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First time in Colorado!!! Questions…

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
So today I canceled my Thanksgiving reservations for Killington and I booked the cheapest flight next week to Denver…. Arriving Tuesday night next week, leaving Sunday morning.

Never been to Colorado, not familiar with the area or the ski resorts (except some of names). Nonetheless looking to have a blast. Checked skicolorado.com and saw that Breckenridge appears to have the most terrain open. Also they have a very nice deal on lift tickets where you buy four and can ski five mountains in the Summit Country area (Breckenridge, ABasin, Keystone, Vail, etc).

So I am thinking of doing Summit Country and ski 4 mountains in 4 days. Where should I stay? My intentions is to stay in Breckenridge because of their Victorian village. Is that a good choice? If yes, what would be a good & cheap place (a clean room with a queen bed for two would be all I am looking for…)? How far am I going to be from the other mountains? Could I get better lodging deals somewhere else? Where are the best conditions? Which 4 mountains of the 5 should I pick? Etc. So many questions... Eagerly waiting for your answers.

Thanks.
post #2 of 16
First, great choice!

I'm sure some of the locals will chime in soon, but there are several fairly recent threads about Breck & other CO lodging choices. (One such thread was initiated by me, looking for advice on condos. It had a title like "Breckenridge Suggestions, especially condos" or something similar.) I think there was a more recent one, specifically about Thksgiving.

Those threads will have specific sites to look at.

I think you will find that lodging prices drop pretty quickly if you go a short drive (or bus ride) away. We wanted to stay slopeside to ease coordination with a large group, but I think if it was just me (or a couple) I'd look into the surrounding towns (Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon...) I know some of the posters here live in some of those towns.
post #3 of 16
... and, by the way, welcome to EpicSki.
post #4 of 16
By far the best place to stay near Breck (price wise) is the wayside inn.... it's about 10-15 mins to town, but cheap and accomodating, they have a nice breakfast and the owners are really awesome and give you some good grub both before and after skiing, the heater is a bit loud, but it keeps you nice and warm!
http://www.breckenridgewaysideinn.com/

Also the Best Western in Frisco gives you the best accessability to I-70, which will take you to most of the resorts...

As for the skiing check out snow.com for updated trails info there isn't much open as of right now, but I heard that Breck will definetly be opening peak 10 by Thanksgiving weekend and possibly peak 8, but don't hold your breath! Vail won't have much open either and expect a lot of crowds as next weekend is their opening weekend and people turn out in droves. If I were you I'd hit up Breck for two days and skip Vail...
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys for your replies. Keep them coming.

I see some pretty cheap lodging on Breck's website. Any opinions about: Park Meadows, Tannenbaum II, Blazing Saddles, Snowdrop, The Lift, Inner Circle, Wildwood Suites, Der Steiermark? Which one toavoid, preffer?

Pretty much all of them have lodging for 5 nights/4 days of skiing of $350-425. Most of them are condos, which is convenient because we don't have to eat out all the time.
post #6 of 16
A methodological tip --
I've discovered that one of the big issues when making remote arrangements is figuring out where the property actually is. Here is the trick I discovered:
Go to www.bookit.com, and search for your property. For example, http://hotels.bookit.com/colorado/denver/tannenbaumiisc/?ARR_DATE_HM=&DEP_DATE_HM==
Down near the bottom of the page is a street address, in this case "213 North Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424".
Once you have a real address, you can go to Google maps.

For comparison, the quicksilver lift is inside the hook formed by Village Rd, S. Park Ave, and Columbine Rd.
(It looked to me that Der Steiermark and The Lift were both within walking distance of the QS lift -- maybe 1/4 mile, and closer than the parking lot.)

The Snowflake lift is at the corner of Four O'Clock Rd and Kings Crown Rd. I didn't look at the other end of town, so did not bother to locate those lifts precisely.

Anyway, this aerial photo shows what I figured out for one end of town...
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post #7 of 16
Blazing Saddles: I would not stay in Blazing Saddles as it's mostly locals, and the ceilings are paper thin which means you'll hear people above you and the upper floors get very hot because of the heat rising and bad airflow. My brother used to live there and even in the winter he had to have a fan by an open window to keep temps down.

Der Steiermark: I stayed in an upper floor Der Steiermark unit once and loved it. The location is fantastic, easy walk to the Quicksilver and right in town. I'll eventually buy one of these units if an incredible bargain ever comes around.
post #8 of 16
Well no one has answered the time question yet. Here you go.

If you are staying IN breck:
Keystone - 15
A-Basin - 20
Frisco (just a town, but the first one you get to on I-70) - 15
Copper - 25-30
Vail - 45
Beaver Creek - 50
Loveland - (depends which way you go) 45-60
Winter Park/Mary Jane - 60+

hope that helps!
I think Copper actually has more terrain open right now, but I'm biased
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by HookedOnWinter View Post
Well no one has answered the time question yet. Here you go.

If you are staying IN breck:
Keystone - 15
A-Basin - 20
Frisco (just a town, but the first one you get to on I-70) - 15
Copper - 25-30
Vail - 45
Beaver Creek - 50
Loveland - (depends which way you go) 45-60
Winter Park/Mary Jane - 60+

hope that helps!
I think Copper actually has more terrain open right now, but I'm biased
Thanks.

Those are minutes right?

