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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hello

I am looking for advice from those who live in Colorado. I have very limited travel experience in Colorado during the winter.

I have a free plane ticket to Denver that I have to use before the end of the year. Due to personal engagements I cannot go on a trip after the first week of December so I booked the flight for the period 12/2 through 12/9.

I have done some research on the net and with booking agents and they all try to get me to stay at a resort(obviously because it is expensive). I do not want to be limited to one resort. I have narrowed my choices down to the following 3 scenariois:

Scneario 1.

Fly into Denver. Rent a Jeep Grand Cherokee for $260. Drive to Frisco, CO and stay at the Marriott for $62 a night. Travel to the area resorts like Copper Mountain, Keystone, Vail ect..My only concern is getting trapped on I-70 due to snow qand not being able to get back to the airport. Do they close this road often? Is it hard to get around on this road? What is this town like?

Scenario 2.

Fly into Denver. Take a shuttle bus to Frisco, stay at the Mariott for $62 a night and use the bus service to get around to the resorts. This is less desirable as it limits my freedom and also is only $90 less than the rental Jeep.

I am a 57 yr old intermediate skier and prefer long blue and green runs. Any resort suggestions I might prefer?

Thank you very much in advance for any input, info, or suggestions you may have to offer.

Paul R
post #2 of 21
Scenario 1 looks good and don't worry about I-70 as it rarely closes(has happened once this season) and if it does you'll be able to get somewhere to ski in awesome conditions.

If I-70 were to close, I'm pretty confident the airlines would take that into account.

All of the areas easily accessible from Frisco have plenty of terrain for your ability with the possible exception of Arapahoe Basin.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much for the reply and info jgiddyup.

If Frisco a nice place to stay in terms of adequate food service and such?
post #4 of 21
FYI, there is no Marriott in Frisco. There's a Marriott Vacation Club in Breck (timeshare), but the closest Marriott hotel is in Vail, and it is nowhere near $62 a night! Regardless, there are lots of hotels in/around Frisco, and it is a great place to stay for easy access to the mountains. As far as restaurants, there's a lot of stuff on Main Street, and you can always get over to Dillon as well.
post #5 of 21
I would skip the jeep and just rent a midsize for about half. The roads will not be a problem.
post #6 of 21
Also, the bus system in Summit county is ok, but depending on where you stay, it can take you awhile, and a connection, to get to a ski area. Rental car would be much better.
post #7 of 21

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Having lived on the front range for years but moved back east (what was I thinking?), our strategy was to always go where the most new snow was reported. That being said, your request for blues and greens makes me think of Copper. The whole right side of the mountain is blue / green.
post #8 of 21
I prefer Keystone for long, wide cruisers. Flying Dutchman, Frenchman, Wild Irishman ... have fun!
post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the info and replies. Can anyone tell me how long a drive it is from Frisco to the surrounding resorts? Also what is the weather usually like in early December? Are the roads usually clear?
post #10 of 21
Since my studio is in Frisco, I take the bus all the time. It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour to Breck and Copper, a bit longer for Keystone and A-Basin. Frisco is a great little town. Lots of bars and restaurants, but slightly less crowded and frenetic than Breck.

If you don't care about luxury, you can stay here http://www.snowshoemotel.com/
It's right on Main Street, and the bus stops directly in front of it.

Bot Copper and Breck will have nice long blue cruisers.
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Actually I reserved a space at the Holiday Inn in Frisco for $67 a night. I was looking at the snowshoe online at Expedia but the Holiday Inn seemed to have more ammenities for nearly the same price. Not bad for a single traveler in the middle of ski country.
post #12 of 21
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Thanks. Actually I reserved a space at the Holiday Inn in Frisco for $67 a night. I was looking at the snowshoe online at Expedia but the Holiday Inn seemed to have more ammenities for nearly the same price. Not bad for a single traveler in the middle of ski country.
Hi, PaulR.

Frisco is a great choice. Very central location and you can drive to Breck, Copper, Keystone, A-Basin, and Loveland in less than half an hour if the roads are "pretty" good, which they almost always are. Even Vail isn't much more than a half hour away with good roads.

I agree about not needing 4WD. A good front-wheel-drive car will get you around perfectly well in almost all conditions.

All of those ski areas have great beginner through advanced-intermediate terrain. My favorites of the ones near Frisco are Keystone (where we honeymooned 35 years ago) and Copper, but the cool thing is that every ski resort honestly has a different character. Try them all so you can find the one you'll want to go back to the next time.

Have fun. Sounds like a great trip.
post #13 of 21
the Holiday Innis near the Frisco transfer center. If you choose to go completely car free, you can get the point to point rate on Clorado Mountain Express.

Although that is the less interesting part of Frisco, it will be a sligtly shorter ride if you want to go to Keystone. Also, you can catch the Copper express bus from the transfer center,which will get you to Copper in about 10 minutes.

You are also close to the supermarket, Walmarts and all the fast food restaurants, in case you want to save money on meals. Check out the billboard of the S&W. It's own by some Jews for Jesus. The billboard quotes scripture in the same sentence as their ads for cheese curds. It's kind of funny!
post #14 of 21
I am jumping in this thread with question too. If Copper and Keystone have long wide cruisers (what I'm looking for) and staying in Frisco is close to them, is there a shuttle from Frisco to the resorts? I've never rented a car before but on dollar, or budget the quote came up 2-3 hundred dollars... for a car that will stay parked most of the time(?); that's why I'm not jumping on that. I'll have to pay a fortunte anyway to get from Denver Airport to Frisco.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie View Post
the Holiday Innis near the Frisco transfer center. If you choose to go completely car free, you can get the point to point rate on Clorado Mountain Express.

Although that is the less interesting part of Frisco, it will be a sligtly shorter ride if you want to go to Keystone. Also, you can catch the Copper express bus from the transfer center,which will get you to Copper in about 10 minutes.

You are also close to the supermarket, Walmarts and all the fast food restaurants, in case you want to save money on meals. Check out the billboard of the S&W. It's own by some Jews for Jesus. The billboard quotes scripture in the same sentence as their ads for cheese curds. It's kind of funny!
I didn't see your post (before I posted); it answers some of my questions too. Thanks. So, I'll be searching for Colorado Mountain Express and Copper Express rates.
post #16 of 21
www.summitstage.com

You can download the entire transportation guide and maps there.
post #17 of 21
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www.summitstage.com

You can download the entire transportation guide and maps there.
Yes, thank you.
post #18 of 21
And Here is CME
http://ridecme.com/

Oh, and the Copper Express bus is part of the FREE Summit Stage bus system!!!
post #19 of 21
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I didn't see your post (before I posted); it answers some of my questions too. Thanks. So, I'll be searching for Colorado Mountain Express and Copper Express rates.
I've taken the Mountain Express and it is very easy from the Denver airport. Took it straight up to Vail...but it does stop in different sections along 70 (pretty sure Frisco was a stop). Anyways, I would suggest booking your reservations (round trip) beforehand, for it may fill up when you get in. Thats pretty cool that you can probably get away with not using a car the whole time you are there....
post #20 of 21
The Frisco Transportation Center is the Main Stop. If your hotel is nearby, you can qualify for the lower rate. If not, you have two options.

If you are not carrying tons of baggage, you can take the Summit Stage to your hotel.

If you have lots of baggage you can pay the higher rate for door to door.
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for more of thel info Bob, Lisa, and jcnoble. Very helpful info!

James I was going to go the shuttle route too but when you look at the costs it really isnt a whole lot less than the rental car for $160. I might take the bus to the resort one day just to see what its like though or if it is snowing hard.
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