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Colorado trip ideas.

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Hey..

I live in the east coast - but I plan on taking one trip out West each year. My g/f and I are not great skiers - I can ski some blues and a few 'fake" or very easy blacks. And my g/f is mostly a green/blue type of skier. I am used to groomed trails and have trouble with the other stuff.

I am looking for resorts that are friendly to that kind of skier - and I know my g/f likes a nicer hotel/condo but she doesn't really need to stay on mountain. Also a good ski school is a plus.

We skied Alta last year (and despite that places reputation as being really tough) it had plenty of nice beginner stuff to keep her happy. Where should I go in Colorado? I could just do Utah again (we drove from the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake)..

This would be a early march trip..

Pete
post #2 of 11
How many days, and how many resorts do you want to visit?
post #3 of 11
Breckenridge - lots of great beginner and intermediate skiing, great views, pretty and atmospheric town, good bars and places to eat, shopping (short car trip to a lot of good shopping if you feel like a day off). It's easy to get to from Denver as well.
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Breckenridge - lots of great beginner and intermediate skiing, great views, pretty and atmospheric town, good bars and places to eat, shopping (short car trip to a lot of good shopping if you feel like a day off). It's easy to get to from Denver as well.
I agree
post #5 of 11
I also agree that Breckenridge is a good choice. Note that a multi-day Breckeridge ticket is also good at Keystone and A-Basin and (for a day or two) at Vail and Beaver Creek. If you are going to ski different places, consider saving some money and stay in Frisco or Dillon/Silverthorne.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hey thanks for the advice..

To answer the question - we are probably going to go during the week - one week (and avoid skiing on the weekends). Less crowds on the slope that way I figure.

I was thinking of Breck anyway so glad that would be a good choice. I will start looking into places to stay and stuff.

Pete
post #7 of 11
Breck or Vail. We spend two days at Breck and one at Vail over the Holidays and my wife and daughters (who are about at your level) loved Peak 7 at Breck and the blue runs at Blue Sky Basin in Vail. Both have very nice accommodations and lots of shopping and bars/eateries for the evenings.
post #8 of 11
Be sure to go to the Breckenridge Brewery for the Oatmeal Stout and Avalache Ale, and Mi Casa for mexican- they have good salsas and steak fajitas, and the place has a nice atmosphere.
post #9 of 11
I also agree with Breck and Vail. My nod would go to Vail though due to the vast size of the mountain as well as crazy number of groomed runs. I prefer the nightlife of Breck now though.
post #10 of 11
You could also head to Aspen/Snowmass. As it is relatively far from the Front Range, weekend skiing is relatively uncrowded.

Beaver Creek would also fit the ticket -- probably a bit more crowded on the weekend, but still quite manageable -- and much less crowded than anything to the east (Vail, Copper, Breck, A-Basin, etc).

Mike
post #11 of 11
DMR/Durango Mountain Resort (still known & called locally as Purgatory) is a good option for you. And despite it's steepness, Telluride has a lot of moderate terrain. Both have great views and lots of sunshine. Both have quality people and instructors.

If you & your GF have expensive tastes, Telluride is the call......though Durango also has excellent food & accommodation options.



Telluride Grooming Map.
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