you like moguls. some great tree skiing too. i think you need to get out more - there's a great big world outside the wasatch, believe it or not...
post #10 of 29
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I'm sure WP is a great area...I have heard praises about their moguls...which I love.

I also have a possible trip to Breckenridge in mid-Dec. What is the terrain/snow coverage like at Breck for this time? How much of the terrain is open, especially expert terrain.

I don't have anything against WP, but if I only have one trip this year out west, then I will definately choose the Wasatch for a week over WP for 3 days.
post #11 of 29
Breck and WP are always packed. They are two of the big areas frequented by the Denver hoardes. The mountains are good, the crowds suck.
post #12 of 29

WP vs Breck vs Alta

would rather go to Alta for pow and wide open spaces and WP/MHJ for bumps. Breck is limiting relative to the other two if you can really ski. Breck has only 2/3 good chair lifts for expert skiing.
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by skierhj View Post
Breck and WP are always packed. They are two of the big areas frequented by the Denver hoardes. The mountains are good, the crowds suck.
what? WP is one of the LEAST crowded resorts anywhere within reasonable range of denver. i skied there 35 days last year - and almost all weekend days - and i never waited more than ~15 min unless there was a lift malfunction.

breckenridge is another story, however. 30 or 45 min waits every time i've gone on a weekend.
post #14 of 29
Snow coverage in Jan should be good at all CO areas -- if it is not a terrible snow year. If no snow, no coverage. Generally, almost all of the expert terrain is open by early to mid Jan, with the exception of the East Wall at A-Basin.

If $650 includes everything, then why wouldn't you do it? You're unlikely to find a better bargin.

Mike
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by wasatchskier View Post
No need to be so harsh, I know your a WP guy. I just don't know much about Winter Park and I'm used to skiing in the Cottonwood Canyons of Utah- so so much powder, super terrain. I suppose I've gotten a little spoiled there.

I'm not trying to cut WP down. I'm just asking if it is worth it to go with a bunch of college folks from GA. The price of $650 includes everything.
first of all i was too harsh and i apologize. i'm not one to make excuses, however, my other season life (job) often includes periods of sleep deprivation, a little stress, mixed with a few too many carbonated beverages during my down time.

i can get a little "crusty"

so.......to make it up to you, catch me on my day off via p.m. and i would love to ski with you, guide you to great snow, and bring all your friends at days end and i'll buy the first round for the gang.

again in my defense i like wp so much i was a little surprised by whether an inexpensive trip to my favorite mountain at the height of the good snow would be worthwhile.

should have simply said.....are you kidding it's a great deal.

OK.......i'll buy two rounds:
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by dmahr View Post
Breck has only 2/3 good chair lifts for expert skiing.
Breck actually has over 800 acres of double-black terrain which is more than the entire size of A-Basin. Breck also has lift-served 50 degree terrain which I think is pretty rare in Colorado.
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by Happy Madison View Post
breckenridge is another story, however. 30 or 45 min waits every time i've gone on a weekend.
Having skied Breck 100+ days a year for 15 years (including pretty much every weekend), I don't think I've ever waited in a 30 minute line. I don't think it's possible to have a 45 minute line because there's not enough room at any of the lifts to support the line.
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by skierhj View Post
Breck and WP are always packed.
At Breck during the week there are virtually no lines ever. Much of the time I'm riding lifts by myself. Surprisingly, my longest line waits last season were the weekend I skied at Snowmass...
post #19 of 29
Thread Starter 
Rusty Guy- thanks for the apology. I understand that my initial question can be misleading. If I go on the trip (if enough people sign up), I'll pm you about it...I would to have you as a tour guide.
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by breckview View Post
Having skied Breck 100+ days a year for 15 years (including pretty much every weekend), I don't think I've ever waited in a 30 minute line. I don't think it's possible to have a 45 minute line because there's not enough room at any of the lifts to support the line.
maybe it just SEEMS like 30-45 min b/c it's so damned cold there!
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy View Post
...so.......to make it up to you, catch me on my day off via p.m. and i would love to ski with you, guide you to great snow, and bring all your friends at days end and i'll buy the first round for the gang.

