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Dad and Daughter Ski Trip

post #1 of 23
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Little Ms. Roadrash (12) and I are taking a road trip in Mid January for a long weekend skiing. We are thinking about Monarch because 1. she likes it a lot, 2. it is relatively cheap and most importantly Mom wants us to go there because everything ends at the same place. Last year at Vail LMR was blasting the wrong way on a turn that would have landed her at a different base area than the rest of us had already committed to. Needless to say, that put a scare in Mom, so she would prefer we go somewhere with a single gathering area.

Any other ideas within driving distance of DIA?
post #2 of 23
monarch is a pretty long drive from dia. How about Loveland?
post #3 of 23
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That is a real possibility. That is another place on her list that she wants to ski. I have never been there. Is the base area easy to navigate?
post #4 of 23
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My main concern is if we ride the lift together and take separate runs with plans to meet at the bottom, or even take the same run and she misses or makes a wrong turn, is she going to wind up at a different base area than I am.
post #5 of 23
I think you are really going to have to restrict yourself to very small ski areas if a single lodge / merged-trail type of place is what you are looking for.
post #6 of 23
Loveland would work although technically it does have 2 base areas but you can't ski from one to the other without going over a road. Eldora would work as well along with Arapahoe Basin. None of these offer lodging at the base so you'll need to stay elsewhere. Those are the only I know of in this area. Although I've not done much skiing at Winter Park so maybe that would be a possibility as well.
post #7 of 23
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We actually like the no base lodging. One of the things she likes about Monarch (the other is the great snow) is that you drive up the the lot and walk 20 feet to the base area. I'll check in to ABasin also. I have always wanted to ski there, my only concern is it's reputation as an expert area. She is a lower intermediate. Is there enough terrain there to keep her busy for a few days?
post #8 of 23
You could easily do Loveland and A-Basin in the same trip, staying in Summit County for access to both to give yourself more variety. I think she'd be perfectly happy that way.
post #9 of 23
I would recommend that you each have a cell phone/walkie talkie in case you get separated and have a predetermined meeting place if you get separated. I think that Steamboat is a great place to ski with the kids. There are many areas on the mountain where you can each take a different run but end up at the same lift without worrying about a wrong turn. If you keep an eye on Orbitz you can frequently get a great airfare into nearby Hayden.
post #10 of 23
Cell phones don't work reliably at A-basin just fyi.
post #11 of 23
Maybe they can use smoke signals instead.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by COSkiGirl View Post
Cell phones don't work reliably at A-basin just fyi.
Ditto that.
I have cell coverage that works everywhere, except A-basin

A benefit for A-Basin is that they have two lodges that make for awesome meeting points, and its small enough that you aren't at the other end of the world from people in your party.
You could easily have a plan to meet at the BlackMountain Lodge on the hour if you were go get separated, and no one would be terribly inconvenienced to make their way there.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
Ditto that.
I have cell coverage that works everywhere, except A-basin

A benefit for A-Basin is that they have two lodges that make for awesome meeting points, and its small enough that you aren't at the other end of the world from people in your party.
You could easily have a plan to meet at the BlackMountain Lodge on the hour if you were go get separated, and no one would be terribly inconvenienced to make their way there.
A Basin sounds like the ticket, as long as it isn't too hard for her, and how is their ski school? She really likes taking lessons.
post #14 of 23
Just my two cents, but a nice day at Loveland can be terrific for lower intermediates. Layout allows them access to mellow, but scenic high alpine terrain. There is a "far side" (Zip Basin) to the ski area, but you have to ski pretty ambitiously to wind up anywhere other than the main base.
More:
http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=281&mode=search
post #15 of 23
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Little Ms. Roadrash (12) ...
Sounds like great father-daughter bonding time.

"Little Ms" is 12 and it's about time she learned how to use a map!

You'd do well to go to a place like Copper, where she could explore without much worry of getting into terrain that's over her head (or too boring). At her age, I don't think you need to worry about her getting 'lost at the wrong lodge'.

All the resort websites have maps online. As part of the preparation for your trip, you could make her responsible for choosing areas where you will ski, park, eat, etc.

