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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey...I'm headed out to the Denver area in about 2 weeks to rip it up at a few resorts out there. I'm looking to basically go where the snow is and was wondering if any of you on here have had recent reports/experiences of any resorts in Summit County (in particular A Basin, Copper, Breck) or surrounding (Vail, Aspen). Looks like Vail and Aspen are hurting for snow...with neither reporting much more than a few inches of new snow in the last 7 or so days. By the way, I'm looking to ski bowls, trees and mostly difficult terrain.
post #2 of 14
I just got back from Summit county and the ski conditions were pretty good for December. The resorts could use some more snow after all the holiday masses. The best conditions in my opinion where at A-Basin packed powder and no crowds. Breck was crowded but seemed to have softer snow than Keystone which was a tad less crowded but had slicker snow.
post #3 of 14
I skied Breck yesterday: all four mountains. The blue runs are OK, with a few bare spots, and Peak 10 was fine. The steeper runs have their share of rocks, especially the ones off the north side of Peak 9, which are horrible. Runs off the T-bar, except for Pika, are thin. The north side off the Imperial lift to Peak 7 was open, but I don't know what's up there.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by BHallDDS View Post
...By the way, I'm looking to ski bowls, trees and mostly difficult terrain.
For tree skiing do not miss Keystone - but I don't know about the snow conditions.
post #5 of 14
Winter Park/MJ got a good amount of snow from the 12/20-12/21 storm - 22 inches I think. They also got more out of the last storm then further west of the divide. Mary Jane has lots of great bump runs and tree sking for you.

42 inch base and 124 inches so far this season with most of the Mt open. Haven't been yet so can't say about the coverage.
post #6 of 14
Agree with the comments and locations above. Yes, the recent snowfall has been more of an upslope favoring east of divide. However, for early season snowfall the conditions for CO are pretty good everywhere IMO. Anything over 38 inches mid mountain offers up good PP skiing with enough to cover all but the worst rail busters. Less than that you pick your lines more carefully. Adventurous work finds occasional powder stashes amongst tree and bowl as well as opportunities to work on packed, wind blown and crud conditions honing those important carving and balance skills Certainly new fresh is needed and sounds like some maybe coming this Friday from the West.

FWIW; I can’t tell you how many folks we have met on a lift or in the hut that made travel plans in the last 2 weeks coming in from the East skiing all over summit county. We found all these folks happy with their visit that allowed them to make some long linked turns and support thier habit. While snorkel depth powder is what we all are waiting for, skiing the hard pack in the sun with a good carve on is not so bad.

Have a good trip.
post #7 of 14

More Pilgrims from the East!

I too am l looking to head out to Summit County. 4 of us had a trip planned to Europe for the 18th of January but the snow is just not happening (Innsbruck, Dolomites & Davos). It has been about 10 years since I was out to Summit County - Any suggestions for Condo Rentals for the 4 of us (well mannered 40 year olds)? I seem to remember staying in Dillion were the deals were good.

Will we have some more storms in the next 2 weeks?
post #8 of 14
for house/condo rental try www.vrbo.com
for weather try www.snowforecast.com or www.snow-forecast.com
post #9 of 14
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Winter Park/MJ got a good amount of snow from the 12/20-12/21 storm - 22 inches I think. They also got more out of the last storm then further west of the divide. Mary Jane has lots of great bump runs and tree sking for you.

42 inch base and 124 inches so far this season with most of the Mt open. Haven't been yet so can't say about the coverage.
great coverage @ WP/MJ......finally switched to new skis and have not had any issues to date!

we seemed to have gotten the same sort of snowfall that eldora got.....without the subsequent gail force winds:
post #10 of 14
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great coverage @ WP/MJ......finally switched to new skis and have not had any issues to date!

we seemed to have gotten the same sort of snowfall that eldora got.....without the subsequent gail force winds:
actually, it was calm over the weekend. didn't get to ski it (training a new instructor on level 1 progression - but that's another story), but was told it was waist deep (on jon o) at the top of labelle.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
Looks like I'm definitely going to start at Winter Park for several reasons: 1)It appears to have the most coverage of the Colorado resorts right (Today they report a 41" base at mid-mountain, and 48" at summit). That's pretty good for early Jan. Mary Jane is almost completely open save a few of the double blacks. 2) It's lower on the altitude scale than Breckenridge, A-Basin and Copper. That way I can acclimate a little bit better (I'm coming from Chicago). And finally, it's a short trip from Denver. Can't wait.
post #12 of 14
If you like MJ, make sure you park in the MJ lots. It's the first entrance once you come down from the pass. Go to the end of the dirt road to the last lot which is next to the ticket office/rental etc. The first few lots are fine and then you just ski/skate down to the ticket office. Weekdays should be no problem to park.
post #13 of 14
I skied Aspen yesterday and Highlands the day before. It's a little thin, but still very good.
post #14 of 14
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...That way I can acclimate a little bit better (I'm coming from Chicago)...
A very good point and sometimes overlooked by those flying in and quickly heading upslope. Don't forget to increase proper hydration as soon as take off as it will help with your altitude acclimation (and next day’s skiing “attitude”).
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