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post #31 of 51

loveland

Frankly I don't think you have a snowballs chance in hell getting off the plane, through the terminal, shuttled to a rental car and getting it and then driving to loveland in 2 hours.
post #32 of 51
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Originally Posted by jbuhl View Post
Frankly I don't think you have a snowballs chance in hell getting off the plane, through the terminal, shuttled to a rental car and getting it and then driving to loveland in 2 hours.
I don't have high expectations. If I get to Loveland by 1:00 PM, I'll be happy. Three hours of skiing for $42 at Loveland sure beats 6 hours skiing at Jiminy Peak, MA for the same price.

One thing I am doing that I hope will save time is using Alamo's online check-in which will allow me to skip the rental counter line and head straight to the car. If I get the car and my buddy gets the bags, hopefully we can be on the road by 11:30 PM.
post #33 of 51

timing

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Originally Posted by jbuhl View Post
Frankly I don't think you have a snowballs chance in hell getting off the plane, through the terminal, shuttled to a rental car and getting it and then driving to loveland in 2 hours.
Live in southern suburbs but travel almost every week in/out of DIA. Expect about 30 minutes from touchdown till you leave on the rental bus, if no bags checked. Add about 15minutes if bags checked. Going back about 5 years it was about 5 minutes on bus to rental pickup. Going Pena to I70 to Loveland, i would guess about 1:45 minutes if all goes perfectly. So as last poster stated, tough to expect 2 hours, but 3 is very doable.
post #34 of 51
Thread Starter 
Which has the steepest runs?

Vail, Copper, Loveland?
post #35 of 51
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Which has the steepest runs?
People will defend their favorite mountain, but I would say loveland. You can run lots of laps on very steep stuff off of chair one, and there's the ridge that was pictured earlier. loveland is great, but doesn't have the same wide openness and long runs as vail.

You have a day and a half? Seems like a halfday at loveland when you get in and a full day at vail the next is the ticket. Watch out for the altitude.
post #36 of 51
Thread Starter 
I'm staying I'm skiing Wednesday and flying home wednesday night.

That is why I'm reluctant to Drive to Vail.


I may have a second meeting tuesday in Aspen. In that case I'm going to consider Snowmass or maybe Beaver Creek.
post #37 of 51
This Wednesday?
post #38 of 51
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To hell with Keystone. Its the Killington of CO.

If you want a big CO mountain that isn't Vail, hit Copper.
If Keystone's the Killington of Colorado, is Loveland Magic Mountain?
post #39 of 51
If you need to fly out Wed night and that's your day to ski. Loveland hands down IMO. It's the most convenient. Second option, A-Basin.
post #40 of 51
Thread Starter 
Yup, this wednesday.



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Originally Posted by karpiel View Post
This Wednesday?
post #41 of 51
Thread Starter 
Here are my options for tomorrow....

1. Full day at loveland

2. Half day at one of the Aspen areas (noon to closing)

Opionions??


What is the opionion of a basin instead of loveland?
post #42 of 51
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Originally Posted by johnnysdg View Post
Here are my options for tomorrow....

1. Full day at loveland

2. Half day at one of the Aspen areas (noon to closing)

Opionions??


What is the opionion of a basin instead of loveland?
Kind of a toss-up, but I would opt for a full day, I guess. Are you driving to Aspen from denver?! I wouldn't do that for a half day, especially with a flight to catch. I'm confused...

Abasin and Loveland are fairly similar in terms of atmosphere and terrain, loveland is just 15 minutes closer to denver.
post #43 of 51
Thread Starter 
I would catch the redeye home at 1 am.
post #44 of 51
Why no votes for Winter Park? Convienent to Denver and a fantastic place.
post #45 of 51
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Originally Posted by philcski View Post
Why no votes for Winter Park? Convienent to Denver and a fantastic place.
And they got 2 feet of powder this past weekend! In 24 hours! Great place also.
post #46 of 51
You guys make sure to keep going there then.
post #47 of 51
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You guys make sure to keep going there then.
Not a fan?

Only time I've been to Colorado so I don't have a frame of reference, but seemed like a good day trip from Denver.
post #48 of 51
I'll get flamed like crazy for this...as awesome as WP is, it's one of the worst in CO.

Yes, it's way better than anything here in the East, but there are far better mountains in CO than WP.
post #49 of 51
It probably takes longer to get to WP than Loveland, especially when Berthoud Pass is snow-packed (i.e. on a powder day ).

I went to Winter Park for the first time last year; I had a 4-pack, used two days, and didn't see any reason to use the other two. I agree it's kind of overrated (cue the fans saying I just don't know where to go...).

(edit: just checked Google Maps, and apparently it's 10 miles further to WP than to Loveland. I wouldn't have guessed....)
post #50 of 51
Hallelujah Ridge in Copper is nice and open - and with quite a view too, and there's lots of open terrain in Loveland above the Eisenhower Tunnel too.

But ultimately the relatively open terrain at A-Basin added to night skiing at Keystone will IMHO, give you the best day's value overall.

I might live thousands of miles away across the ocean, but I've skied a dozen CO resorts and when you come as far as I do, you need to maximise your snow time.

Enjoy - it's very different from the east coast!

CW :-)

oops - just noticed you went yesterday - hope you had fun :-)
post #51 of 51
Thread Starter 

Had a great time.

 

My trip report is posted in that section of the forum.

 

 

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