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Moving to south central Colorado, looking for info from locals.

post #1 of 9
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Starting a job in Pueblo next month from WA state. Not sure if I should live in Pueblo or Colorado springs, any input is welcome. Only driven through state. Grew up skiing in WA sludge.

 

 

I am on 4 10s so I have 3 day weekends. Where to ski and what type of deals are around for lift tickets, etc? Be there at least a year and up. I am excited, can ski whatever but out of shape. t

post #2 of 9

My vote would be to live in Colorado Springs & drive to work. Pubelo can sure get Hot during the summer! Breckinridge will be close to Co. Spgs. Little late in the season for great ticket deals, but if you look around you can get 2/4/1 deals for areas other then Vail Resort areas.

 

   Might want to sign up for the Gathering (see getting together, gatherings sub forum) once your given the secret handshake, you know were all the lift ticket deals are!  :) 

post #3 of 9

Colorado Springs is a nicer town, but I don't think I would want to drive all the way to Pueblo for work? Something out by the reservoir wouldn't be too bad.

 

Monarch or Crested Butte are probably your best bets.  Some of the New Mexico resorts aren't any farther than Vail, if they get any snow this year? 

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Thanks for the replies much appreciated.

post #5 of 9

Ah-from a WA native to another welcome to CO

You are finding out about right about now that most of the large population centers in CO are situated far from skiing and some more than others. There used to be a ski area near Pueblo (forgot the name) that has been talked about for reopening.

 

Pueblo is actually a really nice city. One of the most intact downtowns I have ever seen-just beautiful with old restored buildings. Nice area, but maybe not the best for skiing. I am sure there is some decent backcountry nearby, and Pueblo is well known for good MT Biking, fly fishing, green chile too.

post #6 of 9

FYI:  Pueblo to Monarch ~90 miles, to Ski Rio NM ~100 mi, to Breckenridge ~110mi, to Crested Butte ~190mi

Here’s a quick map of CO ski areas:

http://www.skireport.com/colorado/map

Monarch is a smaller area, but has a rather fascinating season pass that allows for free/discounted skiing at many other ski areas, perhaps allowing for fun exploration on long weekends:

http://www.skimonarch.com/index.php/ticketspasses/season-passes

post #7 of 9

I wouldn't hold my breath for Cuchara Valley opening anytime soon.

 

http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2010/08/cuchara_valley_can_colorados_l.php

 

 

 

I've never skied there.  They don't get a ton of snow except for the occasional up slope.

post #8 of 9

Monarch and Breck are probably the best choices for skiing.  You can probably drive Pueblo to Breck faster on an average weekend than Denver to Breck.  Monarch is a GREAT area though and very underappreciated.  

post #9 of 9

Colorado Springs also has the largest concentration of those kooky large scale evangelical organizations in the country and politics to match (Ted Haggard et.al.). You may or may not like the atmosphere there. They are entertaining though.

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