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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-18-2009, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Colorado in early december.

thanks to a good friend of mine being stationed in colorado, ill be driving out from maryland the first week of december. i know its really early, but hey, its an opportunity i cant pass up on. im looking for some advice from people who know the area this time of year. i have it narrowed down to 4 places and i can only ride 2.

vail, monarch, wolf creek, and keystone. for this time of your what do you recommend?
i ride all mountain, just like to explore the whole mountain and cruise around. we only have crappy hills here, with icy trails and boring terrain. i went to killington at the end of the season last year and didnt get to ride any powder, just longer more fun versions of what we have here. learned the hard way how to ride trees and loved riding the fast technical trails that were still open.

if it exist this early, it will be my first time getting to ride powder.

recommendations!?
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Where will your friend be living?
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Why in the hell are your driving?! Jeez man, by the time you pay for all the gas and meals, you've probably come damn close to buying a round trip ticket. My fiance is from MD and I'm from NC and when we head back, we can usually find tickets for $250 or less. Plus, driving that is just a killer. You can do it in one haul, but it's 20+ hours to Denver (about 22 to my home in NC and 23 to her's in MD). You'll waste a day out here just recovering. If you stay the night somewhere, that's just more money that could've gone toward a plane ticket.

And oh yeah, for the type of riding you described, Vail is a great option.
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Why in the hell are your driving?! Jeez man, by the time you pay for all the gas and meals, you've probably come damn close to buying a round trip ticket. My fiance is from MD and I'm from NC and when we head back, we can usually find tickets for $250 or less. Plus, driving that is just a killer. You can do it in one haul, but it's 20+ hours to Denver (about 22 to my home in NC and 23 to her's in MD). You'll waste a day out here just recovering. If you stay the night somewhere, that's just more money that could've gone toward a plane ticket.

And oh yeah, for the type of riding you described, Vail is a great option.
my friends in the military and he flew out there because his woman had their kid 2 days before he was supposed to report back. im driving his car out to him. gas going out is covered. i get half off at marriot hotels so thats not a big deal either. were flying back. the 3 of us going out are 21,20 and ill be turning 20 while were out tere. so we cant get a rental car.

and hes in colorado springs. not the best location but hey, i dont care lol.

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my friends in the military and he flew out there because his woman had their kid 2 days before he was supposed to report back. im driving his car out to him. gas going out is covered. i get half off at marriot hotels so thats not a big deal either. were flying back. the 3 of us going out are 21,20 and ill be turning 20 while were out tere. so we cant get a rental car.

and hes in colorado springs. not the best location but hey, i dont care lol.
Gotcha. That makes sense.

Colorado Springs is helluva lot closer to good riding than MD, that's for sure!

The 21 year old can definitely rent a car. Enterprise will do it.
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I live on the north end (closer to the resorts) of colorado springs. It's about a 2 and a half hour drive to keystone and around 3 hours to vail. vail is incredible if you catch it on a powder day..kind of sucks if you dont though, lots of catwalks. I think you would enjoy breckenridge a lot. it's a huge mountain with lot's of ride-able terrain. real fun to explore all the different trails. it's about 10 minutes past keystone and the lift ticket that you buy for keystone or vail will also work for breck. oh..and the snow is just fine in early december.

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Gotcha. That makes sense.

Colorado Springs is helluva lot closer to good riding than MD, that's for sure!

The 21 year old can definitely rent a car. Enterprise will do it.
gonna look into that tonight!
but as of now im now driving my dads truck out, behind my friend in the civic. so were driving back too. wont be enough room just in the civic. but if we can get a rental car that would be nice.

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I live on the north end (closer to the resorts) of colorado springs. It's about a 2 and a half hour drive to keystone and around 3 hours to vail. vail is incredible if you catch it on a powder day..kind of sucks if you dont though, lots of catwalks. I think you would enjoy breckenridge a lot. it's a huge mountain with lot's of ride-able terrain. real fun to explore all the different trails. it's about 10 minutes past keystone and the lift ticket that you buy for keystone or vail will also work for breck. oh..and the snow is just fine in early december.
thanks dude! i really havent heard that great of things about breck. but what about monarch and wolf creek?
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Wolf Creek is going to be your best bet for powder. The place gets puked on and it's El Nino year which usually seems to favor them. They are having a bit of a late start right now, but my guess is when the snow comes, it'll come by the foot. So they could be money. It's just over 3 hours from Colorado Springs to Wolf Creek. You'll probably want to get a place for the weekend there. Cheap lodging can be found all over the east side of the pass. South Fork is closest. If you are not finding a deal that you like there, another 15-20 minutes down the road is Del Norte. Cheap roadside motels can be found there no problem.

Monarch is the closest and least hassle of a drive from Colorado Springs. That pass also gets a good shot of snow. Seems like no matter what region the storm is favoring, Monarch Pass gets some of it. So pretty reliable. Another good powder spot.

Crested Butte is just over an hour past Monarch. Fantastic mountain. If they are reporting good conditions, it's worth a visit for sure.

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Wolf Creek is going to be your best bet for powder. The place gets puked on and it's El Nino year which usually seems to favor them. They are having a bit of a late start right now, but my guess is when the snow comes, it'll come by the foot. So they could be money. It's just over 3 hours from Colorado Springs to Wolf Creek. You'll probably want to get a place for the weekend there. Cheap lodging can be found all over the east side of the pass. South Fork is closest. If you are not finding a deal that yo like there, another 15-20 minutes down the road is Del Norte. Cheap roadside motels can be found there no problem.

Monarch is the closest and least hassle of a drive from Colorado Springs. That pass also gets a good shot of snow. Seems like no matter what region the storm is favoring, Monarch Pass gets some of it. So pretty reliable. Another good powder spot.

Crested Butte is just over an hour past Monarch. Fantastic mountain. If they are reporting good conditions, it's worth a visit for sure.
appreciate the info man. besides vail, i guess our second mountain will be a last minute decision.
thanks for the help everyone.

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I got a buddy from MD that just got a place in Colorado (Denver) as well. Drove twice in the past 4 months to get his and his gf's cars out there. Watch out for the coppers. It's a long haul and he racked up 4 tickets on the way.
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