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CO in mid October- what can I expect for skiing?

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A good friend of mine that I stay with when I go out west is getting married in mid October, 2008. I have to buy a wedding present, plane tix, get a rental car and a hotel room but I'm wondering if I can count on any snow being on the ground to make this trip REALLY worthwhile. We've already made plans to hike a glacier and ski that no matter what because I refuse to go to CO and NOT SKI, but I'm hoping I can get in some time on some real snow. Can somebody enlighten this ignorant East Coaster as to what the average October consists of, weather wise for the greater Denver/I-70 skiing area?
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A-Basin and Loveland race to open first. There is a fair chance they will each have a single WROD open mid October.
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A-Basin and Loveland race to open first. There is a fair chance they will each have a single WROD open mid October.
If you are lucky. They shoot to open on Halloween, but if it is colder than normal, they might have a run open by mid-October.

October is a fantastic month in Colorado. We generally still have trees turning through the middle of the month. It generally is still warm during the days -- usually in the 50's. It is my favorite month -- great weather, great hiking as a result, and a pleasant month to be outside. If I were you, I'd forget about skiing, and instead look to do some classic hikes.

Mike
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Mike is absolutely right. It's not impossible that A-Bay and Loveland might have a run open by mid-October, but it's not very likely. Possibly you might hike up Saint Mary's glacier and ski down, but that seems more trouble than it's worth just for the dubious bragging right of having "skied Colorado". I'd leave your skis at home and go hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Actually, the last 3 years running A Basin has opened in mid-October. 10/23/2005, 10/17/2006 and 10/12/2007 so you have a decent chance depending on what you mean by mid-October. But, yes, it is generally a WROD so get in early, get out early!
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Thread Starter 
gotcha. yeah we definitely had some hiking in the plans- they have absolutely mindblowing hiking out there but I was kinda hoping there would be some flakes to pounce on. I guess only time will tell! Oh, and ras I've been there before I would just love to get in some early turns. Our season doesn't start for a while after that, so for me it would be a huge deal. Classic hikes are a must tho! I'm all over it! Thanks guys n girls!
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As for what you can expect, you can expect to ski the ribbon of death at A basin and that is probably about it.

I cannot in good faith recommend that you go skiing in CO in Oct unless we happen to have a freak season and it starts snowing in August.
post #8 of 13
IMHO: The WROD is good for an hour or two first thing in the morning and that it. Sometimes, some of the higher passes can have decent snow. Just wait and see.
post #9 of 13
Another thought is to go mountain biking. We have fantastic biking.

I can't suggest that you plan your trip to include skiing. If it winds up that we have a WROD open, then you might want a turn or two. But mid-October is so bad for skiing and so fantastic for many other diversions, I think you should plan for something else.

Mike
post #10 of 13

shopping

Of course, you can get your skiing fix by hitting the ski SHOPS in Denver / Boulder. Might find a deal on last year's equipment.
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your best bets are ski touring......go over on TGR there have been tons of TRs posted from october.

FYI last year we made some deep powder turns at Alta from the 7th on and some of those storm hit CO as well.
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Thread Starter 
ooh... some good calls!
post #13 of 13
Your gonna want to be careful in the b.c. If there is snow there will be lots of obstacles. That would suck to lose an entire season to get in a few turns. There is so many other cool things to do around here in October (hiking, biking and fishing come to mind). Come back in february when the skiing is much better.
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