again in my defense i like wp so much i was a little surprised by whether an inexpensive trip to my favorite mountain at the height of the good snow would be worthwhile...:
Note to self .... next time headed to WP, dis the mountain a little for an "RG" private tour and free barley pops.
post #22 of 29
i'm always easy.....nobody has ever bought the first round with me. just make your way to "coffee and tea" which doubles as a great little bar in the afternoon and find me.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by Rusty Guy View Post
OK.......i'll buy two rounds:
Watch out Rusty...Wasatch is bringing 30 of his drinking/skiing buds with him!!!!

Glad you gave the guy a break...but should a guy that hails from the great skiing state of GA call himself Wasatchskier??????
post #24 of 29
Better make it a round of "Root Beer" Rusty. I just noticed his profile and he's only 18!

Wasatch, you are asking three questions:

Is WP/MJ a fun place to ski relative to Alta. Yes, you bet. But it is different so be prepared to be challenged in a different way. More bumps, more trees. The traverses are at the bottom instead of the top.

Is it a good deal? Yes, if it includes most things it is a very good deal

Will you be stuck in a beginner class with a bunch of "skiers" from Georgia? We can't answer that one. If you are obligated to ski with your mates because it's a class, you will have to assess that. If part of the deal is a pass to ski school, you will have a blast because the instructors there will push your envelope no matter where it is.

Have fun!
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by skierhj View Post
Breck and WP are always packed. They are two of the big areas frequented by the Denver hoardes. The mountains are good, the crowds suck.
I agree with the above posters. WP and Breck can be a bti crowded on the weekends if you do not know where to avoid them. However, during the week, you will be on your own. It is very quiet!
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by Mom View Post
Better make it a round of "Root Beer" Rusty. I just noticed his profile and he's only 18!

Wasatch, you are asking three questions:

Is WP/MJ a fun place to ski relative to Alta. Yes, you bet. But it is different so be prepared to be challenged in a different way. More bumps, more trees. The traverses are at the bottom instead of the top.

Is it a good deal? Yes, if it includes most things it is a very good deal

Will you be stuck in a beginner class with a bunch of "skiers" from Georgia? We can't answer that one. If you are obligated to ski with your mates because it's a class, you will have to assess that. If part of the deal is a pass to ski school, you will have a blast because the instructors there will push your envelope no matter where it is.

Have fun!

Glad you noticed I am only 18...did I mention I am a female too? Well, I'm one hell of a girl skiier.

I'm thinking about it- I love skiing and this is another option to get out west this year. I don't think ski school is part of the plan- I think the instructor is "giving lessons", which hopefully he would cut me loose because he knows our family well and knows we ski a lot- way more than him!!!
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by wasatchskier View Post
Glad you noticed I am only 18...did I mention I am a female too? Well, I'm one hell of a girl skiier.
Another note to self ... don't even think about an RG tour and first round when wasatchskier is in town. Damn life is so fair!!


All joking aside - you've got a heck of a deal on the table WS - $650 all inclusive AND a mountain tour. You'll have fun!
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by wasatchskier View Post
did I mention I am a female too? Well, I'm one hell of a girl skiier.
Hooray, another diehard chick skier! welcome. Take Rusty up on his offer of a tour; you will definitely have fun.
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by wasatchskier View Post
Glad you noticed I am only 18...did I mention I am a female too? Well, I'm one hell of a girl skiier.

I'm thinking about it- I love skiing and this is another option to get out west this year. I don't think ski school is part of the plan- I think the instructor is "giving lessons", which hopefully he would cut me loose because he knows our family well and knows we ski a lot- way more than him!!!
Note to all WP skiers/instructors/lifties/etc.

Remember this rule when wawsatchskier comes to town.
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