Let her plan your days and do the research on line. I'm sure she'll enjoy this activity and responsibility. Who doesn't like planning vacations?

You might be pleasantly surprised with her newfound navigation skills and you'll have less worry about her getting lost no matter where you choose to go. This is the perfect age for her to build awareness and not simply 'follow'.
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by bklyn View Post

All the resort websites have maps online. As part of the preparation for your trip, you could make her responsible for choosing areas where you will ski, park, eat, etc.

Let her plan your days and do the research on line. I'm sure she'll enjoy this activity and responsibility. Who doesn't like planning vacations?

You might be pleasantly surprised with her newfound navigation skills and you'll have less worry about her getting lost no matter where you choose to go. This is the perfect age for her to build awareness and not simply 'follow'.

Funny you should mention that. Last year for a school project she had to plan a vacation with a $10,000 budget, so she researched and planned a trip for her and I (mom and sis were not welcome) to go to Las Lenas for two weeks. Now all I need is for her to come up with the 10 large.
post #17 of 23
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Funny you should mention that. Last year for a school project she had to plan a vacation with a $10,000 budget, so she researched and planned a trip for her and I (mom and sis were not welcome) to go to Las Lenas for two weeks. Now all I need is for her to come up with the 10 large.
That's hilarious! But, I think bklyn's got a great point here, why don't you let her do some of the research and planning? If she studies the maps she'll know where she wants to go. Copper can be confusing at first (says the coach of 5&6 year olds) but it is well signed and as long as you say "We're meeting at American Eagle" or which ever lift/village (East Village, Center Village, Union Creek) then even if you do get separated she can easily find her way there.
post #18 of 23
A-Basin should easily meet your desire for a single base area & plenty of terrain variety. Cost is good too ? (I had a Heavenly pass that worked.) Was there with my 10 yr old for this trip http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=70030 in May. There is above treeline, groomed runs, some gullies, kid sized tree runs etc. avail. from an uncomplicated lift system.

Single base lodge with all the terrain on the front side feeding to it if a wrong turn/trail is taken. A mid-mountain lodge & the lifts from there to the top with most runs leading back to the mid mountain lodge/lifts is nice with a kid. Or ski on down to the base area for a long run top to bottom. Montezuma bowl is one little traverse up & 1 lift out with lots of choices for dad to ski while she's skiing to the bottom of Montezuma.

She'd be hard pressed to find her way over to the Pali Lift, ending up in expert terrain. Didn't experience their ski school. For peace of mind, a set of FRS radios would be nice. Probably not needed. At 10yrs old, we have started going over trail maps, base area, lifts, etc. Where is ski patrol located on the mountain & base. If mom doesn't show up at the bottom, which run were we on & where'd you last see me at. What do you do, where do you go.

If you're staying in a town off I-70, you have so many choices if you want to try a day at another resort. All very close. You two should have a blast !
post #19 of 23
ditto the walkie talkies!
post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 
Great ideas one and all. She has planned one for school, now I will give her a budget and let her plan one for real.
post #21 of 23

Try Copper

Copper is very well naturally arrainged. The easy stuff on the right, intermediate in the middle and harder stuff on the left. In the center of the area base there is a big meeting place. It is surrounded by a cirlcle of large stones ala Stonehenge. Have a look at the Copper map, it is a big place but the layout is very easy navigate,
post #22 of 23
My daughter just turned 11 yesterday but I took her to Summit County when she was 9 and the two of us skied Breck, Vail, Copper and Loveland with no issues. We also brought her to Whistler last year and are doing Tahoe this January. I usually have her ski ahead of me and I follow. My six year old daughter also tags along.

We normally have a plan in place that if we seperate we meet at a central location at the bottom. She also has a cell phone this year!!

Bottom line your 12yo will be fine. On a side note we loved everything but REALLY enjoyed Copper while in CO.
post #23 of 23
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We were looking at trail maps this morning and Copper really jumped out to her. I think we will probably do Copper for a day or two, one at A-Basin or Loveland, and maybe splurge for a day and go to Beaver Creek. She asked if the Ritz was too expensive and I had to explain that we could pay for the whole trip for what one night of lodging costs at the Ritz.
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