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Denver or Salt Lake City, best resort + accomodation combo?

post #1 of 6
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Hi all, I'm trying to plan a trip to a destination resort near Denver or SLC. What I'm looking to try to do is combine a great resort with a great place to stay, preferably on the slopes or walking distance to them. The group size could be 5 to 8, all black diamond+ skiers. Last year we went to Copper, loved it.

I've looked at Vail and Alta/Snowbird as possible resort destinations. Condos in Utah seem to be difficult (impossible?) to find on the slopes through vrbo, as they all seem to be at the mouth of the cottonwood canyon rather than at the resorts. Vail has a lot to choose from and it's difficult to sort them out--also some are very expensive.

So hopefully all of you experienced travelers can help me out. I'd like to find a condo/house that can handle 5-8 people, with a nice outdoor hottub and/or pool, close to the slopes, at a good resort. Any advice appreciated.
post #2 of 6
I see what you mean about VRBO offerings for Alta not being slopeside: http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/utah#7054
Not VRBO, but check this out for some slopeside condos:

If you're bringing a bunch of black diamond skiers they will thank you for picking Alta/Snowbird.
post #3 of 6
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Yeah, it kinda surprised me. I guess either the resort bought up all the slopeside places and doesn't sell them to to private owners, or the land around the mountain isn't available for some reason.

It's strange because we got a place at Copper for under $300/nt slopeside, and it seems like the slopeside places at other resorts are $500+.
post #4 of 6
Alta/Bird is in steeply walled Little Cottonwood Canyon. There isn't a lot of commercially developable land there.
Wonder if your group would consider staying in dorm type rooms at a place like Alta Peruvian Lodge?
You can probably find a bargain condo in Park City on the free bus line to the 3 ski areas near there.
Here's a dark horse Utah slopeside bargain option: http://www.brightonresort.com/1598.html (caveat, I've never stayed there and I'm sure it's pretty spartan)
Winter Park, CO might offer some good condo deals, esp in town along the free bus line a couple miles from slopes.
Depending on the time of season you can get some good slopeside deals at Breck or Keystone.
Or just go back to Copper
post #5 of 6
only skied there, not stayed there, but Solitude had some nice looking slope-side accommodations. with a car, you could ski both little and big cottonwood canyon resorts.

winter park has LOTS of vrbo in both fraser and winter park town. free bus makes it really easy.
post #6 of 6
Utah Advantage: Less crowds, cheaper accomodations away from slope, more average snow.
Colorado Advantage: Walk to slopes, walk to Apre and nighlife (important to me). On slope lodging and ski towns.

Copper and Keystone generally offer the cheapest slopeside accomodations since they are only resorts and not ski towns. Breck is middle ground since it is a ski town with many more bars and restaurants and Vail and Beaver Creek are typically much more expensive for accomodations. Winter Park is a ski town, but doesn't really have a walking dowtown and is several miles from the resort. All of the mountains have a variety of terrain, some more expert than others.

I would strongly recommend Breck (especially if night life is important) and would google "Ski Country Resorts" who I generally rent from and find great early and late season deals. VRBO will limit the options if you only use them as a resource.
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