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Which seasons pass - Denver

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 


Although I enjoy the summer here as  new Coloradoan, I can't wait for skiing season (one of the main reason I moved to Colorado).
I'm certainly gonna buy a seasons pass for this winter. I heard a lot of good stuff about the Epic Pass. Now recently I also hear that quiet some people prefer Copper Mountain/Winter Park.
Since I only want to spend money on one season pass, I need to figure where I wanna ski this season.
I never skied in the Rockies but I'm relatively experienced - skiing for about 30 seasons all over Europe, where I did not get much powder experience tho. Other than that, I can safely make it down ANY groomed slope.
Two more things to consider. One: My work schedule allows me pretty often to ski during the week - so I'm actually planning NOT to ski on any weekends. Two: If I can not find a "group ski house" or "share", I'm planning on sleeping right at the spot in my little camper.
Where do you guys and gals see me this season?
Thanks!

post #2 of 22
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Originally Posted by johndifool View Post
 I'm planning on sleeping right at the spot in my little camper.

Where do you guys and gals see me this season?
Thanks!


Nobody allows camping at the base areas anymore. The resorts and the Forest Service have really clamped down on this.  They want you spend money on lodging.

post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 

Ya, I already feared that. I guess I find a spot somewhere in Arapaho National Forest anyway.
Still haven't figured which pass to get. Anyone?
Thanks.

post #4 of 22

The Epic lets you ski four areas, the Rocky lets you ski two?????  Maybe trade buddy days?????

 

Check out the Vail ski house thread.

 

Watch the classifieds for shared rentals in the Summit Daily (on-line).

post #5 of 22

Not to confuse you too much, but there is also the Loveland option.  Loveland is the easiest access and the cheapest. 

 

IMHO:  The best skiing in Colorado, isn't along the front range.  Perhaps you spend your single days at Loveland, then venture further away in your camper when you have more time.?
 

post #6 of 22
If you are tied to a drive from Denver and are going to ski midweek, then I'd go the Colorado pass. I might also buy the classic pass at Aspen, which gives you 5 days for about 250. Not as good a deal as the season passes, but still a bargain to ski some of the best skiing in co.



Copper is a great mountain, but I've just never really found winter park/Mary Jane to my liking. The Colorado pass gives you breck, a basin, and keystone unlimited plus 10 days at vail/beaver creek. Much more variety than copper/wp. Also, you can add the lesson pass, which gives you unlimited group lessons at breck for about 230 -- this is a great way to learn breck and get some pointers too. Lessons are thursday-sunday with blackouts Xmas, the holidays, and for the latter part of march (as I recall).



I'm a big fan of copper, but given your midweek ability to ski, I think the co pass is a better deal.



Or you could be like me and buy all three.
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 

Ya, that's how I understand it. Epic 4, Rocky 2. Do you think I should go by quantity? I'm gonna check the Vail ski house thread and Summit Daily.
@Shredhead - Yes, confuse me please.  My work schedule puts me 4 days on/4 off. So I have plenty of time to venture further away. Where do I go?

post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks habacomike. Yes, midweek it is. If I go for breck, a basin, keystone and vail/beaver creek, I think I go with the Epic Pass. Unfortunately all 3 are not in my budget atm. What are "pointers"?

post #9 of 22

The group lesson program at Breck consists of two groups of folk.  Group A is a set of students that really are using the lesson program to cut lines.  They don't really want instruction.  The other group of students actually want to ski AND learn something.  They look to the instructors to diagnose their skiing and help them improve.

 

You can do either in the Breck program.  The specific instructors you'll seek out are different depending on what you want to accomplish.

 

As to the Epic pass, you only need that if you want more than 10 days at Vail/Beaver Creek.  Last year, I only got a day at the Beav (for the Talons Challenge -- my third year of completing it).  I generally don't find much of a reason to go to Vail.

 

Mike

post #10 of 22

I stand corrected, some camping IS allowed at Winter Park.  On the Winter Park website and just confirmed by Mistalynn:

 

RV Parking
RV overnight camping is allowed in any of our Outlying Parking Lots with G Lot recommended for its seclusion and access to hiking trails. There are no hookups or dump stations available. Units must be self-contained and all trash removed. No fires allowed except outdoor grills. Quiet time after 10pm. Check in with Winter Park Security for directions to parking locations.

 

 

If you are active duty or retired military, there are some bargain passes out there for you.

post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 

That's good news, thanks.

One bonus point for Winter Park.

