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Old 01-06-2010, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I visit this site a few times a day to check conditions. This is our destination for our February 12th trip. I'm not looking for weather predictions, but just want a realistic perspective on what I should expect conditions to be like for our trip. I don't ride blacks, that's not my concern. However, if the blacks aren't open, the blues will be more crowded with those who usually ride blacks.

A-Basin only has 1 black open at the moment. Last year it was 100% open during our January 19th trip.

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Should I be concerned and start planning for another place to ride. Airfare into Denver is paid for and the rental car is paid for, but the hotel reservation is set but can be changed. What other places should I consider?
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They will probably be about 100% open. As far as where you ride goes. You have a ton of options in Summit County. As of late the storms have been favoring Vail/Beaver Creek and Winterpark. Loveland is not doing bad either. Arapahoe Basin happens to be about the most rock strewn ski area in the front range. So the coverage has to be a bit deeper than at other places to open up a lot of it's terrain. It's also probably the steepest ski area in the front range too.

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I've only been to A-Basin and I've been wanting to explore other resorts in the Summit County area anyways. This may give me the reason. Vail's only a 30-40 minute drive from Dillon.
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ABasin is cool but there are a lot of other nice ones too. Check out Beaver Creek or like you said Vail. Loveland is another cool place that's smaller and more local like ABasin and un-like the Vail resorts (Breck, Keystone, Vail, BC). Another good mountain is Copper Mountain. There are lots of options. Where is your booked hotel at? Do your SNOW DANCE!
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Where is your booked hotel at?
It's in Dillon

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I still have over a month before I go and if the days in between are like today, I'll be good to go anywhere. It looks like all the Summit County resorts are getting snow as we speak.
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Since your hotel is located in Dillon, you'd better just keep that booked, Dillon is pretty centrally located for A-Basin, Keystone and Breckenridge. And Copper is just a short drive up I-70 from Dillon.

My advice is keep your hotel booked.
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I wasn't gonna cancel even if I ended up going to Vail to ride. Hotel prices are ridiculous in Vail.
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It's puking up there now, the only thing that I don't think will be open by then is the East Wall. Fuck Kings Cornice is open right now and there isn't shit for snow. Also a "busy" day at the Basin is still better than an average day at Keystone or Breck.
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I noticed that. I've been watching the web cams at a few places today and A-Basin appears to be getting some good accumulation.
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