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Old 07-22-2009, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey there guys, About a week before christmas i am going out to Colorado Springs to visit my Younger brother at the Airforce Academy and im taking him for a few days to go snowboarding before we come home for the holiday. What mountains in the Colorado Springs area should we check out. We cant go too far since im only 20 and he's 19 so neither of us can rent a car. Any help would be great

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Old 07-22-2009, 11:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You don't happen to attend the Naval Academy do you? Haha.

Colorado Springs has just about the same access to all the resorts the Denver metro area has. Just a bit longer of a drive. Your best bet would be to look up local transportation to get you up there.

You have plenty of resorts to choose from: Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Echo Mountain (although those last three aren't resorts). Your biggest problem would definitely be transportation. It'll be a good hour and a half to two hours and half trip to the nearest resort.
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The closest resorts are a two hour minimum drive away. So you'll need a car or will need to find some sort of bus service.

The easiest to get to is Monarch Ski area. It's a mom and pop area and has relatively short vertical compared to other Colorado resorts. I have also found the place to be an absolute kick in the pants. The amount of traffic you avoid getting there, cheaper lift tickets, and the lack of crowds make this a good choice. Some of the best powder days I have had have been in the backountry surrounding that resort. You can add another hour on the drive and get to Crested Butte too.

Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper, Arapahoe Basin, and Loveland are going to be the areas off of the I70 corridor that the easiest and quickest to get to from the Springs. You would drive through Woodland Park and pick up Highway 9 that takes you over Hoosier Pass and dumps you in Breck. On a weekend these are the main playgrounds for the Denver/front range masses. So expect a lot more people and a fair amount of traffic.

Either spots should have some sort of bus operator that takes you there if you can't get a hold of a vehicle. Not sure who the operators are but I've seen plenty of tour buses at Monarch and at the Summit County areas.
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You don't happen to attend the Naval Academy do you? Haha.

Colorado Springs has just about the same access to all the resorts the Denver metro area has. Just a bit longer of a drive. Your best bet would be to look up local transportation to get you up there.

You have plenty of resorts to choose from: Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Echo Mountain (although those last three aren't resorts). Your biggest problem would definitely be transportation. It'll be a good hour and a half to two hours and half trip to the nearest resort.

Since when is Copper not a resort?
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I didn't know it was a resort. I was wrong so shoot me.
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You can rent a car at 20 just fyi. I have several times. It just is more expensive to rent
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I use to rent cars under 25 all the time. Enterprise was the best bet for a small fee!!
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice guys.

hahaha, nah man i dont like dressing like an icecream man but i work about 10 minutes away.

Thanks for the heads up about renting a car, if thats the case then i will deffinately be renting a car.

I'm looking for more a backcountry type mountain but still has intermediate runs to ride with my brother, this is the first of 3 trips im taking this winter so im stoked
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for the car rental go to retailmenot.com and see if you can find a corporate account that will waive the underage fee.
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Monarch has Minera Basin which is a hike to inbounds area. It looks like a pretty sweet little mini golf course from the other side of the pass. Pretty much all of the resorts mentioned have areas like this. The big question is if those areas will be open at the time you are coming. December is still pretty early. If we are having an exceptional season that stuff can be open. More often than not though those areas don't open until January. A first or second week opening is generally a pretty early opening. December terrain openings are not unheard of, but don't happen on nearly as regular of a basis.

As far as car rentals go. Check on Colorado. I've seen people turned down just because of their age here. Regardless of how much money they are willing to spend. So the car rental may not be an option. I'm sure it can vary by company so I can't say 100% if that is true or not. I know at Enterprise you're screwed.
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