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Old 11-16-2009, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My girlfriend and I (both 27) are going to Denver Jan 22-25 (over the weekend). I'm intermediate, and she's beginner-intermediate.

We were thinking of Vail for the nightlife and large terrain.

Anyone else have suggestions as to where would be good? We'll have a car so we can drive wherever.

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Old 11-17-2009, 12:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm a big fan of Breckenridge, but Vail is a good choice too.
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Vail would be a decent choice. So would Breckenridge. I'd stay in Breck. From Breck, you're with a half hour of so of: Breck, Keystone, A-Basin, Loveland, and Vail.
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Hmmm, for what you are shooting for I think you have made the right choice in going to Vail. The saying is "same old blue Vail" which refers to it's over abundance of intermediate terrain. It's a fun mountain. Of course they have a large beginner area, but when you lady is ready to try the next level, there will be plenty of it for her to explore and find what she likes. Also, besides for a couple of lifts, you should be able to get away from the crowds. Vail is a huge resort and has plenty of room to spread people out. It's what you want.

Now if you were staying in "Denver", recommendations would be totally different.
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Now if you were staying in "Denver", recommendations would be totally different.
Haha! Yeah. Denver has pulled the wool over the rest of the world's eyes. Everyone thinks Denver is in the mountains. It's not. It's out on the plains. Wait until you land at the airport and see how far you are away from the mountains.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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It's not that Denver is that far from the mountains, it's that where the snow lies, is a longer journey into the mountains than you would think. That's the curse and bright spot about the Continental divide.
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Go to Breck. The town is more fun to stay in as you can easily walk the entire thing from your lodging. Vail is pretty spread out and you may end up staying away from nightlife. Plus, while the resort is epic, the crowds you find in the base area can be a bit of a buzz kill (the actual people, not the numbers of them).

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