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Summit County - Best Snow Choice?

post #1 of 29
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I've tagged a few ski days onto a business trip to Denver, and booked a condo at Keystone from Nov. 2 to 5.

I've heard Keystone and Copper will be open, as will, of course, A-Basin and Loveland.

Of the 4 resorts, which is likely to be most favorable to new skis? (bringing new Atomic IZOR 9:7's). I don't expect perfect snow, but would like to keep the dings to a minimum.

Also, any suggestions on locations for lift-tickets? Sometimes, local supermarkets offer deals.

Any input is appreciated!
post #2 of 29
All should be similar. Decent coverage on all the groomers that are open. City Market in Dillon usually has discounted tix, as well as Virgin Island Sports in Silverthorne and several other ski shops. When you arrive, call a few. You can also call the resorts and ask who they have discount arrangements with. Have fun! Maybe I'll see you at Copper!
post #3 of 29
Colorado Ski and Golf stores have machines where you can purchase discounted tickets. Not sure what mountains, not sure how big the discounts are. (www.coloradoskiand golf.com) I'll keep looking for ideas.

So far, Loveland has the most snow. They probably won't be as crowded.

Every family with a Buddy Pass or Colorado Pass will be at Keystone for the opening. I made that mistake... ONCE! Beware the white ribbon of death (1 run, 2 million people, 3 miles, 4 life or death on 5 inches of ice).

Good Luck!!!
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post #5 of 29
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Originally Posted by ski1024 View Post
Colorado Ski and Golf stores have machines where you can purchase discounted tickets. Not sure what mountains, not sure how big the discounts are. (www.coloradoskiand golf.com) I'll keep looking for ideas.

So far, Loveland has the most snow. They probably won't be as crowded.

Every family with a Buddy Pass or Colorado Pass will be at Keystone for the opening. I made that mistake... ONCE! Beware the white ribbon of death (1 run, 2 million people, 3 miles, 4 life or death on 5 inches of ice).

Good Luck!!!
Funny!

Thanks for the input. I once experienced something like this at Breck on Thanksgiving. A few icy runs with LOTS of eager sliders. It wasn't for the faint of heart!
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by mike_m View Post
All should be similar. Decent coverage on all the groomers that are open. City Market in Dillon usually has discounted tix, as well as Virgin Island Sports in Silverthorne and several other ski shops. When you arrive, call a few. You can also call the resorts and ask who they have discount arrangements with. Have fun! Maybe I'll see you at Copper!
Thanks for the input, Mike.

I'll check-out City Market first, and then Virgin Island.

If the Buddy pass owners aren't out in throngs, I'd love to check-out Keystone and Copper.

If they are, it sounds like Loveland may be a safe haven.
post #7 of 29
If you have a few spare hours on friday 11/3 stop in @ the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo, 700 14th St. Denver
Best deals on Tickets & equipement you will find all Season for Colorado!
post #8 of 29
Also on friday the 3rd Glen Plake will be there giving tips on new Hair Styles!
post #9 of 29
Captain, I'll be up skiing at least one of the weekend days (maybe both). Don't know yet where, but Loveland or A-Basin are likely (given that Copper & Keystone will probably be mobbed). I'll PM you once I know for sure where/when I'm headed up.
post #10 of 29
The white ribbon of Death awaits!!!
post #11 of 29
Safeway in Frisco also sells discount tickets to Summit areas.

bong
post #12 of 29
Captain_Strato, I will be at Keystone on Friday for a few early morning turns. If you are skiing Keystone then let me know.
post #13 of 29
Casting my vote and suggest you work those new Atomics at Loveland then Basin only. Avoid the opening crowds at Key and Cop and harden those newbie’s with as many turns as you can burn. Buy your tics at Safeway. Ski then wide open summit on next trip.
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post #15 of 29
Copper on Friday only. Don't even think of the weekend until something besides Ptarmigan/Main Vein is open (yawn)
post #16 of 29
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Casting my vote and suggest you work those new Atomics at Loveland then Basin only. Avoid the opening crowds at Key and Cop and harden those newbie’s with as many turns as you can burn. Buy your tics at Safeway. Ski then wide open summit on next trip.
Don: Sounds like sage advice. If crowds don't look too scary, I may consider Keystone for Friday, switching to Loveland or A-Basin for weedend.

