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Old 10-23-2009, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So me and a buddy are coming out to co. The 1st thru the 4th. We decided to go to WP but recently all this talk about Loveland has me thinking. We just want the better overall mountain. I'm a park rat out here but I feel that when I get out there I'll be around 50 50. So which one would be better or worse? Any input is appreciated.


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Old 10-23-2009, 10:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Park is going to be better at Winterpark. No doubt about that.

Loveland is a great mountain. The real drawback for an out of stater is that there is no nearby lodging to the ski area. So in that regard Winterpark is going to be a better place to stay.

You could stay in Idaho Springs, have a few decent bars and places to eat and about a 20 (maybe less)minute drive to Loveland though.

Loveland is also probably about an hour from Winterpark. Maybe more like 45 minutes. A pretty quick drive.

Winterpark does have a lot more terrain but it may mean nothing depending on your dates. The 1st-4th of what month would help. If it's November, you better just go to Loveland, I don't think Winterpark is open yet at that time. December, it's a coin flip, January, you should see a lot of terrain open at both resorts. In Feb, most areas will be 100% open, etc.

Winterpark is my personal favorite in the Front Range for several reasons. Most of which is that it suits my style of riding. Loveland is in the top 3 of that list though for sure. I've had a ton of fun there over the years.
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You don't go to Loveland for the park.
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Well I got family in North Glenn so lodging is not important. But I don't just want to hit the mountain without getting some Jibbing in, I was just trying to find a good resort closer to the house...
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If you are staying in Northglenn the drive to Winterpark is about 5 minutes longer than Loveland. That is if you are not fighting traffic. If that is the case, the drive to Winterpark is probably shorter.
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Hate to break it to you, but winterpark wont open till the 18th! You basically only have either loveland or ABasin for right now... Keystone/Copper wont open till the 6th either.
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Park is going to be better at Winterpark. No doubt about that.

Loveland is a great mountain. The real drawback for an out of stater is that there is no nearby lodging to the ski area. So in that regard Winterpark is going to be a better place to stay.

You could stay in Idaho Springs, have a few decent bars and places to eat and about a 20 (maybe less)minute drive to Loveland though.

Loveland is also probably about an hour from Winterpark. Maybe more like 45 minutes. A pretty quick drive.

Winterpark does have a lot more terrain but it may mean nothing depending on your dates. The 1st-4th of what month would help. If it's November, you better just go to Loveland, I don't think Winterpark is open yet at that time. December, it's a coin flip, January, you should see a lot of terrain open at both resorts. In Feb, most areas will be 100% open, etc.

Winterpark is my personal favorite in the Front Range for several reasons. Most of which is that it suits my style of riding. Loveland is in the top 3 of that list though for sure. I've had a ton of fun there over the years.
Knowing what month would help.

Like everyone said, we don't open till Nov 18th. I've worked at both Loveland and Winter Park. When both mtn's are fully open, Lovelands park terrain is minimal. Loveland doesn't have a pipe either.
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sorry guys, been away from my pc all day.

I'll be there the first of January. Thanks for the input
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sorry guys, been away from my pc all day.

I'll be there the first of January. Thanks for the input
You'll want to be at WP then. The pipe may still be under construction then. Give Bob Holmes a call. He's in charge of all terrain parks.

WP is renaming most of the terrain parks this season. Everything will now have a railroad theme name. Get a current map when you come.
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You'll want to be at WP then. The pipe may still be under construction then. Give Bob Holmes a call. He's in charge of all terrain parks.

WP is renaming most of the terrain parks this season. Everything will now have a railroad theme name. Get a current map when you come.
so WP sounds like the choice...
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