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post #1 of 20
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My brother and I are planning a last minute trip to Colorado from Virginia. We want to drive and since there will be no wives involved this time, we just need a crash pad motel and ideas where we could stay. If it dumps though, we want to be able to get to the mountains (we'll be in a awd subaru or expedition)

We are considering a last min trip and ski next week 30, 31 and new years day.....or the following week on that Tues, Wed, and Thurs. Would New Years be suicide with the crowds?

We both are strong skiers and have been skiing since we were kids (were 29 and 25) Vail is where I am looking but not against breck or anything else. Ideas of lodging and other tips.
post #2 of 20
If you're on a tight budget, stay at the Snowshoe in Frisco, and take the free Summit Stage Bus to either Copper or Breck. Vail will be more expensive. Crowds have not been bad this year. Have fun!
post #3 of 20
Bring the Suby, you'll fit right in. Silverthorn, Dillon or Frisco all put you 20 minutes or less from Copper, Breck, Keystone, A-basin and Loveland. Hard to go wrong with that combo.

Snowshoe isn't fancy but good bang for the buck.
post #4 of 20
Roost Lodge if you want to stay in Vail.
post #5 of 20
You are better placed to react to where the snow actually falls if you stay in Dillon/ Silverthorne (plus cheaper). All mountains have pretty good day lots - as usual get there early for the best spot and best skiing which should not be a problem if you are leaving wives at home.
post #6 of 20
Love it. With the huge price drop in gas and lousy airline baggage fees I'm tempted to do the same thing esp if I get about 4 riders.

Here's another lodging/skiing idea: http://www.therockymountaininn.com/
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by skiingathome View Post
We are considering a last min trip and ski next week 30, 31 and new years day.....or the following week on that Tues, Wed, and Thurs. Would New Years be suicide with the crowds?
In Summit County:

12/30/08 will be very crowded. 12/31/08 will be crowded in the AM. 1/1/09 won't be crowded at all. Actual holidays are never crowded as it's a travel day for destination skiers. The following weekend will be normally busy with front range traffic.

The following week will be pretty dead with some college people here who are still out of school. But there will be zero lift lines.

So, if you want the slopes to yourself except for a few students, come the 2nd week. If you want the vibe of the holiday crowd, the NY eve party, and one good uncrowded day, come the first week. Both will be fun.
post #8 of 20
If you stay in Glenwood Spring, you are 45 minutes from Beaver Creek, 1 hour from Vail and 50 minutes from Aspen. There are several affordable motels in Glenwood.
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by breckview View Post
In Summit County:

12/30/08 will be very crowded. 12/31/08 will be crowded in the AM. 1/1/09 won't be crowded at all. Actual holidays are never crowded as it's a travel day for destination skiers. The following weekend will be normally busy with front range traffic.

The following week will be pretty dead with some college people here who are still out of school. But there will be zero lift lines.

So, if you want the slopes to yourself except for a few students, come the 2nd week. If you want the vibe of the holiday crowd, the NY eve party, and one good uncrowded day, come the first week. Both will be fun.
ditto!
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Heard from another board that King Soopers is doing a promo where if you buy 10 Vitamin Waters you earn a free lift ticket good Mon-Thur JAN 5-30th, excluding the 19th. Anyone know about this, and would it be worth skiing WP the 3 days I am there? What's the cheapest place at WP to stay if we decide to do this? Plus, not sure if they'd let me get 3 free lift tickets all at once, we'd stop on our way in if so
post #11 of 20
if u want the cheapest place to stay u can stay at a YMCA near Winter Park unfortunately it pretty much limits you to there but its around the price range of 50 or 60 dollars per room(price of the last YMCA I was at haven't stayed at this one) which fits some where around five people and includes meals. Its a pretty sweet deal but if u want to stay in summit there are a couple of pretty cheap hotels in Dillon right off the highway.
post #12 of 20
OP -

Before you decide to drive (from VA), ping some of the ski areas and see if they have any last minute package deals. I'm seeing airfare at or below $200 in some of these deals.

Couple of suggestions -
www.skicb.com (Crested Butte)
www.jacksonhole.com (Jackson Hole, WY - get some tram laps in)
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by skiingathome View Post
Heard from another board that King Soopers is doing a promo where if you buy 10 Vitamin Waters you earn a free lift ticket good Mon-Thur JAN 5-30th, excluding the 19th. Anyone know about this, and would it be worth skiing WP the 3 days I am there? What's the cheapest place at WP to stay if we decide to do this? Plus, not sure if they'd let me get 3 free lift tickets all at once, we'd stop on our way in if so
That King Soopers deal is a good find if valid. If you don't hear more online about it, call a store direct to confirm details/rules. Coming from VA Winter Park/Mary Jane is definitely large enough to keep you entertained for 3 days, esp if they have a decent percent of terrain open. That's a lot of driving for 3 days, even crazy old road warriors like me won't go that far for less than 5 or six ski days in CO. Do you plan to drive straight thru or stop halfway for 8 hours of sleep?
post #14 of 20
I'm pretty sure there is a cut-off when you can purchase the vitamin water and receive the coupon, ask when you call the store. Other than that it's a great deal as I have like 50 bottles in the fridge (vitamin water anyone?). Winter Park is a great mountain that I rivals anything in Summit County, I personally prefer it over any of Summit County mountains but that's just me.

I assume you know not to buy any tickets at the window at any of these resorts and instead save a little by buying at King Soopers or local shops. Also the 2for1 Phillips 66 deal may be going on after New Years.
post #15 of 20
Skied at Breck and Copper this weekend, and both were dead. Rumor is that visitorship maybe down by at least 20% over the holidays. So, it might not be the usual covered up holiday -- guess we'll see starting Friday.

I drove home from Frisco last night in an hour 20. That's unbelievable for a Sunday night. Very nice for me, but I'm sure the resorts and resort communities are hurting.

Mike
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post
Skied at Breck and Copper this weekend, and both were dead.
The two weeks before Christmas are generally very slow. This weekend at Breck was actually busier than it would have normally been because the Dew Tour at Breck.

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Rumor is that visitorship maybe down by at least 20% over the holidays. So, it might not be the usual covered up holiday -- guess we'll see starting Friday.
Even if there's 20% less people here, it will still be very busy starting the day after Christmas until 12/30/08.
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice!
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by breckview View Post
The two weeks before Christmas are generally very slow. This weekend at Breck was actually busier than it would have normally been because the Dew Tour at Breck.


Even if there's 20% less people here, it will still be very busy starting the day after Christmas until 12/30/08.
Skied at Copper today and yesterday, and it was dead. It was also -14 today when we pulled into the parking lot, and +3 when we left.

That being said, Copper is advertising 2 bedroom condo's that they were asking $800/night for a month ago for $200. I don't think there's going to be much of a crowd at Copper through the holidays, but we'll see.

Mike
post #19 of 20
Breck is expecting 20 000 people Monday (12/29) and Tuesday. That is a lot!
post #20 of 20
Yea, I understand that it was pretty busy at Breck yesterday. Copper was like a normal weekend from a few years ago. I ran laps on the Sierra and Blackjack lift and the most folk I had in front of me was 3.

Our group did use the singles line at the Flyer and Timberline lifts. Waited 3-4 minutes. The Superbee was uncongested -- it was simply a matter of getting past the ticket checkers.

Copper seems to be the place to miss the Summit County crowds this week.

Mike
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