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Where to Ski in Colorado 12/3-12/6

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Headed out to Denver with the intention of spending next week making turns. I was wonder which areas have the best terrain open, and where I could make the most of my first ski trip of the year. I was thinking of heading to Crested Butte because it's free, but I am willing to go wherever the most runs are....

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post #2 of 10
Drive far and long to the SW corner of the state...like Wolf Creek!

A STRONG AND MOIST STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS SOUTHEAST UTAH
AND SOUTHWEST COLORADO THIS WEEKEND. HEAVY SNOWFALL IS
EXPECTED IN THE HIGH COUNTRY ABOVE 8500 FEET...ESPECIALLY IN
THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS WHERE 1 TO 2 FEET OF SNOW MAY BE COMMON BY
SATURDAY AFTERNOON. UPWARDS TO 3 FEET OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE FOR THE
SOUTH FACING MOUNTAIN PASSES ABOVE 10000 FEET. THOSE PLANNING TRAVEL
INTO THE HIGH COUNTRY THIS WEEKEND SHOULD STAY INFORMED OF THE LATEST
FORECASTS ON THIS DEVELOPING STORM.
post #3 of 10
Wait to see how this weekend's storm plays out. The south is supposed to get hit hard but Wolf Creek only has a 5" base so even a big storm may not allow them to open much terrain. Breck has more natural on the ground and if we end up getting 1.5 feet which appears possible with the latest forecasts, North Central Colorado might be very good next week.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
My friend hooked up a package at Beaver Creek. Free lodging, food, and of course skiing......

Thanks for the input...
post #5 of 10
Free is good, but the beave doesn't have much open. Vail has quite a bit more starting Saturday.
post #6 of 10
Anywhere in Summit County.
post #7 of 10
No one in Summit County is as much as 10% open. Crested Butte will be strictly manmade, and it's not free because you're paying for air, lodging and a rental car. The nearby weather lab at Gothic set a November low snowfall record of 9 inches. You can save $ and stay home if you want to ski snowmaking ribbons.

Chris is dead-on. These southwest storms from Baja funnel into Wolf Creek. They will have minimum of 3 feet new by the time you arrive Dec. 3.
post #8 of 10
the 1 to 3 ft storm warning includes CB for today/tonite
post #9 of 10
Wolf Creek gets a ton of snow, but it's not very steep and it's a long haul.

Aspen/Snowmass got 26-29" out of this storm. They should be openning a lot more terrain in the next few days. That will be somewhat limited on Ajax by the World Cup races that start next week.

If your staying in BC, Vail will still be your best bet until they get the course torn down.
post #10 of 10
You are probably here already, but I skied BC yesterday-it was really good. Not much open, but good knee deep powder in the am. Not the lightest pow-but good for base building

I imagine they will be opening more terrain this week-BC or Vail should be good. Fresh snow, low crowds.

Free digs at BC is hard to beat. Have fun.
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