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Best Resorts Near Boulder, CO

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
 Hello and I'm looking forward to learning a bunch from all of you guys on these forums.

First off - I've never skied in my life, but I've always had such a longing to do so that it's almost made me a depressed, empty, shell of a person. Actually, I'm just kidding, but It really looks like so much fun. 

Secondly, I plan to attend University of Colorado at Boulder next year. For Spring Break, my Dad has told me we can go visit Boulder, and, at the same time, we can go skiing.

My question is, ultimately, what are the best ski resorts close to Boulder, Colorado? What I mean by best are these criteria: Level of Skiing (Beauty of resort, quality of runs, amount of snow, etc....), availability and quality of trained instructors, and a relatively decent amount of skiers - I wouldn't like anything too packed. 

Any help will be greatly appreciated. I can hardly wait for Spring Break to get here. Many thanks in advance. 
post #2 of 10
Congrats on Boulder.  It's an awesome town and you'll love it.  As for the skiing the closest would be Eldora.  It's not far and a pretty drive.  However, it is small and very much no frills and rustic.  It can get icy as well but budget wise you'll find it one of the cheaper offerings.  Your next best bet would be to hit I70 and hit any of the resorts from Loveland to Summit Country (Breck, A-Basin, Keystone, Copper).  They will give you better snow, a more big mountain experience though more expensive.
post #3 of 10
Echo Sieggy, in fact was up at Eldora yesterday with my 10 year old.  Great till we got right at the resort than, really windy and very cold with some heavy blowing snow at times -- but still a good day on the hill of course.  My son is a good skier, but wanted to sample the dark side and learn to board -- instructor was great for that. Eldora is maybe 30-35 minutes from Boulder, small, friendly, but often windy and cold.  Very big focus on lessons, i learned there as well as my kids -- very affordable.  Finally the staff is super friendly, and it is never that crowded (compared to Summit county).  The town (Nederland) is i guess, Colorado quirky.  I  have also had many lift rides with University of CO students who come over, it seems, for a quick couple of hours of runs.  Bottom line, great place to learn, but not really a resort. 

For resort skiing i like Breck over K'stone, both are really about the same distance from Denver/Boulder.  Never done lessons at either though.  Breckenridge greens/blues seem to me to be a little easier.  Breck is by far more of a real town vice Keystone.  Both can be quite a bit more crowded than Eldora, but at Keystone if you can move to the upper mountain or back two moutains and it is  not nearly so crowded.  .
post #4 of 10
 If you like canyon driving, go up the one towards the casinos and then take the relatively new connector freeway over to I70.  The mouth of that canyon is pretty much even with Boulder, and you cut off some of the Denver traffic.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by job151 View Post

Echo Sieggy, in fact was up at Eldora yesterday with my 10 year old.  Great till we got right at the resort than, really windy and very cold with some heavy blowing snow at times -- but still a good day on the hill of course.  My son is a good skier, but wanted to sample the dark side and learn to board -- instructor was great for that. Eldora is maybe 30-35 minutes from Boulder, small, friendly, but often windy and cold.  Very big focus on lessons, i learned there as well as my kids -- very affordable.  Finally the staff is super friendly, and it is never that crowded (compared to Summit county).  The town (Nederland) is i guess, Colorado quirky.  I  have also had many lift rides with University of CO students who come over, it seems, for a quick couple of hours of runs.  Bottom line, great place to learn, but not really a resort. 

For resort skiing i like Breck over K'stone, both are really about the same distance from Denver/Boulder.  Never done lessons at either though.  Breckenridge greens/blues seem to me to be a little easier.  Breck is by far more of a real town vice Keystone.  Both can be quite a bit more crowded than Eldora, but at Keystone if you can move to the upper mountain or back two moutains and it is  not nearly so crowded.  .

Eldora sounds like it would be a pretty good bet. When I finally make the leap and start down at CU, I'd like a personal instructor that I can keep coming back to day after day. Do they offer specials like this, and are the instructors there up to do this type of thing for an 18 year old first-timer?

I also think I misspoke when I said "resort." Im just looking for a great place to ski and not the whole hotel and accommodations thing. 

Thanks for the post!
Edited by Huckle - 2/13/10 at 8:04pm
post #6 of 10
Yeah, I'll agree with what everyone has said here about Eldora. As a CU student, you'll get a great deal on a season pass, and lessons out there are reasonable. It can definitely get windy, but it's a fun down home kind of place to ski. As a skier without a car, I like that you can take the bus out there (for free as a student).
post #7 of 10
I'm sure you can get the same instructor if you have the moola for private lessons.  But that's a pretty expensive way to go.

Given that you've never skied before, don't worry too much at this stage about having the same coach.  You can go the group lesson route.  My experience is that you often get the same instructor.  But the beginning is about learning the movement patterns that will make you a competent skier.  Advanced lessons are simply an extension of that on difficult terrain, along with more emphasis on tactics.

Eldora is the place for you.  It's close, convenient, has no traffic, and a great place to learn.

I'm sure you'll find Boulder to be a great place to go to school.

Mike
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
 Thanks for the tips, Mike. Eldora seems to be the best place for my needs. 
post #9 of 10
CU ski club also has buses on weekends up to I70 resorts. They have some great deals on passes, or you can get a coupon book at King Sooper supermarkets with great daily deals.

If you are there over spring break you might take advantage of the fact weekdays will be uncrowded and ski the I70 resorts. I am a Copper fan myself.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
 That sounds interesting. I'll have to talk to my Dad about running a route up I-70.
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