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Anyone Rented From "Ski Golf Vacations?"post #1 of 711/29/07 at 6:47pmThread Starter
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I'm new to Epicski, but it came up in a search of montana resort lodging. I know CO ski hills very well, but was hoping to find out more about Big Sky Montana. I wanted to try something new, but heard it's really tough to get to.
Anyhow, was also searching Copper Mountain lodging and saw this old post about Copper Mountain.... one of my favorite CO resorts. When skiing with my buddies, I prefer the Vail Resort back bowls, but it's getting so expensive for lodging, parking, food, crowded on holidays, weekends, etc.
With both my buddies and also with my family, I've enjoyed some awesome times at Copper Mountain. With the buds we'll often jump in the car and drive 15-20 min east to Vail or 15-20 min south to Breckenridge. I dont much like Breck skiing, as the runs are so "horizontally" stretched out.. Peak 7, 8, 9. up down, up down to get across the hill. Snowboarders in our group hate Breckendridge due to the many "flat" zones, where they must take off their boards and walk. During holidays & weekends, Breck can get insanely crowded on the hill, in the bars/restaurants, but they have some cool shops & galleries if you're into that. I prefer Breck & Aspen in the summer only. Aspen is so lovely in the summer, but quite a drive to get to.
Our family keeps going back to Copper Mountain mainly because it's got great skiing for both adults & kids. If we get separated, the kids can easily make it to the bottom where we have a set meeting spot. It has "naturally divided terrain" so my wife can ski the blues, the kids the greens and both end up at the same spot at base. I prefer the blacks on the back side. The Free Cat ride to the top is awesome on the many powder days, but it's quite a hike across the top, so be in decent shape.
For 3+ nights, we are often stuck going at busy times because of kids school holidays. That's another big reason we've been going to Copper Mountain for the past 10 years. The have the BEELINE priority lift passes. Now they call it the Secret pass, but same thing. This year it's still only $70/adult day, Kids (12 & under) ski FREE. The Beeline/secret pass allows us to skip the lift lines via a dedicated ski school line or disney fast pass. Only about 15-20% of all skiers at Copper have the Beeline/Secret pass. We've used the cheaper 4 pack passes, but since we normally ski weekends & holidays, I dont find the 4 pack prices hold a candle to the Beeline Lift Tickets.
You can only purchase the Beeline secret lift passes when booking "approved" lodging. We booked our first Copper Mountain Colorado vacation in 2000 with SkiGolf Vacations and it worked out really well. We've since used them about 5 or 6 times over the past 10 years. Great knowledge/ experienced agents, great locations (we prefer Center Village, but East village was good too). They also hooked up a big group of us 2 years ago at a swanky 5 bedroom Lewis Ranch home in Union Creek area. Great beginner & kids ski school area, easy shuttle to Center Village. SkiGolf has a greatapples to apples bottom line price comparison system, since they represent so much inventory from the many lodging sources at Copper Mountain.They also had some great priced owner direct inventory, but the problem is no one can sell the Beelines & kids free with vacation rentals by owner. It's a contract thing. Copper Mountain is certainly SkiGolf's specialty. They also do Breck & Keystone, so mostly specialize around the Denver area. Have fun !
Edit Cirquerider: removed commercial links TOSpost #3 of 711/16/11 at 8:10amQuote:
If you're looking for information on Big Sky, and the surrounding area, there are some amazing resources here on EpicSki.
check out the Bridger Bowl resort page (tagged at the right of the page) or Big Sky.post #4 of 711/16/11 at 8:17am
I think there are other ways to get the beeline pass- I personally have never found the need as I ski Copper mostly during the week with hardly any lines, but I recall seeing a recent post by a season pass holder that got the bee line by paying a bit extra opening weekend.
Agree with you that Copper is well located to hit other resorts. We ended up buying in Frisco for the same reason and to be in a real year round town.post #5 of 711/16/11 at 8:21ampost #6 of 711/16/11 at 8:52am
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