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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by zeeede, Dec 11, 2012.
Come on Bill, you know my motto: "Ya' Can't Drink All Day, If You Don't Start In The Morning!"
If you get up to Steamboat I could probably be coerced into a bit of guiding service as well. I'm always looking for an excuse to play hooky....
watch out for Teledoug's guiding ability, he's been know to steer people down the wrong path.... oser
Dude, you must be drunk! To go into that much detail, right down to Rolandi's, which is great BTW, and not mention that North Beach is the only topless one there. Hammock swings at the beach bar, and a great view! Good diving and tasty seafood...mmm fresh Barracuda..but i digress...
Back to the topic at hand, which thinking of North Beach reminded me of a great weekend up to Steamboat, rented a basic cabin at Strawberry Park Hot Springs and had some great days skiing..20 minute drive from town, and a nice soak every evening..weekdays didn't used to be very crowded. It's been awhile, so maybe Telly or Rob could update, but skiing Winter Park one day then heading to the Boat wouldn't be a bad way to spend the trip, and you would get a good view of Colorado!
Book the trip yet?
I'm amazed nobody steered you towards liftopia.com yet. They have some deals on there, I scored the 4 by 40 pass a couple weeks ago, it's 2 days at Steamboat and 2 days at Winter Park. So far I've got a day in at each place.
Steamboat is Incredible. It's been getting dumped on for days. I went up on Friday and the official snow total was 5", there's parts of the mountain that got significantly more.
For $229 you get four days of skiing. And I think mixing it up with 2 days at Winter Park and 2 at the 'boat would make an epic ski vacation. The Mary Jane side of Winter Park is pretty awesome, and I think you're doing something wrong if you're not having a good time there.
I grew up skiing small icy ski hills in W. Mass and usually did 1 VT trip each year to Mt. Snow or Killington. Out west skiing is going to blow your mind if you're used to the man made snow and ice of New England.
I would NOT recommend you go to Keystone, Breck or Vail if any of your ski days will be on a weekend. Those places get packed and it's a M' Fer to park and Keystone is usually full of assholes from Dallas that don't know how to ski (there is some good tree skiing there if you catch it on a good day). A-basin, Loveland are also good suggestions and are the closest to Denver, Copper Mt is awesome as well and Groupon had a 2fer1 deal not long ago.
I've lived in the Winter Park area since '97 and love it up here! Are you interested in skiing or night life? Winter Park & Mary Jane are known for amazing skiing, not the night life. Snow conditions in Colorado are not the best they've ever been, so I suggest you check the snow report before making decisions. Summit County resorts (Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone) currently do not have a good snow base. Steamboat has been getting the most snow lately. But don't take my word for it, check out the snow report. http://www.onthesnow.com/colorado/skireport.html
And, yes, I agree WP is more friendly to skiers than boarders from the standpoint that there's some crossing terrain and double fall lines. However, WP also has multiple terrain parks and a HUGE half pipe that appeal to boarders.
I'm an IT consultant and have several resort and lodging clients in the area. My best friend is the Director of Sales at WP Resort. I'm not certain what the ADVRIDER rules are for this kind of thing, but I can give you several personal contact numbers and emails. PM me if you'd like that info.
We are so very fortunate to live and play in the beautiful state!!!!
For my money, nothing beats A-Basin. Nothing. Very low-key, non-resort feel. No on site lodging though.
-Berthoud was my favorite when the buses were running. Fat skis, backpack, avalanche beacon, and helmet were standard equipment there.
-WP/Mary Jane is okay, but it seems like I end up skating flat connecter runs between here and there all day. It's extremely frustrating. The night life is very sleepy.
-Keystone is good. Really scenic, and fairly diverse terrain, but seems to lack that special something. No non-resort night life there either.
-Breckenridge, I really enjoy skiing, especially the northern-most peaks...but it's a pain getting in and out if you're not staying there. Lots of varied terrain, and I'm sure you could buy a Breck/Keystone/Basin/Vail pass with shuttle service included. The town is kind if Disney-fied, but everything is walking distance, and there are good restaurants and bars.
-Copper, meh. Nothing on-site except the resort, and you get to look at the interstate all day while skiing.
-Vail, Fantastic in every way. If I were going to ski and stay in one place, that would be it. Not sure about current snow levels though.
I don't know that you're going to find any ski in/out deals on the cheap. If you're really on a budget, it's probably best to book a place in Dillion/Frisco and use it as a base to sample different resorts. They're all within thirty minutes or so. If you do go this route...get to bed early, and get an early start. This means getting to the lifts before they open. Ski traffic is insane....to the point that I don't really ski anymore. Beating the front range traffic to the lift lines and getting back into the far out areas of the resorts is the way to play it. Pack a lunch, eat it while sitting in the trees and enjoying the surroundings. Sell it to your GF as a picnic. If you enjoy skiing after being bent over and f---ed while shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of strangers, have lunch in a mid-mountain lodge. Leave at 2:00, go back to your room, drink beer, have an early dinner, do it again the next day....imho.
Go northwest to the Boat or come to the Southwest. All that crowded skiing sucks, and is scary and dangerous. We actually have gotten some decent snow the last few weeks and supposedly a lot more to come. I went out on Sunday, Presidents weekend, and our main base lift had a 5 minute wait, which I avoided after that because who wants to wait? I know Copper doesn't have much nightlife, but it was my favorite on the front range, or Beaver Creek..uncrowded skiing, then go into Vail at night...
Unforutnately it doesn't look like an out-west trip is going t ohappne this year. The budget gods just didn't arise. I'm all ready saving up for next year though!
Our tree skiing here in the east is a bit different then what you get:
Where was that taken? Looks similar to crap I used to ski in the Berkshires of W. Mass. Snow looks pretty wet in that pic!
I wish I had known more about Back Country when I lived there (15 years ago), there's a pretty good guide you can pick up on Amazon cheap. Earlier this season one of my buddies was actually baggin more pow days in Northern Maine than we were here in CO.
Just get your passes before you come instead of paying the window prices.
I used to take bare bones budget trips out here for several years before actually moving here and you can find cheap lodging, tickets and flights if you look hard enough and don't mind the inconvenience of driving a little bit.