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best bang for you buck in Colorado?

post #1 of 24
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Hey guys, Im planning a spring break trip out to Colorado, and being a poor college kid Im trying to find a good deal! But I also dont want to sacrafice on mountain quality. Im not looking for a commercialzed resort, but rather just some great skiing. Ive heard some good things about Loveland ski area...just wondering what you guys have heard or experienced about loveland. Ive been skiing almost all of my life but have never made it out west, so Im looking for a big mountain experience. Any feedback would be very helpful! Thanks a lot!

Ben
post #2 of 24
I was kind of wondering the same this myself since Loveland gets great reviews at Skitown.com, yet everyone drives past it to the bigger-name resorts.
post #3 of 24
Best lesson I've ever had was at Loveland. "Mike from Golden" is all I remember, but I do remember he was a trainer. We learned a ton. We got a 3 hour private for the cost of a group, since my hubby and I were the only ones to sign up for the level 8 group class that day.

The terrain variety and conditions were great and everyone was super friendly there. The altitude is high, highest lift served in the US I believe, so be sure to take it easy the first day. Lift tickets, lessons, food etc. was all cheaper at Loveland than at the big resorts.
post #4 of 24
Ben, check your PM box!
post #5 of 24
Crested Butte might be another pretty good choice. Your post didn't give much info about your skiing ability, or if you will be traveling with a group to share the accomodation tab with, but if your into steeps, the Butte has them. There is a hostel right in town, or if you are going with friends and don't mind a little drive, you can stay at Gunnison at a cheap motel - most of which have ski and stay packages that give you instant access to discount lift passes (which might not save you that much over spring break, so check ahead). CB is off the beaten track and off the interstate, and farther from Denver's mob which you may or may not find attractive.

CB is actually a resort, which Loveland or A-Basin (similar but steeper (and better - read 'Pali') than Loveland) are not - though both are great little ski areas. Its also difficult to find a cheap motel room anywhere near the divide. There is a hostel in Summit county http://www.alpenhutte.com/ that is decent if you are by yourself, and it puts you within driving distance of several major ski areas.

nate
post #6 of 24
135 Left!! This is a great deal to ski diffferent areas. Plus you can say that you are a season pass holder at A Basin!!

$229.00

Pass includes unlimited access to A-Basin for the 2003-2004 season and 5 2003-2004 non-transferable lift tickets good at Keystone and Breckenridge. One ticket can be used at Vail or Beaver Creek. No black out dates. Please do not order your passes on line if you will pick them up within 24 hours of ordering. Just come on in to the season pass office and buy it there. Thanks!

Arapahoe Basin Season Passes are non-refundable under ANY circumstances. Including but not limited to: no snow, never used, injury, surgery, pregnancy, broken bones, financial hardship, moving out of state, moving out of country, traveling, going to school, changed your mind, better offer came along, you thought it was the Buddy Pass, sudden dislike for Arapahoe Basin and their staff, sickness, terminal illness, mental break down, divorce or death.
post #7 of 24
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Originally posted by Benski:
Hey guys, Im planning a spring break trip out to Colorado, and being a poor college kid Im trying to find a good deal! But I also dont want to sacrafice on mountain quality. Im not looking for a commercialzed resort, but rather just some great skiing. Ive heard some good things about Loveland ski area...just wondering what you guys have heard or experienced about loveland. Ive been skiing almost all of my life but have never made it out west, so Im looking for a big mountain experience. Any feedback would be very helpful! Thanks a lot!

Ben
Best bang for you buck is to skip Colorado and go to Utah. Cheaper flights to SLC, cheaper hotels in SLC or Sandy, Cheaper lift tickets at Alta, Brighton & Solitude, WAY better snow, WAY better terrain and WAY more fun.

Powdr
post #8 of 24
come on now, wolf creek is where it is at, you all know that, so much snow, so cheap.
post #9 of 24
Depending on your skill level, I think the best dollar-for-quality ski experience in the West is at Silverton Mountain. (silvertonmountain.com)
post #10 of 24
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Originally posted by Powdr:

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Best bang for you buck is to skip Colorado and go to Utah. Cheaper flights to SLC, cheaper hotels in SLC or Sandy, Cheaper lift tickets at Alta, Brighton & Solitude, WAY better snow, WAY better terrain and WAY more fun.

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Just remember if you do go to Utah it's BYOB state! [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
post #11 of 24
Copper, for skiing excellence, and A-Basin for that and fun.
post #12 of 24
i would stop at christys sports in denver and buy the discount lift tickets that are good for abasin/keystone/breckenridge, stay in frisco(unless $50 plus a night is too much, then drive up daily from denver) and you have 3 mountain experiences to choose from. you could probably save $15 per day w/ discount tickets to loveland, but if its your 1st time to CO; i'd spend that money for 3 different options.
post #13 of 24
I'm a big fan of Loveland for a wide variety of reasons. It is my first choice on my "day off" and is where I usually take my daughter to ski.

It is an easy drive, the terrain is varied, the food is cheap, the snow quality is good, the season is long.
post #14 of 24
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Originally posted by Pinner:
Depending on your skill level, I think the best dollar-for-quality ski experience in the West is at Silverton Mountain. (silvertonmountain.com)
Absolutely. Plus lodging in Silverton is so cheap (~$35-50) that it really makes a difference. We went this past weekend and met people who chose it because lodging everywhere else was so expensive that ticket prices didn't matter.

If groomers aren't your thing and you like steep trees, chutes and powder and can handle a little hiking and skiing in guided groups - it's THE place to go. I'm still buzzing from the whole experience.

