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Keystone, A-Basin, Loveland question

post #1 of 12
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Greetings all! This is going to be my first ski season in Colorado and I'm pretty excited! Also a new member of the forum, so I look forward to getting some ski info from everybody throughout the season.

I think I'm going to be able to get a pretty cheap season pass for A-Basin and Keystone through my Air Force Base and browsing around on the internet I saw that Loveland has a military discount and I could get a season pass there for only $100.

I've only done Keystone for night skiing and I've never skied Loveland or A-Basin so I'm not really familiar with any of these ski areas. How is Loveland? If I have a pass for Loveland and one for A-Basin and Keystone will I ever choose to go to Loveland? It would be more convenient because it is about an hour and a half away (instead of two hours like the other two) and it's right on the highway.

I would say I'm an intermediate level skier... I like blues and blue-blacks, but don't do a lot of black runs and I try to stay away from moguls. What is everyone's opinion on this dilemma?
post #2 of 12
Welcome to Epicski Muskrat and You will like Abasin and Loveland just fine. There's lots of terrain for the skiing you describe and they both have high base elevations which makes for better snow in early and late season.

All the areas you mention are quite different, but very unique and all fun. Don't forget Abasin has Montezuma Bowl opening this season and it should be even better than before.

Conrats on the move to CO I wish I was there.
post #3 of 12
Welcome and thanks for your service to our country.

Sounds like an embarrassment of riches. Between Keystone and A-Basin you have a nice combo of easy and very challenging terrain. Those two alone would be enough to keep most ambitious intermediates very content for a season. Loveland would add more variety and as you say, it’s about a half hour closer to Denver and CO Springs and no travel through Eisenhower tunnel or over Loveland Pass. This is a nice benefit in heavy traffic or snowy road conditions. Personally, I really like the wide open and often crowd-free terrain of Loveland (including lots of intermediate stuff), so it would be hard for me not to get greedy in your situation and get a pass there too at such low rates.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by jgiddyup View Post
... Don't forget Abasin has Montezuma Bowl opening this season and it should be even better than before...

For an intermediate to high-intermediate, Montezuma might be a bit of a stretch, even the top of the so-called blue runs are pretty steep.

For what it's worth, there's probably a reason you see so many instructors and patrollers skiing Loveland on their days off...just sayin'.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post
there's probably a reason you see so many instructors and patrollers skiing Loveland on their days off...just sayin'.

Oh, I'd say there are many reasons. All downhill and covered with deep white fluffy stuff. :

Be seein' ya there this season (and the home hill too ).
post #6 of 12
For $100 you can't go wrong. Just saving that extra few miles of driving will be worth it. Loveland can be a COLD mountain, so if you drive by and it looks positively miserable, just keep driving to A Basin. Conditions can be a lot different there.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input, everyone. I think I'm going to get the Loveland pass as well. I think that it being closer will make it worth it. Plus, it's really hard to turn down such a great deal.
post #8 of 12
i'd suggest the loveland pass also. i think much of loveland and plenty of keystone is in your level, as i'm about the same.

there's lots of spacious blacks at both that you can ski where its more blue than black, check the maps; and you'll appreciate loveland when you want to ski a 1/2 day, sunday or a weekday besides it being underated as a serious mountain.
post #9 of 12
Hey Muskrat, the Loveland season pass for military members is a GREAT deal IMO. I'm still a reservist and will be getting mine again this year. Although I only skied there a handful of days last year, it was still a bargain at $99! I've got the Colorado Pass for all of Vail Resorts and the Loveland season pass. I'm all set for the year with the exception of some obligatory days at Copper that I'll probably be able to find some deals on.
post #10 of 12
Mike- I have plenty of comps for those "obligatory" days. Just let me know.
post #11 of 12
I also recommend the Loveland pass, Muskrat. For an intermediate skier, Keystone certainly has the most suitable terrain of these three resorts, along with the only high-speed lifts. But Loveland is a great little ski area for most levels--friendly and uncrowded (at least on weekdays), and of course, one mountain pass less for you to drive. Arapahoe Basin has some of what you're looking for--by all means, spend some time there. But most of what the Basin offers might be a little more challenging that you want (I could be wrong!). On the other hand, the new Montezuma Bowl at Arapahoe Basin is reported to include a lot of "intermediate terrain." You might like it a lot!

But Loveland is unique. I've had some of my best skiing days ever there. As others have said, the weather can be brutal--but it can be great too. Midweek, Loveland is practically deserted. It's also usually the first to open, although Arapahoe will probably be right on its heels. You'll often find a pretty good EpicSki crowd up there, especially early season. If you see a bunch of skiers in the lodge early, talking obsessively about some nuance of skiing, come on over and say hi!



Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #12 of 12
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Mike- I have plenty of comps for those "obligatory" days. Just let me know.
You're such a sweetheart! I'll definitely keep in touch as the season grows closer. Tiffany hasn't skied Copper yet, so we'll have to catch up with you on an off day to show her around. Thanks!
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