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Where's the best bump trails in April within driving distance from Denver

post #1 of 16
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Out on business in Denver, looking to ski some bumps. I've skied in Colorado before, in February, but not the nice soft big slush bumps in late spring.
Thanks everyone for your input.
post #2 of 16
winter park usually has good bump runs from what i hear
post #3 of 16
The Jane.

Several of my favorite mogul runs are there.
post #4 of 16
I think you can pretty much go anywhere and find what you want. Probably to pick one spot that will be sure not to dissapoint , would be Mary Jane at Winter Park.
post #5 of 16
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Thanks all. Looking at the Jane (website) as we speak. What about A-Basin?
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Thanks all. Looking at the Jane (website) as we speak. What about A-Basin?
Jane will give you 20 of the best bump runs anywhere in the US.

ABasin is a great ski area but only a couple bump runs. ABasin is known for it's scenery, high mountain vistas, above treeline skiing and steep chutes, most of which you have to hike to.

If I had one day to ski moguls anywhere in the Continental US, it would be Mary Jane, that's a fact.
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Well, I don't have anything to add but I can't leave this thread without saying.... yup, Mary Jane
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Well, I don't have anything to add but I can't leave this thread without saying.... yup, Mary Jane
You been sleeping or what?

I was waiting for you to chime in.
post #9 of 16
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Bumpfreaq and Lars

Thanks for the post bumpfreaq and lars!
I looked at the trail map. Looks like under challenger lift or at least that side, because of trail system and looks like area gets sun. Yessa.... soft big bumps and fun in the sun. Any last hints..... were to drive to, where to park, rent skis (bump ski) if all possible of 62-66 waist. How much time to from Denver.
post #10 of 16
Plenty of ski shops in Winter Park. It's an easy hour drive, maybe a bit longer, I70 West to Rt. 40 North just past Georgetown, up Berthold pass, pretty drive and into WP.

The Jane has the best bumps, Tressle and Drunken Frenchman also Outhouse, my favorites. Check out the upper part of the mountain if it's a powder day. Don't waist your time at the Winter Park side as it's too flat.

Smile for me while skiing Drunken Frenchman. Have fun.
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Thanks for the post bumpfreaq and lars!
I looked at the trail map. Looks like under challenger lift or at least that side, because of trail system and looks like area gets sun. Yessa.... soft big bumps and fun in the sun. Any last hints..... were to drive to, where to park, rent skis (bump ski) if all possible of 62-66 waist. How much time to from Denver.
Yup, the 'C' lift provides access to a plethora of great bump runs. If you're just looking for bumps, look no further. They can be found in every direction in every size and shape. If you're looking for near competition quality zipper lines, get yourself to Sterling Way, Golden Spike, Gandy Dancer, Drunken Frenchman or Phantom Bridge.

Park in the Utah Junction lot (colloquially known as the C lot, but not to be confused with the actual C lot which is on the Winter park side). Uhhh... to be more specific, as you drive up 40 you will come to one of those big electronic signs that always seem to tell you to slow down because it might be slippery. Just past that is the entrance to Mary Jane. Follow the signs to the Utah Junction lot. If it's a weekend, get there early as it fills up quickly. From there you can click into your skis and slide right down to the Challenger lift (C lift) or the Super Gauge.

As far as renting bump skis.... that could be a problem. You'd think it wouldn't be in a place like this, but...

Grand Sports in WP carries Hart skis, hopefully the F17 but I'm not sure if they demo them....tried to check it out but it's Easter don'tcha know and their website gives no clue. I will mosdef check this out tomorrow. Lone Star Ski Rental in Breckenridge demos Hart skis but I suppose it would pay to call ahead and see if they have the F17 available.

Time to and from Denver depends on traffic and where in Denver. Hopefully some locals will chime in on that one for you.
post #12 of 16
Denver to WP is about 1-1.5 hours depending on traffic. If roads were real bad and it was a busy weekend I'd say it could be closer to 2 but on average I make it there in a little over an hour.
post #13 of 16
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The Jane.
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Well, I don't have anything to add but I can't leave this thread without saying.... yup, Mary Jane

"I love you mary jane...."
post #14 of 16

MJ, of course

Note that Frenchman is not easily accessible from the Challenger lift.

Follow the sun, and don't expect nice soft corn at 9 am.

Frenchman is one run that can be obnoxious and frozen in the morning, but softens up nicely. Of course, Pierre would prefer it frozen...

When it gets soft, it's easy to run zipper lines, since speed control is not much of an issue.

If the sun doesn't come out, find something else to do. There are many unmarked glades where the snow may not have thawed yet this spring, so they won't be icy.

Ski the Slurpees!
post #15 of 16
Jane. After Jane closes, A-Basin.
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As far as renting bump skis.... that could be a problem. You'd think it wouldn't be in a place like this, but...

Grand Sports in WP carries Hart skis, hopefully the F17 but I'm not sure if they demo them....
Stopped in at GS yesterday. The Rocky Mountain Hart rep was supposed to drop off some demos last week but something apparently went awry: So they don't currently have any available.
They will have a couple of F17s to demo next year.
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