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Please give a Colorado suggestion for non-skiers?

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Hi - we are non-skiers. My wife's sister is coming in from out of the country and wants to see snow and scenic mountains. We want to go to Colorado (driving from Kansas) and are thinking of places like Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge, etc. Can you guys give us any suggestions on what would be the best place to go for non-skiers? Also, what are the best hotels to stay in? We are looking for places around $200-300/night range. Its off season (we're planning to go around 10/28 - 11/3). Also, I guess we'd like to be in a hotel in the middle of the "action" with place to eat and shop etc. in waling distance. Thansk!
post #2 of 13
Telluride, Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Estes Park.......
post #3 of 13
Take a drive over Loveland Pass stop at the top. Stop and look at A-Basin from the parking area at a lower switchback. Have lunch in Breckenridge.
post #4 of 13
Close to Denver:
- Drive over and explore Loveland Pass.
- Stay in Breckenridge (for the "action").
- Drive/walk/snowshoe (the last several miles) up to Boreas Pass.
- Walk/bike (depending on snow) along Lake Dillon rec-path.
post #5 of 13
Since this a skiers forum, I'm gonna' hafta' suggest... trying skiing while your there! That's why ski resort towns exist you know. It seems a bit odd that you would go all that way to the mountains, while totally removing skiing from the list of activities option list!?
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Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
Since this a skiers forum, I'm gonna' hafta' suggest... trying skiing while your there! That's why ski resort towns exist you know. It seems a bit odd that you would go all that way to the mountains, while totally removing skiing from the list of activities option list!?


I agree...

but i think most places still wont be open for the ski season (A-Basin and Loveland the exception?)

I's really early season, i hope there is snow on the ground...
post #7 of 13
For your purposes, I'd go to Frisco (which is centrally located and a nice, gentrified old mining town). You can easily access Breckenridge (also a gentrified old mining town, but too touristy for my taste), Vail (not really that much to see there, except the ski area), and lots more. If you'd like, I can rent you a 2 BR condo in Frisco, one of the nicest in Summit County, incredibly scenic (right on Tenmile Creek) and a block from Main Street. You can see it here: http://www.vrbo.com/103368
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I agree...

but i think most places still wont be open for the ski season (A-Basin and Loveland the exception?)

I's really early season, i hope there is snow on the ground...
That's my thought as well. You may be somewhat disappointed since right now there isn't much snow anywhere they aren't making it. Hopefully we get some before your dates for your guests to enjoy.
post #9 of 13
I'd make sure to stay in an actual town, like Aspen (you can probably find some off season deals in what is normally a very pricey town) or Telluride (Telluride might be kind of far for you, though), as opposed to a resort development like Vail. Or what about visiting Rocky Mt National Park? see www.nps.gov/romo for info.
post #10 of 13
Given the time you have, I'd also suggest Aspen. You can get a room at the St. Regis for $230 a night, which is a steal. As it is off-season, things will be pretty slow, but Aspen is a nice place no matter. And if there is not a lot of snow in the next two weeks, hiking will be good -- including the Maroon Bells.

Mike
post #11 of 13
If you do go to Aspen, make sure Independence pass is open. It will be closing any day now.

The restaurants are offering incredible deals right now just to get business.
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In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a tour guide for the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, and if you're looking for a place that is rich in history and culture, this is the place to go! Best of all, many of our museums are free, and our walking tours cost a mere five bucks!

For example, on Halloween, we will be giving a free party at the Briggle House. All the tour guides will be dressed up as characters from Breckenridge past. The welcome center has a free, two-story interactive museum, where you can see films about the mining history of Breckenridge. The upstairs has an old chairlift from the 1960s.

Breckenridge recently renovated its Arts District, which features a variety of one-day workshops for a nominal fee. The buildings were former stables and stagecoach stops.

You can get inexpensive and charming lodging at Fireside Inn
It's located on French Street in the historic district, and it's across the street from the Father Dyer Church, the famous minister who traveled by ski to deliver the mail, along with the word of God, to the neighboring towns.

Here's a Breckenridge Blog about the area.
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If you do go to Aspen, make sure Independence pass is open. It will be closing any day now.

The restaurants are offering incredible deals right now just to get business.
Independence Pass is a great way into Aspen if it is open. If not, you get there through Glenwood Springs, which isn't too shabby as the drive through Glenwood Canyon is beautiful, and you'll get incredible views of Mt. Sophris as well.

As Lisa Marie implies, it is off-season in the mountains now, and good deals abound. Perhaps you should make a loop of it -- start in Breck, head to Aspen, up to Steamboat, (or down to Gunnison/Crested Butte) and return.

Mike
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