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First time trip to Colorado - advice

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I'm looking at taking a ski trip to Colorado. As I'm based in the UK I know very little about the resorts and wondered if anyone could point me in the right direction?

I'm an intermediate skier, and tend to stick to European Blue/Red trails (which I think would be classed as Blues in the US). - and prefer wide well-groomed, trails.

I'd also prefer not to have to hire a car whilst on holiday.

I quite liked the look of Copper Mountain and Breckridge - but, if anyone has any advice on suitable resorts, that would be great!

Also, do the lift passes cover more than one area, and if so are the areas linked by buses?

Thanks in advance for the advice.
post #2 of 21
Vails sounds like it would be perfect for you.
post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
Vails sounds like it would be perfect for you.
Hahaha! Yep, same 'ol blue Vail. Bushwacker is dead on though. For what you are describing Vail would be pretty hard to beat. It's a huge mountain, I doubt you would want to go anywhere else. You could catch a bus to Beaver Creek and ride on the same ticket.

If you go summit county, I would say stay in Breck. Lot's more in walking distance there than at Copper. Your ticket to Breck may or may not be valid at Keystone and A-Basin. I am pretty sure they have bus service to those resorts.
post #4 of 21
Your description seems more likely to fit the Aspen Group. A single lift ticket gets you skiing at four mountains linked by an efficient bus service requiring little forethought of the details of your day. There is plenty of your grade of skiing, and an ambience in the area you won't find at the ski areas along the I-70 corridor. ...Costs should be similar at any of the major ski areas in Colorado, and the Aspen group will provide you with a holiday repleat with the genuine feel of the original 'Rocky Mountain High'!

Snowmass would likely be the focal mountain of your skiing, with what is likely the best system of 'cruisers' in Colorado; and the town of Aspen and three other ski areas are all less than ten miles distant.
post #5 of 21
I think you would like any of the ones already mentioned. (although i haven't been to Aspen so i can't speak on that) most major CO ski areas have lots of nice groomed intermediate runs. I think you'd be hard pressed to find one that you didn't like.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice guys.

Aspen looks amazing. Has anyone got any recommendations on hotels or alternatively where we could find ourselves a condo?
post #7 of 21
Depends on what type of lodging your looking for? If you don't have kids, I would recommend staying in town.

http://www.aspenchamber.org/Lodging-pl1218.cfm
post #8 of 21
I agree with the Aspen/Snowmass people. I've been there extensively in the summer and winter for several decades. No crowds like Vail. You don't need a car. Four mountains to choose from - your pass is good at all of them. Snowmass is better than Vail for wide open cruisers. People there are genuinely friendly and helpful.

I would look at www.stayaspensnowmass for lodging choices. They give a wide variety.
post #9 of 21
Aspen/snowmass seems to be a good fit for you. Snowmass for most open cruisers and some very good steeps. Highlands is a very nice intermediate MT as well as a superb expert Mt. Excellent blacks all over Highlands and the Highlands Bowl is special - slopes form 45% angle to about 36% angles - steep with good powder. Worth the hike up if you don't mind the steepness. ASpen Mt (Ajax) has no easy trails (no greens, only blues and blacks). A nice Mt as well with a good choice of open groomers, albiet shorter runs for the most part. Check out www.vrbo.com for other houses, condos VRBO = vacation rentals by owner
post #10 of 21
either vail or aspen (areas) if he was looking Ut, Deer valley all the way. He could do vail and also get a couple of days at the beav'.
post #11 of 21

Nice snowfall going on in Aspen

Just checked out the gondola cam. Coming down nicely.

http://www.aspensnowmass.com/onmount..._springCam.cfm
post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice guys!

Just had a look at Deer Valley (as suggested by Finndog) - which looks great too. I've heard that DV doesn't allow snowboarders - is this correct?

Sometimes there's just too much choice!
post #13 of 21
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Thanks for the advice guys!

Just had a look at Deer Valley (as suggested by Finndog) - which looks great too. I've heard that DV doesn't allow snowboarders - is this correct?

Sometimes there's just too much choice!
Correct on the no boarders policy at DV.
post #14 of 21
you might also consider Steamboat.
post #15 of 21
Another point - we just moved to Broomfield Co, from Seattle area (sea level) and have found adjusting to the altitude takes some time.

You wish to consider a stay in the Denver area (mile high) for a night or two before heading to the moutains (more than 2 miles high).

In my younger days, it was easier to adjust. Now I find myself panting after a short, brisk walk in the hills.
post #16 of 21
Thread Starter 
Good call on the altitude probs! Living near the Thames in London, is certainly no kind of training for Colorado!

By the way, could anyone let me know when the main US holiday/vacation periods are in Feb / March. I'd like to avoid the crowds in possible.
post #17 of 21
Vail is as good as Snowmass for you and adds to it the vastness, the sense of amazement at going from the front to the back to blue sky, all the way over to Manchuria or Sun Up, it's SO big that it really does blow your mind to experience it. Great blues and lots of great blacks too, many nicely groomed - lots of moderate pitched crud and bumps, as well as a lot of much steeper things as well.

Feb 16 is the start of school vacation week in the east, and most likely out there too. Monday the 18th is President's Day, a school holiday too, so that three day weekend is very busy. I'll be out there from the 15-29th.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by jonflat2 View Post
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By the way, could anyone let me know when the main US holiday/vacation periods are in Feb / March. I'd like to avoid the crowds in possible.
unfortunately, you're going to run into crowds from the middle of February through the whole month of March. But, most Colorado resorts have lots of acreage, and really spread the crowds around. The longest lift lines will be the first run at whatever the main lift is, and the run right after lunch.
post #19 of 21

Altitude Adjustment ???

You should look at Steamboat if altitude is a consideration. I come from sea level and Steamboat is an easy adjustment. I would tend to stay away from Breckenridge and Summit County in general if altitude is a concern.
post #20 of 21
The free Summit Stage will take you to all the Summit County resorts. Here is some info:

Copper Mountain

Vail

Breckenridge

Vail is not on the Summit Stage bus, but they sometimes run a bus from Summit County.
post #21 of 21

Aspen/Snowmass is great

In Breck you may experience Mountain Sickness, In Aspen there are free buses to all 4 mountains. You could start at Buttermilk and get you ski legs on the fantastic groomers.
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