[ February 03, 2004, 07:15 AM: Message edited by: altagirl ]
post #15 of 24
Check out the Vail $124 p.p. for 2 nights midweek special http://view.exacttarget.com/?febf167...7365047a711c78
post #16 of 24
I have heard great things about Silverton. From what i have read it maybe the closest thing to Cat or Heli skiing you can get without The Cat or Heli. My question is how difficult is it to ski there? Can an advanced slightly over the hill skier such as myself ski there? or is just for skiers with the skills and young strong legs? I might be making a bussiness trip to Santa Fe NM in a few weeks and since I'll be driving I'm planning one or two days of skiing. so Far I have Wolf Creek on my list, maybe Teluride? I would love to hear from someone who has skied Silverton.
post #17 of 24
I'm seeing a post from Utah49 on the preview of Todays Posts, but it doesn't show up in the thread for some reason. I'm confused. But I saw him ask how difficult it is to ski there?

If you like Supreme Bowl, Westward Ho, Eagles Nest at Alta - you'll absolutely love it. You'll want to be able to hike for 5-30 minutes at altitude - the hiking isn't insanely steep or anything and is all bootpack. I'm lazy and had no problems - seeing fresh pow up ahead is a great motivator. (There is skiing right off the lift, but you'll want to hike a bit for the best snow.) There are no groomers. You guide will assess the ability of the group on the first run and take you to get fresh tracks in terrain appropriate for your group's ability. You just need to be confident enough to ski chutes/trees in steep terrain. There are some incredible powder bowls up top, but most trails tighten up as you go down, so you need to be able to handle gully-type skiing at a minimum. The more your group demonstrates you can ski well and follow directions, the more challenging the terrain gets... If you can ski it, you shouldn't miss out. Well worth the money.

[ February 03, 2004, 09:29 AM: Message edited by: altagirl ]
post #18 of 24
For a group of friends on a budget, I vote for Utah as well. Similar if not cheaper air than Denver. You can stay at a decent hotel away from, but with-in 20min of 4 major resorts and you can find great discounted tickets along the way to ski.

The Laquinta Inn in Midvale was running $53 a night for 2 doubles. They have a Cont breakfast in the mornings or hit the Denny's located next door. It's off the mountain so you have all the cheapie fast food to moderte priced food joints all around you. You can stop by Canyon Sports for discounted tickets (www.canyonsports.com/tickets.html to see prices).

Staying in Midvale or Sandy puts you within 15-20min of Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton. Slightly longer drive puts you over around the Canyons, Park City and Deer Valley. Just my opinion for optimum ski time (SLC airport a LOT closer to the slopes), cost (everything stated above), and personally, just a hell of a lot better skiing. Good Luck...Allen
post #19 of 24
Hi,

Depening on when you're going you might check out Taos Ski Valley. They've been getting some good snow lately and March is usually their highest snowfall month. If you go the end of March or first week of April their lift tickets are $25. Southwest airlines flies down to ABQ for decent prices. Lodging is usually pretty cheap if you stay in town and drive up. You could even do a day at Ski Santa Fe on your way up.

I'd recommend NOT staying at the Midvale La Quinta. I stayed there while traveling from CA to CO last year and found it to be unpleasant--dirty and smelly, mostly... Plus, you don't get airline miles. You can find nicers digs for the same price. Check out Hampton Inn, Quality/Comfort Inns, Sleep Inn, etc.

cheers,
dan
post #20 of 24
I am a big fan of copper mtn. I lived in the mega resort (vail) down the street for years and reluctently moved to copper 4 years ago.... I have not skiied vail since... Copper has the best terrain of all the resorts in the area. It is also very easy to find inexpensive lodging at the base of the mtn (no shuttles or cars needed...just walk to the lift). If great skiing is what you are looking for (not glitz and glamour) you can't go wrong with copper. It is also very easy to go explore other nearby resorts if you want to check out vail, beaver creek, breckenridge, keystone, arapahoe basin and loveland. They are all withen a 30 minute drive to copper. Have fun...

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post #21 of 24
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Originally posted by Utah49:
I have heard great things about Silverton. From what i have read it maybe the closest thing to Cat or Heli skiing you can get without The Cat or Heli. My question is how difficult is it to ski there? Can an advanced slightly over the hill skier such as myself ski there? or is just for skiers with the skills and young strong legs? I might be making a bussiness trip to Santa Fe NM in a few weeks and since I'll be driving I'm planning one or two days of skiing. so Far I have Wolf Creek on my list, maybe Teluride? I would love to hear from someone who has skied Silverton.
Its da bomb. Plus you can sleep absolutely free with a perfect view of your last run of the day if you don't mind car camping in paradise. Works for me.

http://uglymoney.home.mchsi.com/_sgt/f10000.htm

I used to love Telluride, but that was in the late 80's and early 90's. Kind of pricey nowadays, and nowhere on site to stay with my dog, but worth going to if you like steeps.

nate
post #22 of 24
Benski did you see this: http://www.dcski.com/news/2004/01_15_2004/colorado.php3
Includes a fellow Virginian's opinion on first visit to Loveland - great place. But there are lots of good places out there as other posters have suggested. If you're flying from East to West, it's hard to beat SLC resorts for high quality skiing and decent overall air and land costs.
post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks everybody for your input, that really helps out a lot!!! Im really excited about our trip and Ill let yall know how it goes!

Ben [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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Hehehehe! Me too!!!! Didn't see it before... Cool maxim!
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