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post #31 of 43
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Dallen. Thanks for clarifying what I suspected and thanks for the info. We (my son and I) are flexible (as for location), are ONLY interested in skiing (don't care about towns, resorts, nightlife, etc), and looking to spend quality time together hitting some good snow and mountains that our WV skiing doesn't quite provide.

One more question though? Altitude sickness.... We heard about it before we went to Park City earlier this year. We prepared by drinking plenty of water and taking half-an-aspirin daily starting a week before our trip. We had no trouble whatsoever at PC, but I also know that PC is quite lower in elevation that the Summit County resorts. Any advice on how to prepare (if it can be done)? Would like to arrive into Denver and ski that afternoon. However, I've read many reviews where people said they needed a day to get acclimated to the altitude, so don't know if this is feasible.
post #32 of 43
Have you stepped off the jet and come up to Summit County to ski before? If you haven't, you may want to factor the altitude into your decision. The bases of the Summit County resorts are around 9,000 and the tops are all around 12,00 (the same applies to Winter Park). Everyone is different, but if you are coming from sea level, you will likely need a night at altitude (even Denver) before trying to ski. Without a little acclimatization, altitude sickness is going to be a real danger--as is having a short and miserable day feeling weak and out of breath. If you absolutely must ski the day you fly in, Steamboat may be a better choice since it is considerably lower.
post #33 of 43
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Originally Posted by bamaboy View Post
Dallen. Thanks for clarifying what I suspected and thanks for the info. We (my son and I) are flexible (as for location), are ONLY interested in skiing (don't care about towns, resorts, nightlife, etc), and looking to spend quality time together hitting some good snow and mountains that our WV skiing doesn't quite provide.

One more question though? Altitude sickness.... We heard about it before we went to Park City earlier this year. We prepared by drinking plenty of water and taking half-an-aspirin daily starting a week before our trip. We had no trouble whatsoever at PC, but I also know that PC is quite lower in elevation that the Summit County resorts. Any advice on how to prepare (if it can be done)? Would like to arrive into Denver and ski that afternoon. However, I've read many reviews where people said they needed a day to get acclimated to the altitude, so don't know if this is feasible.
Altitude can be an issue. The advice to spend a night before skiing is very good. The higher the better. I've heard some people take ginkgo biloba and vitamin C for weeks prior to being at altitude with some success. Regardless, you just want to take it easy the first day or two. If you do ski, just go slow. Just take it easy the first day and drink more water than you think you need to. Water is very, very important in the dry air here. A camelback can be a useful addition.
post #34 of 43

altitude sickness?

Here's what is probably the definitive thread on altitude sickness. DP works at Vail and is a physician, 'bout as expert as you'll get.

Another possibility is Glenwood Springs, puts you pretty much equidistant from Vail and Aspen, makes the four Aspen resorts, Beaver Creek and Vail well within reach, plus Sunlight just outside of town. Several hot springs in town, as well. And, for the Aspen resorts, you can ride RFTA (the area transit system) to Aspen or Snowmass.
post #35 of 43
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles
In the many years that I have called Colorado home, I have only seen one occasion when chains were mandatory for cars, and that was over Red Mountain Pass. Generally, the chain law for passenger cars is chains, snow tires, or 4WD. Normally, when you see (or hear) that chains are mandatory, DOT is talking about commercial trucks/buses.
thanks for the clarification.
post #36 of 43
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Thanks for the tip, Finndog.

This would make a big difference. I've not considered Steamboat in the past at all due to the time and cost of getting there. But if yours and Lars' tips bears out that I could find a nice deal come November, you might find me crashing your bear gathering party at Steamboat!
Great! that would be great to have another Bear on the event. Lars is more knowledgeable so listen to regarding deals. I book my fares early as I have a ton of miles on continental and get my flightd for free. So booking early pays (literally) for me! Continental direct saturdays to/from. you can't beat that. They wil have a lot of kids on the flights so bring a lot benedryl to slip into the little brats soda....
post #37 of 43
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Thanks much ICANSEEFORMILES. Great info.
post #38 of 43
Ok, you're flying in on a Sunday. Driving through Denver is not going to be a problem. Mountain traffic could be a problem on that day. Most likely due to a wreck.

Doubtful that chains will be required. As many have mentioned, they are typically not a requirement for passenger vehicles out here.

Really bad weather, a road closing avalanche, or a pile up are you big worries when you arrive. Nothing you can do about it if it happens.

dallen's advice is spot on.
post #39 of 43
Bamaboy, I definitly thought if Steamboat was your destination, my information was spot on. We've skied Steamboat twice a year for the last 20 years at least. My Son went to college there. I've driven from DIA many times, flown into Hayden many times.

If your going to Loveland or Summit County, that's totally a different story. No passes to cross and an easy drive from DIA.

The hyperbole is not there, just a concern for another Southern driver crossing two mountain passes in December in a rental car.

Good luck, i'm done.
post #40 of 43
Based upon snow I vote with Lars for Steamboat. If you're just skiing groomers the mostly man-made snow in December in Summit County may be adequate. Particularly if the cheaper price is an important factor. If you're in Summit with the rental car and snow is sketchy, Vail usually has more and is within day commute distance.
post #41 of 43
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Okay. Already bought plane tickets from Nashville to Denver non-stop for $191 RT pp. Arrive at 7:55 Sunday Morning and leave out at 8:35 Thursday night. That will give me a day to get acclimated to altitude and ski 3 full days. Just looking at trail maps, it seems that Steamboat has less long blues and more of a bunch of criss-cross trails than Winter Park. As we are pretty much limited to blue runs (no moguls), it looks to me like WP offers more terrain for us (comments???) than Steamboat. Plus, it would be shorter commute for us. Con is higher altitude, but hoping a day to acclimate would offset that.
post #42 of 43
Not to add more confustion, but that's a nice early arrival time. If you're tempted to take advantage of it try some easy cruising at Loveland on Sunday afternoon, then go back down towards Golden and sleep at say 6-7k feet, then go to WP, Copper or wherever next few days. Even if skiing high during the day, sleeping low the first night or two will help with acclimatization. Also, I've had good luck with Diamox a drug that aids altitude adjustment in some folks. Ask your doc if intersested, with my health insurance a prescription cost about $2 at my local drug store.
post #43 of 43
I'd pick an area that has good snowmaking. You might be in a blizzard. You might be in a drought. A La NiƱa is in the preliminary forecast, and that means below average precip in the Southwest. Be ready for anything.
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