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Old 10-26-2009, 07:58 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I've been in your shoes, before. As the drinking goes, some people don't get the beauty of finding a balance. If you are looking to drink and ride all in one resort town, hit Breck or Vail. Many of the other resorts are just a way far drive. If you wanted to do Aspen/Snowmass, you could, but you'd have to make the extra drive or fly into Eagle Airport.

I come out from PA, once a year. Each time I stayed in Breck, rode all day and hit the night scene as often as possible. The worst line I saw at Breck was over Easter Weekend a few years back. 45 minutes at the base lift, but once you get to the more advanced areas (Falcon Super & the Imperial Chair area), the lines were nearly non-existant. Breck is a fun town and the Mtn has some tasty hike-to terrain above the Imperial Chair. If you don't get a package, I'd VRBO.com a condo.

Personally, I am either hitting Summit or Jackson Hole, this year. If I do Summit this time, however, I will be doing as others have suggested; Staying in Silverthorne and just driving to a couple of different hills. Vail is a good time for one day (not much more needed than that) and Loveland is offering a killer deal 119 for a four-pack of tickets....I'm in! If you definately want a scene, stay in Breck or Vail (you could drive to the other mtns if you want something different). Mid-week you'll be fine with crowd. By saturday, you'll just be riding high from last night's flavor of the week and the crowds won't be any sort of a bother.
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:33 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Ride Mary Janes backsite. Winter Park is sweet. Also A Basin is the bomb biddy! Get cheescake from the lady with the leopard hat!
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:00 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Breck is the way to go. Sweet night life and lots of hills nearby. As said above its a bit of a gong show on the weekend but where isnt? And as neednsnow said once you are away from the base the lifts further out tend to be pretty sweet. If you are worried about lines on a weekend drink during the day and ride at Keystone at night! ; )
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:43 PM   #24 (permalink)
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My suggestion for staying inexpensively would be to check out vrbo.com (vacation rentals by owner), unless you already have a condo. I'm assuming you're driving, so here's the deal for Summit county... The cheaper places to stay will be Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne. These are all 10 minutes max from Keystone, Breck, Copper, and A-basin. You'll have to drive to the resort everyday, and will need a taxi or DD for getting home if you want to go out, and I would go out in Breck. You can also drive to Vail or the Beav in about 25-30. But if you stay in these places, don't plan on going out at night in Vail, you'll have to drive Vail pass. If you want to be closer to Vail, Avon would be the less expensive place to be, and is where Beaver Creek is too. Nightlife is best in Breck or Vail.

Although it's smaller, and a further drive from Denver, Crested Butte is also a great little town. You can stay there or Mt. Crested Butte (the resort, yes they are two separate towns, it's kind of weird), but I've always had a lot of fun there, and they have some great bars. That being said, CB is a much harder mountain than Breck.
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:30 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Good point on Crested Butte. They have been getting snow and I it's one of the best mountains anywhere.

Check out Almont Resort. They generally have a lift ticket and lodging deal for around $60 a night. Almont is about 15 minutes from the resort, halfway between Gunnison and Crested Butte. You are not in town, but you are ridiculously close. Throw in the fact that they have a great restaurant and a bar, you got a nice quiet little winner. I've stayed there several times and have no complaint about the place. You get a lot of bang for your buck.
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Old 11-28-2009, 11:29 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I just got back from a vaca at keystone. I stayed in dillon & it was AWESOME! keystone is a great resort. In the morning the gondola got slammed though, we got there at about 8:30am to buy our tickets (it opens at 9am early season) we got two runs in with no line then the 3rd time we came down (about 10:30-11) there was a good 45 min wait at the gondola =/ so we said fuck this and went down the road to A-basin (since our tickets are good for A-basin & breck as well) thats like a 8 minute drive strait down the road we boarded there for an hour then went back to keystone & by then they opened up a few more lifts & there was NO line at all the rest of the day =) So if you just wait out for the line to get plowed through there doesnt seem to b a line the rest of the day. We didnt go to breck because we have a vaca with like 12+ friends in jan and were going to breck so we didnt hit breck up since it was just me & my cuz this time around. I had my GPS on me though to see how long it takes to get to the bottom (for the little amount of runs they had open) I went top speed of 31.5 mph, went 2.8 miles & it took 10 minutes to reach the bottom, 20 minutes including rests, my cuz screwed up his legs in a bike crash so he isnt in great shape and we had to rest.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:57 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I just booked a flight into Denver Jan 6th - 10th. I was thinking we'd stay at Breck, ride there Thur, Friday and than ride Loveland Saturday / Sunday (and still stay at Breck). Is Loveland too far? Dillon a better option?
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Old 12-02-2009, 10:34 PM   #28 (permalink)
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cifex, the difference between the dillon-loveland and breck-loveland drive will be about 10 minutes. maybe 15. googlemaps it (yes, that's a verb). they're all right next door to each other really (but loveland is on the east side of the pass)
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I just booked a flight into Denver Jan 6th - 10th. I was thinking we'd stay at Breck, ride there Thur, Friday and than ride Loveland Saturday / Sunday (and still stay at Breck). Is Loveland too far? Dillon a better option?
Dillon is right smack in the middle of Loveland/Breck. Often Dillon is the choice du-jour because it is cheaper than Breck. We've stayed in Breck the past few times because you know how my acquaintances enjoy having the going-out option. I don't know what you are looking at for prices, but if you have a good price at Breck, just stay there. If you are looking for something cheaper, VRBO Dillon or Silverthorn.
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I just booked a flight into Denver Jan 6th - 10th. I was thinking we'd stay at Breck, ride there Thur, Friday and than ride Loveland Saturday / Sunday (and still stay at Breck). Is Loveland too far? Dillon a better option?
Bring your splitboard yo. Bert is a 30-45 minute drive from Breck, Vail Pass is under 30 minutes. I'm sure I can be talked into giving you a tour of one of those spots. Unless things are really weird there should be plenty of powder to be found.
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