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Wow - I'm overwhelmed with the response! From what I've been able to figure it looks like traveling to Colorado is cheaper by about $200 per person for a total of $600. I've researched some of the hotels/condos both in SLC and the Dillon/Silverthorne/Frisco areas and they pretty comparable so I'm not sure how much we would really be able to save by going to SLC even though the lower altitude and seemingly better skiing is enticing.

All in all we really aren't interested in all the resort amenities, just having a good skiing experience. Altitude sickness scares us all a little (our ages range from early thirties to early forties) but we're all in reasonably good health so hopefully we can handle it with the right preparation. Loveland still seems like a winner for some good skiing but it's hard to say since not ever having been there.

And just to be clear - I have no preconceptions about skiing in REAL mountains vs. skiing in North Carolina. We're completely unprepared and there's nothing that can change that except going and giving it our best shot (we'll never know if we don't try, right?).

So it looks like Colorado is going to be the place for us this time unless a SLC deap pops up before tomorrow when I plan to purchase the tickets. Maybe SLC will be cheaper next year and we can try that. The flip side of it is maybe I'm purchasing tickets too early - any idea?

So with that said does anyone have reccomendations for cheap hotels and good rentals in the Silverthorne/Dillon/Frico area? We will probably spend three days skiing out of the four. I figure we will get a 4-pack or two for Loveland before we go and maybe spend one day at either Breckenridge or Keystone just to get a different experience.

Thanks again for all the input - I'm going to file all this away for the future too. Any more suggestions you have will be much appreciated!
Terrain-wise Loveland is very well suited to ambitious beginners and low-intermediates with beautiful scenery from high elevation green circle runs. It's also a strong bet for good conditions during December: (http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=281). But you won't get "Colorado resort" atmosphere, so if you go that route I like your plan to set aside one day and evening to visit Breckenridge or especially Vail for resort ambiance, apr├Ęs ski action, and to drop a few bucks. The conspicuous consumption on display at Vail is sure to thrill any red blooded American woman.
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This is a great point - we had planned to take one day / evening off to go to Denver and see whatever sights there are to see but do you think that we should spend it at Breckenridge or Vail instead?
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This is a great point - we had planned to take one day / evening off to go to Denver and see whatever sights there are to see but do you think that we should spend it at Breckenridge or Vail instead?
Since you're from a big city I don't think Denver will be that unique. I'd visit Vail because of it's cachet and because you can stroll most of it in a few hours.

PS: I took Diamox on a recent trip to Keystone, worked well for me wrt alt sickness, but your mileage may vary.
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This is a great point - we had planned to take one day / evening off to go to Denver and see whatever sights there are to see but do you think that we should spend it at Breckenridge or Vail instead?
KG4ONJ

I too am originally from Atlanta and learned to ski at Hawksnest and Sugar. I moved to Colorado in 91 and have lived in Summit County and now Denver. Staying your first night in Denver will help you adjust to altitude and give you a chance to see the town. Utah is also a fine choice but at your level anything out west will seem about the same....big mountains with lots of the type of snow you have never seen before. Find a deal that fits in your budget and book it. It won't matter one bit which ski area you choose they will all be awesome from your perspective and have plenty of terrain to keep you occupied for days. Taking an evening out in Vail or Breck or Park City is fun but expensive.

To summarize, you pretty much can't go wrong no matter what you choose, You guys will have blast no matter what. Don't worry too much about crowds as the holdiay rush doesn't really start until the 26th of Dec. The week before will be the busiest time in the early season but NOTHING like the week of the 26th onward.
post #35 of 42
Oh and Keystone would be great choice...lots of beginner and intermediate terrain with a great ski school so no worries there. May be out of your price range but it is a great mountain for beginner and intermediate skiers.
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First, that's a great video Lonnie! I've never seen that before.

KG4, to your point about travel cost, I think it's about $100 per person more for airfare to SLC, so $300 total, but you wouldn't need to rent a car. Logistically, SLC is MUCH easier, but ultimately the skiing will be comparable. I'd keep watching the airfare prices, I've been watching and think prices should be trending down in the next few weeks, at least I hope so or I'm not getting home for Christmas!
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This is a great point - we had planned to take one day / evening off to go to Denver and see whatever sights there are to see but do you think that we should spend it at Breckenridge or Vail instead?
Unless you want to go to a basketball game, there is no real reason to go to Denver. It's a city. Not that different from any other American city. Spend your off time wandering around ski towns.
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I would definitely say go with SLC. It's my personal favorite place to ski and there's so many options in such a small radius. Alta is my favorite place (no snowboarders) and Snowbird is also great and you can get a combined lift ticket for the two for not much more than you would pay for one. The Country Inn and Suites is also a great place to stay.
post #41 of 42
tahoe is terrible.

having said that, can't believe I'm a-sayin' it.

Northstar at tahoe is right up your alley.

Not cheap, but beautiful, easy--The whole mountain is an intermediate paradise.

Tons of resorts near by if you need to change it up.

I heart mountains. Everybody here knows it. But if anything at all beats mountains, it's a big ol' lake with lots of mountains around it.

Northstar could arguably be...
the intermediate capital of N.A. skiing.

Plus, lots of different stuff around.
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Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort

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tahoe is terrible.

having said that, can't believe I'm a-sayin' it.

Northstar at tahoe is right up your alley.

Not cheap, but beautiful, easy--The whole mountain is an intermediate paradise.

Tons of resorts near by if you need to change it up.

I heart mountains. Everybody here knows it. But if anything at all beats mountains, it's a big ol' lake with lots of mountains around it.

Northstar could arguably be...
the intermediate capital of N.A. skiing.

Plus, lots of different stuff around.
...like a brand new Village with stores, food, multiple firepits, and iceskating. Parkings a problem, but stay at a condo within the Northstar Village. The whole mountain is intermediate. It's about an hour from the Reno/Tahoe Airport and most of the resorts around here have shuttle services. Go to: http://www.northstarattahoe.com/ for more information.
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