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WHERE TO STAY IN COLORADO SKIING WINTER PARK KEYSTONE AND BRECKENRIDGE

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I am planning a 2 week trip to Colorado next February to ski at Winter Park, Keystone, Breckenridge and anywhere else that takes my fancy in that area. I will have a hire car.

 

My main question is where can I stay withing striking distance of these resorts that is low down as I have problems sleeping above 7000 feet.

 

I do not expect that I will ski every day but maybe 2 out of 3. Should I buy lift tickets daily or is there a pass that will allow me to ski say 9 days out of 13 at multiple resorts. I had a look at the pass information online and found it to be confusing.

 

post #2 of 17

Idaho Springs...

post #3 of 17

Idaho Springs is a good suggestion for your query.

 

Avon, CO at ~7400' is about same elev as Idaho Springs and very convenient to Vail and Beaver Creek if you buy the epic season ski pass ~$600, which is also good at Breck, Keystone, A-Basin, but not Winter Park.  Copper and Winter Park are on a separate pass.

I've stayed at the Quality Suites motel at Evergreen near I70 when skiing Loveland and Winter Park. It's pretty good and about elev 7000, but about 40-60 minutes from those two and longer to Breck, Keystone, Copper, and Vail.  

post #4 of 17

I'd go with Idaho Springs. Lower elevation, Tommyknocker microbrewery, Beau Jo's pizza, Buffalo Restaurant.

post #5 of 17

Epic or Summit Pass from Vail Resorts would seem to make the most sense.  Epic ($599) gives you 5 resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breck, Keystone, A Basin) while the Summit ($409) gives you the last 3.  Since single tickets at the Vail Resorts are over $90, a pass pays for itself pretty quickly.  A Copper and Winter Park pass is also a good option.

 

I understand the concerns about altitude, and Idaho Springs is a good option, but that will mean a lot of driving.  Consider staying in Dillon, Silverthorne or Frisco.  All are at just over 9000 feet and close to the resorts.

post #6 of 17

echo the info on the Vail passes.  If you want BC and Vail, the bump is like $69 at most after the early purchase deal period is over.  We have done the cheaper one for the three resorts for three years now, great deal. 

 

If you don't bring gear, good results from BREEZE or HAPPY SPORTS, the first is all over, the second i think only in Littleton right off of 470. 

 

Don't know on locations as you stated you have issues over 7K feet...Silverthorne and Dillon are very convenient, but about 9K if memory serves.  I live in Denver and so have not had an issue sleeping up at 10K camping, but everyone is different.  If you know you have issues can't mess w/that.  But believe you will be forced down at least to I70 corridor most of the way to Denver, it not into Evergreen.  Even Winter Park may be too high. 

post #7 of 17
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My main question is where can I stay withing striking distance of these resorts that is low down as I have problems sleeping above 7000 feet.

 

 


Glenwood Springs would be an option if you wanted to concentrate on Vail and Beaver Creek.  Add in the local resort (Sunlight) and Aspen down the road, and it's even better.  Add in the hot springs and the town and you've got yourself a vacation... at less than 6000ft.

 

post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thank you for all the advice. I think we will stay in Denver 1 night 5000 ft. Idaho Springs 2 nights 7000 ft. then try Frazer. 8500 ft. If either of us can not sleep then its back down to somewhere we can.

 

We will have been at sea level for months, [ years in my case] as we live on a sailboat, currently in the Windward Isles so the altitude change could be a problem.

 

I will keep looking at the pass prices and conditions. I think I am on the cusp between day passes and a season pass.

post #9 of 17

Nice set of islands.  I haven't been down there in awhile.  I don't miss hurricanes though. It's fun at Christmas though - need a blue water boat for the Christmas breezes though. 

post #10 of 17

Another option, consider Steamboat at 6700', then after acclimatizing go to Winter Park.  They share same season pass.  Both are large enough for multi-day visits.

PS:  I too live at sea level and have to admit the last time I spent a week in Summit County, CO (Apr 2009) I didn't sleep well.

post #11 of 17

I live at sea level and find it takes 3 days to adjust to Summit County altitude.  But everyone's different. 

post #12 of 17
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Another option, consider Steamboat at 6700', then after acclimatizing go to Winter Park.  They share same season pass.  Both are large enough for multi-day visits.

