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post #1 of 23
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Hey all, there are ridiculously low roundtrip direct flights to Denver this year from Baltimore, we are talking $145.00. Are there hotels around Copper that have packages that include rental car, tickets and lodging for a reasonable price? When I went out to Utah last year, I stayed at the Best Western in Sandy and it had a package for all of the above plus bus passes for $130.00 a day. I was wondering if there was anything similar around Copper or some of the other Colorado resorts. Earlier this year some friends asked us if they wanted us to join them for a trip to Copper but the place they were staying at was ridiculously expensive. Also, this would be just for me and my wife. Thank you in advance for any information.
post #2 of 23
If you can't find a package, I can recommend the La Quinta Inn in Silverthorne for a hotel. It's got a AAA rate of $71/night for a room with a king-size bed and includes a rather nice continental breakfast. I stayed there last year and would go back again.
post #3 of 23
Also check VRBO.com for condo/townhome rentals.
post #4 of 23
If you can rent a condo in Copper Village you don't need a car. There is a shuttle bus system or you can walk to the lifts. Buses MAY run to Frisco etc.

Winter Park is the same way. Rent a room and ride the bus to the ski area.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, I was wondering if there was a ski bus from Frisco, I am going to make some calls to the hotels out there and see what the deal is.
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by BatGirl View Post
If you can't find a package, I can recommend the La Quinta Inn in Silverthorne for a hotel. It's got a AAA rate of $71/night for a room with a king-size bed and includes a rather nice continental breakfast. I stayed there last year and would go back again.
Thank you, just might be the way to go.
post #7 of 23
You're eyeing the Southwest flight deals, aren't you? Did you check their Vacations? I think I remember there being a ski deal with them.
post #8 of 23

Ski bus from Frisco

Yes, there is a ski bus from Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon, Keystone and Breckenridge TO Copper Mountain. The Summit Stage is Summit County's free transit system serving most of the county and all nearby ski areas.

They have promised to have the bus schedule online so guests can plan their daily itinerary. It doesn't seem to be up and running just yet. Here is a link to tide you over with some general info - www.summitnet.com/Transportation/ .

Most lodging in Frisco has a bus stop at or nearby that can get you to Copper.

Looking at a copy of their schedule, it appears to be 1/2 hour service from Frisco to Copper starting as early as 6:30am. Obviously, the farther from Copper you stay the longer the bus ride.
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CME, Colo Mtn Express, offers door to door van service between DIA and Summit/Eagle/Pitkin Counties. www.ridecme.com

DIA offers fairly good rates on rental cars if you can shop around prior to arrival.

Hope this helps.
post #9 of 23
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You're eyeing the Southwest flight deals, aren't you? Did you check their Vacations? I think I remember there being a ski deal with them.
No these are United Airline flights.
post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hey BatGirl La Quinta Inn in Silverthorne has $82.00 a night rates which is not too bad. When you stayed there did you take the Summit Stage? Was Copper about 15 minutes away?
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thank you 100!
post #12 of 23
Two ways to go:

1. Rent a car, book any hotel. I'd recommend that because it's not too expensive. You'll then also have the option of going to Ski Cooper if you want.

2. Take the shuttle from the airport to Summit County, stay in a hotel close to the bus route. The shuttle round-trip will be about $80 each - so two people could easily rent a car for that price.

If you want to take the free bus, I'd recommend staying on Frisco's Main St. (I-70 exit 201) somewhere. Something like Snowshoe Inn or Woods Inn. It's a 10 minute bus ride from there to Copper.

Otherwise, if you stay at Frisco's exit 203 near the bus terminal then it's going to be a 25 minute bus ride. If you're going to stay there, I'd recommend the Best Western - it's a stone's throw from the bus terminal and the easiest jumping off point to anywhere in the county.

I'd recommend against staying in Silverthorne if you're using the bus. It can easily take an hour from the hotel to Copper.

If it was my vacation, I'd rent a car, stay on Frisco's Main St., and use the free shuttle to get to Copper. It's actually faster to get to the lifts if you take the free shuttle from Frisco than to drive to Copper and get on Copper's shuttle bus. The added advantage of staying on Frisco's Main St. is you can walk to restaurants and bars.
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thank you Vinn, excellent information! I will look into those Main street hotels.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by midatlantic View Post
Hey BatGirl La Quinta Inn in Silverthorne has $82.00 a night rates which is not too bad. When you stayed there did you take the Summit Stage? Was Copper about 15 minutes away?
Sorry, didn't see this until today. I didn't take the Summit Stage, no. I'd rented a car (Advantage Rent-a-Car had a good price) and was using that to get around. Copper was about 20 minutes away from Silverthorne.

Keep an eye on the Southwest fares. They had a Ding fare over the weekend of $44 o/w from BWI to Denver for flights in Jan.
post #15 of 23

Car Rental and Lift Tickets

Try Alamo, I have found they have some of the best rates. Copper does offer some great lift ticket rates (compared to Breck or Keystone) if you purchase in advance, check there web site www.coppercolorado.com, they did have a 4 day ticket for $149 or $159. There might be better deals for tix at some of the local retailers but I am not familier with them since I live in Michigan.
post #16 of 23
Copper and Winter Park offer some very cheap lift tickets through what is called a "Gold Book". Go to ebay and search for copper mountain lift tickets. There are a couple of places that sell the book for about $10.
The lift tickets vary in price ($35 to about $42) according to timing. Also you can show them your Frontier Airlines boarding pass and get 2 for 1 lift tickets. ie $68 for 2 tickets.
Have fun.
post #17 of 23
Expedia also has ticket package deals under their "activities" tab.
post #18 of 23
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Expedia also has ticket package deals under their "activities" tab.
Nice tip, gracias!
post #19 of 23
We usually stay at the Alpine Inn, Frisco, also the Sheraton in Dillon.

But, take a look at Web Specials for Vail/Beaver/Breck and Keystone. 3 yrs. ago we got lifts/lodging pkgs in NICE places for 2 adults and 1 child, $190 Vail, $145 Beaver, and $160 Breck.
post #20 of 23
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Nice tip, gracias!
De nada! But let me clarify. The ticket packages are for lift tickets, not lodging/car/flight. Here's an example. Hope that helps!
post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BatGirl View Post
Sorry, didn't see this until today. I didn't take the Summit Stage, no. I'd rented a car (Advantage Rent-a-Car had a good price) and was using that to get around. Copper was about 20 minutes away from Silverthorne.

Keep an eye on the Southwest fares. They had a Ding fare over the weekend of $44 o/w from BWI to Denver for flights in Jan.
Wow, where do you find that rate?
post #22 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the info guys, you all rock! BatGirl, I got over to the Southwest website and found some nice internet specials, thank you very much!
post #23 of 23
You are quite welcome. Have a great time!

For future reference, to get the Ding fares, you have to download a program from the Southwest website (you should see the link on the front page). Every so often during the day, usually once or twice a day, a pop-up message will appear on your computer, notifying you of fares lower than appear on the website. Those fares are only available for a few hours. That's how I found the $44 o/w fare last weekend. Denver has a tendency to pop up on those rather often, but the $44 fare was the lowest I've seen in awhile.
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