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Where to ski on CO?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Ok, I'm already starting to plan our families big trip to CO next year. We have never been, so here is a little about us:

Male age 40, I'm the dad so it really doesn't matter what I like.

Wife level 7/8 likes groomed slopes. A little bit (boot top) powder is fine. Semi-steep does not bother her. She has been out west (Tahoe, Whistler).

Two kids ages 8 & 9. Have skied blues in VT just fine.

Not much nitelife for us. Pizza and wings and a couple of beers for the adults. We are in bed by 9pm.

Wouldn't mind hitting more than 1 place during our week long trip, so a couple of places within driving distance (we will rent a car) would be good.

Also, what is the best time of year? Jan, Feb, March?

post #2 of 8

Purgatory, Wolf Creek & Telluride

Purgatory, Wolf Creek & Telluride are all within 2 hours of Durango.

Purgatory: more an intermediate area, but something for everyone. Could get boring for advanced skiers. Usually, lots of snow and historically second most to Wolf Creek, but depending on the year and the patterns, there can be some warmer temps for fair weather, but wetter snows than mid and northern CO. Hit or miss lately, but typically Feb & especially March are most snows. January can get big dumps as well.

Wolf Creek: tons of snow good mix of terrain, but not huge and is laid back and economical. Usually reliable Jan, Feb & March.

Telluride: some of the best views anywhere. Novice to Expert terrain. Lots of amenities and town at the base and also Mountain Village on the Mountain connected by a gondola. The weather sometimes does the exact opposite of Purgatory which is within twenty-four miles south as the crow flies in another drainage and micro-climate.
post #3 of 8
I bet your wife and kids would love Snowmass. That place is groomer heaven.
post #4 of 8
All good suggestions above...All options that will give you a better experience than if you went to the more popular areas near Denver. Though I've never skied Purgatory (later renamed Durango Mountain Resort), you'll find that all of these places are MUCH less crowded than Summit and Eagle County resorts. Aspen can be pricey but it is a great town. I really like Durango too...less expensive.
post #5 of 8

family in CO

other than the drive from denver, snowmass is phenomenal
and the drive keeps the crowds down

you can fly into Aspen (ASE), which raises the airfare, but then no
rental car and more time skiing.

this will be my second time at mountain chalet (snowmass)
but i suggest getting lift tickets and lodging thru
www.stayaspensnowmass.com as you will get the best
price on lift tix and the same price on lodging, and a small booking
fee (but you save more on the lift tix)

if you want to go to multiple places, then staying in dillon or frisco
gives an easy drive to vail/beaver creek/copper/abasin/keystone/breck
and renting a car often makes more sense than ~ $90 / person shuttle van. i've had good luck with http://www.wildernest.com

feb and march are more likely to have powder, but price$ and crowds to match. april has spring corn, party vibe and lots of sunshine.

post #6 of 8
I'd suggest one of two places- Aspen or Breck. Aspen has been covered above. Breck is a great groomer/kids resort, and the town is great. You also have Keystone/Copper/A-Basin within 15 minutes, and vail and BC a little farther out. Can't go wrong with either place... the Breck option is a little cheaper, but Aspen is probably worth the extra $$$.
post #7 of 8
I would suggest Utah.

I just got back from Park City last week. I have been to Utah two other times and stayed in SLC, nice location but not much of a resort feel. If you do stay in Park City, there are three large resorts within a 5 minute drive, Deer Valley (#1 in groomers period), Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons. With a 50 minute drive (not even speeding) you can get to Solitude, Brighton in Big Cottonwood Canyon. You can get discounted lift tickets for these resorts for under 50 bucks. These two resorts are great for the wife and family. In about the same time you can get to Alta and Snowbird, great for Dad but still enough terrain for the kids. For some reason Utah does not get nearly the same amount of visitors compared to Colorado, but in my opinion is a much easier to access.

There are a ton of things to do for a family in PC. The Olympic village is just down the street and downtown Park City has a great resort feel without being as expensive as Aspen.

As a side note, the elevations at the Utah resorts tend to be lower for us flat landers, you

Good Luck
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the input! It will really help us in our decision making!
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