PS:  I too live at sea level and have to admit the last time I spent a week in Summit County, CO (Apr 2009) I didn't sleep well.


Excellent advice!  But, better buy that season pass right now with Steamboat included.  Just saying.

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 

I had not realised that Steamboat was as low as that.

 

It makes a lot of sense to stay there 3 days then work back towards Winterpark via Breckenridge/Copper/Keystone/Arapahoe.

 

It looks like I am going to be on my own as my partner has decided that she can not face the altitude.

 

Just when I thought I had a handle on a pass that made sense -

The Rocky Mountain Super Pass +  at $449

The Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus offers unlimited skiing and riding at Winter Park / Mary Jane and Copper Mountain, plus six unrestricted days at Steamboat

 

I find I can ONLY buy in person at some ski shop called Christies. Is that correct??

post #14 of 17

In case you procrastinate on your selection and the winds of discount blow your way...look for something called the Pow Pow Platter, which has been announced the last couple Januarys.  No guarantee it will be offered again:

 

Jan 25, 2010:  the Pow Pow Platter is the perfect sampler of Colorado’s best resorts,” said Rob Perlman, vice president of sales & marketing for Winter Park Resort.

while supplies last, we are offering skiers and riders one unrestricted day each at Steamboat, Winter Park and Copper Mountain for only $99.”

Currently on sale, the Pow Pow Platter, a photo pass, offers great value for skiing and riding at three of Colorado’s premier resorts with one day at Steamboat, Winter Park and Copper Mountain for only $99, including no blackout dates. One pass is valid for one day at each resort. Simply put, $33 a day for three incredible resorts.

 

 

Limited quantities of the $99 Pow Pow Platters will be available while supplies last. Platters may only be purchased online at www.SkiColorado.com; must be purchased 48-hours in advance and may be redeemed at any of the three resorts. Limit of one Pow Pow Platter per person and individual days do not have to used consecutively.

Skiers and riders who dine on the Pow Pow Platter will enjoy Mary Jane’s world-renowned moguls and Winter Park’s extraordinary alpine bowl and highest six-passenger lift; Copper’s Free Tucker Cat Skiing, free parking and Naturally Divided Terrain; and Steamboat’s western hospitality, famous trees and legendary Champagne Powder™ snow. Pow Pow Platter connoisseurs have access to a combined total of 432 trails, 8,493 acres and over 9,300 vertical feet of terrain at Copper Mountain, Winter Park and Steamboat.

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by TQA View Post

I had not realised that Steamboat was as low as that.

 

It makes a lot of sense to stay there 3 days then work back towards Winterpark via Breckenridge/Copper/Keystone/Arapahoe.

 

It looks like I am going to be on my own as my partner has decided that she can not face the altitude.

 

Just when I thought I had a handle on a pass that made sense -

The Rocky Mountain Super Pass +  at $449

The Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus offers unlimited skiing and riding at Winter Park / Mary Jane and Copper Mountain, plus six unrestricted days at Steamboat

 

I find I can ONLY buy in person at some ski shop called Christies. Is that correct??


You missed the window of opportunity to purchase this online back in April. You can buy it in-person at the Winter Park season pass office too but I think you have to buy it there before November.   Keep an eye at http://skicolorado.com/Multi-Mountain-Passes.aspx#2

 

I'm sure they'll offer the Pow Pow again but the three days cannot be used at the same resort.  Steamboat is offering separate products you may want to check out at www.skicolorado.com.  

 

Vail Resorts offers their Epic Pass which can be bought by non-Colorado residents online.

post #16 of 17

Steamboat is an excellent option for the altitude-challenged, but discounts are more difficult to find, if they're available at all.

 

If Colorado altitudes present too much of a problem, you might want to think about changing your plans completely and going to British Columbia instead. Heavily discounted skiing is not common, but the altitudes are much lower.

 

The reason the Colorado areas make you buy the passes in person is to prevent exactly what you want to do. They're willing to fill the chairs with brown-bagging locals, but they want to milk the heavy-spending destination skiers like you for more money.

 

In BC, on the other hand, everybody pays big dollars, plus tax.

post #17 of 17

anybody interested in trying to start a service that allows Copper and WinterPark /MaryJane and Steamboat skiers a discount to like Granby Hotels or along the route to Steamboat???  

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