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From Denver - Where would you go?

post #1 of 9
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So, here is my situation:

Last year was my first year in Denver. I managed to hit Keystone, Breck, A-basin, Vail, and Copper. This year will be much of the same + Beaver Creek, as I have the CO Pass. I'm planning a late spring trip to Aspen with my dad, so that is out.

Looking to try somewhere new in Feb. or March. I will have an out-of-town lady friend of mine in tow. She is an intermediate and really, really prefers to stay on-piste.(I learned that one the hard way last year )

Where would you go? What would you do? Looking for 3 days/3 nights < $,1000 (everything- gas, entertainment, food, lodging, lifts)
post #2 of 9
Shaking the Colorado Magic 8-Ball says... Steamboat.

Runners up: Winter Park, Purgatory

Honorable mentions: Loveland, Monarch, Wolf Creek (not resorty enough for you), Crested Butte (wrong terrain), Telluride (too far, expensive)
post #3 of 9
+1 Steamboat

Intermediate Paradise, hang out in Wally World.

Take a side trip shuttle to Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

Steamboat started some package specials this week but they are before Xmas.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by vinn View Post
Shaking the Colorado Magic 8-Ball says... Steamboat.

Runners up: Winter Park, Purgatory

Honorable mentions: Loveland, Monarch, Wolf Creek (not resorty enough for you), Crested Butte (wrong terrain), Telluride (too far, expensive)
Thanks.

Initially, I was thinking either Steamboat, Crested Butte, or even Taos. Good info on the "wrong terrain" bit. I'll have to try to get there with my buddies. I've only seen pictures, but it looks beautiful in that part of the state.
post #5 of 9
I have always had good luck with Winter Park in the spring. If conditions are not great, it is an easy jaunt over to Loveland or A-Basin.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by vinn View Post
Shaking the Colorado Magic 8-Ball says... Steamboat.

Runners up: Winter Park, Purgatory

Honorable mentions: Loveland, Monarch, Wolf Creek (not resorty enough for you), Crested Butte (wrong terrain), Telluride (too far, expensive)
I respectfully disagree that Crested Butte has the wrong terrain for your girlfriend. The Butte has plenty of intermediate runs and lacks the crowds of the Front Range ski resorts.
post #7 of 9
I agree Crested Butte has a lot of good, long green and blue trails. It also has a very good beginner area -- a whole different hill (so no advanced skiers in a hurry) with 2 or 3 lifts and a great view of the main mountain.

Of course, the OP is going to be sorely tempted to wander off to the upper mountain....

It is a long drive, though (I did Denver to CB with only short breaks, after flying, and it was a long, hard drive).
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by wingnutter View Post
I respectfully disagree that Crested Butte has the wrong terrain for your girlfriend. The Butte has plenty of intermediate runs and lacks the crowds of the Front Range ski resorts.
I was really getting at what mdf said - it's too tempting to want to wander away from those groomers and get onto the fun stuff.
post #9 of 9
I know you mentioned you wanted some place new. However with your GF being an intermediate wanting Ski In-Ski Out, Breckenridge may be a good choice. Lots of very easy to more challenging intermediate terrain. Many on slope or near slope rooming options and a very fun full sized ski town to enjoy after a day skiing. You also save lift ticket money because you already have your Colo Pass. Enjoy your trips. James.
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