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Colorado Ski Trip Advice Needed

post #1 of 14
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I am responsible for planning a late January ski trip for 12-14 guys from the East Coast. We went to Whistler last year and were planning an East Coast trip this year, principally on account of cost. We intend on alternating East and West.

There is presently a airline seat sale on to Denver for our dates would make travel very affordable. Sooo we are now considering heading to Denver and driving to ????? (we have no idea).

None of us have ever been to Colorado. I am looking for suggestions taking into account value for our $$, wow factor and variety of terrain. We range from low intermediate skiers who like blue groomed to advanced 70/30 on/off skiers. We also have two boarders in the group, so it must be a resort that allows snowboards.

I looked at Steamboat's website. ($85/day for lifts and hardly any break on multi day lifts). Looks like a great ski spot , but the lifts seem a bit out there. I paid $300 cdn last year for a six day lift at Whistler (bought through accommodation provider and bought before Nov 15 to get that price.

I would like to keep our costs similar to an East Coast trip minus the airfare. Your recommendations please.
post #2 of 14
Every resort in Colorado allows snowboarding.

The least expensive place is Loveland but they have no slopeside lodging. You'll find any terrain you are looking for there without the lift-lines. The base area is at 11,000 ft and about 1/3 of the area is above timberline. The scenery is fantastic. Look at it using their webcam.

You should also check us out at Winter Park. They have some nice packages going on right now. You could get a group rate for Home James and avoid the rental car cost.
post #3 of 14
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loveland lodging

Where is the nearest town or village to Loveland? What is the apres atmosphere. We do enjoy good eats and drink in a ski town atmosphere.
post #4 of 14
Go to Breckenridge. Large mountain, plenty of varied terrain, cool town.
post #5 of 14
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Where is the nearest town or village to Loveland? What is the apres atmosphere. We do enjoy good eats and drink in a ski town atmosphere.
Georgetown. Apres at Loveland is slim pickins - they have a bar in the base lodge but that's pretty much it.
post #6 of 14
you're coming from Canada, with, right now, an extremely favorable exchange rate. Why not Aspen? Really the premier area in Colorado.
post #7 of 14
Don't make a decision yet. It's way too early. Give it till about Christmas for conditions to shake out in order to figure out where the snow is.

My recommendation would be Aspen Highlands + Snowmass. Stay at Snowmass.

The Summit County stuff (Keystone/Breck/A Basin/Copper) is always an option, and so is Vail. However, Aspen gets you a little more off the beaten path and on some awesome terrain. If you insisted on doing Summit County, I'd recommend Copper.
post #8 of 14
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Snowmass - Aspen

We have narrowed in on either the week of Jan 21 or Jan 28. ESPN X Games are at Snowmass - Aspen Jan 24-27 and the accommodation prices are up significantly:. Rules them out.

I am liking the Loveland idea, but no on site accomodations are an issue. Also having tough time finding a multiple units in same complex at Georgetown. I haven't rule out Loveland yet, but it has accomodation issues.

Steamboat's tickets are too expensive at $80/day for a five day ticket.

I need to look closer at Breckenridge and Winterpark as options.
post #9 of 14
There is a lot of lodging in Dillon/Silverthorn/Frisco area. You have to commute to Loveland (fun and cheap), but from D/S/F area you also have easy commute to Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper and A-basin and could divide your time and money among several fine resorts. Use VRBO to scout condos, use ebay to scout for discount lift tics.
post #10 of 14
Winterpark
post #11 of 14
Given the slow start to the season, I vote for Steamboat with its superior snow record, most likely to catch up. Terrain should be a good fit for your group.
post #12 of 14
Pick up your airline tickets and rental car now and wait to book lodging. End of January is still pretty slow, you should be able get something at any resort.
post #13 of 14
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Tickets Booked

The seat sale was over this past Thursday so we booked our tickets. We arrive in Denver early on Saturday Jan 19 and depart late day the following Friday.

Still toying with destination, but Breckenridge is looking to be a real possibility having regard to cost of accomdation and lifts + variety of terrain.

I will likely wait till around x-mas to pull the trigger on accomodations unless I happen across a lodging deal on VRBO or Cyberrentals that is too good to pass up.
post #14 of 14
The Epic Ski Academy is Jan 21-24 in Snowmass -- that would be a good option and a great chance to ski with some great coaches. You then could do the rest of the trip (during the X Games) in Summit county (Copper and Breck).

Mike
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