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post #1 of 13
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Hey all.
I'm looking at being in the Denver area in mid December. Could you give me a quick rundown of the CO area resorts and your opinions?
We are a group of mid level boarders that enjoy some back country.
Outside of WI we try not to hit to many terrain parks to limit our risk, so those are not high on our priority list.
Being from WI powder to us is anything that isn't ice, we're easy to please like that. We're comfortable with most any run and have gotten around places like Snowbird, Mammoth, Whistler etc.
Thanks!
post #2 of 13
Here's a quick rundown of a few of the different resorts in Colorado:

Winter Park: Most likely the place with the most non-locals but that definitely doesn't mean that it sucks! You won't find the best skiing in the section of the resort actually called "Winter Park" instead you will find easily the meanest bump runs in CO in Mary Jane, some of the best tree skiing in Eaglewind and Mary Jane and some of the best powder in Vasquez Cirque, when it's open. You can find sick groomers all over the resort, everywhere but Vasquez Cirque.

Loveland: A local favorite, pretty small but with some great powder and trees.

A-Basin: Open nearly year round, this is likely one of the most famous resorts in CO, you can find a bit of everything here but I wouldn't really recommend it for a December trip.

Copper Mountain: Another local's favorite, you can find excellent groomers, trees, park, and bowl skiing here, Copper is a pretty big resort and I would definitely recommend it!

Steamboat: Never skied here, but I hear it's got great powder.

Vail/Beaver Creek: Easily the fanciest of all of the CO resorts, these are the kind of resorts that while not having skiing that is tremendously better than anywhere else, are WAY more expensive. Vail is MASSIVE and does have excellent skiing but I wouldn't really recommend it unless you have a condo or something up there. In general Vail and Beaver Creek are not boarder friendly.
post #3 of 13
In mid Dec, the resorts will be open but the snow could still be a little iffy. Your best bet may be to stay in Dillon or Silverthorne and go where the snow is.
I plan to be there as well (third week) and will wait to decide on a resort until the snow flies.
Good luck.
post #4 of 13
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What about Breckenridge?
post #5 of 13
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We are looking at purchasing one of the CO passes, however this must be done in person the 1st time. What has the price been like in Dec for these?

http://www.snow.com/passsales/default.aspx
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by kewlguy53403 View Post
We are looking at purchasing one of the CO passes, however this must be done in person the 1st time. What has the price been like in Dec for these?

http://www.snow.com/passsales/default.aspx
Usually, those passes are no longer being sold in December. If you want a pass grab the Epic now which you can purchase online.

I don't know why someone would think that Vail isn't boarder friendly, I have many boarder friends that enjoy Vail very much. Keystone is another good option. Breck is fine, I don't like it much but some people I know really do.
post #7 of 13
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I don't know why someone would think that Vail isn't boarder friendly, I have many boarder friends that enjoy Vail very much.
It's been a few years since I've been to Vail (and I was on skis), but I remember a bit of traversing getting to the back bowls including a rope tow. While some boarders don't mind this, others prefer more of a compact resort with few flats or cat tracks.
post #8 of 13
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What about Breckenridge?
Lots of greens & blue cruisers. Very popular with out of state folks. Gets crowded on weekends. Do a search and you will find lots of info on all the CO resorts from Aspen to Telluride.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by MEfree30 View Post
It's been a few years since I've been to Vail (and I was on skis), but I remember a bit of traversing getting to the back bowls including a rope tow. While some boarders don't mind this, others prefer more of a compact resort with few flats or cat tracks.
But if you know how to get there you can with little to no cat tracks and certainly no required rope tow.
post #10 of 13
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others prefer more of a compact resort with few flats or cat tracks.
Haven't you heard? All of Colorado is flat and cat tracks you must go west young man to OOOOTTAHH
post #11 of 13
Mid-December is still early season.

You may find better snow coverage at Vail/BC than Summit. But, those resorts will also cost more.

Breck also gets decent coverage, and many love the town.

Depending upon your $$ situation, you can go slope-side at any resort, or (cheaper) stay central in Dillon/Silverthorn, and pick your resort each day.
post #12 of 13
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Does anyone know what the CO / Epic Pass offers in the way of ski-with-a-friend tickets? What is the 'discount' approx?

We are looking at renting in Frisco etc and going where the snow is.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by kewlguy53403 View Post
Does anyone know what the CO / Epic Pass offers in the way of ski-with-a-friend tickets? What is the 'discount' approx?

We are looking at renting in Frisco etc and going where the snow is.
Varies by resort and day, but I think it averages around $50/day. They may post the rate for the day on the web or you could call the ticket office.
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