We're getting a lift tickets deal where we can ski 4 days any of the following 5 mountains: Breck, Abasin, Keystone, Vail and Creek. Cooper is no option...
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mdf View Post
A methodological tip --
I've discovered that one of the big issues when making remote arrangements is figuring out where the property actually is. Here is the trick I discovered:
Go to www.bookit.com, and search for your property. For example, http://hotels.bookit.com/colorado/denver/tannenbaumiisc/?ARR_DATE_HM=&DEP_DATE_HM==
Down near the bottom of the page is a street address, in this case "213 North Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424".
Once you have a real address, you can go to Google maps.

For comparison, the quicksilver lift is inside the hook formed by Village Rd, S. Park Ave, and Columbine Rd.
(It looked to me that Der Steiermark and The Lift were both within walking distance of the QS lift -- maybe 1/4 mile, and closer than the parking lot.)

The Snowflake lift is at the corner of Four O'Clock Rd and Kings Crown Rd. I didn't look at the other end of town, so did not bother to locate those lifts precisely.

Anyway, this aerial photo shows what I figured out for one end of town...
Thanks. That's very impressive work. We're thinking of staying at The Lift (mainly a decision based on money). Is there any issue that we should be aware with it?
post #11 of 16
If you want to ski 4 of those mountains, that means you'll only be skiing at Breck one day, right? So as much as I like Breck the town and Breck the resort (thank you for hiring me!), I would suggest that you're too far out of the way by staying in Breck itself.

Frisco would be a better bet. You'll have to backtrack through Frisco to get back to I-70 anyway if you're going to Vail, Beaver Creek, or the most common way to Keystone and the Basin.

In Frisco you're 9 miles down Highway 9 to Breck, you're right at I-70 (either exit 203 at the rotary or exit 202 for Main Street) so it's the most convenient town in Summit County for heading over to Eagle County for Vail or Beaver Creek. And you're only about 8 miles from Keystone and 11 from A-Basin if you get off I-70 east one exit back at exit 205 Silverthorne and head back over Highway 6.

Hotel Frisco is a nice quaint, well-run lovely place right on Main Street, which has some good restaurants (Silverheels, Boatyard, A-Train Pizza, more), bars, great bakery cafe (Butterhorn), brewpub, and my charming wife Lisamarie's sport fitness/pilates studio (plug plug) right in walking distance. It's also central to the free Summit Stage bus system that takes you to Breck, Keystone, A-Basin, or most of the other centers in the county if you don't feel like driving. I stayed at the Hotel Frisco a couple of times before moving up here and enjoyed it. Or a lower budget motel option also right on Main St, try the Snowshoe Motel. I stayed there also - rooms are typical old budget motel but clean, friendly people, can't beat the location. Also a bunch of chain motels right by Exit 203 in Frisco walking distance to the Summit Stage transfer center (but otherwise walking distance only to a strip mall): Ramada limited, Best Western, some others.

If you were skiing Breck more than 1 day I'd say stay in Breck, since it's such a nice town. But downtown Frisco has a lot of that same "small mountain town" vibe but a bit smaller and mellower. And it's a lot more central to getting to the other places you want to be. If you're down in Breck you're at the far end of everywhere except Breck.

In any event have a great trip! You'll love it up here.
post #12 of 16
Just to throw it out there. You might look at a day at Loveland. They got nailed with 22" of snow in 24hrs. I was up there yesterday and the place is covered. They were spinning lift 4 I would imagine to get it ready to open this weekend with a bunch of terrain. With the amount of snow they have the area should be operating somewhere in the 70-80% open range by next week.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
Just to throw it out there. You might look at a day at Loveland. They got nailed with 22" of snow in 24hrs. I was up there yesterday and the place is covered. They were spinning lift 4 I would imagine to get it ready to open this weekend with a bunch of terrain. With the amount of snow they have the area should be operating somewhere in the 70-80% open range by next week.
Hey, I was there too yesterday! I was surprised more terrain wasn't open but could be because of staffing issues. I think their ski school opens tomorrow so that means the Valley should be open. Bet you're right--bet lifts 4 and maybe even 8 open for the weekend. Just be careful--Loveland is pretty high altitude-wise. Wherever you go, have a blast!
post #14 of 16
hi
I've picked your post because you sound as if you are well informed and know a lot about the area and bus service
I'm new to barking bears I'm a snowhead from uk.
I wonder if you could answer a few questions I'm coming to breck march /17/ 07 and would like to visit Vail and beaver and keystone.
they tell me that there is a bus service any advice on it and how much hassle it is, or is car hire a better option and where's the best place to hire
fluffyone
post #15 of 16
Fluffy, not sure about the bus service but if it were me I'd just rent a car. Keystone is about 20-25 min by car and Vail is maybe just of 1/2 hour from Breck. Also nearby is Copper.

Not sure where you are flying in to but your best bet would be to rent a car from the airport if you decide to go that route. That would save on having to take a shuttle or cab from the airport to breck.
post #16 of 16
If you're not used to driving in the mountains and on the right side, and are flying into Denver, take the shuttle bus to your destination. There is a very good free bus system in Summit County including Breckenridge that will take you to Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Copper. It doesn't go to Vail as Vail is about 40 minutes from Breck. I'm not sure there is a bus that goes from Summit Co. tovail anymore. Maybe Breckview will chime in on this. He can tell you more. If you don't want to take the shuttle up, rent an SUV with 4 wheel drive. The roads can be very trecherous if the snows come.
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