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Old 02-13-2014, 01:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all - I just booked my first ever ski trip - heading to Colorado for a week in the second week of April and I couldn't be more pumped!!! I've wanted to visit CO since I was about 8 years old and it's finally happening.

Found a super cheap flight (<$300 round trip from VT) and my friend lives in Denver so I'm set for a place to stay. A few of the guys I work with might even be able to hook me up with free/discounted tix. I can't believe this is happening!!

I've been poking around other people's travel threads getting some good tips, but if you guys have any advice for me on my first winter vacation, I'm all ears. I'm sure spring shredding in April is its own beast. Obviously the weather will probably dictate where I'll end up riding, but ideally I'd like to do 3 days (thinking Fri, Mon, Tues to avoid crowds?) and spend each day at a different resort. I just want to experience it all. I know many members of this forum shred the CO, so you guys are the first people I turn to. Thanks!
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Congrats man. You will love Colorado. I find it hard to leave every time I'm there.

Luckily, I get out at least three times a season. If I could only convince my wife that we should live there..
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Obviously the weather will probably dictate where I'll end up riding, but ideally I'd like to do 3 days (thinking Fri, Mon, Tues to avoid crowds?) and spend each day at a different resort. I just want to experience it all.
If I had 3 days in Colorado the 2nd week in April and I was staying in Denver, I would plan to hit Copper Mountain, Arapaho Basin and Loveland.

A Basin and Loveland will be great that time of year and Copper has some very high elevations that will have great snow. A Basin and Loveland are not resorts...they are ski areas that have very interesting terrain. Copper is a full on ski resort and it is huge.
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Nice. I want to get out there. Might try to take my own 2-3 day trip out there in late March or April. A bit nervous about whether or not I will be one of those susceptible to altitude sickness but i guess that is something I will see if/when I get there.
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Nice. I want to get out there. Might try to take my own 2-3 day trip out there in late March or April. A bit nervous about whether or not I will be one of those susceptible to altitude sickness but i guess that is something I will see if/when I get there.
I've thought about this as well. I've only ever shredded the 4,000ft mtns we have here in VT, so this will be a BIG step up in terms of height. Plus I love long steep runs without stopping. I'll probably be gassed by the time I get to the bottom of an easy blue! Guess we'll find out
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Nice. I want to get out there. Might try to take my own 2-3 day trip out there in late March or April. A bit nervous about whether or not I will be one of those susceptible to altitude sickness but i guess that is something I will see if/when I get there.
Meh, don't sweat it. Like you said, there's only one way to find out. Be in good shape and stay hydrated to minimize it, but some people are just plain more susceptible to it than others, regardless of their physical fitness.
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If I had 3 days in Colorado the 2nd week in April and I was staying in Denver, I would plan to hit Copper Mountain, Arapaho Basin and Loveland.

A Basin and Loveland will be great that time of year and Copper has some very high elevations that will have great snow. A Basin and Loveland are not resorts...they are ski areas that have very interesting terrain. Copper is a full on ski resort and it is huge.
Pretty much the general consensus I've heard from a few different people. Only exceptions are one recommended Winter Park and a few others mentioned Keystone just because it's so huge and has night skiing. Plus the obligatory Vail recommendations, but I feel like that's too big of a haul for a day trip from Denver? And $$$$$$
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Condoms.....lots of condoms..........STD's are freakin' rampant in the mountains.
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Pretty much the general consensus I've heard from a few different people. Only exceptions are one recommended Winter Park and a few others mentioned Keystone just because it's so huge and has night skiing. Plus the obligatory Vail recommendations, but I feel like that's too big of a haul for a day trip from Denver? And $$$$$$
You may want to check on the night skiing at Keystone...I think it ends after the March spring break
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Condoms.....lots of condoms..........STD's are freakin' rampant in the mountains.
I don't really know about this but BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Dude you'll have a freakin blast whatever you do. I've been once to Vail last year and going again end of Feb. I also worried about the altitude so did everything "they" said - no caffeine, no alcohol, lots of rest, lots of water. Then later I find out none of that matters you just get it or not. At least stay hydrated.
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