 

Any tips on where to go if a longer drive from Denver wouldn't be an issue?

post #12 of 22

+ 1 for the RM Superpass, as we like to spend a week at Steamboat in addition to Copper/WP.  We've had the RMS for a number of years and last year went to Breck for a week on the CO pass.  Kids liked to ride the gondola and the buses, but we really found ourselves missing Copper and WP as regular options.

 

Another thought would be to but just the 3 mnt version (w/o Vail/BC) and spend the extra dough either for Loveland or the RMS.

post #13 of 22

Relatively new to CO (been here a year).  Did RMSP last year and got great use out of it.  We love Copper.  Easy to get to (though a few more minutes down the road than Loveland) and diverse terrain.  WP/Mary Jane are great if you like moguls but we tended to go only when the snow was fresh.  Thought heavily on the CO / Epic Pass for this season.  Always heard things about Abasin (a little on the harder side).  Keystone is supposed to be a lot like Copper but it sits 1000 ft lower so it doesn't get as much snow and I hear it can get icy.  Breck I've only done once and I wasn't impressed.  A lot of the terrain is way easier than stated, IMHO, and the lift lines were killer.  Vail and Beaver Creek are supposed to be awesome but I have a family of 5 so while we are up a lot they are almost always day trips and Vail is just too far (coming from Denver).  Consequently we ended up staying with the RMSP for this season.

post #14 of 22

Another option to consider. Buy the Colorado Pass or Epic Pass. This weekend the Copper 4 pass goes on sale. 4 days of skiing at Copper Mountain for $129.00 and if you buy this weekend only at Christy's Sports in ParkMeadow, they will load in an additional day. This is the 2 nd year they offered this over the Labor Day weekend. However, last years 4 pass had blackout dates. 

post #15 of 22

www.coloradopass.com

 

All the Vail Resorts info is available here.  Grab a  4 pack for Copper (and Loveland if they are doing them this year) and you'll be in business.

post #16 of 22

You should pick up the Silverton unguided and an Aspen Classic pass to supplement any front range pass that you buy. Busy weekends you want to get as far from Denver as possible. 

 

Unguided Season Pass ($399)
Gets you the unguided skiing and the pass also includes 14 FREE ski days (4 days at A-Basin, 5 days at Monarch, and 5 days at Loveland). Plus includes ½ price standby heli drops, discounted standby guided skiing at only $79, and premium draft beers for only $2.00 all season.

 

http://www.silvertonmountain.com/page/goods/press/article&article_id=45

 

 

Aspen Classic:

http://www.aspensnowmass.com/classicpass/

 

post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Herminator View Post

Another option to consider. Buy the Colorado Pass or Epic Pass. This weekend the Copper 4 pass goes on sale. 4 days of skiing at Copper Mountain for $129.00 and if you buy this weekend only at Christy's Sports in ParkMeadow, they will load in an additional day. This is the 2 nd year they offered this over the Labor Day weekend. However, last years 4 pass had blackout dates. 



x2.  That approach will give you the most variety.  I'd opt for a Colorado Pass rather than an Epic.  Its ~200.00 cheaper, but you still get 10 (restricted) days at Vail/BC.  That is plenty--especially with parking being a fiasco in Vail and the extra distance you would need to drive.  You'll get to know both of those mountains & if you really love them, you'll know to get an Epic next year (of course if you buy your Colorado again at the end of next season, you'll likely get unlimited access to Vail BC in April, so then maybe a Colorado Pass might still be enough...).  Anyway, Colorado Pass gets you access to 5 mountains, and the four pack gets you enough days to experience Copper.  Then as Kneale suggested, trade some buddy days and get a day or two at Loveland and Winter Park.  Then, you'll have a better idea going into your second season where you want to spend your pass money.

 

But don't worry; you can't go wrong with this decision.  All of the mountains are great and you'll be happy with whatever pass you decide to get.

post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks a lot for all the information everybody!

post #19 of 22

When I bought my Rocky Mountain Super Pass+, they were advertising 3 free days (for friends) if bought before June 1st.  I sent Copper an email, but does anyone know when these have to be used...I think it was before mid-December, but am not sure...

post #20 of 22

My memory may fail me but I remember December 10th as the use by date for the free 3 days. 

post #21 of 22

Thanks...they didn't reply to my email, but I plan to be at Copper today, so I will ask.

post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by Herminator View Post

My memory may fail me but I remember December 10th as the use by date for the free 3 days. 


Good memory-

 

For those who purchased a RMSP+ before June 1, you have 3 free friends tickets- 1 each at Copper, WP & SB that must be used by Dec 10.  It is possible to print out an online voucher for Cop & WP, but the pass must presented in SB. 

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