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CO. Resort Choices

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am going to be in CO for two weeks in January. I already have buddies in Vail and Telluride who I will be skiing four-five days with at each. When I am in Vail I would like to take a road trip to one of the other major resorts there. Besides the mountains really close to Vail (A-Basin, Breck, Copper, etc) what should be the can't miss resort for a advanced tree/pow skiier, my buddy and me would probably not mind driving up to 2 hours, 2 and 1/2 at max from vail. So within that range, what is the Mtn that no advanced skiier should miss...? Thanks guys
post #2 of 22
Depending on weather, you could be pushing towards 2 1/2 hours, but I love Crested Butte. Definitely worth it, IMO.

post #3 of 22
If you like tree skiing Steamboat is a can't miss....about 2 hrs from Vail and worth the trip...great bump runs too. A few short steep chutes but nothing what I'd consider hairball at Steamboat but that's not what you go there for..
post #4 of 22
Aspen Mtn
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by thaar View Post
Aspen Mtn
and Aspen Highlands and Snowmass.

3 Amazing ski areas 1hr 45 minutes from Middle Vail.

NO BRAINER!
post #6 of 22
Yep, Aspen for sure. But I would wait and see what the local conditions are like before choosing a particular area.
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Aspen/Aspen Highlands/Steamboat/Snowmass....thanks guys
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Treewell View Post
A few short steep chutes but nothing what I'd consider hairball at Steamboat but that's not what you go there for..
Those are hardly hairball unless you are a beginner.
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by redkal View Post
Those are hardly hairball unless you are a beginner.
huh say what!?
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by GotVolkl?35 View Post
huh say what!?

I think what was implied is that the "short steeps" are not steep and only a novice would find it challenging.

I am one who thinks Steamboat is FLAT
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
Ahh gotcha, but from what I've heard, the treeskiing is topnotch.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by GotVolkl?35 View Post
the treeskiing is topnotch.
intermediate tree skiing..........Fun! NOT

we have great tree skiing here, prob the best. It is called the Northwoods in Highland Bowl...
post #13 of 22
This is really pushing it, but Silverton
post #14 of 22
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This is really pushing it, but Silverton
come on now... He is a tree skiing tool from the northeast.

Just kidding... I would hit Steamboat if the conditions are right. Have fun man.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by lloyd braun View Post
intermediate tree skiing..........Fun! NOT

we have great tree skiing here, prob the best. It is called the Northwoods in Highland Bowl...


I went over to steamboat today for the first time. Nothing scary steep, but if you can't find some interesting terrain, your not looking hard enough. If it's too flat just go faster.


Also the snow was very very nice and fluffy.


edit-so after rereading the original post I hesitate to recomend steamboat as it isn't really an experts mountain. Mary Jane probably has some of the best steep trees around but might be pushing the 2 hour limit.
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the imput guys. I actually read a lot about mary jane in this months SKI magazine, sounds like it has some crazy stuff, tons of bumps!

I think were going to ski, vail, telluride, steamboat, and aspen/snowmass. I'll let you know how it goes.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
Trip Update: Two days at Vail....Day at Silverton, Day at Telluride, Two Days at Steamboat and back to vail for one more.
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by GotVolkl?35 View Post
Trip Update: Two days at Vail....Day at Silverton, Day at Telluride, Two Days at Steamboat and back to vail for one more.
Having lived in both Vail and Steamboat, I'd spend extra time at Vail and skip Steamboat completly; or spend more time at Telluride or in-between. Steamboat's out of the way if you're heading south. Aspen is fun w/ all the "glitteratti"(and sking as good a Steamboat, if different)

Just my opinion :
post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 
Yeah I will definantly see... I may get hooked at Silverton. 49 bucks guidless skiing one chairlift all that verticle, steeps, trees, deep pow......:::

My friend said I'm in for the time of my life!
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by GotVolkl?35 View Post
My friend said I'm in for the time of my life!
Make sure to be careful so it's not the last time of your life!
post #21 of 22
Also realize that while lift serviced, Silverton will require substantial hiking to enjoy its bounty.

Mike
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
Yeah I've read that....but also read that you can do some pretty amazing stuff right off the lift.
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