EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Colorado for Thankgiving..Where to ski?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Colorado for Thankgiving..Where to ski?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hello all

I will be in Denver for thanksgiving (through the next Monday). What resort has the best snow/coverage...I will be skiing Arapahoe on Friday but want to try something different for Sat/Sun. I will be staying in Denver at night so would like the drive to be somewhat close.

Thanks
post #2 of 14
Copper is about the same distance from Denver as A-Basin. I like Loveland, but my son never gets a pass for it. The Limelight in Aspen is brand new, and they have super cheap rates for Thanksgiving, so that's where I'm heading. Breckenridge or Keystone are doable from Denver. It all depends on the weather for early season.

BK
post #3 of 14
Well, we have not received much snow, so the terrain is pretty limited at the moment. I'd wait and see how the next week goes before committing to a resort.

One thing I can pretty much assure you of is that there will be lots of folk out Sat/Sun. Farther away from Denver is likely to have fewer people, and more fun as a result.

Mike
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replys guys!
post #5 of 14
Unless there is a good dump soon, Loveland had the best coverage and fewest people. Three chairs open at this time.
post #6 of 14

How much can Vail open for Turkey week?

I'm flying in Saturday. I have a 7 of 10 day Vail lift ticket that begins on Sunday, 11/23. Will I be skiing at Breck mostly? Since Beaver Creek doesn't open until Wednesday, my other choice would be Vail. Anyone know how much terrain Vail will be able to open? Not sure we want to drive from Avon to A-Basin; besides, we have low intermediates in our group. Suggestions?? anyone? Thanks! (Can't wait to get on my new Blizzards!!)
post #7 of 14
Thanksgiving as a "ski holiday" in Colorado has always perplexed me. WTF??!!!
post #8 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
Thanksgiving as a "ski holiday" in Colorado has always perplexed me. WTF??!!!
Excuse me?? I asked a question about conditions in the "Resorts, Conditions, and Travel" forum. I didn't ask about the things in life that "perplex" you.
post #9 of 14
Getting back to the original question - Seeing as how we have had virtually no snow (1 decent storm that melted away) this season, I don't think anyone will have decent conditions. Was at Loveland last weekend and the snow depth is getting so thin that the snowcats are starting to kick up rocks in the thin parts. On the lower slopes near the lifts there were large patches of pure ice. Kind of depressing. I've been there every weekend since opening and conditions have actually gotten worse. Unless we get a MAJOR dump, I'd do a day of skiing and then plan something around Denver/Boulder...just seems worthless to pay so much for such bad skiing. While Loveland has more lifts open the runs aren't as long as some of the others.

I agree with DropCliffs...planning an early season ski trip to CO can be a major waste of money.
post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by jay_p View Post
Kind of depressing.
People here were worried and depressed at this time last year too and it ended up being a pretty good season.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...889#post809889

Quote:
I agree with DropCliffs...planning an early season ski trip to CO can be a major waste of money.
If visitors enjoy blue groomers I think they can have a good time at Thanksgiving. I know Breck is going to blow a lot of snow to get as much open as possible. And while the forecasts don't look great, they're not very accurate past three days. Colorado could still get a big storm before Thanksgiving allowing them to open more terrain.
post #11 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by breckview View Post
If visitors enjoy blue groomers I think they can have a good time at Thanksgiving. I know Breck is going to blow a lot of snow to get as much open as possible. And while the forecasts don't look great, they're not very accurate past three days. Colorado could still get a big storm before Thanksgiving allowing them to open more terrain.
Exactly. Anyway, light blue groomers are all my parents want or can handle. I don't mind a few early season runs hanging out with them.

For those worried that I'm wasting money, don't. Having bought the timeshare in Avon for $1 on e-Bay, flying free to EGE on AA using ff miles, it's not all that expensive of a trip. Just lift tickets. And the lift tickets that early aren't bad. Also, going Thanksgiving week I only have to use 3 vacation days (I'm running short on vacation days this year.) So, we're going, not expecting much except to enjoy being together and hopefully find a little something to ski.
post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by breckview View Post
People here were worried and depressed at this time last year too and it ended up being a pretty good season.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...889#post809889
As I said in my last post, getting back to the original question, conditions over >>Thanksgiving<<...it doesn't look good. I was making no comment about our season.

Kim, I could care less about your money, I was just answering the question of the original poster...that's great you have free this and that and your parents only want mellow groomers. The original poster skis 60+ days a season so he may have a different POV. Before hijacking the thread
post #13 of 14
I didn't think I was hijacking the thread. I was also asking about where to ski during Thanksgiving week. My apologies to all.
post #14 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by jay_p View Post
As I said in my last post, getting back to the original question, conditions over >>Thanksgiving<<...it doesn't look good. I was making no comment about our season.
You did say conditions were "depressing" when they are actually normal mid-November conditions in Colorado.

You also said, "just seems worthless to pay so much for such bad skiing. " It's actually normal pre-Thanksgiving skiing and people who don't live here can (and do)l have a great trip on skiing man-made, some natural if it comes, and doing all the other mountain stuff I take for granted.

You also said, "I've been there every weekend since opening and conditions have actually gotten worse. " That's the one I don't quite understand. You drive an hour+ for a WROD. I won't even drive one mile to ski current conditions on the hill.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Resorts, Conditions & Travel
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Mountain/Resort Related Forums › Resorts, Conditions & Travel › Colorado for Thankgiving..Where to ski?