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Old 11-08-2009, 06:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all I am planning a xmas/new years week trip out west with the wife and few couples... Snowboarders/skiers... I want a resort that has it all close by with good probability of some fresh powder I will probably try to book through VRBO for a room.. is denver the airport I would try to fly into?
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you are talking West Coast resorts, i.e. Tahoe, Hood, blah, blah, blah, Denver is probably not the airport you want to fly too.

For Rocky Mountain resorts, Denver and Salt Lake are the two airports that service a lot of areas. For Colorado and flying into Denver, Summit County is probably where you want to stay. Multiple resorts in the area. For Utah, either stay in Salt Lake or Park City. Plenty of spots around there.
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ya sorry I meant colarodo/Utah
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Thinking of staying at breckinridge and hitting vail and keystone as well..
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Fly to Utah and hit the greatest snow on earth. Stay in Park City and hit numberous mountains. Canyons, Park City, ect and rent a car and def hit Snowbird. 45 minute trip. It's sweet because you can fly into Salt Lake and be on the mountain in 45 minutes. So book an early flight in and out and get 2 half days plus. Also, you can get a condo in Park City on mountain for about $130 nught. Can't beat it! Colorado is ok if you fly directly to Vail, because you have Vail, Copper, A Basin, Keystown but from Denver it's a hike. 2 hour drive to and from. I'm from dirty jerzey also, hit Newark to Salt Lake direct. You wont regret it! I paid &550 round trip last year and go on VRBO and lock down the condo. (PS) Stay out of my way at Hunter!!!!!!!!!!

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Thinking of staying at breckinridge and hitting vail and keystone as well..
Yeah, if you stay in Breck, Loveland, Keystone, Copper, A-Basin, Vail, and Beaver Creek are all reasonably close. It's about an 80-90 minute drive to Breckenridge from DIA, not two hours. Plenty easy to do. You may want to purchase an Epic Pass if you think you are doing a solid week. I doubt you can find a lift ticket package for cheaper. Plus it's a season pass, so if you do a second trip, it'll more than pay for itself.
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Yeah, if you stay in Breck, Loveland, Keystone, Copper, A-Basin, Vail, and Beaver Creek are all reasonably close. It's about an 80-90 minute drive to Breckenridge from DIA, not two hours. Plenty easy to do. You may want to purchase an Epic Pass if you think you are doing a solid week. I doubt you can find a lift ticket package for cheaper. Plus it's a season pass, so if you do a second trip, it'll more than pay for itself.
thanks.. But I think I will stay around 5 nights and ride a possible 4 days and I highly doubt I will make it back out there.. Would I be better to just play it by ear and pay as I go with lift tickets? Can anyone recommend a lodging area at breck?
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Well if you don't mind slumming it a bit, get some four packs off the Loveland website. $119 for four lift tickets you can use with anyone. It's a great locals mountain and has plenty bang for you buck. It's not a resort, and they don't have stuff like high speed lifts. What they do have is no crowds, lot's of snow, and great terrain. Since you are getting actual lift tickets, you can mix and match as you need for the days you are going. It'll probably be easy to sell a few in the parking lot if you have extras, or online via craigslist or something like that. Otherwise, look for package deals with lift tickets. Keystone and Breck are over $80 a day now. Vail is tipping near $100. They ain't cheap. There are deals to be found, but it's not easy to find.

From a bang for your buck perspective, Salt Lake is going to be more affordable. The drinks aren't the strongest but at least they got rid of the social club rules. So you are free to go drink at where ever you please. Lift tickets around there run around $60 a day, (get them at a shop) and affordable lodging is all over the place in the city.
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