But, if there's swarm of humanity at the turnstiles, I'm off to Loveland for all 3 days.
post #17 of 29
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Captain_Strato, I will be at Keystone on Friday for a few early morning turns. If you are skiing Keystone then let me know.
Kima: I'm definitely up for a few turns!

I'll PM you!
post #18 of 29
I expect to be up on Sunday, but haven't quite decided where yet. I'd love to meet up with some of you guys somewhere! I have a CO pass and some Loveland 4pack tickets left.
post #19 of 29
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I expect to be up on Sunday, but haven't quite decided where yet. I'd love to meet up with some of you guys somewhere! I have a CO pass and some Loveland 4pack tickets left.
DP: Let's meet. I'd be happy to buy some of your Loveland tickets.
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by faisasy View Post
Captain, I'll be up skiing at least one of the weekend days (maybe both). Don't know yet where, but Loveland or A-Basin are likely (given that Copper & Keystone will probably be mobbed). I'll PM you once I know for sure where/when I'm headed up.
Faisasy: If you're in the neighborhood, please PM me. It'd be fun to connect with a group.

I'll have my laptop with me and the condo has internet access.

Loveland and A-Basin sound like the best choices!
post #21 of 29
dp and I will be heading up somewhere on Sunday. Who's skiing where on Sunday?
post #22 of 29
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Faisasy: I'll likely be skiing Loveland on Saturday and Sunday. I've PM'ed dp with my cell number.

Keystone today was fantastic!

Only Montezuma was running (apart from uploads), so the lines were predictably long. They'll be MUCH worse tomorrow and Sunday!

But, the hill was relatively uncrowded and the snow was like mid-season packed powder - Wonderful!!

Hence, I expect that Loveland will be at least as good, with more terrain and fewer crowds.

The resort employess are bracing for an onslaught this weekend!
post #23 of 29
I'll be at Copper for the Mountain Adventure series with Stan "the Bullet" Nowakowski.

Mike
post #24 of 29

Best Place Monday BEFORE Thanksgiving

I have one day the Monday before Thanksgiving (flying to Denver Sun night) Where is my best bet for my two teenage sons and me. We all like anything ungroomed (and they like the park).

Thanks
post #25 of 29

Loveland Sun.

heading up to Loveland early am.
how's the snow looking?
thx
post #26 of 29
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Vera: From a post I made in "Trip Reports:

Today Loveland received another dusting of snow. Chairs 1, 2 and 6 were open, with numerous runs. Although it was Saturday, crowds were a non-issue. I skied onto the chair almost every time.

The snowpack on runs from Chairs 1 & 2, was like Keystone yesterday - indistinguishable from mid-season packed powder. Chair six was a bit dicey (a few shrubs and rocks).

Chair one was best. You could fly down Spillway, and then cruise down Richard's run. I ran that combination about 6 times. The snow was perfect.

I also tried the bumps on Waterfall and Nix Nox. The bumps were ideal; no ice and well-formed. However, I did hit a rock or two in the deeper troughs (causing emotional anguish - my new skies : ).

All in all, a boomer day!
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... I did hit a rock or two in the deeper troughs (causing emotional anguish - my new skies : ).

All in all, a boomer day!
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Captain, was it only emotional anguish or real blunt force trauma to your new Atomics?...I hope actual damage was not part of your trip experience.
post #28 of 29
Thank you Captain Strato
post #29 of 29
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Captain, was it only emotional anguish or real blunt force trauma to your new Atomics?...I hope actual damage was not part of your trip experience.
Don: Thanks for the kind concern.

Actual damage was very minor (a couple of tiny nicks). But, my reaction to each "chunk" sound, was a facial grimace that would do any mime proud - a bit of "over-acting" on my part!

We fanatics get a tad emotional over the slightest damage to our babies. :
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